Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
This book was magical!!! It was even better than the book "East" me and my friends read!
I had this freaking paperback at one time but got rid of it when I was having a clean out, little did I know!! The paperback is now on my Amazon wishlist 🙄
So, she who shall not be named until the end of the book is a wonderful character. To make this short and to the point I’m going to sum up a couple of favorite things.
She goes out to find the white ...more
The lass with no name—indeed, she is referred to as simply “the lass” for the vast majority of the book—is largely ignored, except by her well-meaning, rather ineffective father (who never stands up to his cruel, childish wife) and her el ...more
(view spoiler)[ When her bedfellow came in that night the lass was still awake. Annoyed, she hopped out of bed as soon as he got in. She tripped over her slippers, struck her arm on the divan, and shouted in anger.
"I am not in the mood for you," she said between gritted teeth. "One of us is going to sleep on the divan." She waited, but there as no answer. Of course ...more
I really don’t know how I get this bad luck. Beauty and the Beast is my least favorite story and this is my third and a half (read two short stories) read of a retelling... this year. Besides Beauty and the Beast vibes (which would be weird if it wouldn’t have those vibes) there was also a Cupid & Psyche vibe (view spoiler)[the part of lighting the candle to see who sleeps next to her (hide spoiler)].
The writing is simple and easy to follow, although the main character is a young adult it ...more
Long ago and far away in the land of ice and snow, there came a time when it seemed that winter would never end. The months when summer should have given the land respite were cold and damp, and the winter months were snow filled and colder still. The people said the cold had lasted a hundred years, and feared that it would last a hundred more. It was not a natural winter, and no one knew what witch or troll had caused the winds to howl so fiercely.
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is a classic f ...more
first reread: September 18 - 23 , 2016
I still really liked this book, though, being 27, I would say its a bit young for my liking.....buuuuuuuuuuut because of my love for the movie "The Polar Bear King", I can't help but want to read it over and over.
The lass didn't ask about his dire statement. She felt strange too. It wouldn't be just like old times. Her father was injured, perhaps dying. She knew some of Hans Peter's secrets, and the family's fortunes had d ...more
The novel has a fairy-tale feel, though in a solidly Norsk setting (I don't know how better to name it—it's northern with all the ice a ...more
This is the third version I've read of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moo ...more
This re-telling kept everything good - the brave heroine, the trolls, the candle, the carefully crafted ending - and simply made sense of it all. The love stil ...more
this version of east of the sun & west of the moon was a pleasant read.
pika, lass or whatever you might call her, lacked substance, meaning she wasn't a fleshed out character. all of jessica day george's books seem to have this particular problem. the author draws a strict line between evil vs. good, so the reader makes no mistake as to categorize who's the hero and who's the villain. which is a shame.
there is more than just one side to a person than that! i'm disappointed once again by g ...more
But she has a gift. The ability to speak to animals.
And the inability to give up.
When the white bear arrives on her doorstep, promising her family wealth if she will live with him for a year, the lass says, “Yes.”
A promise that will take her west of the moon and east of the sun.
A fairy tale with echoes of Beauty and the Beast and Rose Red and Snow White. I particularly liked the Norwegian setting. From the lefsa to the white reindeer.
It was an okay read, overall pretty good, if a little simplistic. It didn't grab my attention in a special way or inspire any particular feelings. I guess I would have enj ...more
“Never look back, never forget.”
When a great polar bear offers her family fortune in exchange for her living with him for a year, the lass, who had never been given a name, agrees. Not only is the polar bear and his palace of ice more than what they seem, they also hold secrets over the curse that has been laid on the lass’ oldest brother. In order to save her brother, friends and the great polar bear, the lass must now solve the riddles of the ice palace and travel east of the sun and west o ...more
This book has enchantments! Trolls! Talking animals! Talking winds! More talking animals! And the writing style was great! Personally, I think if I were to ever reread this book again, I’d listen to it on audiobook because the author does such a great job of writing this is a fairytale tone. I really like her writing style.
Also, best acknowledgments that I’ve read in a while:
I'm torn. I seriously cannot decide which of the three retellings of East of the Sun West of the Moon was the best. All three had unique bits and pieces and details which set them apart and all three were written beautifully. This one had an old setting like East and a similarly enchanting prose. The female main character was a gutsy lass who raced against the odds and ice to rescue her white bear. She was a touch more curious than her other versions though.
I loved that there were all manner of ...more
Cover--Yea or Nay: I do like the cover, it's not bad, but it's not super interesting either nor does it look like the girl. I think it should have the ice palace instead.
Characters: The Lass, as she is named (or not named really) is a lovely character, and very typical to Jessica's h ...more
The story, for me, was very slow-paced and nothing much ever happened. After the first few days "the lass" spent wandering around the palace, it gets pretty repetitive. She gets curious, she asks one of the servants, they die. You would think that at some point she would realize that she should STOP asking or find other ways to fi ...more
This retelling was very well done. It kept the fairy tale feel while still feeling like a fleshed out novel. The characters were well-put together well enough, the story fit the chapter-book format without feeling like it was a stretched-out version of something else.
My only complaint is that we don' ...more
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is a retelling of the Norwegian fairytale East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I had never been exposed to the story before, so I can't really compare the two - however, I did thoroughly enjoy this book. Jessica Day George keeps the plot moving without sacrificing ...more
I'm by no means a fairy tale aficionado, I'm not sure how closely this follows the age old Norwegian tale. I just know that I fell for the characters, for the story that Jessica Day George unfolds within these pages.
Pika/Lass is everything I like in my fairy tale heroines: Kind, merciful, strong, brave and selfless. Jessica Day George's language is enchanting, lulling with a glorious lullaby effect. All ...more