Aug 29, 2013

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

Sun and Moon, Ice and SnowTitle: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
Author: Jessica Day George
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Library

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Blessed—or cursed—with an ability to understand animals, the Lass (as she’s known to her family) has always been an oddball. And when an isbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out, and promises that her family will become rich if only the Lass will accompany him to his castle, she doesn’t hesitate. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle, which is made of ice and inhabited by a silent staff of servents. Only a grueling journey on the backs of the four winds will reveal the truth: the bear is really a prince who’s been enchanted by a troll queen, and the Lass must come up with a way to free him before he’s forced to marry a troll princess.



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My Thoughts


A remarkable tale that will stand the test of time.

As a fairytale fan I had already heard the original tale of East of the Sun and West of the Moon and was both intrigued and a little hesitant about reading its adaptation. I am so glad I did, though because although it does stick to the basic story line the author goes much deeper into the tale introducing us to some memorable new characters. She also has her own unique style of writing that is just so pleasant to read. There is a some humor and mystery to all of her characters and I like how she delves much deeper into both the girl's (Lass) and the isbjorn's (ice bear) personalities.

I really love how even though Lass is from and older time where women weren't given as much respect as men and her even less so for not having a name, that she still has courage, determination, and most importantly a mind of her own. She wasn't afraid to do what was right even when it cost her a great deal.

I also really enjoyed learning about her brother who was fascination in his own right, but I do wish he had a bigger part in the story.

The Isbjorn was also an interesting character with a noble personality. His relationship with Lass was sweet and I enjoyed seeing the cute moments between these two.

Overall though my favorite character was definitely Rollo her pet wolf. He was an amazing character and I thoroughly enjoyed his insights as well as his sarcasm. He was a lot of fun and definitely brought out a lot of the comedic parts in the book.

This was a fun and magical tale that I highly recommend to fairytale fans of all ages!

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