This book will be available October 6th, 2009.
When Cassie was little, her grandmother told her a story about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was imprisoned by trolls. Now that she is eighteen and determined to become an arctic researcher, Cassie knows the story was just a nice way of saying her mother had died. But everything in Cassie's life changes when she meets a mysterious polar bear and realizes that the fairy tale could be true--her mother might be alive. So Cassie makes her own deal with the Polar Bear Kind: Bring my mother home and I will be your bride. But what will her bargain cost Cassie?
Character Development: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Total Score: 67/70
Cussing: Pretty frequent use of some mild-to-offensive language.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: None.
Sexual Content: Yes--there is one scene and some narration, etc. Teenage pregnancy.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Some gore and bloody stuff. Some graphic polar bear seal-consumption.
Everyone has read or at least heard of the East of the Sun, West of the Moon fairy tale retellings; they're everywhere. There must be three or four well-known ones in the YA section alone. They tend to be pretty identifiable by the girl-and-polar-bear images on the cover. However, you have never read one quite like this.
Sarah Beth Durst weaves a tale of magic grounded in reality, strange but radiant love, intense emotion, drama, and one heck of an epic adventure. Her writing is so natural that the fairy tale underneath her plot is nearly indistinguishable from her seamless additions. The fascinating characters--particularly Cassie and Bear--resided in a perfectly gorgeous Arctic setting that complimented the characters and story so impossibly well.
This version of the tale is so much more than just a retelling; it's a total overhaul of the original. Durst threw in countless heavy elements, a thousand breathtaking details, and many startling twists that breathed life into it. Ice has really set itself apart, not just from retellings, but from all love stories as well. I loved it.