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(East #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,481 ratings  ·  315 reviews
From the author of the beloved high fantasy East, a thrilling tale of true love, magic, adventure, and revenge.

When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden st
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Published October 23rd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Abby Vincere I personally think this sequel is nowhere near as good as the first. And it recons a couple of things that were important to the first book.

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I really enjoyed Edith Pattou's first fantasy novel, East, which is an award-winning YA retelling of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," a Norwegian folk tale that kind of mirrors the Snow Queen folk tale, except with More. Trolls.


Actually, in Pattou's world trolls are attractive and look like humans, except they have hard, woody skin. Anyway, you do NOT want to mess with the Queen Troll and her magic, but at the end of East (spoiler for East)(view spoiler)
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to wait until 2018??????? Omfg EAST is one of my favorite books - I can't believe she's writing this ...more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Been waiting over 10 years for this to happen!!! One of my all-time favorite books. I can't wait! ...more
Sara Saif
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: its-a-tie, 2019

That was a completely unnecessary and unsatisfying sequel.

It's true that stories don't usually end with the characters being reunited and getting married. They have their whole lives ahead of them and anything can happen. But in this case, I preferred the story to end at 'and they lived happily ever after', the first time.

West was mostly a huge waste. It was fraught with misfortune for the characters but I was unable to fully invest in the story because the whole plot seemed deliberately enginee

✩ Yaz ✩
5 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Parting with a book you have grown to love is such a bittersweet feeling, and I was happy and sad by the time I turned the last page because it means Rose’s journey has ended.

And here I thought I was worried about West ruining the story for me since I thought East could’ve been a stand-alone despite its rushed ending. The rating probably lowered my expectations of this book but how... HOW is this less than a 4⭐️?!

• The setting was as vivid and lush as it was in the first book. Edit
!!!!! Wasn't expecting a sequel, but can't wait to see where Pattou takes this! ...more
West is a delightful fantasy novel, gorgeously pieced together with adventure and folklore it is sure to please fans of East and new readers alike.

East (though it will always be North Child to me) is one of my most favourite books. I love its beautiful writing, elegant and so very imaginative in its simplicity. I love the fairytale remix. I love the strength of Rose, her curiosity, wandering spirit and determination. I love the short chapters written from the perspectives of multiple characters
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I have to admit, I almost gave up on this one in the beginning. I waited until it was almost due back to the library before even starting it, though that was partly because I had to wait for my hold on the first book to come in, too. Still, this sequel just starts off uncannily similar to East, and though I ended up loving that book, I didn't want to read the same book again, just set a few years later. However, I'm glad I stuck with it because, though the plots are comparable, and both books sh ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
1) Fantasy is my home. 💜

2) "Gingerbread hair" is a very happy simile.

3) I have no quarrel with the word "bairn" but there are other synonyms for "infant" and it may behoove you to use some of them every now and then.
Stories often end with a marriage and those expected words happily ever after. Stories should be like that perhaps, but life is not. In truth, my story with the white bear was very far from being over after we got married.

I loved East. Loved it to pieces. This was also very good. Except it felt like the same story and so many characters and I was just tired of the same thing. I don’t know what I expected. It just didn’t work for me.

Still, I highly recommend this series.
Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)
Rating 4.5 stars


I was graciously sent an ARC of West by Edith Pattou for an honest review. West is one of my most anticipated releases of 2018. The first book, East, came out about 15 years ago and it is one of my all-time favorite books. It's so beautiful. All thoughts and feelings surrounding this book are my own. Thank you HMH for sending me an ARC.


Reading West was so much fun. It gave me so many nostalgic vibes. I absolutely adored
I feel I should preface this with the fact that East has been my actual favorite book since I read it when it came out in 2003. I've read it enough times that my hardcover copy is falling apart with love, and I had large swathes of it memorized when I was younger.

Needless to say, I was extremely excited when I found out about West. I really hate reading things digitally, and don't currently have a way to do so except on my laptop, but I immediately downloaded this book because I needed it in my
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

You know the adventure books you read as a kid; the ones that completely took you away to another land and for a few brief moments reality fused into a magical world of make believe. That is what Pattou has written. “West”, is the stunning sequel to her first masterpiece, “East”.

When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her ha
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
"ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review."

I loved the first book, however, I do not feel that it needed a sequel. The entire book felt redundant and stilted in the way it jumped perspectives every two or three pages never really allowing the reader to settle into a POV. I do not feel like this book added to the story of Rose and her bear at all so much as it just repeated what had already been told in a slightly different way... it kind of felt like really well-written fan f
Overall I thought this was a really cute continuation of East. If you really enjoyed the first installment, this book follows a similar story format: The main character once again goes on an adventure to rescue her now husband. Was this sequel necessary? No not really... book 1 was pretty well wrapped up. However, if you loved the characters and world building in East, I would recommend this book.


East, #1 ★★★★☆
West, #2 ★★★☆☆
Awwww happy ending
Laura Scribner
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to this book. I loved East so much! But West just left so much to be desired. Her blind devotion to her White Bear without even a hint of conflict with her devotion to her baby really irritated me. And I hated that she left Winn behind at all; what a way better story it would’ve been, if she set off with her baby all like “alright little dude; we’ve got to rescue your dad... again!”

Also, I’m with Eugina. I want to know Winn’s birth direction.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I still remember the incredible feelings I had while reading East as a teenager, West was eh at best, utterly forgettable and unneeded at worst.

East had the basis of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" to go off of, and I believe having that framework gave Pattou the solid foundation she needed to write a mysterious and gripping adaptation. West has none of that framework and it shows. It's a very simple plot - chase the bad guys, get the kids back. The plot is just a long string of wea
Nov 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF read approximately 50%

Let me say a few things about why I gave this such a low rating, and begin with I did not finish it, I read only half and there is a possibility (slim in my opinion) that the latter half could have been fantastic, though I doubt it.

I read East when it first came out about 15 years ago and absolutely loved it. East of the Sun and West of the Moon is one of my all time favorite fairy tales, and I enjoy retellings of it immensely. Pattou's version ended well, and in my vi
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had loved East, so when I saw that Ms. Pattou was writing a sequel I had mixed feelings. Excitement-because I had loved everything about East. Dread--That my love of East would be ruined.

I had both low and high expectations. But somehow this book managed to live up to both.
I have re-read East a couple of times so you could say that I am biased. I was sad at first that Rose and her White Bear couldn't just be happy and live a modest life, yet Rose, being adventurous by nature would have never
Mary Van Almsick
I didn't like this as much as I liked East. I don't feel like this book stands on it's own. If I hadn't read East first, this book would have been confusing. There were some interesting parts, but it seemed like I was reading a slightly different version of the same story. ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I should preface this by saying that East is one of my absolute favorite books, so much so that I've returned to it every few years from the time I first it read it about 12 years ago. Its feeling of emotional weight and consequences; the array of locales, each as thrilling and as different as the one that preceded it; and little things like the three dresses have stayed powerfully with me for all this time. And the entire storyline with the nightshirt has remained, in my mind, the single most s ...more
Hope Garmon
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first review on goodreads. The idea of going back and reviewing books from the past stresses me out, so I'll only review going forward. I'm happy that my first review could be of a book I enjoyed so much.

I was introduced to East by a good friend several years ago and, due to it being a quick read, I've probably read it more than any other book. I was so excited to see she had written a sequel.

I love the way she writes the story from several different character's perspectives. I love
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic!
What a nice surprise this duology was. I picked this series up on a whim, basing it off the synopsis and quite a few of raving reviews from trusted allies here on Goodreads, and thank goodness I did!

The characters were all fantastically wonderful in their own little way, the plot really thickened in West and I was so here for it!

(view spoiler)
Sep 01, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Whatttt the heck??? It has been 15 years since the 1st book came out, and now there's a sequel?? I did NOT know about this, but I'm glad that GR notified me about this book because I would've never known otherwise. I'm excited to see where Rose's adventures will take her~~ ...more
Joanna Meyer
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-tbr
Over a decade in the making, this wonderful book was hard to put down. The further adventures of Rose and her white bear are not to be missed. <3
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of East of the Sun, West of the Moon
*Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*

When I was younger, several years younger, I read East on a whim. It was a paperback copy from the library, and I loved it. It has stayed in my mind for years as one of my favourite retellings, deep and imaginative and filled with imagery you just can't forget. Browsing NetGalley and coming upon West was like finding an old friend - grown up, changed, but so familiar and lovely. Actually getting a
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first book a lot more but this one was still really good.
April Sarah
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
3.5 stars? (Subject to change - I'm conflicted) ...more
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review

Five years ago, I read East and fell completely in love with the novel. It was spellbinding, mysterious and at its heart was a good retelling of a fairy tale. So you can imagine my excitement to read an advanced copy of the sequel, and how it really hurts me to write the following: I am disappointed in this sequel.

West follows Rose and her white bear several years after the first book. In that time, Rose and Charles have had a baby, who they
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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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