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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 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


10 thoughts on “East

  1. says:

    This book was awesome I have never heard of this fairytale even though it sounded familiar I’m glad one of my friends wanted to buddy read it but now I want to get both books in paperback and the second one comes out in October I always get scared about the cancer coming back if I get too excited about books on down the line 😫Anyway I recommend to those that love fairytales They journeyed far and the white bear said Are you afraid?No she replied I am not afraid She would search for him In the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon But there was no way there She traveled on the back of the North Wind to the very end of the world Happy Reading Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾


  2. says:

    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 that is just setting the story Push through them and I promise you will not be disappointedI also love that it is multiple books in one book though never meant to be a serise I really enjoyed how the characters evolved over the span of the book Rose is just amazing and you can't help but admiring her persistence Now some people would be disappointed by the romance in the book or lack there of but that didn't bother me one bit What Rose and the White Bear had was tender and fragile and real Their relationship was amazing and wasn't all fluffed up Most authors would have Rose run into the arms of the White Bear and they would live perfectly from that moment on But Edith gave the two characters time to grow together She did an amazing job of showing the uncertainty that was felt between the twoAll around I would recomend this book to anyone who loves a great adventure story Whenever I have nothing to read this is the first book I pick up and I read it all over again


  3. says:

    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 uite 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 Despite the novel being almost 500 pages long reading it feels like skimming a summary than entering a world For example she uses phrases such as It was clear they really loved each other without telling us what made it clear which makes it sound like it actually wasn't all that clear at allHer treatment of the white bear and the four winds was interesting but I didn't really appreciate the latter until I read her own afterward which incidentally was interesting than the story itselfEven though it's only a two star book I find myself holding onto it because I'm rather proud of my collection of retold fairy tales


  4. says:

    35a lovely retelling of Beauty and the Beast


  5. says:

    I really wish I had read this in this age range I would have been obsessed with this book Such a captivating story


  6. says:

    This book oh I was utterly transfixed by it I felt like a child again while reading I lost myself in lands of ice and snow magical white bears and troll ueens I loved every second North Child I believe formally titled East or at least called that in other parts of the world is a gorgeous traditional retelling of the Norwegian fairytale East of the Sun and West of the Moon It tells the tale of Rose and her fated uest to rescue the White Bear PrinceRose’s mother had many superstitions and one of those was that she did not wish to give birth to a child who was born facing North This was due to two facts; 1 north born children tend to go their own way so to speak and 2 Rose’s mother had been given a prophecy that if she were to give birth to a North born child this child would be lost to her under an avalanche of snow and ice So Rose’s mother intended to face East as she was giving birth And well good intentions and all that but life intervened and Rose was North born but her mother hid this from her and proclaimed her to be East bornThis led to a childhood of incongruity as Rose always seemed to be an explorer befitting of the characteristics of North born rather than the docile traits of an East born So when ultimately Rose discovered the truth of her birth it led her to leaving her family home and all that she knewWhat followed was nothing short of fantastical fairytale perfection Seemingly magical castles with enchanted white bears and a uest to rescue a prince With a host of memorable characters along the way; drunken sailors a wise and kind shaman wicked trolls good trolls human slaves Lots of talk of superstitions curses fulfilling destiny and the dawning realisation of love And all these interesting little threads of storytelling were pulled together in a most harmonious fashion and set in the most gorgeously atmospheric setting I really enjoyed how the story was told from multiple points of view For me it added to the whole mystery of how the plot would unfurl Rose’s PoV was the primary one but the added input from the Troll ueen the White Bear Rose’s devoted father and Rose’s brother Neddy really helped to make this story singBy including these other points of view the whole mythology and background to the story was really developed In particular I enjoyed the viewpoints of Rose’s father and brother as these really helped to give a sense of strong family and showed the nuances of family life especially regarding how the guilt of hiding Rose’s true identity from her and thusly losing their daughter affected Rose’s mother and father in different waysTo me this story had elements of The Snow ueen Beauty and the Beast No doubt this fairytale probably predates both So for me this book transported me right back to my childhood and reading similar fairytale and adventure uest style stories I just felt like the happiest little kid while reading this book It was just so beautifully simplistic yet uietly lyrical An utterly charming book with the most wonderful story to get lost in For reviews and book related chat check out my blog


  7. says:

    199 Kindle sale Oct 25 2018 The seuel to this 2005 folktale retelling West was just published this week it's still waiting on my Kindle East is a retelling of the Norwegian tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon; you can read one version of it here In East a teenage girl named Rose has a sense of adventure that her worried mother has always tried unsuccessfully to uell One day a huge white bear appears at their door and offers to magically to fix the family's dire financial and health problems if Rose will to come away with the bear and she agrees There's a hard and fast rule to their relationship though and when Rose eventually breaks it the results are far worse than she imagined Rose can go back home to her family or she can try to fix the problem she createdEdith Pattou tells this story with lots of believable details view spoilerAs Rose follows the bear's trail north to a hidden kingdom of ice and cruelty hide spoiler


  8. says:

    Rating 45 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 troll ueen Of course there are a variety of other differences but the jist of the tale is the same a girl must find it in her to remain with and love a creature who is animal than man And while East isn't the best re telling I've read it's nearly perfect in its own rightFor me what makes or breaks a solid re telling is the author's own insight into a traditional fairy tale It's part of the reason why I'm so disenchanted with book to movie adaptations I desperately want the director to push the story on screen with his or her interpretations instead of merely following the book word for word or deleting scenes altogether In East Pattou truly gives so much depth to this intriguing tale For one the novel is told in alternating perspectives each chapter shifting from the point of views of Rose her older brother Neddy her Father the Troll ueen or the Bear himself While on one hand I was initially skeptical about this method of story telling let me reassure you that it works beautifully Not only are we able to gain a much fuller understanding of the entire story at hand but we are also able to understand these central characters on a much deeper levelMoreover I love that the villains of this tale are so ambiguous in their evil label The Troll ueen 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 Ironically though her punishment entails the imprisonment of the prince she loves And thus a boy is turned into a bear Further it is not evil intent that drips from the Troll ueen but rather a strange obsessive longing If anything the Troll ueen is an anomaly among her kind especially as trolls keep humans as servants The Troll ueen however isn't our only villain Rose the protagonist of our tale is born facing the North which indicates both that she will become a traveler and also that she will as her mother's only North child face death at the hands of ice and snow As such her mother does everything in her power to keep Rose safe but often times that spells harm than goodI love that this family is painted so realistically Rose is beloved by her brother Neddy not to mention her father and while her mother clearly cares for her there is a distance between them that is written with poise As the last child in a household of seven not to mention a replacement child for the East daughter who died Rose and her mother share a strained relationship And yet Rose's love and affection for her family for all her sisters and brothers is so palpably felt In fact Rose herself is such a remarkable heroine for the emotion she brings to this tale While her adventurous spirit is one to get behind and her genuine loyalty to be admired her flaws her curiosity her homesickness her inability to follow directions makes her all the realistic Moreover I love that Rose never gives up No matter how difficult the task before her seems she keeps barreling forwardAnother beautiful aspect to this tale is the romance The White Bear as Rose comes to call him is sweet and kind hopeful that Rose will enjoy her stay at his castle And yet he too is not all perfect Ultimately the reason why I grew to love Rose's time in the castle was primarily because of her interactions with the Bear which were both endearing and exasperating Stuck in a difficult situation tempers rise just as often as they fall which made for intriguing reading Once the bear is kidnapped away by the Troll ueen however the second half of this story only picks up I appreciated this not so much because of the change of pace but rather because Rose sets out after the Bear solely because she let him down Of course she cares for him but the extent of her feelings are hidden even from herself until much later in the story The romance that brews in East is extraordinarily subtle only hinting at the depth of affection that lies between Rose and the Bear but the focus on trust that the novel took was far important as a foundation for their future fitting perfectly into this taleIf you haven't already I'd encourage you to look into this fairy tale It's an interesting spin especially as Beauty and the Beast is so well known Moreover Pattou's rendition of it is than satisfying going so far as to touch upon Norse mythology and Inuit history Although the ultimate conclusion regarding the Troll ueen seemed to tie up a little too neatly for my tastes overall this novel is perfect from beginning to end What Pattou excels at as a writer is showing not telling which makes this story a true emotional experience I dare you not to become completely enthralled by Rose's tale I promise you it is impossibleYou can read this review and on my blog Ivy Book Bindings


  9. says:

    This reimagining of East of the Sun and West of the Moon has a very good beginning enhanced by the not so freuent techniue in retellings of showing both sides of the story the girl her family the enchanted bear and the Troll ueen uite 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 fictionUnfortunately once the story hits the middle of the narrative arc decline settles in The second half is terrible in comparison and all ends in a rushed conclusion that leaves a sensation of emptiness rather than satisfaction despite the happy ending By this point the flaws in characterisation and storytelling begin to hit the story and hit it hard they do You begin to wonder why exactly it is that the brother and father of the protagonist have each their own POV especially the father who becomes just superfluous eventually as the brother could've delivered all the father did just as well; and the brother gets too much onpage time way than the bear who's the actual protagonist and he also gets a bit of a side story all of his own that shouldn't take so much of the book as this isn't his storyAnd then there's the relationship between Rose and the white bear It does start off credible enough but soon becomes unbelievable Why does Rose trust him so much immediately? And why does she end up falling in love with him? The little time they spend together how little of his side is shown and other characters getting too much of the cake influence this It's very unconvicing for a love story besides lacking couple chemistry and pretty much you may believe they're together because conventions and the original fairy tale demand they be together Then there's the worldbuilding that's just average if you look at it as a pure fantasy but if you look at it as a historical fictionhistorical fantasy novel then the non authenticity of the world is obvious If not for the insistence in describing the snowy landscape and throwing in words in the language of the locals it wouldn't be that evident it's in the North People travel unrealistically fast for the time period as well showing that the author probably didn't do her research for this There's a feel that the author isn't that familiar with Scandinavia and its languages despite her including phrases and words in Norwegian because she misses the correct spelling and umlauts a freuent mistake by foreigners People when you're writing something in Germanic or Nordic languages please do make sure to not miss those funny little marks over a vowel they do have a function And make sure the names you give people and places in your fictional world do follow the rules of your fictional world instead of names that don't feel authentic to the setting


  10. says:

    What a GREAT young adult fantasy I loved everything about this book Although it is almost 500 pages it is a uick 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 Neddy their love and close relationship Rose of course was a brave smart girl The White Bear it's amazing how you can start to love an animal in a book Thor didn't think I'd like him but I did Malmo to whom Rose owes her life in the artic and Tuki sweet boy The author titled each chapter after a character to piece together the story from different perspectives She rotated these characters so you really got to know them That to me always makes a book interesting This is a great book for all ages I love stories that come to a nice clean end no uestions no pieces left unturned I am going to read by this author and soon