Sunday, July 6, 2014

Book Shelf: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

When a great white bear promises untold riches to her family, the Lass (as she's known) agrees to go away with him. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle. To unravel the mystery, the Lass sets out on a windswept journey beyond the edge of the world. Based on the Nordic legend East of the Sun, West of the Moon, with romantic echoes of Beauty and the Beast, this re-imagined story will leave fans of fantasy and fairytale enchanted.

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Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George is a lush and lyrical re-telling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast that is uniquely it’s own tale mixing Nordic mythology with romance and magic in this romantic read.

Sun and Moon, Ice and Show is the first book written by Jessica Day George that I have read, although a couple of her novels have been floating around on my to-be-read list for a while now. And in saying that, I have to say I was quite impressed with this story. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow was very beautifully written and was an unparalleled retelling of a classic fairytale. I found myself caught by the romance and feeling of adventure within it’s pages.

Rejected by her mother at birth, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow follows a young girl known only as "the lass" and the bizarre journey she finds herself on when a bear whisks her away to an ice palace. The lass is told she is to reside at this ice palace for one year and a day in exchange for wealth and riches for her family. Having the ability to speak to and understand animals, the lass is a kind hearted and daring young woman who is accompanied on her journey by her pet wolf Rollo. As the lass explores to palace and begins to understand the bears situation, what ensues is a magical adventure of friendship and love that sees the lass brave harsh dangers and evil foes.

It’s obvious when reading this story that Jessica Day George has put a lot of effort into this magical tale and I think she should be very happy with the results. I’m a big fan of fairytale retellings and love their overall tone, but I especially liked that Day George has put extra effort into twisting this already excellent tale and adding in different elements and different creatures to make it one of a kind.

Personally I found Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow to be exactly what I needed at the point in time that I read it; magical and fun, light and easy. I enjoyed reading about our main character and I loved the dynamic she had with her brother Hans Peter. I thought the characters were typical of this kind of book but still lovely to read about.

Rich in adventure with an undertone of mystery and romance, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is a lovely fairytale retelling that will sweep you away to another place and time.

Source: Sent for review by Bloomsbury Australia (Thanks Sonia!)
Format: Paperback
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My Recommendation: A great fairytale retelling.
Cover: It's beautiful--very ethereal.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: This is a stand alone novel but I do plan on reading more by this author.

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