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...more
This book was, in comparison, pretty dumb. Aside from being a Twiclone, it had many other problems. Every chapter is told b...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
The character narration changes from chapter to chapter, sometimes the white bear, troll queen, Rose or her brother.
The plot wa...more
Update: After reading Jessica Day George's "Sun and Moon, Ice and...more
I still love it. I think East is a beautiful, imaginative, enticing tale of unlikely love and devotion. After reading some of the other comments that people posted, I was disappointed to discover that in comparison to the story from it is adapted, it doesn't really meet the mark. I, however, have never read the original East of the Sun and West of the Mo...more
"Peter Lake rode Athansor at a lope over snow-covered streets with the north wind against him. It was very cold, and the wind put icicles on his mustache. Though the doctor hadn't known that the woman Peter Lake loved was in the midst of dying, his advice could not have been more appropriate or more painful to hear, especially because it echoed what Beverly had said not long before in the second (though by far not...more
'East' is a Cupid & Psyche/Beauty and the Beast retelling with a twist. Set in the far north, the story follows Nymah Rose, and adventurous young girl. When her family falls on hard times, a great white bear comes to the door to make a deal with Rose's family. If Rose comes with him, her family's fortune will change for the better. Against her parent's wishes, Rose agrees to go with the bear...more
The characters come alive before yours, there is intrigue, passion, adventure, and self-discovery. Pain, heartbreak, and th...more
East is a new take on an old story. It doesn't really offer anything new to the table and story, but delivers beautifully. Ms. Pattou creates a lovely albeit harsh world that for 500 pages you feel completely immersed in. The language and nar...more
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