A beautiful, new edition of the beloved fantasy hailed as “the stuff of epic tale telling” (Booklist), perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast from New York Times. Book Review: East by Edith Pattou. Posted on July 28, Title: East. Author: Edith Pattou. Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult. Publisher: Harcort. 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.

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It was a paperback copy from the library, and I loved it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Moreover, Pattou’s rendition of it is more than satisfying, going so far as to touch upon Norse mythology and Inuit history.

It’s true this is a YA book, but it seems to be geared towards young women and girls more than young men and boys. The Queen obliges but finds she cannot remove the stain on the shirt.

Although the ultimate conclusion regarding the Troll Queen seemed to tie esith a little too neatly for my tastes, overall, this novel is perfect from beginning to end.

Detailed Review Summary of East by Edith Pattou

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. Parker School, Scripps College B. I was looking forward to this book so much, and was incredibly disappointed. But in trying to make Rose extra strong, her character, only 3 years later chronologically even if this book is written so long after the original is almost nonexistent besides her brave characteristics. East is my all time favorite book, so I will probably preorder this sequel when it becomes available.

This knowledge she gained from her mother and an older neighbor. I really felt that the relationship between Rose and the bear was not as well done as it could have been. Rose is determined to make things right by rescuing Bear.

Sep 16, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don’t know why this surprised me so much, but the feel of this book is so reminiscent to East.


The romance was slow-building, more about trust and compassion, than about physical lust. On the other hand, there are several parts to this novel that don’t quite gel.

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 all. They don’t try to change the story – they just try to extend it. While this sequel extends itself on exith tropes, such as the Rule of Three I have a soft place in my heart for fairytale retellings like West, East, easf Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli.

During the voyage they encounter a horrible storm which sweeps away most of the crew. I immediately wanted to reread East, to be taken back again to the story I est and have loved so much for so long. To ask other readers questions about Eastplease sign up.

All opinions are my own. The sequel to this folktale retelling, Pattuwas just published this week it’s still waiting on my Kindle.

This is also slightly disturbing. 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 more realistic. By using this site, you agree to the Eadt of Use and Privacy Policy.

That’s all I have to say about that.


Malmo tells her that far far to the north is a land that is only accessible via an ice patto. Even the old stuff, like how much she loves weaving, barely matters until the last quarter of the book where she randomly has to make 3 cloaks out of elements she totally cheats on a couple of those, by the way.

I am disappointed in this editj. From the author of the beloved high fantasy Easta thrilling tale of true love, magic, adventure, and revenge. I love that this family is painted so realistically. On the day of the wedding, Rose infiltrates the banquet and steals a dance with Myk who is in his human form.

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Sep 19, Christina A Reader of Fictions marked it as dnf. I LOVE the idea of Neddy falling in love with a sort of changeling girl and not knowing if she’s going to age at the same time as him and stuff, BUT because it was saved as a big reveal, this whole premise was wasted.

Parker School, Scripps College B. Rose is the you 4. As such, her mother does everything in her power to keep Rose safe, but often times that spells more harm than good.

Actually getting a copy to read was like Christmas. While pregnant with Rose, Eugenia is adamant that her unborn child will be an east-born, so much so that her very non-superstitious husband worries that she is tempting fate.

East Book Summary and Study Guide

And more importantly, her anxiety and determination to find her son. Now she and Charles have started a family. It is a tale of danger, magic, and adventure beyond eedith Happily Ever After. There’s a feel that the editu 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 frequent mistake by foreigners.

I read a remark at the back about how this story was for the people, who grew up with East, and I really wish Pattou had a written a story for these women, who now have their own families, new worries, and who need a grown-up fairy tale that speaks to these issues. My personal favorite East character, my literary crush during my late teenage years: Rose is one of my eastt heroines in MA and YA literature.

Rose pattu a surly Captain to let her board his ship which is destined for a northerly port called Njord in Norway. Then there’s the little fact of Rose being a bit mary-sue in this one just from how the other characters treat her.