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Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow 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 Servants 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

New Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow   – rading–books.run
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
  • Jessica Day George
  • English
  • 22 November 2019
  • 1599901099

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About the Author: Jessica Day George

Jessica Day George likes chocolate, knitting, books, travel, movies, dragons, horses, dogs, and her family These are all things to keep in mind if you ever meet her For instance, you could bring her chocolate to make the meeting gosmoothly You could also talk about how adorable her children are, even if you have never seen them You could discuss dog breeds she had a Maltese named Pippin Jessica Day George likes chocolate, knitting, books, travel, movies, dragons, horses, dogs, and her family These are all things to keep in mind if you ever meet her For instance, you could bring her chocolate to make the meeting gosmoothly You could also talk about how adorable her children are, even if you have never seen them You could discuss dog breeds she had a Maltese named Pippin, and grew up with a poodle mix and a Brittany Spaniel Right now she has a Coton de Tulear named Sunny You could talk about Norway, and how it s the Greatest Place On Earth, and Germany, The Second Greatest Place On Earth You could ask her about yarn, and indicate a willingness to learn to knit your own socks, if you can t already do so.And, well, you could talk about books Jessica s books, other people s books It s really all about the books To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld Friends, family, school, they were just obstacles in the way of gettingbooks.She would like it if books came with chocolate to eat while reading them

10 thoughts on “Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

  1. says:

    This is an absolutely wonderful retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon So if you ve read ACOTAR you ll have a general idea of what to expect from the plot This was just really well done and I adore retellings, so excuse me while I launch into an overly detailed summary minor spoilers for what happens in general, but not HOW The youngest daughter of a poor family she doesn t have a name at the start is having a difficult time making it through the winter when suddenly a prince in This is an absolutely wonderful retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon So if you ve read ACOTAR you ll have a general idea of what to expect from the plot This was just really well done and I adore retellings, so excuse me while I launch into an overly detailed summary minor spoilers for what happens in general, but not HOW The youngest daughter of a poor family she doesn t have a name at the start is having a difficult time making it through the winter when suddenly a prince in the form of a polar bear bursts into their house and demands that the girl go live in his ice palace with him He can t sayor explain because he s under a curse and She might find out The girl had previously captured a white reindeer that gave her one wish the ability to talk to animals, so she can understand Prince Polar Bear On the way to his palace, he commands a fellow bear to sacrifice himself to a hunter in the girl s family so she ll leave knowing her family is wealthy and provided for in a fancy new home Meanwhile, the prince lives in an awesome palace made of ice that s still magically warm and has modern plumbing The girl can t see any servants or anyone else living there besides a faun with red hair, gold eyes, and a tragic backstory about his love being killed When the girl can eventually see the servants they turn out to be all sorts of magical creatures like gargoyles and selkies who are killed if they answer her questions about the evil She The girl is told to just patiently live there for a year and not ask any questions or try to see the prince s face when he s in the form of a man The girl still starts to piece everything together, though view spoiler She has to return home for a short time when her father s ill, but then she comes back and long story short, she succeeds in going to Her castle located east of the sun and west of the moon to save everyone The girl finds her prince sitting on a stool by the throne, staring blankly ahead while all of the trolls dance and feast This goes on for a bit and she eventually saves the prince with her cleverness and ability to perform a task hide spoiler I really liked how the story unfolded the pacing let the whole mystery come together perfectly without ever slowing down The writing s really good And I loved how closely this plot followed the original story and common folktales There were similar ideas, like how trolls can t make things and are jealous of humans who can, so the story and setting felt evenrealistic authentic in the most fictional way Idk how to phrase that I also loved the characters, the gorgeous northern setting because SNOW , and the main character s narration so much It was just peaceful to read I wasn t sure where the story was heading at the start, but loved the girl s relationship with her brother so much that I was already invested And I didn t spoil any part of his story Promise.So the story is waycomplicated than my summary, but those were the highlights that stuck out to me It kind of reminded me of The Golden Compass meets The Bear the Nightingale and a bit of the original Beauty and the Beast like where the rooms are full of weird stuff and the prince s alter self visits the girl at night Maybe check it out if you love retellings or if you re looking for a really cute, clean fantasy adventure

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    As I see it, there are two different ways to adapt a fairy tale into a full length novel You can either reinterpret the entire shebang with a whole new spin on the formerly familiar ala A Curse Dark as Gold or The Magic Circle or you can take the essential parts of the original tale and just fill them out with some depth and padding ala Beauty Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow falls squarely into the latter category Now if I was a fairy tale snob I might get all huffy that Jessica Day George s b As I see it, there are two different ways to adapt a fairy tale into a full length novel You can either reinterpret the entire shebang with a whole new spin on the formerly familiar ala A Curse Dark as Gold or The Magic Circle or you can take the essential parts of the original tale and just fill them out with some depth and padding ala Beauty Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow falls squarely into the latter category Now if I was a fairy tale snob I might get all huffy that Jessica Day George s book stays so close to the original fairy tale East of the Sun West of the Moon And maybe I d even have a reason to object, if it weren t for the fact that George s text is just so enjoyable to read Basically it all comes down to a likable heroine, a great story, wonderful Norwegian touches, and a tale that will age beautifully as the years go by When it comes to adapting a fairy tale into a full length novel, George writes with a steady hand.She never had a name, this small girl, the last born in her family The daughter of a poor woodcutter, the child s mother is so disappointed to have yet another female mouth to feed that everyone refers to the girl as simply the pika Not having a name can be dangerous when you live in a land of trolls who d like nothing better than to snatch you away Fortunately, one day the pika frees a white reindeer trapped in the wood and it gives her two gifts as thanks a name and the ability to understand the words of animals The second gift seems great but turns against the lass when a huge white polar bear enters her home one night and demands that she come with him to his palace in the north If she does so for just one year then her family will be rich and she will be free to go back But what is it about this palace that seems so odd What do the strange inscriptions say Why do the servants disappear when she asks questions And why, oh why, is there a strange man sleeping next to her in bed every night I think thatthan almost any other fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon has always been one of my favorites It s this bizarre amalgamation of a bunch of different stories There s the man under a beastly spell like in Beauty and the Beast There s the girl looking at his forbidden face at night like in the tale of Cupid and Psyche And then there s the long journey as the girl encounters magical beings in a quest to regain the man she loves, as in The Snow Queen Stories where girls go out and get a job done appeal to me, and George s heroine is likable while still making the requisite mistakes needed to keep the plot going.What George does well is to take the original tale, stick with it practically to the letter, and then explain some of the moments that don t make as much sense out of context For example, why would the troll princess love something as simple as a golden spindle or a golden carding comb Well, trolls have an obsession with human objects and try to act as human as possible sometimes That, in turn, reminded me of the polar bears in the book The Golden Compass, and so it goes The pacing is also pretty good, though I was surprised that it took us to page 181 for the lass to betray the isbjorn the other word for polar bear.Of course, there aren t many moments of deep introspection in this novel For example, when the heroine makes a deal with the isbjorn on the condition that her family become wealthy, he promptly forces another bear to kill itself so that her no good brother can find the corpse and become rich You d think the lass would think long and hard about the consequences of her choices, but I suppose she has other stuff on her mind And for an all powerful Troll Queen who inspires fear in her minions, the final showdown between her and the lass is accurate to the original tale but may strike some as vaguely anti climactic when compared to contemporary fantasy face offs.I also would have liked it if a littletime had been spent examining the fact that no woman has ever stayed a whole year in the polar bear s frozen palace without somehow seeing his face at night Clearly this original tale was one of those curiosity killed the cat stories ala Pandora I don t know that it s a fair criticism for a story to make these days, though It would have been nice if George has spoken a little bit about how unfair it is to withhold the rules in a game and then blame a player for not following them to the letter Ah well.In terms of age appropriateness, there s no reason in the world that a fairy tale loving ten year old wouldn t enjoy Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow Yes, part of the story involves a girl who keeps finding a man coming in and sleeping in her bed, but he s always full clothed and never so much as speaks to her Really, this is just an adventure novel couched in a great old tale The kind of thing everyone can enjoy, and many will.For ages 10 17

  3. says:

    If I read oneyoung adult novel that features the hero physically overriding the heroine s will, I will set something on fire view spoiler When her bedfellow came in that night the lass was still awake Annoyed, she hopped out of bed as soon as he got in She tripped over her slippers, struck her arm on the divan, and shouted in anger I am not in the mood for you, she said between gritted teeth One of us is going to sleep on the divan She waited, but there as no answer Of courseIf I read oneyoung adult novel that features the hero physically overriding the heroine s will, I will set something on fire view spoiler When her bedfellow came in that night the lass was still awake Annoyed, she hopped out of bed as soon as he got in She tripped over her slippers, struck her arm on the divan, and shouted in anger I am not in the mood for you, she said between gritted teeth One of us is going to sleep on the divan She waited, but there as no answer Of course Fine then, I will, she snapped She yanked the white bearskin off the bed, dragged it over her shoulders, and lay down.Her visitor didn t even wait until she had gotten comfortable before he got out of bed, picked her up, and tucked her in on her side of the bed She tried to jump back out, but he pinned her down When she finally relaxed, he let go and went to his side of the bed If this is part of the enchantment, it s a very stupid part, she griped But, tired and wanting to think over all that she had seen that day, she stayed in the bed Her bedfellow heaved a sigh that reminded her of Rollo and went to sleep. hide spoiler No

  4. says:

    first read May 2013first reread September 18 23 , 2016I still really liked this book, though, being 27, I would say its a bit young for my liking..buuuuuuuuuuut because of my love for the movie The Polar Bear King , I can t help but want to read it over and over.

  5. says:

    This review has been hard for me to write because the author, Jessica Day George, is a friend and not in some squishy, internet way, either, but in a book group, get together every month kind of way You wouldn t think that d make this hard considering that I enjoyed the book immensely and despite several strikes against it from a personal taste perspective, too The novel has a fairy tale feel, though in a solidly Norsk setting I don t know how better to name it it s northern with all the ice a This review has been hard for me to write because the author, Jessica Day George, is a friend and not in some squishy, internet way, either, but in a book group, get together every month kind of way You wouldn t think that d make this hard considering that I enjoyed the book immensely and despite several strikes against it from a personal taste perspective, too The novel has a fairy tale feel, though in a solidly Norsk setting I don t know how better to name it it s northern with all the ice and cold and Viking like details, but not actually Viking or from an identifiable, known to me country As such, it has many unexplained fantastical elements and pacing designed to invite exploration and reader self insertion That kind of thing normally drops me out of a story.But it didn t drag and my interest was fully engaged throughout I liked Lass she has no given name because her mother couldn t be bothered a great deal She was kind and care full and not in any cloying way, either She did her best with what she was given and didn t go in for a lot of poor me or moping It didn t hurt that her primary motivation throughout was love for her brother and a desire to ease the soul pain she could see was plaguing him so desperately.And I looked forward to how she would solve the puzzles she ran into, as well The story maintained its fairy tale logic throughout so you knewor less why things worked or didn t and I never felt that the story cheated to be clever or sly or manipulative this even as Lass finds help from three kindly to her, anyway crones or manages to dragoon the four winds into doing her favors.The one thing that fell flat for me, in the end, was the love story Lass builds close emotional ties to a number of creatures in the castle she visits One of those is closer than the others and you can kind of tell that her relationship with him is deeper and hasmeaning for her Unfortunately, most of the interactions where their bond is solidified are summarized or lumped together as a group in retrospect I didn t get the feeling that I knew enough of their relationship to participate in the romance of it So the payoff in the end, where Lass gets to leave her dreadful mother and live her happy ever after, was robbed somewhat of its impact Since I am an incurable romantic, I regret that missing dynamic.Anyway, the book is a solid four personal stars and would easily merit five for someonein its target audience which is probably why this review was so hard for me to write for a friend I want to give it the five stars its target demographic would, but I can t really justify changing my rating policy just to benefit a friend

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    It is a fine thing, to set your sights on crystal towers and golden thrones, Hans Peter said quietly But first you had better see what lurks within those towers, and what sits on those thrones Every palace needs a foundation, Askeladden Make sure that yours isn t of human bones The lass didn t ask about his dire statement She felt strange too It wouldn t be just like old times Her father was injured, perhaps dying She knew some of Hans Peter s secrets, and the family s fortunes had dIt is a fine thing, to set your sights on crystal towers and golden thrones, Hans Peter said quietly But first you had better see what lurks within those towers, and what sits on those thrones Every palace needs a foundation, Askeladden Make sure that yours isn t of human bones The lass didn t ask about his dire statement She felt strange too It wouldn t be just like old times Her father was injured, perhaps dying She knew some of Hans Peter s secrets, and the family s fortunes had drastically changed.All because of a bear We must always have hope, child, the ancient princess said Even when it seems that there is none in sight Love What do you know about love It s at the heart of every story, Rollo said with authority If humans could avoid falling in love, you would never get yourselves into any trouble Haha, well Rollo. don t know about that one 3.5 stars A lovely fairy tale of sorts,It charms you fairly easily full of adventure, courage, and magic there are hints of Beauty and the Beast but it stands on its own just fine It is predictable in some ways but the way the story unfolds I didn t mind at all It didn t take long for me to fall in love with all of the characters and get swept up in everything that was happening.I loved how our lass with no name didn t give up, and I didn t blame her for her curiosity even though I wanted to shake her a couple times and tell her to keep quiet And Rollo loved that Wolf Loyal, sometimes funny, brave. I wanted to whisk him off and keep him Bit like Hagrid wanting a dragon though, not gonna happen There was a slow patch in the middle as the Lass went on her journey in one part of the story but I was still intrigued to meet view spoiler The Brother Winds, as I will call them Each different but fascinating in their own ways hide spoiler The final battle challenges near the end were fun to read but it felt a bit rushed to me and I would have liked an explanationof some things.The epilogue had me smiling, my inner cynic didn t even complain Would recommend, a nice light read to lift your mood

  7. says:

    In the fairy tale mood, I was looking for something to follow up Master of Shadows Jessica Day George s Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow looked like just the ticket A retelling of the East of the Sun, West of the Moon fairy tale, I was both excited and nervous For various reasons I have a hard time getting into retellings of this fairy tale and, though I did enjoy Edith Pattou s East, I ve been hoping ever since to find a version I liked better And I found one I first loved the cover I like the In the fairy tale mood, I was looking for something to follow up Master of Shadows Jessica Day George s Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow looked like just the ticket A retelling of the East of the Sun, West of the Moon fairy tale, I was both excited and nervous For various reasons I have a hard time getting into retellings of this fairy tale and, though I did enjoy Edith Pattou s East, I ve been hoping ever since to find a version I liked better And I found one I first loved the cover I like the profile shot This girl looks like she s ready to take on the frozen tundra The story follows a girl called the lass The last of nine children, she had the gall to be born a girl and, out of spite, her mother refuses to give her a name The family refers to her as pika, or little girl Her oldest brother Hans Peter is the one who calls her the lass, and the two of them are the closest of all the siblings The story follows the fairy tale pretty closely, but George manages to fit in some twists and new angles that I found very refreshing.Many elements of this tale are a hard sell in a novel The family who is willing to give their daughter up to a random snow bear The girl who lets a stranger climb into bed with her every night and then falls in love with said snow bear enough to take on a troll queen to save his life George s version of the tale addresses these issues to some extent The girl is the unwanted ninth child and a daughter and therefore expendable Particularly when the random snow bear offers wealth and opportunity in exchange for their daughter The girl is lonely in the palace of ice where the walls smell of rotting meat and no one will answer her questions After it becomes clear the stranger is not going to hurt her, his presence next to her at night is a comfort and a ward against loneliness And when the lass decides to take on the troll queen, she is doing it not only for the enchanted bear, but the various servants who befriended her in the palace and then disappeared or died as a result of their kindness I still struggle with the central relationship It seems there s never enough of a connection for me That said, the story desperately needed fleshing out and George rises to the challenge Her deft touch with Norse traditions, language, and everyday life adds a welcome layer of warm reality to this icy tale

  8. says:

    1.5 5this version of east of the sun west of the moon was a pleasant read pika, lass or whatever you might call her, lacked substance, meaning she wasn t a fleshed out character all of jessica day george s books seem to have this particular problem the author draws a strict line between evil vs good, so the reader makes no mistake as to categorize who s the hero and who s the villain which is a shame there isthan just one side to a person than that i m disappointed once again 1.5 5this version of east of the sun west of the moon was a pleasant read pika, lass or whatever you might call her, lacked substance, meaning she wasn t a fleshed out character all of jessica day george s books seem to have this particular problem the author draws a strict line between evil vs good, so the reader makes no mistake as to categorize who s the hero and who s the villain which is a shame there isthan just one side to a person than that i m disappointed once again by george s lack of layered characters if you want to read a modern andimportantly better version of this fairy tale you should try reading ice by sarah beth durst

  9. says:

    I couldn t help but love this East of the Sun, West of the Moon has long been my favourite fairytale, and there are myriads of re tellings that never quite do it justice A Court of Thorns and Roses is probably the most recent, and unfortunately the series only became incredibly good once the fairytale aspects had already been dealt with.This re telling kept everything good the brave heroine, the trolls, the candle, the carefully crafted ending and simply made sense of it all The love stil I couldn t help but love this East of the Sun, West of the Moon has long been my favourite fairytale, and there are myriads of re tellings that never quite do it justice A Court of Thorns and Roses is probably the most recent, and unfortunately the series only became incredibly good once the fairytale aspects had already been dealt with.This re telling kept everything good the brave heroine, the trolls, the candle, the carefully crafted ending and simply made sense of it all The love still feels a little rushed I wishtime was spent with the bear but the time spent with the heroine s family is wonderful, and the girl herself, nameless though she is, feels real and engaging I m beginning to collect re tellings like these as it seemsandlikely that comparative literature is going to be the main part of my post grad study As simple and gentle as this is, I think it deserves a place among the better fairytale stories and I would happily read it again

  10. says:

    The lass has no name.But she has a gift The ability to speak to animals.And the inability to give up.When the white bear arrives on her doorstep, promising her family wealth if she will live with him for a year, the lass says, Yes A promise that will take her west of the moon and east of the sun.A fairy tale with echoes of Beauty and the Beast and Rose Red and Snow White I particularly liked the Norwegian setting From the lefsa to the white reindeer.

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