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Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Release Date: 10/6/09

Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Fairy Tale

About the Book: Cassie has grown up on an Arctic research station in Alaska with her father. She’s been told stories of her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and is now imprisoned by trolls. Cassie is eighteen and does not believe in Polar Bear Kings or trolls anymore - it’s just a nice way of saying her mother died.

But when she seeks out a polar bear that starts talking to her and promises he can return her mother if she would become his bride, Cassie starts to wonder if fairy tales really are true.


GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I enjoyed Sarah Beth Durst’s previous novels Into the Wild and Out of the Wild, and I was excited to see she’d keep writing about fairy tales. she's an awesome author names Sarah (and Sarah with an H and Sarah Beth at that!). But aside from her awesome name, She's also an author who excels are re-working a fairy tale and it's fun to see where she takes you.

In Ice, she takes the story of East of the Sun, West of the Moon and gives it a twist - it’s a modern setting, and Cassie’s mother was the first one to make a deal with the Polar Bear King.

You don’t have to be familiar with the original tale to enjoy Ice. Ms. Durst makes the story her own and it’s a beautiful, engrossing tale of how far someone would go for true love.

Cassie is strong and spunky - I think she rivals Belle as my favorite fairy tale heroine. (Which honestly, is pretty hard to do. Belle is pretty awesome!) Her determination and stubbornness make her likable and appealing and she fights for what she wants. If I’m ever stuck with trolls, I want Cassie by my side!!

Ms. Durst’s writing is very descriptive and draws you in. I could imagine myself in the ice castle with Cassie and Bear, could feel the North Wind blowing, and hear Father Forest’s voice.

Ice is a novel that draws you in to its setting and you want to fight along with Cassie. Full of action and romance, Ice is sure to delight fans of all ages who enjoy curling up with a good fairy tale.

And isn't that cover gorgeous?? I love it and love how just looking at the picture I'm immediately transported there. But the best part is that it doesn't stop at the cover-Ms. Durst's writing transports you there too.

Comments

  1. Oooh, that sounds good. I love rewritten fairy tales a lot.

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  2. I am so happy that you think highly of this book because I am very excited to read this when it comes out. I love East of the Sun, West of the Moon and girls who loves polar bears. (Yay, The Golden Compass!)

    And the cover is gorgeous. The expression on Cassie's face is so moving.

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  3. And oh yeah! I have an award for you on my blog.

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  4. Ooh, wonderful. I can't wait to read it. :)

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  5. I first came across this story when I read "Sun & Moon, Ice and Snow", and fell in love. I'll have to add this version to my list, great review!

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  6. OMG you are making me drool! This book looks so amazing, cover and all. I can NOT wait to read it, seeing as I loved both of Sarah Beth's previous books!

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  7. Great review, I can't wait to read this book.

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