East

East

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A beautiful, new edition of the beloved fantasy hailed as "the stuff of epic tale telling" ( Booklist ), perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast from New York Times best-selling author Edith Pattou.

Rose has always longed for adventure, so when an enormous white bear appears one evening and makes her a mysterious offer, she accepts. In exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family, she must live with the white bear in a distant castle. But Rose soon realizes that all isn't as it seems. As she tries to settle into her new life, she makes a devastating mistake. Now she must choose: return to her safe and loving family or go on a dangerous quest to fix what she has broken--and perhaps lose her heart along the way. A sweeping romantic epic as timeless as any fairy tale and thrilling as only the best fantasy novels can be.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2018
ISBN: 9781328581587
1328581586
Characteristics: 528 p.

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blue_deer_398
Aug 14, 2017

the best book that is similar to the cupid and psche version but with Norse names and stories! Loved it!!! Read the Jessica George version West of the Sun East of the Moon!!!!

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starinthesky
Nov 02, 2015

Awesome! I have read the version of this fairytale by Jessica Day George as well and I would say both are excellent!

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franna
Aug 31, 2015

wow, what a great read! epic story-telling. I couldn't put the book down. fast-moving. lots of adventure. read all 500 pages plus the commentary by the author at the end in 2 days. I can see this becoming a movie someday.

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solennial
Sep 28, 2014

In this retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Rose’s mother has tried desperately to stop her from ever leaving home. But when a mysterious white bear appears and asks Rose to come with it, she agrees. But upon getting to a mysterious and empty castle, she realizes that’s only the beginning of her adventure.

Read this if you like: Fairytale retellings, strong female characters, mystery.

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isingalto
Jun 12, 2014

The first time I read it I thought, "well, that was pretty good.". Then I reread it. And then bought it and reread it again. And again. It really grew on me and is now one of my favorites.

The pacing can be a little slow, but short chapters written in various styles depending on different characters' POVs helps keep things going.

One standout quality that I was finally able to put my finger on: In so many stories, the only way authors can think to show that their heroine is unique or worth our time is by having her feel oh so specially DIFFERENT than all the sad, boring, do-what-is-expected girls in her town. They show she's "spunky" or "not like other girls" by being discontent - she'd rather have adventures than sew, she views other domesticated girls as silly and shallow. Pattou writes Rose as adventurous, but harmonious to an extent with domesticity (particularly sewing/weaving) and rural life. She's brave and intelligent and goes on adventures, but it's a natural outflow of her character. She is who she is rather than only having character in relation to whatever rigid social expectations she chafes against. I really appreciated that.

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artemishi
Mar 01, 2014

East is the retelling of one of my absolutely favorite fairytales, East of the Sun & West of the Moon. It's fitting that this tale take place in Norway, as the original folklore is Norwegian, but Pattou detly weaves in historical and cultural facts about mid-1500's Norway, Denmark, France, Iceland, and Greenland. She even touches on Inuit culture!

I love this fairytale, I think, because it has traces of Eros & Psyche (my favorite of the Greek myths) as well as Beauty & the Beast (another favorite tale). Also probably because it involves bears, a courageous woman (physically as well as emotionally), and Norse culture.

This is not the first take on the fairytale that I've read (you may recall), but it had a distinctly modern fiction approach. It downplays the enchanted/magic aspects, and even the insta-love aspects. It emphasizes family dynamics, and mitigates the evil actions of the troll queen (although her actions are completely wrong, you sympathize with her, emotionally). I love a humanized villain!

Overall, it was a quick read and an interesting, less-magic-based approach to a fantastical tale. I recommend it for fans of fairytale retellings (always interesting to see what takes authors have of it), female protagonists who can be both masculine and feminine in their approach, Norse-esque culture, and YA fantasy.

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owlface55555
Mar 27, 2013

I'm really glad I discovered this book. :) It was a great turnabout from the damsel in distress situation of traditional fairy tales.

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hyning
Feb 13, 2013

The stuff of EPIC tale telling as they say is true and I really enjoyed this book.

Sidewinder88 Jun 16, 2012

Normally I'm not a big fan of romance but this book got me interested from the first page. The story was so captivating that I just had to keep reading to find out if she ever saves her love. A wonderful tale full of adventure and love. Definitely one of my favs.

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_Bec_
Feb 21, 2012

I absolutely LOVE this book!! I received it as a gift and, although i was reluctant to read it, the first chapter had me captivated.
Although i was previously unaware of the ancient fairytale I loved how she had turned it into a wondeful, full length novel.
A while after reading this book I came accross another retelling of it by one of my favourite authors, Jessica Day george. Her version of the tale, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, was every bit as good as this book and I would definately reccomend it to anyone who enjoyed East.

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