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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  25,096 ratings  ·  1,592 reviews
Rose has always been different.

Since the day she was born, it was clear she had a special fate. Her superstitious mother keeps the unusual circumstances of Rose's birth a secret, hoping to prevent her adventurous daughter from leaving home... but she can't suppress Rose's true nature forever.

So when an enormous white bear shows up one cold autumn evening and asks teenage

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Paperback, 507 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2003)
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Camille
I absolutely loved this book. I've read it so many times and never has it grown old. I love how it shifts views and tells you what other people are doing and how it has many plots that all tie together in the book. I love the White Bear and I love reading what he has to say and the riddles and poems he speaks in. The chapters weren't long so you could just fly through the book with no trouble. I fell inlove with Rose and her personality from the beginning, the first few pages a a little slow, bu ...more
Lacey Louwagie
This novel is a retelling of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" which is probably one of the most underappreciated fairy tales out there. Unfortunately, this retelling doesn't quite do it justice. The author chose to use multiple viewpoints, which felt more like a gimmick and less like the best way to tell the story (especially since I was only really interested in the stories from two of the five narrators). Also, no one ever seems to have given Edith that all important advice to "show and ...more
Heather
What a GREAT young adult fantasy! I loved everything about this book! Although it is almost 500 pages, it is a quick read. (Short chapters, larger print.) The story is based on the Norwegian fairytale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" which I didn't know until I read the author's notes at the end. I liked that even though it was a fantasy, it took place in a real time and place-16th Century Norway. (Read the glossery in the very back for modern names) I loved the mother's superstition, her ...more
Keertana
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Ever since I read the tale of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," I've longed to give one of its numerous re-tellings a try. Edith Pattou's version, East, practically fell into my lap when I discovered it in the hidden recess of my Kindle and within moments, I was sucked into the tale. For those of you who don't know, "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" is similar to "Beauty and the Beast," only instead of a beast, we have a polar bear, and instead of a wicked witch, there is a
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Monica!
East of the Sun, West of the Moon seems to be retold (or sort of revised) on a fairly regular basis, which is unfortunate for me, since my first experience with the story was in an incredibly trashy BuffyxSpike fanfic, where Buffy wakes up every night to realize the lights are out and there’s a silent and unknown vampire in bed with her, and so she’s silently battling him but also becoming silently attracted to him and also not so silently coming to terms with her mother’s death, and eventually ...more
Morgan F
East was written when fantasy could still be fantasy. When young adult books weren't required to have a love triangle, a sexy love interest, and a heroine with low self-esteem. Rose, this novel's main character, is intelligent, resourceful, and courageous. She has a strong drive and a true moral compass. The plot reminds me of more classical fantasy that involves epic journeys over several countries over the course of years. The book is chaste and simple, which makes me think its more suited to ...more
Ronyell
4.5 stars

I never would have thought that there could be a whole chapter book retelling of a classic fairy tale other than Shannon Hale’s “The Goose Girl.” Well, I have just recently stumbled upon this book called “East” that happens to be a great retelling of a classic fairy tale! “East” is a retelling of a classic Scandinavian folktale called “East of the Sun West of the Moon” by Edith Pattou and anyone who is a huge fan of fairy tales will definitely get a kick out of this book!

Rose is the you
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Mike
I'm going to replace that old, shitty review now, because that was enormously embarrassing to read back over. SORRY, EVERYONE WHO READ IT! I APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY!

Anyway, my opinion hasn't changed, just my method of delivering it. I still think that this was a horrendous novel, badly plotted with shoddy characters.

In fact, I think the lack of development from the characters was the novel's biggest downfall. Rose is such a blank protagonist. I spent 200 pages with her (before I gave up), and throug
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Chris
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Mary-Beth
For a re-telling this was very good. In many ways, other than just expanding on the original, this version seemed to try to add some realism to the tale. Fortunately it wasn't realism at the cost of magic. There was still plenty of magic. Don't look for anything staggeringly innovative here and the writing isn't perfect, but this is very readable.

The novel delineated an ordinary world from a magical world by making Rose's home life somewhat more mundane as well as keeping from her many of the ma
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Elevetha
Dec 23, 2012 Elevetha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of fairytales retold, reimagined, or twisted on it's side


I liked this book better than Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow in a few aspects. I liked the portrayal of the trolls and how you get into the mind of the Troll Queen and see some of her motivations better. I enjoyed the alternating POV. The friendship between Rose and Thor.

But it was slow. I felt that the relationship between Rose and the bear was not as well done as it was in Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. The bear's character was rather weak and the alternating POV was not utilized to the book's advan
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Yati
Multiple first person POVs always throw me off. Always. This wasn't an exception, though I really liked the narrators, so it didn't distract me as much as if could have.

I'm a bit disappointed that the more fantastic aspects of the original folk tale were not included, but if I had never read the original story, I wouldn't have noticed they were missing.
Dani
This book will waste your time. The story is entirely unbelievable and hard to relate to.
Mark
This child's story reads like a fairy tale. A magical story of a young girl sacrificed to a mysterious bear, who becomes her love and is of course, somehow cursed. Like the frog prince, eh? Only way better.

Also, there's Slank!
Others have tried to own this word before now. You'll recall the Grinch "slink, slank, slunk" up a chimney in Whoville on Christmas eve, Cormac McCarthy's dogs slank around the periphery of a smoky campfire, the urban dictionary offers various unappealing definitions, but P
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Carla *Jen7waters*
I--I...

...LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!! D:
What were the odds anyway? It’s a Beauty & the Beast type of story with a polar bear! :3

Actually East is a fairytale retelling of the Norwegian folk tale ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’, which is about this girl who is taken by a white bear as part of a deal, and everyone is horrified by this, but turns out she becomes the bear’s knight in shining armor when she has to save him from this dreadful troll queen. How awesome is that??

The writing in
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Steph Su
EAST is the tale of Rose, who sacrifices her freedom to save her sister, grows to care for the cursed white bear who is her “captor,” unwittingly betrays him, then goes beyond the ends of the earth to make things right. It’s a classic folktale that never fails to move me, but Edith Pattou’s retelling of “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” went above and beyond, astounding me with its magical rendering of a traditional story and simple literary elements.

EAST is not extraordinarily sophisticated i
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Margaret
East is a YA retelling of the fairy tale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon", a lesser-known but interesting variant on the "Beauty and the Beast" and "Eros and Psyche" tales. Rose lives in Norway with her family; when one of her sisters becomes dangerously ill and the family is about to be evicted from their farm, a white bear appears at the door and tells the family that if Rose will come with him, their troubles will end. Of course she goes with him and becomes entangled in the enchantment ...more
oliviasbooks
I hope I'll carve out some time to review, but I have to say this is how a fairytale retelling should be in my opnion. Thank you so much, Teccc, for parting with your copy. It would have taken ages - or maybe forever - until I decided to finally buy it.
Rebecca
I loved this new and interesting fairy tale. Pattou's style was fresh and easily drew me in.
Valerie
This is the first retelling of the ballad ‘east of the sun and west of the moon’. Basically it’s about a girl whose family is having a hard time. Then a polar bear walks in (well it’s more like barging in but he’s a bear so it’s excusable) and says that if the girl, Rose, will come with him then things will improve for the family. If you don't know how the rest of it goes than I'm sure not going to spoil it. It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out that this was not a retelling of Be ...more
Gricel
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Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
This book has everything a fantasy fan could want! Even just reading the back of the book before I bought it gave me tingles of anticipation! A white bear comes to Rose's door and asks if she will accompany him on a long journey? Hell yes, I'm in! *laughs* This book has a little bit of everything; romance, drama, mystery, and magic. Plus, I seem to be a sucker for the heroine falling in love with the 'man-turned-beast' character. I usually have read stories where the said character is a wolf, so ...more
Elysha
I first discovered this book about six years ago. I had run across it in my local library, opened the cover and began to read. It reminded me of one of my childhood pleasures of the movie "The Polar Bear King." I picked it up, checked it out and headed home. From the moment I started reading the book I was hooked. I had it for three weeks, and I read it at least four times.
The characters come alive before yours, there is intrigue, passion, adventure, and self-discovery. Pain, heartbreak, and th
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Katie
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Meghan
I really enjoyed this book. It got a little slow near the middle, but it quickly picked up speed. I think the way Edith Pattou chose to write this book was interesting and I liked that you can read it knowing each persons point of view. The problem I had with the way the story was written is that sometimes you want to see the situation from somebody else's point of view and you can't. This left me with a lot of questions about what the other characters were thinking. I liked Rose a lot. She was ...more
Michelle
I guess it is a retelling of the "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" or "The Polar Bear King" fairy tale, which I had never heard of before... to me it is Beauty and the Beast with a twist. It was a good read. The ending seemed to wrap it up a little too quickly for me, and with a little to much "back to reality." After all the action, I wasn't ready for it. I don't know what I would have changed though, so I shouldn't complain! :)

Update: After reading Jessica Day George's "Sun and Moon, Ice and
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Hannah
After reading another version of this fairy tale that I wasn't particularly impressed with, I wondered if I would enjoy this one...and I did!

I was really impressed and caught by the unique and beautiful style of the author's writing and her attention to detail and research. She weaves different threads throughout the story, tying them all together in the original tale.

Early teens on up can easily enjoy this story. Despite the awkward situation the original tale puts our heroine in, there is ab
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Jazz
What I hoped would be a rich, beautiful retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon turned out to be an unimaginative story with three bland narrators. Rose, Neddy, and Father all speak in the same voice, and only Rose's narration has any point to it. Though I enjoyed reading about the bonds between Rose and her family, I thought the chapters by Neddy and Father when Rose was away were mostly repetitive and pointless. They would have been much more effective if several had been weeded out. Wh ...more
Ashley
This is a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon. It is a lesser know fairy tale, but one I have always liked. An talking polar bear, an enchanted castle, talking winds, evil trolls, a gutsy heroine. What's not to like? This retelling was done very well. The author did a great job of making this story her own. There are components to the original story that seem pretty straight forward to me, like the main character's lack of a name, and the involvement of the 4 winds. But, the author ma ...more
Amelia
East is a retelling of the classic story, "East of the Sun and West of the Moon". In this version, it tells the story of Rose, who goes with a white bear to save her family from destitution. Kept captive in a castle built in the depths of a mountain, Rose realizes that this white bear has plenty of problems. He himself is a captive and Rose is the only way to free himself from the Troll Queen's grasp.

It really is a great romance, told from mostly Rose's point of view but alternating with the Whi
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Edith Pattou is the author of several fantasy novels, including East, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. She is a graduate of the Francis W. Parker School, Scripps College (B.A., English), Claremont Graduate School (M.A., English) and UCLA (M.L.I.S.). She is married to Charles Emery, a professor of psychology at The Ohio State University. They have one child, a daughter.

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“That's the trouble with loving a wild thing: You're always left watching the door.” 99 likes
“East of the sun and west of the moon.' As unfathomable as the words were, I realized I must figure them out, reason it through. For I would go to this impossible land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon. From the moment the sleigh had vanished from sight and I could no longer hear the silver bells I knew that I would go after the stranger that had been the white bear to make right the terrible wrong I had done him.... All that mattered was to make things right. And I would do whatever it took, journey to wherever I must, to reach that goal.” 49 likes
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