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Preview — North Child by Edith Pattou
Rose is an unusual child, a North Child. For Rose was born facing north, and the old stories say she is destined to travel far from home on a dangerous journey. Making a pact with an enormous white bear, Rose travels on his back to a mysterious castle that holds a dark enchantment, a darker temptation, and the key to her true destiny…
A beautiful, epic story of destiny,...more
This book was awesome! I have never heard of this fairytale, even though it sounded familiar. I’m glad one of my friends wanted to buddy read it, but now I want to get both books in paperback and the second one comes out in October. I always get scared about the cancer coming back if I get too excited about books on down the line
Anyway, I recommend to those that love fairytales!
They journeyed far and the white bear said,
"Are you afraid?"
"No," she replied. "I am not afraid."
She would search...more
North Child (I believe formally titled East or at least called that in other parts of the world) is a gorgeous traditional retelling of the Norwegian fairytale East of the Sun and West of the Moon. It tells the tale of Rose and her fated quest to rescue the White Bear Prince.
Rose’s mother had many ...more
East is a retelling of the Norwegian tale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon;" you can read one version of it here. In East, a teenage girl named Rose has a sense of adventure that her worried mother has always tried, unsuccessfully, to quell. One day a huge white bear appears at their door and offers to magically to fix the family's dire financial ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 Rose to come away with it--in exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family--she readily agrees.
East is a ...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 ...more
true rating: 3.5 stars
I have been on a big retelling kick lately, so when I saw that this book got a cover redesign and a sequel I had to pick it up. This is an older YA that a lot of my goodreads friends read when they were younger -and loved, so I was pretty excited to see what this was all about. I really enjoyed the story overall -the MC was strong, smart and loyal to herself and her family. I also enjoyed the narrator change for each chapter, ...more
First book completed in 2020!
I admit that I am not terribly familiar with the tale that this was based on - East of the Sun and West of the Moon. All I knew at the start was that there would be a white bear who was under some sort of enchantment and a girl who goes with him to a magical home. Needless to say, I was rather surprised to discover that this only described part of the full story. While I can't say how close to the source material ...more
I really liked the folklore of this book. I think my main reason for not giving it 4 stars is that I never quite connected with the characters.
2019 challenge: a book set in Scandinavia
I'm glad that I stuck around to the end of this one. It is very different than what I usually read, and I'm being generous with my rating because I was extremely bored during a large portion of this book.
This dr a g g e d.
It was simply too long to hold my attention.
I liked the story and the Norwegian mythology associated with it. I liked having multiple perspectives. The POV of the Troll Queen was something that made me want to continue- so that I ...more
EAST is not extraordinarily sophisticated ...more
Some things are:
It's not ...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 ...more
I found it a bit confusing how they used real names of cities here in Norway yet the country they lived in was called Norjd.. Why not keep the name Norway, or alternatively use new names for the cities.
Also it seemed like this was suppose to take place in a ...more
July 6, 2010
This is by far one of the best children's books ever written. The ...more
1. This was EXTREMELY slow to start. Like, ok, I get how her mother is battshizz crazy about superstitions and birth direction. 2. I wanted more from the ending. I'm greedy and wanted more...something. Sizzle, maybe?
I definitely enjoyed Rose's MANY challenges, adventures and interesting friends along the way.
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.
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. A girl on a journey north. There may be a bear or some other animal involved. I remember the cover was blue and has a girl and snow ...? [s]||4||21||Dec 03, 2019 09:10PM|
|Fantasy Buddy Reads: East [1st January 2019]||141||41||Jan 21, 2019 09:01AM|
|Giselle's Random ...: East by Edith Pattou||2||11||Feb 28, 2018 10:17AM|
|Off the Books: What did you think?||2||8||Jan 11, 2018 10:46PM|
|The Sloan Squad S...: Not so Intrested anymore||2||3||Feb 06, 2016 05:04AM|
|The Sloan Squad S...: Intersecting||1||3||Jan 25, 2016 10:45AM|
|this is an awsome book||33||146||Sep 21, 2015 02:08PM|
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