September 26, 2018 by TinyNavajo
East by Edith Pattou
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*Published May 1, 2005*
I love this book! I love this fairy tale and I’m glad that I got to read this book for youthbookreview’s Traveling Book Project. The Traveling Book Project is a fun thing you can do with just about anyone. What it is, is you get a group of people, each with a book they don’t mind reading and annotating, and you send the books around the group with each person reading and annotating the book in a unique color. Eventually, everyone should get their book back with awesome notes and doodles and everything else people have added to your book.
This is the fourth book I believe I’ve read for this project and it has definitely been my favorite one thus far. East tells the story of Rose, the youngest born of her family and the one who seems to have a marvelous destiny in front of her. Ever since Rose was born though, her superstitious mother has kept the circumstances of her birth a secret, hoping to keep her adventurous daughter home. But this secret cannot be kept, and when a white bear shows up at their house one cold night, saying that he would give the family health and prosperity if Rose would come to live with him; she agrees.
As Rose lives with the white bear, she starts to realize that there is more to the bear than just a magic curse. As she lives in the castle, not only with the white bear but a stranger who sleeps in her bed at night, she tries to figure out what exactly is going on. The more she learns though, the more she starts to realize that she has lost her heart. To retrieve it, she needs to travel to a land few have heard of and even less has visited; a land east of the sun and west of the moon.
When it comes to retold fairy tales, this is one of my favorites. I love the multiple, short points of view, I love the story itself, and I love how strong and determined Rose is but she is also shown to have flaws, She is angry at her father and mother about the secret of her birth, she almost hates her mother for her superstitions, she is depressed living in the castle with just the bear, and then she makes her way to the land east of the sun and west of the moon with the help of multiple people. She is a strong and flawed character and I loved it!
What sort of characters are your favorite? Why are they your favorite? Comment below and let me know!