Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Book - 2008
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A girl travels east of the sun and west of the moon to free her beloved prince from a magic spell.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury U.S.A Children's Books, c2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9781599901091
1599901099
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Georg 6939
Characteristics: 328 p

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DBRL_KatieL Jul 10, 2017

A well written, enjoyable read. Recognizable as a retelling of a fable, but not completely predictable or dull.
The main character is known as "the lass" until about the last 10 or so pages. Readers get to know her character as a child and is gifted with the ability to speak with animals. Th the main story line begins when she is a young adult and a white bear is seen in the area. Her brother seeks it, knowing the pelt will bring him money, and fame. Turns out the bear shows up in the family home, and asks The Lass to live with him in a palace for a year. He promises no harm will come to her, and her family will have money. The Lass agrees, if her wolf companion can go with her.
Once at the palace The Lass begins to chafe at her lack of understanding the circumstances that keep not only her there, but the ice bear and others trapped in a castle of ice.

I only wish the epilogue was an actual chapter, fully written out. The ending felt rushed and short because of it.

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E32R18
Nov 23, 2016

My favorite Jessica Day George book!!

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littlechicklet
Nov 30, 2015

I LOVED this book

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Elentari
Jun 22, 2015

Yet again, George presents us with a wonderful retelling. In this case it was a legend I was not familiar with, but I enjoyed the story all the same. George is a talented writer. However, I did not think that this was one of her best works; some of her other retellings are much better in my opinion. Still, a very worthy and fun story. Though the book is not a challenging read, I enjoyed it and would recommend for anyone wishing for a fresh fairytale to add to their summer reading list.

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Brooke_Nicole
Apr 12, 2015

I feel that the conflict was well formed and presented.

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hatchet123
Dec 07, 2014

didn't like it. couldn't get into the book.

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biggles26
May 09, 2014

I love this book

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Love_Legolas_111
Mar 10, 2014

One word: Beautiful. Beautiful characters, beautiful plot, beautiful magical elements, all around beauty of crafting a great story. Jessica Day George is one of my favorite authors (I read the Princess of the Midnight Ball series first). I love how she combines magic and fairy tales into a setting we can picture (in this book, the Nordic areas, and in her Princess of the Midnight Ball, a sort of German culture). The way everything connects at the end was very well done, and I love stories that connect with their beginning and all the characters are intertwined somehow. Wonderful writing style, as well. Read it.

Jacksparrow69 Jan 22, 2014

Awsome PLEASE sum up the book in summaries

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julia_sedai
Nov 20, 2013

This book is not very deep and the characters (besides the Lass) are pretty flat. That being said, I still really enjoyed it. It's a story, not much more, but still a good read. I've read a few retellings of this fairy tale and this one ranks near the top. Also, Norse/Scandinavian culture is shown in this book which is quite interesting. And I love the word 'isbjorn'. I wish there was a little bit more about the prince.

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E32R18
Nov 23, 2016

E32R18 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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neonblue
Nov 19, 2014

neonblue thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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biggles26
May 09, 2014

biggles26 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Love_Legolas_111
Mar 08, 2014

Love_Legolas_111 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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UnbreakableValour
Oct 19, 2011

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leezla
Jun 09, 2015

As a namless child living in a big world, pika has a big heart for animals and things in need. But after catch and helping the White Reindeer, she recives a gift and a name. Being able to talk to animals, 18 year old pika is sent to a white bears ice palace to live with him for a year. The longer she lives in it the more strange it is. But when servants start to dissapear, she is determand to get to the bottom of this enchantment that holds the bear who might end up being her handsome young prince.

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Love_Legolas_111
Mar 10, 2014

Tales of many magical creatures are intertwined in the daily lives of the Norse people, a people where tales of trolls, and white reindeer, and the isbjorn, a powerful, magical polar bear, are common among men. When a girl who is known simply as "the lass" is taken to live with an isbjorn for one year in exchange for untold riches for her poor Nordic family, the lass along with her wolf Rollo willingly go. But, after just a few months, the lass notices that the isbjorn’s castle is steeped in troll magic, and that all its inhabitants are under a spell. Why are the servants and even the isbjorn of the castle so reluctant in telling her about their enchantment? Why has she been taken to this place to live a solitary year with magical creatures? And what connection does her beloved older brother Hans Peter have to the troll princess?

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Love_Legolas_111
Mar 10, 2014

Sexual Content: Very mild, but I thought some people might like to know before hand. {SPOILER ALERT!} The lass has a figure get in bed with her each night, later revealed to be male. (he's fully clothed and they do nothing of sexual nature AT ALL). A man and woman feel awkward together when they are left alone in a bedroom. (Nothing sexual happens at all in this book, though, except a few kisses).

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