So how is it?
Ice is set not in Ye Olde Tymes, but in our century, and begins at an Arctic research station. Cassie has been raised there by her father, the head of the research team, and dreams only of continuing on ...more
For Readathon-2017 1/26
In the category "A myth or fairy tale retelling"
Woman author: 1/14
I have mixed feelings about this story. I found it too far-fetched even for a fairy tale. It was a decent attempt from the author, the writing was pretty good but the heroine was too immature, too arrogant for my liking. The decisions she made were all in the impulse of the moment taking unnecessary, stupid risks that endangered others as well as herself. I know that everything turned out ...more
Cassie is a modern girl, but in her own way is quite different from your "normal" teenage girl. She has been raised by her father and h ...more
The good: This retelling of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" is fresh because Cassie is a modern girl who grows up on an Arctic research station. The underlying mythology (Munaqsri, trolls, etc.) is well developed and interesting. Also, the German cover is GORGEOUS.
The romance (or more to the point, what romance?). The relationship between Cassie and Bear was rushed and there were no substantive interactions between the two. We weren't shown enough for even a friendship, let a ...more
We pass quickly through the Beauty-and-the-Beast alone toget ...more
This novel is based on a lesser-known Norwegian fairy tale, and though I’d never heard of the tale before, this retelling was wonderfully imagined. I can’t say how much is Durst’s imagination, because it’s based on something else already.
Ice is a novel not without its flaws: to me, it promotes bestiality, domestication of women, Stockholm syndrome, and the disturbing fallout from Twilight's bland Bella’s grand ambitions: to give up a promising fu ...more
From the first page, I was ensnared by Sa ...more
This is another retelling of the Norwegian fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and it is not the best retelling of this fairy tale. If you want to enjoy this story, then you should try to read East by Edith Pattou.
Well, the first part of the book was pretty good. It was sweet and funny. I liked the relationship between Cassie and Bear. (the main characters) It developed slowly and passed the phase of mistrust, then the phase of friendship, and ultimately the ...more
I did miss the golden carding combs, but I think the f ...more
I didn’t know it until after I read the summary of the original fairytale but East was pretty much exactly the same as the original East of the Sun West of the Moon story. Ice deviated a lot, it was just as addictive but a bit odd, honestly.
The book is divided into neat halves. The first half is enchanting, full of ice castles and dangerous expeditions and while there’s a talking bear and all, it’s still grounded in reality. The second half is a riot of magic and strange things, it’s a complete ...more
Then, along came the central relationship developm ...more
First off, it's set in modern day Alaska. Cassie lives with her father at a research center, tagging and tracking polar bears, of all things. (insert winky face) She'd grown up hearing stories of the Polar Bear King and how her mother had been swept away to the troll kingdom. It turns out; all that stuff was real. Coming to collect his bride, Bear takes Cassie to his home in a ...more
Cassie doesn't believe in fairy tales. Sure, Gram used to tell her that bedtime story about how Cassie's mother was stolen away by the North Wind and imprisoned by trolls. But Cassie, who lives with her scientist father at a research station in the Arctic, has every intention of following in Dad's logical, analytical footsteps. She has no time for fantasy. And besides, as she grew older, she realized that "stolen by the North Wind ...more
Cassie has grown up on an Arctic research station in Alaska with her father. She's been told stories of her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and is now imprisoned by trolls.
Cassie is eighteen and doesn't believe in Polar Bear Kings or trolls anymore - it's just a nice way of saying her mother died. But when she seeks out a polar bear that starts talking to her and promises he can return her mother if she would b ...more
I realized that I have been reading WAY too much PNR and UF when something that should be a sweet fairy tale starts creeping me out because the bear isn ...more
It's a modern version. Cassie learns that those fairy tales she heard from her grandmother are true. Her mother is being held by trolls, and Cassie is promised to the polar bear king.
Cassie was a clever girl. She lived at a arctic research station so she knew the wild (which is needed later on).
The story, well if you know the basics of the other story then you know this one. With a fe ...more
The original tale tells the story of the daughter of a poor peasant who's given away by her father to the White Bear in exchange ...more
Cassie is the eighteen year old daughter of an arctic research scientist who has long forgotten the fairy tales her grandmother told as a young child. Her grandmother had told her that Cassie's mother was imprisoned by the trolls after making a deal with the polar bear king. Cassie had come to ...more
I love "East of the Sun, West of the Moon", and the idea of an Arctic research station as the (initial) setting for the story is fantastic. As are the descriptions of the Arctic. I liked Bear a lot too, as he had a lovely dry sense of humour. But the whole Guardian thing made my skin crawl ...more
The romance was wonderful. ...more