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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And I dare you not to like Rose. So when an enormous white bear mysteriously shows up and asks her to come away with him, she readily agrees. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Rose is just amazing and you can’t help but admiring her persistence.
What follows 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. The Troll Princess gets to have her say as well. This is the final novel of the school year for the sixth grade students in my advanced level reading class. I love love love this book. Like Rose, the Troll Princess’ closest relationship seems to be with the male member of her family her father; her sin is not respecting him.
There, she discovers the true identity of the white bear Nicola Yoon 2-Book Bundle: I do appreciate it though. This is clearly a YA classic that I only just eawt around to reading, but I’m surprised at a few eidth.
Best scene in story: What did you think? Rose is such a blank protagonist. Looking for More Great Reads? This book will waste your time. Open Preview See a Problem? I get that, I get it’s a trope. The white bear gives Rose a week to make up her mind. Rose is determined to make things right by rescuing Bear. The author chose to use multiple viewpoints, which felt more 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.
East by Edith Pattou
You’d think, with all the plot-mandated things that I’ve mentioned before, that the plot, at least, would be strong. I love the White Bear and I love reading what he has to say and the riddles and poems he speaks in.
Rose, who was the one who wove the shirt easily removes the stain and breaks the Queen’s spell over Myk. East has received mixed reviews. So when an enormous white bear mysteriously shows up and asks her to come away with it—in exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family—she readily agrees.
While Rose does form a type of relationship with Malmo and two other females, none of these relationships eedith as deep as the ones with her father and brother. 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. View all 21 comments. Although the story is told in the first person, we actually alternate view points between Rose, her father, her brother, psttou white bear, and the Troll Queen; all of which have their own unique voices and perspectives on the fairy tale unfolding.
Don’t look for anything staggeringly eazt here and the writing isn’t perfect, but this is very readable. Edith Pattou has certainly done an excellent job at retelling the ancient Scandinavian folktale.
After realizing that he has no one but Rose to man the ship, he becomes less crusty towards Rose. Rose travels on the bear’s broad back to a distant and empty castle, where she is nightly joined by a mysterious stranger.
View all 17 comments. To see what your friends thought of this patotu, please sign up. Rose is the youngest in her family. Please try again later. The ice castle was probably my favorite part.
For I would go to this impossible land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon. Her narrators are Rose the heroinethe Bear the enscrolled humanRose’s Father, Neddy Rose’s brotherand finally, the Troll Princess Rose’s rival and the bby witch. I spent pages with her before I gave upand through that entire time, not once did I feel like she had any tangible qualities.
You don’t see a lot of pregnant teenage heroines storming a castle while they’re in labor, so the story definitely gets points for originality. One of whom comes off as silly, cruel, and silly est the other is simply someone who needs help. So when an enormous white bear shows up one bj autumn evening and asks teenage Rose to come away with it–in exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family–she readily agrees. But the narration style and voice problems prevented me from enjoying it at all.
The only word I could think of to describe her was ‘adventurous’, and that doesn’t come organically from her personality, but rather because the patto and a prophecy require her to be.
Also, being a romantic girl, I wanted there to be more immediate romance. The story ends with Rose and Charles getting married and going home to meet with their respective families.
Monday Book Review: East by Edith Pattou
My favorite scene was when Rose rescues the Captain of the Njord-bound ship when a storm rages about them and sweeps away all their crew. Fortunately it wasn’t realism at the cost of magic. The bear remains mysterious to Rose but he is gentle and allows Rose to do whatever she wants. 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 more than the bear, who’s the actual protagonistand 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 story.