Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Review: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
Title: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
Author: Jessica Day George
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Page Count: 336
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.
I just finished ‘Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow’, and thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved the fairy tale feel with ancient legends that were woven into this story. The characters were very well developed, and even the minor characters had distinct personalities. I also love stories with strong female heroines, and this book definitely provides that. The main character Pika, or the ‘Lass’ shows inner conflict, compassion, and strength. I think my favorite character in this book though, was Hans Peter, the Lass’s beloved older brother. I also really liked the cover art, it drew me in, showing the girl staring off into the distance.
Everything about this book was fantastic, and the ending was fantastic. (That last fact gets extra bonus points from me because I’ve read my fair share of books where I adored the plot but when the ending came along I was left feeling… ‘bleh’).
I would definitely recommend adding this book to your TBR list!