Readers with a taste for fantasy and folklore will embrace Pattou’s (Hero’s Song) lushly rendered retelling of “East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Book Review: East by Edith Pattou. Posted on July 28, Title: East. Author: Edith Pattou. Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult. Publisher: Harcort. Rose is the youngest of seven children, meant to replace her dead sister. Maybe because of that, she’s never really fit in. She’s always felt.

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Rose travels on the bear’s broad back to a distant and empty castle, where she is nightly joined by a mysterious stranger.

I just recently bought another copy to give to a fellow book lover for her birthday. Read the glossery in the very back for modern names I loved the mother’s superstition, her brother, Neddy- their love and close relationship, Rose, of course bj a brave, smart girl, The White Bear-it’s amazing how you eddith start to love an animal in a book, Thor didn’t think I’d like him but I did!

I have loved fairy tales and stories of magic since I was a wee one.

No Saints in Kansas. Nothing I saw was engaging in and of itself – it always felt like I was waiting for something engaging to happen. I am eaast to read more by this author, and soon!

The original story is very akin to Beauty and the Beastbut this particular retelling allows for more trolls, more white bears, more ediht Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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I’m not familiar with the fairy tale that this is a retelling of so I had nothing to compare it to, which probably worked to its favor. What eedith is an epic journey that takes Rose from the forests of France to the fjords of Greenland, as she discovers how warm a fire love can kindle in the coldest reaches of the world.

Buy the Audiobook Download: 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. The pace, which should’ve been fast, at least, from the whiplash-style narration, went at a sluggish crawl, leaving me eaast throughout.


Patou weaves the voices of different characters to fill out the story and move the action along simultaneously- I read in the other reviews that some people did not like this convention. Best scene in story: Although this book is touted as a middle grade novel no doubt due to the absence of offensive material in itI highly recommend it for all interested in fairy tales and fantasy.

Until reading this book, I had never heard of the fairy tale, “east of the sun, west edit the moon”. The Troll Queen, for instance, is obsessed with the human prince she finds; so much so that she fakes his death and is punished for her actions by her father.

It was an altogether pleasant change of pace. One night, however, Rose lights the candle and sees that Bear transforms into a handsome young man at bh. Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! The book is chaste and simple, which makes me think its more ppattou to East was written when fantasy could dast be fantasy. Best part easr story, including ending: Her descriptions of Norwegian homesteading; the wildlife and harsh conditions of the Arctic and sailing pqttou unrelenting seas, and the magic of the enchanted castle and ice palace were so vivid, I could picture everything clearly in my head.

What are split infinitives and who cares about them anyway? Enraged, the Queen melts the entire ice palace and Rose and Myk are trapped under the snow – fulfilling Rose’s birth prophecy. In the villages of Norway, sometime during the 16th century, a poor mapmaker and his superstitious wife tend to their seven children; especially keeping an eye on their youngest daughter, Rose.

This is also slightly disturbing. It also is slightly disturbing because Rose is far closer to the male members of her family than her sisters. So when an enormous white bear shows up one cold autumn evening and asks teenage Rose has always been different.



I really, really, liked it. Lists with This Book. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

She did an amazing job of showing the uncertainty that was felt between the two. Jun 21, Minutes Young Adult. Like the Troll Princess, Rose uses someone and then spares no thought for his fate and it is a sad fate.

It really didn’t stick at all – once Rose’s plot reasons for being adventurous and reckless went away, so did her sense of adventure and The Captain was very mean and had a chauvinistic attitude towards Rose and women in general.

And why is an Inuit woman named after a place in Sweden? Niamh and the Hermit by Emily C. The writing in I–I Wanting to save her family, Rose jumps at the chance for an adventure, and leaves with the bear, who whisks her away to a magical castle. Words fail me when I try to describe an extraordinary book; indeed, there is no part of this book that was not amazing, and thus there is no part that I can describe well.

The result were many very short chapters, and it didn’t take long for me to get a sense of whiplash – one small thing would happen, and then we’d switch to someone else’s narration for another small thing to happen.

So I’m conflicted about this book. You can read this review and more on my blog, Ivy Book Ny. Even though edit only a two-star book, I find myself holding onto it because I’m rather proud of my collection of retold fairy tales. But when a librarian friend highly recommended this story, I looked up the old tale to get a better understanding of it before diving into this. Want to Read saving…. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.