Book Recommendation: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Brrr. It’s cold in here.

I’m pretty sure this winter is never going to end. It’s going to go on forever, and ever, and ever, and ever. And I know it’s bad, because the cold is starting to seep over into my reading.

Take Jessica Day George’s Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow:

When a great white bear promises untold riches to her family, the Lass (as she’s known) agrees to go away with him. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle. To unravel the mystery, the Lass sets out on a windswept journey beyond the edge of the world. Based on the Nordic legend East of the Sun, West of the Moon, with romantic echoes of Beauty and the Beast, this re-imagined story will leave fans of fantasy and fairytale enchanted.

So pull on a cable knit sweater and let’s dive right in.

What Intrigued Me: My college roommate only had one poster on her bedroom wall: her favorite movie, The Polar Bear King. A little-known film from 1991 based off East of the Sun, West of the Moon. So when I stumbled on this book, I had to read it.

What Hooked Me: So, essentially, the story is a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche. Which is my FAVORITE myth. And that myth is a root of Beauty and the Beast, my favorite Disney movie. So that’s two checks in the plus column for me.

What Made Me Fall in Love: There’s a romantic language and syntax to fairy tales that’s soothing. And Jessica Day George nails it. There’s something haunting about the writing, but also comforting. Like a bedtime story.

Now, if only the snow would melt outside and we could all like Happily Ever After.

Fat chance, Hans

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is available online and at your local bookstore. Grab a copy before we all get snowed in again.


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