Thursday, January 19, 2012

Review: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

Title: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
Author: Jessica Day George 
Release Date: January 8, 2008 
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Source: Library
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 servents. 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.
Review: I love the fairy tale of East of the Sun, West of the Moon and have been trying to read as many re-tellings of the story that I can. I’d seen this book a lot at my library but I never really bothered to pick it up. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow was a captivating re-telling set in a cold, oblique world that incorporates magic, belief in the unknown and a girl’s quest to help all who she loves.

As the story goes, the Lass is the unnamed ninth child to a poor family living in northern Scandinavia. She is not highly regarded by her mother but loved by her father and oldest brother. After saving a white reindeer, she gets a name and the gift to talk to animals. After some events, the Lass goes to the isbjorn’s (polar bear) ice castle to live with him for a year. The Lass’s curiously lands the isbjorn is trouble and she sets off to save him.

While I didn’t absolutely love this novel as I had hoped it, it had a lot of high points. One of them being the fact that the Lass went on the journey not only for her love but for her brother and family as well. I liked that there was more meaning to risking her life than just for her love. While her journey was lengthy and filled with mystery, danger, and of course, magic, I didn’t connect to her very well. The Lass just seemed to be on her journey and it was as if I was watching a movie. Jessica Day George did an amazing job with the descriptions and her writing was beautiful, sometimes it felt like there were way too many…words. Knowing this fairy tale well, at times I just wanted her to get on with the story.

Overall, it was a good read that I enjoyed. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow was well written and with Jessica Day George’s lyrical prose and writing style, this book read like a real fairy tale should.

Overall: 3/5
Cover Comments: 3/5—Meh. It's not as captivating as I had hoped it would be. It didn't strike me when I first saw it. 

1 comment:

  1. I've been very on the fence about this one - Maybe I will make sure to give it a try.