East by Edith Pattou


A beautiful, new edition of the beloved fantasy hailed as “the stuff of epic tale telling” (Booklist), perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast from New York Times best-selling author Edith Pattou. Rose has always longed for adventure, so when an enormous white bear appears one evening and makes her a mysterious offer, she accepts. In exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family, she must live with the white bear in a distant cast...

Details East

Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Romance, Retellings, Fiction

Reviews East

  • Camille
    I absolutely loved this book. I've read it so many times and never has it grown old. I love how it shifts views and tells you what other people are doing and how it has many plots that all tie together in the book. I love the White Bear and I love reading what he has to say and the riddles and poems he speaks in. The chapters weren't long so you could just fly through the book with no trouble. I fell inlove with Rose and her personality from the ...
  • Lacey Louwagie
    This novel is a retelling of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" which is probably one of the most underappreciated fairy tales out there. Unfortunately, this retelling doesn't quite do it justice. The author chose to use multiple viewpoints, which felt more like a gimmick and less like the best way to tell the story (especially since I was only really interested in the stories from two of the five narrators). Also, no one ever seems to have g...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    This wasn't my favorite retelling of East of the Sun West of the Moon (ACOTAR probably still holds that spot), but it was still fun to see the different take on it! The story's set in a modern arctic where the main character is living with her scientist dad. She gets taken by the polar bear king to be his bride aaaaand things get pretty creative (and a bit weird). The story follows the usual format of her coming back to save him from the troll qu...
  • Keertana
    Rating: 4.5 StarsEver since I read the tale of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," I've longed to give one of its numerous re-tellings a try. Edith Pattou's version, East, practically fell into my lap when I discovered it in the hidden recess of my Kindle and within moments, I was sucked into the tale. For those of you who don't know, "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" is similar to "Beauty and the Beast," only instead of a beast, we have a pol...
  • Heather
    What a GREAT young adult fantasy! I loved everything about this book! Although it is almost 500 pages, it is a quick read. (Short chapters, larger print.) The story is based on the Norwegian fairytale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" which I didn't know until I read the author's notes at the end. I liked that even though it was a fantasy, it took place in a real time and place-16th Century Norway. (Read the glossery in the very back for mod...
  • Ronyell
    4.5 starsI never would have thought that there could be a whole chapter book retelling of a classic fairy tale other than Shannon Hale’s “The Goose Girl.” Well, I have just recently stumbled upon this book called “East” that happens to be a great retelling of a classic fairy tale! “East” is a retelling of a classic Scandinavian folktale called “East of the Sun West of the Moon” by Edith Pattou and anyone who is a huge fan of fai...
  • Morgan F
    East was written when fantasy could still be fantasy. When young adult books weren't required to have a love triangle, a sexy love interest, and a heroine with low self-esteem. Rose, this novel's main character, is intelligent, resourceful, and courageous. She has a strong drive and a true moral compass. The plot reminds me of more classical fantasy that involves epic journeys over several countries over the course of years. The book is chaste an...
  • Marquise
    This reimagining of East of the Sun and West of the Moon has a very good beginning, enhanced by the not so frequent technique (in retellings) of showing both sides of the story: the girl, her family, the enchanted bear and the Troll Queen. Quite intriguing, isn't it? Plus, it's historical fantasy rather than plain old-school fantasy, as the setting is 16th century Scandinavia, and the author uses a historical event from a century prior that's som...
  • Chris
    I'm conflicted about this novel. I really am.On one hand, "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" is one of my favorite fairy tales and this isn't a bad retelling of it.On the other hand, there are several parts to this novel that don't quite gel.Let's nickpick.But first, in case you don't know, "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" is a wonderful fairy tale. It is why I love polar bears. It is a Northern version of Cupid and Psyche, but instead of som...
  • Mike
    I'm going to replace that old, shitty review now, because that was enormously embarrassing to read back over. SORRY, EVERYONE WHO READ IT! I APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY!Anyway, my opinion hasn't changed, just my method of delivering it. I still think that this was a horrendous novel, badly plotted with shoddy characters.In fact, I think the lack of development from the characters was the novel's biggest downfall. Rose is such a blank protagonist. I spent...
  • Steph Su
    EAST is the tale of Rose, who sacrifices her freedom to save her sister, grows to care for the cursed white bear who is her “captor,” unwittingly betrays him, then goes beyond the ends of the earth to make things right. It’s a classic folktale that never fails to move me, but Edith Pattou’s retelling of “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” went above and beyond, astounding me with its magical rendering of a traditional story and simple...
  • Mary-Beth
    For a re-telling this was very good. In many ways, other than just expanding on the original, this version seemed to try to add some realism to the tale. Fortunately it wasn't realism at the cost of magic. There was still plenty of magic. Don't look for anything staggeringly innovative here and the writing isn't perfect, but this is very readable.The novel delineated an ordinary world from a magical world by making Rose's home life somewhat more ...
  • Jo
    Since I read this back when I was first becoming interested in YA, I was worried that a second reading would prove to be less enjoyable. I am happy to say that the book is still deserving of 5 stars in my opinion. The multiple POVs are so seamless and well done. And I dare you not to like Rose. She is a great heroine! I think when it's time for Christmas, a lot of people are going to find this book in their stocking. July 6, 2010This is by far on...
  • Yati
    Multiple first person POVs always throw me off. Always. This wasn't an exception, though I really liked the narrators, so it didn't distract me as much as if could have.I'm a bit disappointed that the more fantastic aspects of the original folk tale were not included, but if I had never read the original story, I wouldn't have noticed they were missing.
  • Donna
    This is Young Adult Fantasy. As I'm not the target audience, I'll add a star because this was age appropriate. I liked Rose, the MC. She evolved through her journey. The other characters were also well drawn with their own individual quirkiness. I'm not familiar with the fairy tale that this is a retelling of so I had nothing to compare it to, which probably worked to its favor. This one started kind of slow, but it picked up during the latter ha...
  • Carla *Jen7waters*
    I--I... ...LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!! D:What were the odds anyway? It’s a Beauty & the Beast type of story with a polar bear! :3 Actually East is a fairytale retelling of the Norwegian folk tale ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’, which is about this girl who is taken by a white bear as part of a deal, and everyone is horrified by this, but turns out she becomes the bear’s knight in shining armor when she has to save him from this drea...
  • Clara Biesel
    A nostalgic, emotional five for this book. I really, really, liked it. The fable of east of the sun and west of the moon told in a novel form, it reminds me of fairytale retellings I read as a young teen, (Robin McKinley and such), and it was very easy to submerge myself in the story. I found it... cozy. Reading it at a bus stop in the freezing rain was comforting, and reading it cozied up with blankets and tea was exactly what I wanted. If you h...
  • Arielle Walker
    It's been quite a while since I read this, so I will leave a proper review until my eventual re-reading but I will say that as it is based on my favourite fairytale, I can remember being particularly harsh on this retelling. I recall it being good but not quite living up to my memories of the original tale, and as I don't know if anything really will live up to those memories it may be wise to add a star in your mind to whatever review I finally ...
  • oliviasbooks
    *** Read first in November 2011 ***: I hope I'll carve out some time to review, but I have to say this is how a fairytale retelling should be in my opnion. Thank you so much, Teccc, for parting with your copy. It would have taken ages - or maybe forever - until I decided to finally buy it.
  • Dani
    This book will waste your time. The story is entirely unbelievable and hard to relate to.
  • Riley Redgate
    a childhood favorite. so beautiful
  • Brooke
    “I knelt by the design. Yes, there was the sun rising. But the white form I had always thought to be a cloud was a bear. I could see it now, upside down. White bear, isbjorn, stood for north. Father had not been able to help himself. The truth was there, too. Truth and lie, side by side.”“East” by Edith Pattou is a magical story retelling of the tale, “East of the sun, West of the moon”, which sadly I hadn’t heard of before. This bo...
  • Audrey
    Oh what a charming, magical book! This is a rewrite of the classical fairy tales "Beauty and the Beast" and "East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Rose is the youngest daughter in a large family who loves to explore. One day a white bear comes to her home and asks her to go with him and she agrees. This is a beautiful story of enchantment, adventure, and love.
  • Amanda - Cover2CoverMom
    You can read all my reviews on my blog -> Cover2CoverMom I picked up East in preparation in attending the Ohioana Book Festival this year.  Despite the fact that this was an “older” book published back in 2005, I decided to give it a go since it had really good ratings on Goodreads (4.14 star rating with 32,000+ ratings).  I am so happy I was able to squeeze this one in before the festival, because it ended up being one of my favorite reads...
  • Kim Ammons (youthbookreview)
    4 out of 5 starsI added this book to my to-read list way back when, after I read and loved Jessica Day George’s Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow (which introduced me to this fairy tale). It’s a Beauty-and-the-Beast-like Norwegian fairy tale (to make a broad comparison) called East of the Sun and West of the Moon, with a polar bear instead of a beast. And Rose can’t communicate very well with the guy in polar bear form, because he’s, well, a pol...
  • Pandora
    "The white bear vistied me daily as I worked the loom. Usually it was in the afternoon and he would lie on the rug near me. I took to talking to him, thoughly he rarely responded. I would tell him of my family, of life on our farmhold, and of places I had been beyond the farm. I would also tell him stories, both from my memory of the ones Neddy had told me and those from the Njorden book I had found."Summary: This book is based on East of the Sun...
  • Mark
    This child's story reads like a fairy tale. A magical story of a young girl sacrificed to a mysterious bear, who becomes her love and is of course, somehow cursed. Like the frog prince, eh? Only way better.Also, there's Slank!Others have tried to own this word before now. You'll recall the Grinch "slink, slank, slunk" up a chimney in Whoville on Christmas eve, Cormac McCarthy's dogs slank around the periphery of a smoky campfire, the urban dictio...
  • Margaret
    East is a YA retelling of the fairy tale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon", a lesser-known but interesting variant on the "Beauty and the Beast" and "Eros and Psyche" tales. Rose lives in Norway with her family; when one of her sisters becomes dangerously ill and the family is about to be evicted from their farm, a white bear appears at the door and tells the family that if Rose will come with him, their troubles will end. Of course she goes...
  • Elysha
    I first discovered this book about six years ago. I had run across it in my local library, opened the cover and began to read. It reminded me of one of my childhood pleasures of the movie "The Polar Bear King." I picked it up, checked it out and headed home. From the moment I started reading the book I was hooked. I had it for three weeks, and I read it at least four times. The characters come alive before yours, there is intrigue, passion, adven...