East (2020)

East Edith Pattou East Rose has always been different 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
  • Title: East
  • Author: Edith Pattou
  • ISBN: 9780152052218
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
East Edith Pattou Rose has always been different 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 teenageRose has always been different 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 Rose travels on the bear s broad back to a distant and empty castle, where she is nightly joined by a mysterious stranger In discovering his identity, she loses her heart and finds her purpose and realizes her journey has only just begun.
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  1. Camille

    I absolutely loved this book I ve read it so many times and never has it grown old I love how it shifts views and tells you what other people are doing and how it has many plots that all tie together in the book I love the White Bear and I love reading what he has to say and the riddles and poems he speaks in The chapters weren t long so you could just fly through the book with no trouble I fell inlove with Rose and her personality from the beginning, the first few pages a a little slow, but tha [...]

  2. Lacey Louwagie

    This novel is a retelling of East of the Sun and West of the Moon which is probably one of the most underappreciated fairy tales out there Unfortunately, this retelling doesn t quite do it justice The author chose to use multiple viewpoints, which felt like a gimmick and less like the best way to tell the story especially since I was only really interested in the stories from two of the five narrators Also, no one ever seems to have given Edith that all important advice to show and not tell Des [...]

  3. Cait • A Page with a View

    This wasn t my favorite retelling of East of the Sun West of the Moon ACOTAR probably still holds that spot , but it was still fun to see the different take on it The story s set in a modern arctic where the main character is living with her scientist dad She gets taken by the polar bear king to be his bride aaaaand things get pretty creative and a bit weird The story follows the usual format of her coming back to save him from the troll queen figure, but throws in a lot of other stuff like merm [...]

  4. Keertana

    Rating 4.5 StarsEver 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 an evil tr [...]

  5. Heather

    What a GREAT young adult fantasy I loved everything about this book Although it is almost 500 pages, it is a quick read Short chapters, larger print The story is based on the Norwegian fairytale East of the Sun and West of the Moon which I didn t know until I read the author s notes at the end I liked that even though it was a fantasy, it took place in a real time and place 16th Century Norway Read the glossery in the very back for modern names I loved the mother s superstition, her brother, Ned [...]

  6. Morgan F

    East was written when fantasy could still be fantasy When young adult books weren t required to have a love triangle, a sexy love interest, and a heroine with low self esteem Rose, this novel s main character, is intelligent, resourceful, and courageous She has a strong drive and a true moral compass The plot reminds me of classical fantasy that involves epic journeys over several countries over the course of years The book is chaste and simple, which makes me think its suited to a middle scho [...]

  7. Ronyell

    4.5 starsI 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 youngest chil [...]

  8. Marquise

    This reimagining of East of the Sun and West of the Moon has a very good beginning, enhanced by the not so frequent technique in retellings of showing both sides of the story the girl, her family, the enchanted bear and the Troll Queen Quite intriguing, isn t it Plus, it s historical fantasy rather than plain old school fantasy, as the setting is 16th century Scandinavia, and the author uses a historical event from a century prior that s somewhat mysterious and apt for reinterpreting in fiction. [...]

  9. Chris

    I m conflicted about this novel I really am.On one hand, East of the Sun, West of the Moon is one of my favorite fairy tales and this isn t a bad retelling of it.On the other hand, there are several parts to this novel that don t quite gel.Let s nickpick.But first, in case you don t know, East of the Sun, West of the Moon is a wonderful fairy tale It is why I love polar bears It is a Northern version of Cupid and Psyche, but instead of some silly boy with iddy biddy wings, it has a POLAR BEAR RO [...]

  10. Mike

    I m going to replace that old, shitty review now, because that was enormously embarrassing to read back over SORRY, EVERYONE WHO READ IT I APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY 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 through that [...]

  11. Jo

    Since I read this back when I was first becoming interested in YA, I was worried that a second reading would prove to be less enjoyable I am happy to say that the book is still deserving of 5 stars in my opinion The multiple POVs are so seamless and well done And I dare you not to like Rose She is a great heroine I think when it s time for Christmas, a lot of people are going to find this book in their stocking July 6, 2010This is by far one of the best children s books ever written The author a [...]

  12. Yati

    Multiple first person POVs always throw me off Always This wasn t an exception, though I really liked the narrators, so it didn t distract me as much as if could have.I m a bit disappointed that the 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.

  13. Steph Su

    EAST is the tale of Rose, who sacrifices her freedom to save her sister, grows to care for the cursed white bear who is her captor, unwittingly betrays him, then goes beyond the ends of the earth to make things right It s a classic folktale that never fails to move me, but Edith Pattou s retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon went above and beyond, astounding me with its magical rendering of a traditional story and simple literary elements.EAST is not extraordinarily sophisticated in wri [...]

  14. Carla *Jen7waters*

    I I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH D What were the odds anyway It s a Beauty the Beast type of story with a polar bear 3 Actually East is a fairytale retelling of the Norwegian folk tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon , which is about this girl who is taken by a white bear as part of a deal, and everyone is horrified by this, but turns out she becomes the bear s knight in shining armor when she has to save him from this dreadful troll queen How awesome is that The writing in East is just plain be [...]

  15. Mary-Beth

    For a re telling this was very good In many ways, other than just expanding on the original, this version seemed to try to add some realism to the tale Fortunately it wasn t realism at the cost of magic There was still plenty of magic Don t look for anything staggeringly innovative here and the writing isn t perfect, but this is very readable.The novel delineated an ordinary world from a magical world by making Rose s home life somewhat mundane as well as keeping from her many of the magical re [...]

  16. Clara Biesel

    A nostalgic, emotional five for this book I really, really, liked it The fable of east of the sun and west of the moon told in a novel form, it reminds me of fairytale retellings I read as a young teen, Robin McKinley and such , and it was very easy to submerge myself in the story I found it cozy Reading it at a bus stop in the freezing rain was comforting, and reading it cozied up with blankets and tea was exactly what I wanted If you had mixed feelings about His Dark Materials, but still reall [...]

  17. Arielle Walker

    It s been quite a while since I read this, so I will leave a proper review until my eventual re reading but I will say that as it is based on my favourite fairytale, I can remember being particularly harsh on this retelling I recall it being good but not quite living up to my memories of the original tale, and as I don t know if anything really will live up to those memories it may be wise to add a star in your mind to whatever review I finally do give.

  18. oliviasbooks

    Read first in November 2011 I hope I ll carve out some time to review, but I have to say this is how a fairytale retelling should be in my opnion Thank you so much, Teccc, for parting with your copy It would have taken ages or maybe forever until I decided to finally buy it.

  19. Audrey

    Oh what a charming, magical book This is a rewrite of the classical fairy tales Beauty and the Beast and East of the Sun and West of the Moon Rose is the youngest daughter in a large family who loves to explore One day a white bear comes to her home and asks her to go with him and she agrees This is a beautiful story of enchantment, adventure, and love.

  20. Amanda - Cover2CoverMom

    You can read all my reviews on my blog Cover2CoverMom I picked up East in preparation in attending the Ohioana Book Festival this year Despite the fact that this was an older book published back in 2005, I decided to give it a go since it had really good ratings on 4.14 star rating with 32,000 ratings I am so happy I was able to squeeze this one in before the festival, because it ended up being one of my favorite reads this year thus far Please do not the fact that this book is over 500 pages in [...]

  21. Kim Ammons (youthbookreview)

    4 out of 5 starsI added this book to my to read list way back when, after I read and loved Jessica Day George s Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow which introduced me to this fairy tale It s a Beauty and the Beast like Norwegian fairy tale to make a broad comparison called East of the Sun and West of the Moon, with a polar bear instead of a beast And Rose can t communicate very well with the guy in polar bear form, because he s, well, a polar bear If you are a fan of fairy tales, then I think you ll be [...]

  22. Pandora

    The white bear vistied me daily as I worked the loom Usually it was in the afternoon and he would lie on the rug near me I took to talking to him, thoughly he rarely responded I would tell him of my family, of life on our farmhold, and of places I had been beyond the farm I would also tell him stories, both from my memory of the ones Neddy had told me and those from the Njorden book I had found Summary This book is based on East of the Sun and West of the Moon Rose who can t stay put takes up th [...]

  23. Mark

    This child s story reads like a fairy tale A magical story of a young girl sacrificed to a mysterious bear, who becomes her love and is of course, somehow cursed Like the frog prince, eh Only way better.Also, there s Slank Others have tried to own this word before now You ll recall the Grinch slink, slank, slunk up a chimney in Whoville on Christmas eve, Cormac McCarthy s dogs slank around the periphery of a smoky campfire, the urban dictionary offers various unappealing definitions, but Pattou [...]

  24. Margaret

    East is a YA retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon , a lesser known but interesting variant on the Beauty and the Beast and Eros and Psyche tales Rose lives in Norway with her family when one of her sisters becomes dangerously ill and the family is about to be evicted from their farm, a white bear appears at the door and tells the family that if Rose will come with him, their troubles will end Of course she goes with him and becomes entangled in the enchantment he s un [...]

  25. Elysha

    I first discovered this book about six years ago I had run across it in my local library, opened the cover and began to read It reminded me of one of my childhood pleasures of the movie The Polar Bear King I picked it up, checked it out and headed home From the moment I started reading the book I was hooked I had it for three weeks, and I read it at least four times The characters come alive before yours, there is intrigue, passion, adventure, and self discovery Pain, heartbreak, and the willing [...]

  26. Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*

    This book has everything a fantasy fan could want Even just reading the back of the book before I bought it gave me tingles of anticipation A white bear comes to Rose s door and asks if she will accompany him on a long journey Hell yes, I m in laughs This book has a little bit of everything romance, drama, mystery, and magic Plus, I seem to be a sucker for the heroine falling in love with the man turned beast character I usually have read stories where the said character is a wolf, so it was act [...]

  27. Elevetha

    I liked this book better than Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow in a few aspects I liked the portrayal of the trolls and how you get into the mind of the Troll Queen and see some of her motivations better I enjoyed the alternating POV The friendship between Rose and Thor But it was slow I felt that the relationship between Rose and the bear was not as well done as it was in Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow The bear s character was rather weak and the alternating POV was not utilized to the book s advantage a [...]

  28. Hannah

    After reading another version of this fairy tale that I wasn t particularly impressed with, I wondered if I would enjoy this oned I did I was really impressed and caught by the unique and beautiful style of the author s writing and her attention to detail and research She weaves different threads throughout the story, tying them all together in the original tale Early teens on up can easily enjoy this story Despite the awkward situation the original tale puts our heroine in, there is absolutely [...]

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