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From the author of the beloved high fantasy East, a thrilling tale of true love, magic, adventure, and revenge. When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden st From the author of the beloved high fantasy East, a thrilling tale of true love, magic, adventure, and revenge. When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden storm destroys his ship and he is presumed dead. But Rose doesn’t believe the shipwreck was an act of nature, nor does she believe Charles is truly dead. Something much more sinister is at work. With mysterious and unstoppable forces threatening the lives of the people she loves, Rose must once again set off on a perilous journey. And this time, the fate of the entire world is at stake.


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From the author of the beloved high fantasy East, a thrilling tale of true love, magic, adventure, and revenge. When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden st From the author of the beloved high fantasy East, a thrilling tale of true love, magic, adventure, and revenge. When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden storm destroys his ship and he is presumed dead. But Rose doesn’t believe the shipwreck was an act of nature, nor does she believe Charles is truly dead. Something much more sinister is at work. With mysterious and unstoppable forces threatening the lives of the people she loves, Rose must once again set off on a perilous journey. And this time, the fate of the entire world is at stake.

30 review for West

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    I really enjoyed Edith Pattou's first fantasy novel, East, which is an award-winning YA retelling of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," a Norwegian folk tale that kind of mirrors the Snow Queen folk tale, except with More. Trolls. Actually, in Pattou's world trolls are attractive and look like humans, except they have hard, woody skin. Anyway, you do NOT want to mess with the Queen Troll and her magic, but at the end of East (spoiler for East)(view spoiler)[everyone thinks she's comfortably I really enjoyed Edith Pattou's first fantasy novel, East, which is an award-winning YA retelling of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," a Norwegian folk tale that kind of mirrors the Snow Queen folk tale, except with More. Trolls. Actually, in Pattou's world trolls are attractive and look like humans, except they have hard, woody skin. Anyway, you do NOT want to mess with the Queen Troll and her magic, but at the end of East (spoiler for East)(view spoiler)[everyone thinks she's comfortably dead (hide spoiler)] . Fifteen years later, Pattou has finally followed up East with this sequel, appropriately titled West. West picks up three years after the end of East. Rose has married Charles (aka the White Bear), they have a baby boy they call Wynn, and life is pretty good ... until Charles is lost at sea in a suspiciously odd storm. Rose refuses to believe Charles is dead, even though they get a direct report from someone who says they saw him die, and hands over his wedding ring to Rose. So Rose leaves baby Wynn with her family in Norway and takes off to try to track down her husband. Trolls ensue. West isn't a bad story, but it's basically a theme and variation on the first book, East. Though the details are different, it tracks the same basic plot a little too closely. Add to that the rather simplistic writing, kind of on a middle grade level, and West just never really engaged me. It was clean as a whistle, though. Full review to come. I received a free copy of this book through the publisher and Netgalley. Thanks!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Daley

    I have to wait until 2018??????? Omfg EAST is one of my favorite books - I can't believe she's writing this

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    Been waiting over 10 years for this to happen!!! One of my all-time favorite books. I can't wait!

  4. 5 out of 5

    skadoosh

    !!!!! Wasn't expecting a sequel, but can't wait to see where Pattou takes this!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    West is a delightful fantasy novel, gorgeously pieced together with adventure and folklore it is sure to please fans of East and new readers alike. East (though it will always be North Child to me) is one of my most favourite books. I love its beautiful writing, elegant and so very imaginative in its simplicity. I love the fairytale remix. I love the strength of Rose, her curiosity, wandering spirit and determination. I love the short chapters written from the perspectives of multiple characters West is a delightful fantasy novel, gorgeously pieced together with adventure and folklore it is sure to please fans of East and new readers alike. East (though it will always be North Child to me) is one of my most favourite books. I love its beautiful writing, elegant and so very imaginative in its simplicity. I love the fairytale remix. I love the strength of Rose, her curiosity, wandering spirit and determination. I love the short chapters written from the perspectives of multiple characters which detail the story. I love the White Bear and I love Rose’s love for him. And so, when a sequel was announced, some 15 years after the publication of East, to say I was excited might have been a huge understatement. And yet, sometimes a new title after so many years, an extra part of a story which you thought completed, can sometimes be a disappointment. Fear not, because West is every bit as beautiful, magnificent and wondrous as East. It continues Rose and the White Bear’s story as if the ink on the pages of East had only freshly dried. It carries the same heart, the same creative storytelling in its unique and simple way. It doesn’t undo any of the happy ending of the first book, but simply continues the story. And it has made this reader very, very happy. I am so glad that West gives me the opportunity to share afresh my love for East and Edit Pattou’s writing, to share with a new generation of young (and young-at-heart) readers Rose’s stunning story of adventure, determination and love. The release of West is the perfect time to read or reread East. In East, Rose had to travel east of the sun and west of the moon to rescue her White Bear. Now she and Charles have started a family. By when a sudden storm destroys the ship Charles is sailing on and he is reported dead in mysterious circumstances Rose sets out once again to rescue him. West is a combination of everything I love in a beautiful fantasy novel. It combines legends and fairytales and weaves them through Rose’s story. It is both adventurous and full of surprise twists. I honestly felt a little sorry for Rose for the constant stream of challenges thrown her way and yet she never, ever gives up. She is the epitome of a strong and determined character and joining her on her journey and quest is a delight. West also features the importance of family. Neddy once again shares his perspective in short chapters throughout the book, as does Rose’s mother and Rose’s adopted young charge. And of course, no fairytale retelling would be compete without romance. The strong connection between Rose and Charles is challenged, but their determination and devotion to one another is clear. We readers also also treated to a second love story - that of Rose’s brother Neddy. Magic, quests, challenges and games, ancient folklore and legends, the gorgeous and historic scenery of the northern Scandinavia, the wonderfully detailed characters and Edith Pattou’s unique and beautiful writing style, all work together to make West a pleasure to read. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library There’s a sequel?!!?!? There’s a SEQUEL!!!! I love, adore and cherish East (though it will forever be North Child in my heart, as that is my preferred title), so when I discovered that Edith Pattou had created a sequel, my mind was blown. Seriously, I just stared at my screen and freaked out. If it is anything like East, West is sure to be simply amazing. I cannot wait to read it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)

    I have to admit, I almost gave up on this one in the beginning. I waited until it was almost due back to the library before even starting it, though that was partly because I had to wait for my hold on the first book to come in, too. Still, this sequel just starts off uncannily similar to East, and though I ended up loving that book, I didn't want to read the same book again, just set a few years later. However, I'm glad I stuck with it because, though the plots are comparable, and both books sh I have to admit, I almost gave up on this one in the beginning. I waited until it was almost due back to the library before even starting it, though that was partly because I had to wait for my hold on the first book to come in, too. Still, this sequel just starts off uncannily similar to East, and though I ended up loving that book, I didn't want to read the same book again, just set a few years later. However, I'm glad I stuck with it because, though the plots are comparable, and both books showcase Rose's determination and willingness to make sacrifices for the good of those she loves, this sequel veers off into [even stranger] new territory while also focusing a bit more on characters we've already come to know...and some we haven't. The mood in East tended toward forlorn and lost, but the tone in West was straight up melancholy and it felt like friends were few and far between on this part of Rose's journey. But it was worth it in the end. I especially loved Estelle's last line in the epilogue. 😉

  7. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)

    Rating 4.5 stars FULL REVIEW: https://livthebooknerd.blogspot.com/2... I was graciously sent an ARC of West by Edith Pattou for an honest review. West is one of my most anticipated releases of 2018. The first book, East, came out about 15 years ago and it is one of my all-time favorite books. It's so beautiful. All thoughts and feelings surrounding this book are my own. Thank you HMH for sending me an ARC. ~~ Reading West was so much fun. It gave me so many nostalgic vibes. I absolutely adored Rating 4.5 stars FULL REVIEW: https://livthebooknerd.blogspot.com/2... I was graciously sent an ARC of West by Edith Pattou for an honest review. West is one of my most anticipated releases of 2018. The first book, East, came out about 15 years ago and it is one of my all-time favorite books. It's so beautiful. All thoughts and feelings surrounding this book are my own. Thank you HMH for sending me an ARC. ~~ Reading West was so much fun. It gave me so many nostalgic vibes. I absolutely adored reimmersing myself in Edith Pattou's writing style. She writes so beautifully. It's very much like a traditional fairy tale. In East, Rose has to travel east of the sun and west of the moon to rescue her White Bear, Charles, from the Troll People. West follows Rose and the White Bear's story soon after their happily ever after. However, their lives are soon turned upside down when Charles's ship goes missing and he is reported dead. Rose is convinced that he isn't dead, so she goes on another adventure to find her White Bear. West is a lovely combination of lyrical writing, a plot imbued with Scandinavian legends/myths/fairytales, fantastical adventures, and lovely characters that you cannot help but love. Rose is a such strong, independent, and inspiring character. It was so nice to get to spend time with her again. She's one of my all-time favorite characters. I absolutely adored the multiple perspectives throughout this book. It was so nice to get to read from Neddy, Rose's Mother and Father, and Charles' perspectives. It was also so nice to get to know Rose's children. I love their family dynamic. I also really love how the characters have developed since the ending of East. East will always hold a special place in my heart. Though West isn't as good as East, it is well worth the read. I'm so excited to have gotten to read it. Thank you so much HMH and Edith Pattou for sending me an ARC. I cannot wait for my finished copy to come in. Don't forget to pick up the new edition of West too! I will be posting pictures of my preorders on my Insta-stories this next week once they come out. ~~~ I'VE JUST BEEN ACCEPTED TO READ AN ARC COPY OF THIS BOOK!!!!!!! I'M SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christina Kneidel

    Overall I thought this was a really cute continuation of East. If you really enjoyed the first installment, this book follows a similar story format: The main character once again goes on an adventure to rescue her now husband. Was this sequel necessary? No not really... book 1 was pretty well wrapped up. However, if you loved the characters and world building in East, I would recommend this book. ------------------------ East, #1 ★★★★☆ West, #2 ★★★☆☆

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    4.5 You know the adventure books you read as a kid; the ones that completely took you away to another land and for a few brief moments reality fused into a magical world of make believe. That is what Pattou has written. “West”, is the stunning sequel to her first masterpiece, “East”. When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her ha 4.5 You know the adventure books you read as a kid; the ones that completely took you away to another land and for a few brief moments reality fused into a magical world of make believe. That is what Pattou has written. “West”, is the stunning sequel to her first masterpiece, “East”. When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily ever after with Charles, until a sudden storm destroys his ship and he is presumed dead. But Rose doesn’t believe the shipwreck was an act of nature, nor does she believe Charles is truly dead. Something much more sinister is at work. With mysterious and unstoppable forces threatening the lives of the people she loves, Rose must once again set off on a perilous journey. And this time, the fate of the entire world is at stake. I’m not one to normally pick up high fantasy, because sometimes the world building can be so complex and confusing for me. However, even though this series is considered high fantasy, it is more fairytale-like and has that classic storybook feel like beauty and the beast. When I read, “East” a few months ago, I completely fell in love with the rich setting and lovely characters! “West” is much of the same way. It’s a great, fast paced, beautifully written sequel. Pattou’s writing is effortless and she takes you on a vivid adventure! Love this duology so much! I think I did (very slightly) prefer, “East”, but overall these are wonderful together! Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group for sending me an advanced readers copy! You can buy West on October 23rd! In the meantime read Pattou’s first wonderful book, “East”!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lily Hawley

    "ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review." I loved the first book, however, I do not feel that it needed a sequel. The entire book felt redundant and stilted in the way it jumped perspectives every two or three pages never really allowing the reader to settle into a POV. I do not feel like this book added to the story of Rose and her bear at all so much as it just repeated what had already been told in a slightly different way... it kind of felt like really well-written fan f "ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review." I loved the first book, however, I do not feel that it needed a sequel. The entire book felt redundant and stilted in the way it jumped perspectives every two or three pages never really allowing the reader to settle into a POV. I do not feel like this book added to the story of Rose and her bear at all so much as it just repeated what had already been told in a slightly different way... it kind of felt like really well-written fan fiction of the author's work without being good enough to be the legitimate sequel of such a stunning and fantastic book as East. If anyone asked me if they should read this book, I would just recommend they reread East instead.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Anne

    A sequel?!!! It's been years since I read East in elementary school. Gee, I feel old now.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Breanna

    4.5 stars ✨RTC!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Whatttt the heck??? It has been 15 years since the 1st book came out, and now there's a sequel?? I did NOT know about this, but I'm glad that GR notified me about this book because I would've never known otherwise. I'm excited to see where Rose's adventures will take her~~

  14. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    *Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.* When I was younger, several years younger, I read East on a whim. It was a paperback copy from the library, and I loved it. It has stayed in my mind for years as one of my favourite retellings, deep and imaginative and filled with imagery you just can't forget. Browsing NetGalley and coming upon West was like finding an old friend - grown up, changed, but so familiar and lovely. Actually getting a *Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.* When I was younger, several years younger, I read East on a whim. It was a paperback copy from the library, and I loved it. It has stayed in my mind for years as one of my favourite retellings, deep and imaginative and filled with imagery you just can't forget. Browsing NetGalley and coming upon West was like finding an old friend - grown up, changed, but so familiar and lovely. Actually getting a copy to read was like Christmas. I had forgotten that Pattou's storytelling is done in a choppy, plain way. It takes a bit of patience to get into her books, but it's well worth the time. She lays out her tales like brickwork, and they stick with you. Once you get into them, it's like reading an old fairytale - which is appropriate, as this is the sequel to a retelling. West is a strong sequel, full of twists and turns. The characters are just as good as before, and are developed into stronger versions in this tale. Especially Rose. I mean, (view spoiler)[she cuts off her finger to make a key to save her son. That's motherhood. (hide spoiler)] I also love the glimpses of Norwegian culture that we get! Definitely give this a try if you like faerytales or Norwegian stories.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kasia Proce

    Absolutely fantastic! What a nice surprise this duology was. I picked this series up on a whim, basing it off the synopsis and quite a few of raving reviews from trusted allies here on Goodreads, and thank goodness I did! The characters were all fantastically wonderful in their own little way, the plot really thickened in West and I was so here for it! (view spoiler)[The only complaints I have is that Sara's death was not mentioned again when Rose came back, I expected Rose to go through some t Absolutely fantastic! What a nice surprise this duology was. I picked this series up on a whim, basing it off the synopsis and quite a few of raving reviews from trusted allies here on Goodreads, and thank goodness I did! The characters were all fantastically wonderful in their own little way, the plot really thickened in West and I was so here for it! (view spoiler)[The only complaints I have is that Sara's death was not mentioned again when Rose came back, I expected Rose to go through some type of mourning over the death of her sister. Also, by the last few pages I truly expected for Charles to never gain his memory back, but he did, in an odd way... He just suddenly remembers when putting the ring on Rose, marrying her again? Yeah, did not make a lot of sense. (hide spoiler)] I loved the short chapters of this book, it really made time fly! Edith's acknowledgement at the end tells me she is a very kind and genuine person, which makes sense because she wrote an awesome book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Luna de Selene

    😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱 Deus meo que no sabía que esto tenía continuación

  17. 5 out of 5

    April Sarah

    3.5 stars? (Subject to change - I'm conflicted)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Meyer

    Over a decade in the making, this wonderful book was hard to put down. The further adventures of Rose and her white bear are not to be missed. <3

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I feel I should preface this with the fact that East has been my actual favorite book since I read it when it came out in 2003. I've read it enough times that my hardcover copy is falling apart with love, and I had large swathes of it memorized when I was younger. Needless to say, I was extremely excited when I found out about West. I really hate reading things digitally, and don't currently have a way to do so except on my laptop, but I immediately downloaded this book because I needed it in my I feel I should preface this with the fact that East has been my actual favorite book since I read it when it came out in 2003. I've read it enough times that my hardcover copy is falling apart with love, and I had large swathes of it memorized when I was younger. Needless to say, I was extremely excited when I found out about West. I really hate reading things digitally, and don't currently have a way to do so except on my laptop, but I immediately downloaded this book because I needed it in my hot little hands asap. It...didn't quite live up to the hype in my head. That's not to say it was bad. It was truly enjoyable and is absolutely an engaging and beautiful follow up to East. It digs deeper into the magic and the lore of the world Pattou has created for her fairy tale/mythology hybrid, fleshing out the secret underworld of the trolls and bringing in interesting new magic. It expands on the deeper themes of the first book, family and persistence and love despite and because of danger. It's a beautiful, sweeping adventure and a comforting, small story about love. And I really do love it. But there is a very odd quirk to the pacing that left me feeling disjointed a lot of the time, and there's almost too many things happening all at the same time. There's a sickness and a kidnapping and a magical attack, trolls and snakebites, amnesia...all in one book. And even though it's 500 pages, it's still...too much. Too quickly. I'm grateful for the attempt to bring Neddy and the rest of Rose's family into a greater part of the story, but it draws the focus away from Rose and her struggles and her plotline which should be the core of the book. The two plots don't really converge, and while I was glad to know that Neddy was chasing Rose across the world again, there wasn't really a need to show him always being one step behind. It was a distraction, and I was disappointed that I didn't like it more. But the new characters, the new villains, the new magic all had me desperately in love with this world again, missing Rose and her white bear even as I was reading about them again. I immediately wanted to reread East, to be taken back again to the story I love and have loved so much for so long. It's a good companion, a worthy sequel, a comforting trip down memory lane.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    For Rose and Charles it has been happily ever after complete with a beautiful new baby boy. But the Troll Queen is not dead and seeks a horrifying revenge. Rose must once more set out to save her White Bear. Told in short multi-voiced segments, Pattou adds shipwrecks, plague, avalanches and a fascinating variety of tales, folklore and trials to this story of steadfast love. Vivid compelling characters and well drawn places add a unique touch to the classic story-telling flow of the narrative. Lov For Rose and Charles it has been happily ever after complete with a beautiful new baby boy. But the Troll Queen is not dead and seeks a horrifying revenge. Rose must once more set out to save her White Bear. Told in short multi-voiced segments, Pattou adds shipwrecks, plague, avalanches and a fascinating variety of tales, folklore and trials to this story of steadfast love. Vivid compelling characters and well drawn places add a unique touch to the classic story-telling flow of the narrative. Lovely!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sami

    It's an immense pleasure to return to Edith Pattou's world of ice, wind, and magic. As a child, I greedily devoured East like one of the sumptuous meals in the castle. West is more of a slow burn, but all the more enjoyable for it's measured pace and studied character development. What a relief to go on another adventure with fearless Rose and her white bear!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    This series will go right up to the top of my favorites list. I adored them and devoured them. Be prepared to get these if you ever do a book swap with me because they were that good! WEST continues shortly after EAST ends and it takes off rather quickly. "It was perhaps the hardest test I had ever faced, balancing my wild, northern nature with that love." Charles has said to have died in a bad shipwreck as he was traveling back to Rose's family gathering. Only, Rose doesn't feel that he has died This series will go right up to the top of my favorites list. I adored them and devoured them. Be prepared to get these if you ever do a book swap with me because they were that good! WEST continues shortly after EAST ends and it takes off rather quickly. "It was perhaps the hardest test I had ever faced, balancing my wild, northern nature with that love." Charles has said to have died in a bad shipwreck as he was traveling back to Rose's family gathering. Only, Rose doesn't feel that he has died and can't believe what she hears. She gives her son to her brother to look after until she returns from her adventure to find the truth about Charles. Upon her adventures she runs into some crazy people who are actually not people at all, but Trolls who work for the Queen who has supposedly died. Clearly she lived to torment Rose for another book and another adventure. She gets clues as to where to find Charles, and when she does, he is not as he should be. His whole memory of Rose and their life together is gone. So she plays along through her own heartbreak in hopes that Charles's memory will return soon. Only then do they get news of terrible diseases sweeping the lands and that their own son and daughter had disappeared without a trace. Only who would have that kind of power is an ill stated nation? "My white bear was gone, but not gone. In some ways it was worse than if he were dead, Here but not here." What a crazy ride this was...! Loved every moment, for the most part. Please be aware that this next paragraph will CONTAIN A SPOILER so skip it if you don't want to be spoiled. LAST WARNING :) Okay, so here is the main reason why I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Why did Charles still not remember his wife or life even after he was turned back into a bear? Even after he was back to being a man after being a bear.... Why didn't Rose just tell him the truth from the beginning..? Given her wild nature, you'd think she would just tell him the truth when the time was right. It's her life as much as it is his. It's her son who was taken as much as it was his. I personally just didn't care for that aspect of the book. I didn't like how Rose went ahead with a "second" wedding with Charles instead of just trying to continue what they had. It just feels like she started over with him, even though their life was already pretty good. Overall, I loved this book just as much as I loved the first one. Just if you read my spoiler, you would know why I rated it at 4. Which it wasn't even that big of a deal, just my personal opinion on the storyline. WEST was addictive, adventurous, enchanting, and is a book generations to come will enjoy! "Where there was life, there was also hope." Until next time, DauntlessReading

  23. 5 out of 5

    RumBelle

    DNF read approximately 50% Let me say a few things about why I gave this such a low rating, and begin with I did not finish it, I read only half and there is a possibility (slim in my opinion) that the latter half could have been fantastic, though I doubt it. I read East when it first came out about 15 years ago and absolutely loved it. East of the Sun and West of the Moon is one of my all time favorite fairy tales, and I enjoy retellings of it immensely. Pattou's version ended well, and in my vi DNF read approximately 50% Let me say a few things about why I gave this such a low rating, and begin with I did not finish it, I read only half and there is a possibility (slim in my opinion) that the latter half could have been fantastic, though I doubt it. I read East when it first came out about 15 years ago and absolutely loved it. East of the Sun and West of the Moon is one of my all time favorite fairy tales, and I enjoy retellings of it immensely. Pattou's version ended well, and in my view completely. No unresolved issues, no threads left hanging. It did not need a sequel, that being said though, this seemed like a new tale where the story continued with the characters from East, but went in new directions and explored new ideas. That, sadly, was not the case. This book was, in my humble opinion, almost the exact same story, written in an incredibly stilted way. Rose's now husband vanishes, and it is discovered that he has been captured by, wait for it, Trolls, who have taken him, I know it sounds unbelievable, back to the same palace Rose rescued him from in the first book! Add to that, and this is something I truly loathe in terms of plot devices, Charles has lost his memory, so he spend the majority of the book not knowing who his wife and child are. He, miraculously, gets his memory back literally two pages before the end in some sort of flash (that is never explained) in his second marriage to Rose. It was just ridiculous. In addition, every page it seemed like was a new "chapter" told in a different character's point of view. It was so jarring reading a book written that way. The POV shifted so much, half the time you had no idea who was talking, plus in some cases the "chapters" were only a paragraph long. The writing style was just horrible. I have to say, when I heard this book was coming out I was so excited. I loved East, and the idea of a continuation story, that I believed would be new and original, made me so happy. I was looking forward to this book so much, and was incredibly disappointed. 15 years to come up with a new book and all we got was the exact same story, just longer, and written in a ridiculous manner.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    First off: the continuity error was not actually a continuity error. I misinterpreted the placement of this book within the events of the last chapter of East. I apologize to anyone I mislead. Second: this is a good sequel to East. Neither book is exactly my favorite fairy tale retelling ever, but not because of the plot or because of any lack of originality. The plots are excellent; the takes on the fairy tales are quite unique and enjoyable; and I love the presence of the different cultures and First off: the continuity error was not actually a continuity error. I misinterpreted the placement of this book within the events of the last chapter of East. I apologize to anyone I mislead. Second: this is a good sequel to East. Neither book is exactly my favorite fairy tale retelling ever, but not because of the plot or because of any lack of originality. The plots are excellent; the takes on the fairy tales are quite unique and enjoyable; and I love the presence of the different cultures and mythologies within the story. The characters are good, and Rose is an excellent heroine . . . but, as in East, there are really too many POVs for my taste. Plus, though the voices are distinct from each other, they all seem kind of flat somehow. Like, there's emotion, but never in such a way that I feel that emotion too. My strongest feelings during the book were typically when I got mad at the villain for some action she took. That might just be me, though, because I know people who really love these books and connected well with the characters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Let me start by saying two things: 1) After I posted my review for East, I LOVED all the comments from all of you who read it as young women and adored it just as much as I did! If only we could have all been in a middle school book club together. 2) I really didn't go into this book with super high expectations. I didn't expect to find a new instant favorite, but just wanted to see what direction Pattou took and to revisit some beloved characters. What we have is another adventure story: Rose and Let me start by saying two things: 1) After I posted my review for East, I LOVED all the comments from all of you who read it as young women and adored it just as much as I did! If only we could have all been in a middle school book club together. 2) I really didn't go into this book with super high expectations. I didn't expect to find a new instant favorite, but just wanted to see what direction Pattou took and to revisit some beloved characters. What we have is another adventure story: Rose and her white bear (Charles) have married, they have their own little child, and they're settled into their life together. But when Rose gets news that Charles' ship has sunk and he's presumed dead, she doesn't believe it - and off she goes on another adventure! We hear from many of the same narrators as before alongside some fresh faces. I found the new characters added something new to the mix and helped move the plot along. I don't know why this surprised me so much, but the feel of this book is so reminiscent to East. Even over a decade later, Pattou uses the familiar voice in her writing. She also keeps the format of short bursts of chapters, making this book fast paced and easy to read. Although I didn't find it as magical as East, it's a solid continuation of the story with new people and places to discover. If you loved East too and don't want to mess with that memory, totally get that! But, if you're curious and stay open to what this book has to offer, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Olson

    I have a soft place in my heart for fairytale retellings like West, East, and Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli. They don't try to change the story - they just try to extend it. It's refreshing. It's one ofthe reasons I adored Wintersong but didn't like Shadowsong. It doesn't try too hard to be something it isn't. It just merely is. I loved East and I liked West, but it felt like the story could have ended with just East. While this sequel extends itself on fairytale tropes, such as the Rule of Three ( I have a soft place in my heart for fairytale retellings like West, East, and Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli. They don't try to change the story - they just try to extend it. It's refreshing. It's one ofthe reasons I adored Wintersong but didn't like Shadowsong. It doesn't try too hard to be something it isn't. It just merely is. I loved East and I liked West, but it felt like the story could have ended with just East. While this sequel extends itself on fairytale tropes, such as the Rule of Three (3 people kidnapped by the Troll Queen being the strongest) I felt as though it was an unnecessary sequel. I lost interest midway through and fought myself to go back to it because it wasn't what I wanted anymore.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly (Book Swoon)

    My Rating: 4.5 Stars EAST by Edith Pattou took one of my favorite stories, 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' a Norwegian fairy tale, and completely swept me away with her beautiful retelling, making Rose's journey come alive with all the magic and enchantment I could hope for. Now in WEST, the sequel takes readers once again on a magical journey led by Rose as she sets off on a perilous journey to find her true love when he goes missing. It is a tale of danger, magic, and adventure beyond the H My Rating: 4.5 Stars EAST by Edith Pattou took one of my favorite stories, 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' a Norwegian fairy tale, and completely swept me away with her beautiful retelling, making Rose's journey come alive with all the magic and enchantment I could hope for. Now in WEST, the sequel takes readers once again on a magical journey led by Rose as she sets off on a perilous journey to find her true love when he goes missing. It is a tale of danger, magic, and adventure beyond the Happily Ever After. I love the timeless quality to Edith Pattou's writing. It feels as if you have just closed one book, and opened its companion when East is actually celebrating its15th-anniversary edition! This is Rose's story but once again we are treated to multiple viewpoints (my secondary favorite is Neddy!) as the story meanders in a beautiful, unraveling way filled with myths and folklore, as a new adventure begins. One of my favorite aspects of the story, and in both books, is how well you come to love these characters. The strong bonds of family play an important part and this time we get to know Rose's family even better. Rose is one of my favorite heroines in MA and YA literature. She is one those protagonists who is very independent and likes to take matters into her own hands. And, even though she often begins her adventure alone, it is never long before she makes some unexpected allies along the way. This companion novel is a perfect addition to fan's libraries. The timeless quality of Pattou's writing and the vivid and endearing characters make for a wonderful addition for readers who enjoy fairy tale retellings, myths, and folklore. Magical and sweeping, this is another timeless tale to enjoy and savor. Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for the advance reader's copy I received to review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Van Almsick

    I didn't like this as much as I liked East. I don't feel like this book stands on it's own. If I hadn't read East first, this book would have been confusing. There were some interesting parts, but it seemed like I was reading a slightly different version of the same story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM EWDNIOPJDKE EFIOJDMD[OPEJWDMIPEJOMWKFED ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS IS GETTING A SEQUEL!!?!?!??!?!?!!!?!?!??!!!!!!!!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Forever Young Adult

    Graded By: Mandy C. Cover Story: Heart Eyes BFF Charm: Yay Swoonworthy Scale: 5 Talky Talk: Unbalanced Bonus Factors: Magical Talking Animal, Folklore/Retelling Relationship Status: Wish We Would Have Met When We Were Young Read the full book report here.

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