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Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
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Sep 29, 2009

really liked it
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Read in October, 2009

Ice was an magical, adventurous, and lovely fairy tale. From Cassie's trek through the icy Arctic, to running through a magical forest where all the trees want to stop her from escaping, or a magical palace made of ice, Ice sure takes the reader on a whirlwind adventure. When I started the book I had assumed it would stay in the icy landscape but I'm glad it didn't, that probably would have started to get boring after awhile.

At first I loved Cassie as a character but once she encounters Father Forest, she starts to come off as extremely selfish with a one track mind, and pretty reckless as well. I mean yes, this is a book and a fairy tale but it was still painful to read. I did love the chemistry and devotion that Cassie and Bear felt for each other though. I totally bought it and loved their scenes together.

Adventure isn't my go-to genre but I had a great time reading about Cassie's adventure. I found all the magical elements of the story to be rather exciting. I especially liked the idea of the munaqsri (a soul giver and taker when someone or something is born or dies) and how each species had its own. Durst has created a rich world to draw from in Ice and I was definitely impressed!
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message 1: by Angelc (new) - added it

Angelc Great review, Alea! This looks so good! Is it a version of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon"?

Alea YES!

message 3: by Angelc (new) - added it

Angelc Awesome! I love that story! Have you read "East" by Edith Patou (sp?) Its soo good, too!

Alea No I haven't!

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Angelc You should add it to your To Read list :)

Alea I should!

Irisheyz77 someone else was just telling me about East last night...this is two rave reviews now.

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