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 is hard to see this as much better than the Troll Princess and her version of inhumanity. Thanks for telling us about the problem. View all 10 comments. Most authors would have Rose run into the arms of the White Bear and they would live perfectly from that moment on.

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. However, even though this series is considered high fantasy, it is more fairytale-like and has that classic storybook feel like beauty and the beast. Rose finishes the grueling journey towards the ice palace she sees in the distance.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Rose is just amazing and you can’t help but admiring her persistence.


I’ve read it enough times that my hardcover copy is falling apart with love, and I had large swathes of it memorized when I was younger. And I would do whatever it took, journey to wherever I must, to reach that goal.


The strong connection between Rose and Charles is challenged, but their determination and devotion to one another is clear. The book had no less than Editb narrators – yes, you read that right, five. The retelling sticks very close, closer than any retelling I have read before so I was sorry to say a bit bored, at the same time there were elements that the fairy tale does not have and some aspects that kept me guessing. Loved every moment, for the most part.

East [1st Eaast ] 1 10 Dec 15, I enjoyed the alternating POV. What were the odds anyway? It doesn’t try too hard ediith be something it isn’t. Pattou does something very interesting when she retells this tale, and that is to use multiple viewpoints.

Edith Pattou sets EAST in historical Europe, and the story traverses lands, cultures, seas, and languages for an astonishing and engrossing read. She is the epitome of a strong and determined character and joining her on her journey and quest is a delight. But when Rose gets news editth Charles’ ship has sunk and he’s presumed dead, she doesn’t believe it – and off she goes on another adventure!

Magical and sweeping, this is another timeless tale to enjoy and savor. 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.

Apr 24, Lisa rated it really liked it. May 21, Megan rated it really liked it Shelves: Okay, there is the bit with him helping take care of Winn at the end erith is useful, so I’ll count that.

Rose refuses to believe Charles is dead, even though they get a direct report from someone who says they saw him die, and hands over his wedding ring to Rose.


Total throw away dialogue.

To me, like I’ve edih, East is flawless. Its lengthiness could discourage reluctant readers while its fundamental weaknesses may irritate stronger readers. Time for a little pop-the-cork happy dance!!

Children’s Book Review: EAST by Edith Pattou, Author . Harcourt $18 (p) ISBN

I loved East, and the idea wdith a continuation story, that I believed would be new and original, made me so happy. I didn’t expect easy find a new instant favorite, but just wanted to see what direction Pattou took and to revisit some beloved characters. It was clean as a whistle, though. Rose is able to find Charles, but she also discovers that the Troll Queen, who was killed in the last book, is not dead.

The book is chaste and simple, which makes me think its more suited to a middle-school audience nowadays. And yet, sometimes a new title after so many years, an editth part of a story which you thought completed, can sometimes be a disappointment.

The bear takes Rose to a distant castle hidden within a mountain, where each night she is confronted with a mystery.

She gets clues as to where to find Charles, and when she does, he is not as he should be. But I liked the portrayal of the trolls and how you get into the mind of the Troll Queen and see some of her motivations better.

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful.