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When a great white bear promises untold riches to her family, the Lass 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 fairy tale enchanted by Jessica Day George.I really liked this book. The lass was a strong character, even if she had no name (okay, you find out her name at the end, but I'm not that much of a spoiler). Her family was very realistic, and the way they were introduced and the way the book told about the lass's home life made me warm up to her that much more.
In the beginning, it traced some of her childhood as an unappreciated child due to the abundance of children in the family. The third-person omniscient narration worked well in this setting, because an alternating first-person would have been a bit confusing. I personally disliked the girl's mother, Frida. A relevant person in the lass's childhood, Hans Peter, was a really good brother.
The lass's love interest, the bear, was kind, but extremely stiff. I didn't understand how she fell in love with him so quickly.
Overall, this book is maybe four stars out of five. I'll be looking for more books by Jessica Day George. (Also, read the original fairy tale here or here.)
EDIT: It turns out that this book is almost a petty imitation of East by Edith Pattou. Read that instead.