Book Review #1133
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
Rating: three stars (out of four)
I’ve always been a little bit intrigued by this fairytale. Partially because it’s not as widely retold and partially because it’s a winter tale and I love all things involving snow. This version stuck fairly close to what I remember of the original. But it still managed to put a fresh twist on it and featured interesting characters. I liked Lass. I thought she had a good amount of realistic mannerisms while still being very much in the fantasy world. I was afraid parts of this novel would come off as cheesy or annoying, but that didn't happen. I especially enjoyed seeing how the polar bear morphed and the girl slowly learned to trust her instincts. It was a good retelling and I’ve been a fan of George’s other novels. If you've read her other books you won't be disappointed with this adaptation. I’d recommend this story: beautiful landscape, eerie snow-encapsulated land, and a haunting story of love and trials.