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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 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 course 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 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 This is a retelling of a Nordic fairy tale set in an atmospheric Viking world that follows a girl who can speak to animals and a bear who is a prince If you liked Uprooted, this is a wonderful lyrical tale in a similar vein. In the old Norse lands long after the Viking raiders but long before the Industrial Age there lived a poor farm family with nine children Our heroine is the youngest of the nine, so little valued that her mother didn t bother to name her or have her christened.The lass with no name indeed, she is referred to as simply the lass for the vast majority of the book is largely ignored, except by her well meaning, rather ineffective father who never stands up to his cruel, childish wife and her el In the old Norse lands long after the Viking raiders but long before the Industrial Age there lived a poor farm family with nine children Our heroine is the youngest of the nine, so little valued that her mother didn t bother to name her or have her christened.The lass with no name indeed, she is referred to as simply the lass for the vast majority of the book is largely ignored, except by her well meaning, rather ineffective father who never stands up to his cruel, childish wife and her eldest brother, Hans Peter Hans Peter took a job as a sailor when the lass was five and did not come home until she was nine He returned prematurely aged and weighed by some secret trauma.When she was twelve, the lass freed a magical white reindeer from a bramble thicket, and was rewarded with a name which she has never told anyone and the ability to converse with animals Soon she was adopted by a wolf pup named Rollo, whom she just about managed to pass off as an ordinary dog.Now the lass is seventeen A giant polar bear has just appeared near her village Her spoiled brother Askeladden insists on hunting the beast, despite Hans Peter almost begging him to leave it alone or risk terrible supernatural wrath and then the bear himself bursts into the cottage, clearly a bewitched creature not in his true form He invites the lass to come away with him and live in a faraway palace for a year HP tries to prevent our heroine from sacrificing herself to the isbj rn, but she agrees in exchange for the rest of the family becoming prosperous.For her, it s off to the distant enchanted ice palace, where she ll find friends, a suitor, a secret, and a hidden terror that no one dares to name Content Advisory Violence Three non graphic deaths are shown The most disturbing of these is when the isbj rn uses his magic to convince bully, really a regular polar bear into taking a crossbow bolt for him A troll dies when her magic death ray boomerangs on her Another troll decapitates one of his countrymen during a brawl A few lovable characters are killed out of sight Sex The crux of this fairytale is that the lass has to share her bed at the palace with an unseen man every night He never lays a hand on her or even speaks to her, he just climbs in on the other side of the huge bed and falls asleep, always gone in the morning One night the girl dares to reach for the visitor and feel about like a blind person, and is able to ascertain that it s a young human male When they reunite in the troll palace, they kiss a few times She spends the night in his chamber, but sex isn t implied even then Language Nothing at all Substance Abuse Nothing to worry about Nightmare Fuel Those trolls those huge, grey green, ghastly, brutal humanoids Especially Princess Ind ll with her fetish for human men She s captured countless unwilling husbands through the centuries, and most die under her watch It s unclear how view spoiler Hans Peter escaped, and whether his hair went grey from an evil enchantment or just stress This certainly explains why he s traumatizedthe book does not address if he got away before the marriage was consummated hide spoiler Politics and Religion The lass worries that her lack of Christian name leaves her vulnerable to dark magic.ConclusionsThis is a perfectly nice book But it seems to have missed a big part of fairytale retellings they re supposed to offer at least a semi logical explanation for the strange events of the story, not just stretch the story out and make it evenconvoluted George s take on the story raises several interesting questions, which unfortunately it does not answer How did the trolls become so powerful and enslave all the other fantastical creatures How do they capture so many young men for their delusional princess Why such a particular, ornate curse What happens to all the husbands view spoiler How did Hans Peter escape Is there any meaning to the name Bellalyse, or does it just sound pretty hide spoiler The twist that view spoiler there were several white bears, and the previous one was the heroine s brother hide spoiler is unique and deserves a lotof the book The profusion of fantasy races, a la Narnia and Harry Potter, is also unusual in fairytale retellings And having a wolf for a pet is always cool Unfortunately, the novel isn t really interested in delving into any of these ideas The most interesting character is probably Hans Peter The isbj rn is delightfully dry at first, but he loses his personality as soon as they reach the palace His relationship with the lass is largely bereft of deep connection or even chemistry they like each other simply because the plot says they must.All that said, I loved the attention George paid to Nordic culture and language you can tell she did her homework It was also neat how the reader doesn t find out the lass s name until the prince does And if you pay close attention to the mother s dialogue, you ll notice some Mrs Bennet quotes embedded in there.There s nothing wrong with this book It s pleasantly written, squeaky clean, fast paced, and full of cute animals Girls of a certain age will surely love it For a livelier take on the same story, see East by Edith Pattou Long ago and far away in the land of ice and snow, there came a time when it seemed that winter would never end The months when summer should have given the land respite were cold and damp, and the winter months were snow filled and colder still The people said the cold had lasted a hundred years, and feared that it would last a hundredIt was not a natural winter, and no one knew what witch or troll had caused the winds to howl so fiercely Sun and Moon, Ice and Snowis a classic fLong ago and far away in the land of ice and snow, there came a time when it seemed that winter would never end The months when summer should have given the land respite were cold and damp, and the winter months were snow filled and colder still The people said the cold had lasted a hundred years, and feared that it would last a hundredIt was not a natural winter, and no one knew what witch or troll had caused the winds to howl so fiercely Sun and Moon, Ice and Snowis a classic fairytale retelling, steeped in myth and magic The tale follows a nameless girl the Lass, as she is known to her family who has the ability to talk to animals and is often overlooked and neglected by those closest to her When a great polar bear an isbj rn asks her to come and live with him for a year in his castle, in exchange for her family becoming wealthy, she gladly accepts Yet the bear s castle is made out of ice and serviced by a silent staff of servants, and nothing is as it seems Only a grueling journey on the backs of the four winds will reveal the truth the bear is really a prince trapped in an enchantment, and the Lass has only days to travel to the castle that is east of the sun, west of the moon and free him before he is married against his will to a troll princess So I actually went in thinking this was supposed to be a retelling of the traditional fairy tale Beauty and the Beast I didn t know it was supposed to emulate East of the Sun, West of the Moon, although I guess there are similar elements in bothBeautyandEastNevertheless, I think it might ve influenced my rating a little I saw some reviews saying this was really unoriginal and boring It was the complete opposite for me.I loved the haunting lore of the medieval, icy North that was so rampant in this tale Something about the North has always fascinated me inexplicably, and there was something about this book that I couldn t put down Enthralling with many unexpected twists and turns, this book hooked me from the very first page to the very end Although the ending felt a little rushed, the story was still so beautifully written and the ancient tales of the Nordic lands only enriched it further Side note I really loved the names in this book Especially Princess Ind ll, the troll princess And there were so many words Jessica Day George used that had me all heart eyes This author and I definitely have one thing in common and that s our love for anything Northern, the cold region of the world where the wind never stops blowing and finding a white bear on your doorstep is almost normal Breathlessly magical and poignantly nostalgic,Sun and Moon, Ice and Snowexceeded my expectations by far, and truly embodies the timeless enchantment of the fairy tale it was hoping to emulate 3I really don t know how I get this bad luck Beauty and the Beast is my least favorite story and this is my third and a half read two short stories read of a retelling this year Besides Beauty and the Beast vibes which would be weird if it wouldn t have those vibes there was also a Cupid Psyche vibe view spoiler the part of lighting the candle to see who sleeps next to her hide spoiler.The writing is simple and easy to follow, although the main character is a young adult it3I really don t know how I get this bad luck Beauty and the Beast is my least favorite story and this is my third and a half read two short stories read of a retelling this year Besides Beauty and the Beast vibes which would be weird if it wouldn t have those vibes there was also a Cupid Psyche vibe view spoiler the part of lighting the candle to see who sleeps next to her hide spoiler.The writing is simple and easy to follow, although the main character is a young adult it feltlike it was written for a younger audience The story had a fairy tale feeling, but even besides that it felt like it was missing something and I can t say that it found that something by the end If nothing else this retelling was interesting because it was set in the north and it had trolls.After passing half of the book and feeling pretty indifferent about everything I started being annoyed by some of the lasses choices view spoiler I get that she s curious and wants to help but when not only one but three servants disappear because she was asking too many questions one would think she wouldn t do the stupid thing and light a candle to see the guy she s been sleeping next to for nine months hide spoiler 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 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. 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 In the fairy tale mood, I was looking for something to follow up