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Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

George, Jessica Day (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
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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.
Authors: George, Jessica Day, 1976-
Title: Sun and moon, ice and snow
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 328 p. ;,22 cm
Summary: A girl travels east of the sun and west of the moon to free her beloved prince from a magic spell.
ISBN: 1599901099
9781599901091
9781599903286
Statement of Responsibility: Jessica Day George
Subject Headings: Folklore Norway Fairy tales Fantasy
Topical Term: Folklore
Fairy tales
Fantasy
LCCN: 2007030848
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When a polar bear arrives at her door promising riches for her family if she joins him in his ice castle for a year, the Lass does not hesitate. The bear is not what he seems, and the ice castle and its silent servants hide a sinister secret.


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May 09, 2014
  • biggles26 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book

Mar 10, 2014
  • Love_Legolas_111 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Awsome PLEASE sum up the book in summaries

Nov 20, 2013
  • julia_sedai rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 07, 2013
  • gac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book is quite good read Princess of the Midnight ball, really liked it so i reserved all of Jessica Day George's other books. it is worth reading but it is a love story do don't read it unless you like love stories, it is really weird and different to most books I read but I liked it

Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I picked this book up on a whim at a book sale last year, because the blurb intrigued me. And I'm so glad I did! This is a masterful retelling of several fairy tales, and a beautiful blend of myth and reality.

The Lass is a great character, though in classic fairytale fashion she's defined by her actions and bravery as opposed to her personality. Every element of this story is like a fable, which makes it quite an adventure story with a bit of whimsical and a shadow of the grotesque.

It was a compelling story, even knowing how it must end, primarily because the author fleshes out the world in a very sensual way (and by that I mean sensory, not sexual). She provides enough detail to bring to life a Norse-esque/Polish-esque/Romanian-esque culture that is somehow not foreign at all....but she doesn't bog down the forward momentum with too many details.

I definitely recommend this book for fans of fairytale retellings and mythology, those who enjoy a non-epic fantasy story, fans of northern European cultures and stories, folks who like female heroines who are brave and bold and self-assured, and anyone wanting a relatively quick read that is also meaningful.

Apr 27, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This novel is a delightful mix of two fairy tales (East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Beauty and the Beast) with Norse mythology. George weaves a simple and charming tale that will appeal to fans of fairy tale retellings.

Aug 17, 2012
  • LifefilledNights rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book was amazing! Jessica Day George is one of the greatest authors of all time, her style is fantastic and her story lines are irresistible.
An other-worldly read. Loved it!

Nov 09, 2011
  • star237 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

omg! such a good book1 I really wish there was another cause I want to know what happened to them!! :)

Oct 19, 2011
  • FingonAstaldo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

awesome book! after i read princess of the midnight ball, i read this book because jessica day george is a very good author. it turned out to be a good book. i read it bit by bit for about 5 or 6 days..... it was awesome. i liked the characters pika, tova, hans peter, and the pika's prince... i forgot his name. the ending, was a bit too lovish, but, altogether,it was goooooood. 5 stahs all the way!!!!!!!!! woohooo

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May 09, 2014
  • biggles26 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 08, 2014
  • Love_Legolas_111 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Oct 19, 2011
  • FingonAstaldo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 13, 2011
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Mar 10, 2014
  • Love_Legolas_111 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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 event 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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Mar 10, 2014
  • Love_Legolas_111 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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