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(East #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  144 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
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
Published October 23rd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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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)
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to wait until 2018??????? Omfg EAST is one of my favorite books - I can't believe she's writing this
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Been waiting over 10 years for this to happen!!! One of my all-time favorite books. I can't wait!
Oct 19, 2016 marked it as waiting-for-release
!!!!! Wasn't expecting a sequel, but can't wait to see where Pattou takes this!
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
Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)

Update and review to come!

I'll post my review on my blog and then on here after!

Lily Hawley
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
"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
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
4.5 stars ✨RTC!
Leigh Anne
Oct 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018-10, young-adult
A sequel?!!! It's been years since I read East in elementary school. Gee, I feel old now.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of East of the Sun, West of the Moon
*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
Luna de Selene
May 29, 2018 marked it as to-read

Deus meo que no sabía que esto tenía continuación
April Sarah
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
3.5 stars? (Subject to change - I'm conflicted)
Sep 01, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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~~
Joanna Meyer
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-tbr
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
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
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!
Nov 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five years ago, I read East and fell completely in love with the novel. It was spellbinding, mysterious and at its heart was a good retelling of a fairy tale. So you can imagine my excitement to read an advanced copy of the sequel, and how it really hurts me to write the following: I am disappointed in this sequel.

West follows Rose and her white bear several years after the first book. In that time, Rose and Charles have had a baby, who they lovingly refer to as Winn, Estelle, Sib, and Rose's f
Oct 21, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I'm just disappointed with this book. It's long but I felt like I read this all before. Can an author be derivative of their earlier work? I enjoyed East. West is East all over again. Children will no doubt be enchanted because children love to hear the same story all over again. In that sense, children who enjoy East will probably be just as happy with West as they were with East.

Truly spectacular cover.
Quality Rating: Three Stars
Enjoyment Rating: Four Stars

◆ Thanks to NetGalley for this ebook for review ◆

My rating for this one keeps jumping up and down. I was a bit underwhelmed while reading, but every time I put it down I'd find myself replaying little sections. In the end, having had the time to step back from it, I think of it more fondly than while I was reading. Take that as you will.

As an older reader, reading East again with its simplistic style didn't matter too much because it was fue
J.A. Ironside
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

'North Child' or 'East' as it was repackaged, was a magical retelling of 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon', one of my favourite fairy tales. 'West' expands on the story with what happened to all the characters afterwards. First of all a round of applause for the author for keeping the fairy tale feel - most writers seem stymied after the HEA and end up creating something that feels very different. This felt like a fairy tale and contain
Amalie (ABookAddict)
Apr 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
I still can't believe this is happening! we're actually getting a sequel!! I read East (North Child to me) 11 years ago when I was only 8 and it was the book that really got me hooked into reading. I owe North Child a lot and I can't wait to see what West is like!! October can not come fast enough!!
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Before I get into today's review, please be aware that this book is a sequel! While I won't have any spoilers for West written here, there may be spoilers for the first book, East.

"I shook my head savagely. No. I could not give in to despair. Where there was life, there was also hope."

When Rose and Charles first met, he was a White Bear, trapped in a wicked enchantment with little hope of finding his way back to the human world. Rose was his last hope, and in a single choice, she nearly lost him
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book West is a second book that continues the story East, by Edith Pattou. In this book, there is a wide array of characters, however, my personal favorite character was Rose. Rose is the main character of the book, and is a determined, strong, and loving young women. From the beginning to the end of the book, readers can see how Rose never gives up, and is always willing to do more, and do anything to get to her final goal. In this book, Rose is a young mother who desperately loves her husb ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that Edith Pattou’s East is probably the book that got me started on fairy tale retellings. I love it. It takes a rather simple fairy tale (with a few odd details) and fleshes it out into a luminous story with a complete world and a backstory that humanizes Rose’s family and ties everything together. So when I heard that there was going to be a sequel, I was excited. I was also a little nervous. Would a story that goes beyond the fairy tale’s ending be a disappointment? Wo ...more
Rosanne Lortz
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After rescuing her White Bear prince in the previous book, Rose is living happily with Charles and their children Estelle and Winn, but not happily ever after. When she travels to visit her parents, she learns that Charles' own ship has been shipwrecked. As Rose tries to trace his whereabouts, Winn and Estelle disappear, and Rose learns that the Troll Queen is still alive...plotting revenge. With the help of a friend who can control the winds, Rose must risk everything to save her husband and ch ...more
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Edith Pattou is the author of several fantasy novels, including East, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. She is a graduate of the Francis W. Parker School, Scripps College (B.A., English), Claremont Graduate School (M.A., English) and UCLA (M.L.I.S.). She is married to Charles Emery, a professor of psychology at The Ohio State University. They have one child, a daughter.

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