Sunday, June 21, 2015

Book Review: Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Summary from Goodreads: When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairy tale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth. Now that Cassie is older, she knows the story was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, is determined to become a scientist, and has no time for make-believe.

Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back — if Cassie will agree to be his bride.

That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairy tale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knows will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her — until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.

My Thoughts: Anyone who knows me know that I have a soft spot for a retold fairy tale and East of the Sun, West of the Moon has always been a favorite. I blew through this book pretty quickly (one Saturday while Brett was studying for some certification exams) and its simple yet entertaining story did not get boring. The modern day take was an interesting twist, although once the plot moves forward you become so engrossed in the magic of the fairy tale that the modern setting disappears, which I liked. I would recommend this book to younger readers, although I still think my favorite telling of the story is East by Edith Pattou (which if I’m being honest is one of two books that make me want a daughter named Rose). Overall a 4 out of 5 stars.

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