Monday, July 6, 2015

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Page Count: 308
Published on: October 6th 2009
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books 
Genre(s): YA, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Adventure
Source: Print: Hardback: Library
Age Rating: PG-15
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon


My Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairy tale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth. Now that Cassie is older, she knows the story was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, is determined to become a scientist, and has no time for make-believe.

Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back — if Cassie will agree to be his bride.

That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairy tale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knows will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her — until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.


Hey guys!

        I really love the story of East o' the Sun & West o' the Moon by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen. East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon is basically a Norweigian version of the Beauty & the Beast. Ice follows Cassie, who on her eighteenth birthday, is given the option of marrying the king of the polar bears and save her mother...or you know...stay with her father and not save her mother. When she makes her choice it starts the beginning of a real life fairytale. She had to give up her future as a polar bear scientist, and go to the north pole. Before she knows it, she's swept up into a new world. She finds the meaning of love and family and magic. 

        I really loved this book. I've always been really into the story of EOTS&WOTM. I kind of compared this to another book that I've read called East which is by Edith Pattou. The plot of this book was fantastic. I really loved the romance and the concept of the munaqsri. Sarah Beth Durst created a new aspect to a fantasy novel that I absolutely loved. She built the Arctic World, and made you feel as if you're in the snow yourself (and it's 80 degrees right now, so that was amazing).

        The only reason I'm giving this 4.5 stars is because in the second half of the book, I thought Cassie was endangering herself too much. She didn't make very good choices, and she was annoying me. She doubted her love for Bear which was super dumb, because it was obvious that they're perfect for each other. She just over all bugged me during the second half of the book, but overall I really loved it and it was a really great book. Also, I wanted more at the end, I feel like Sarah Beth Durst could easily write a sequel. :D

If you liked ______, you'll love Ice.

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