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Friday, February 12, 2010

Ice (Giveaway Points Post)

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Ice
by Sarah Beth Durst

pub: Oct 2009

320 pages



Synopsis:
When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother to
ld her a fairy tale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth. Now that Cassie is older, she knows the story was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, is determined to become a scientist, and has no time for make-believe.

Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back -- if Cassie will agree to be his bride.

That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairy tale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knows will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her -- until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.


My Review:
Ice is a fun sweet fairy tale that had me smiling. Cassie is a strong young woman who grew up in the Arctic researching wildlife and chasing polar bears. She thinks her mother is dead but finds out that the stories her grandmother told her as a child are true.

Cassie's mother was the daughter of the North wind who disobeyed her father by not marrying the polar bear king and, instead, ran off with the human she loved, Cassie's father. The jilted king actually helps her escape because he makes a bargain that her daughter, Cassie, will be the king's bride. But the North wind eventually found his daughter, took her from her husband and daughter and sent her to remain prisoner in the troll castle.

Cassie's life is turned upside down by this revelation, she's a scientist after all, but she agrees to be the polar bear king's bride if he will rescue her mother. The deal is done and Cassie is now living in a magical ice castle with a polar bear who can also turn human.

I'm not giving anything away because all this happens in the first pages. The real story is the growing relationship between Cassie and Bear, her coming to terms with her new life, and then deciding what direction she wants to go with her future... and making it happen when things get in her way.

Cassie is strong and dedicated. And once she makes a decision, this girl does whatever it takes to protect the ones she loves and get what she wants.

This is more fairy tale than urban fantasy but I liked it. The relationships were real (as much as they can be when our protagonist is married to a bear) and the writing created a beautiful and fascinating world.

Durst does an excellent job of bringing the Arctic to life with her vivid description. I needed a sweater while I was reading this. And funny enough we had a snow storm going on at the time. Talk about atmosphere!

I will say that the quest in the second part of the book went a bit long for me but I foraged through and enjoyed the ending.

Love, family, commitment, independent thought, and sacrifice are all covered. There is also a big conservation and love of nature theme going on, as well as the idea that we are all connected and responsible for the care and respect for all living things.
Ice even delves into spirituality.

The sex in Ice is handled discreetly and happens once the married couple has built their relationship. Birth control is also discussed but again it was tastefully done and could make for good conversation between adults and teens.

But all these heavy themes are not heavy handed. At it's core,
Ice is a love story where true love conquers and the couple act as partners united in their commitment to each other and common goals. It's a wonderful fairy tale that you can choose to enjoy at face value or let provoke deeper avenues of thought.

Plentiful magic, fast pace (especially in the first half) and engaging characters make
Ice a delight.

The Cover: I like it. The polar bear is adorable and the colors give you a sense of the chilly Arctic.

First Lines: Cassie killed the snowmobile engine. Total silence her favorite sound. Ice crystal spun in the Arctic air. Sparkling in the predawn light, they looked like diamond dust. Beneath the ice-encrusted face mask, she smiled. She loved this; just her, the ice and the bear.

This worked for me. She's strong, capable, independent and I want to know what happens with the bear!

ICE is good enough that we might add it to the MegaBook Giveaway list if we keep adding followers so check for updates! It would be a great addition to the already top notch list of books. We hope you enter!

If you have your own review of ICE please link it below! We'd love to hear your thoughts!





135 comments:

InABox said...

I think Ice is a lovely update to fairy tales. It sounds like a story that a parent would tell their child at bedtime, outrageous and amazing.

aprilnichole said...

I haven't heard of this one before. I like the cover. It sounds interesting though and a bit weird that it is a polar bear that helps her on her journey.

Dreamer said...

Sounds great and I love the cover *O*

Sasha said...

I read this and loved it too! x

mrs.messi said...

The cover is gorgeous!

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages said...

Another great review of a book I haven't read yet! It sounds great and I will be adding it to be wishlist! Thanks for the review! :)

Tina said...

Is the first time I hear about this book, but it sound really good. And I love the bear of the cover hahaha

GABY said...

sex? birth-control? Isn't he a bear?! O_o OH! that's right, he can also turn human...I was kind of freaking out, hehe.

I'm a fairy-tale lover, so probably I'm going to read it as soon as I can.

By the way, this cover kind of remind me "His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman.

KatieDoll said...

I LOVED this book. I completely agree with you about how the journey kind of dragged towards the end, but it was really amazing. Awesome review!

Virginia C said...

Thank you for your wonderful review of "ICE". It's been on my wish list for a while. I love the cover and the magical storyline : )

Lucía said...

I love the cover, is so pretty! Great review :D

Book Crazy Jenn said...

Great review - I am looking forward to reading this one!

Iffath♥Ahmed said...

I want to read this :)

Melissa said...

Brilliant review! I've been wanting to read this forever :)

Adriana said...

This was a really fun book. I really liked it. Great review!

Aleksandra said...

This sounds like a fairytale that I've read as a little, but I don't remember the title & the author :)
Anyway, I'd love to read it & I hope you'll add it to the giveaway!

elaing8 said...

Thankfully I read the bear turns to a human,kinda gave me an ick factor up until then.lol.
Sounds interesting though.

Sharli said...

I like the the bear turning into human thing. I enjoy reading about how an author justifies this in a story. Sounds interesting!
Great review! :)

Misty said...

I need to read this. I am so far behind in my retold fairy tales, and this one has been near the top of the list for quite some time. Not. Enough. Hours. In. The. Day.

Jami said...

The cover to this one is gorgeous! I have to add it to my wishlist :)

Jami said...

The cover to this one is gorgeous! I have to add it to my wishlist :)

Alessandra said...

The polar bear on the cover looks extra cuddly :)

Anya said...

great review! i really wanna read this book it sounds great:)

Stacy said...

I have been wanting to read this one for awhile. Thanks for the review, it reminded me that I need to move it up my WANT list!

KC said...

Wow, I haven't hear about this book until now, but it sounds great!!

Jessy said...

I've been meaning to read this one for a while now. I love how it's a really different concept. The cover is gorgeous as well.

Rheanna said...

The book kind of reminds me of an updated Beauty and the Beast. I like it! And the cover is stunning the girl looks like an ice princess and the bear seems cute. And I love that the sex and everything is subtly done it's nice to see a book that doesn't engross sex yet doesn't shy away from it either!

Kathy Martin said...

This book has been on my radar for a while. I keep looking at it and putting it back because I have so many books already on my TBR stack. I will continue to keep it in mind though. I want to read it.

Blodeuedd said...

I have this one, so I am happy to read a positive review :D

pepsivanilla said...

This book sounds strange, but I've read so many rave reviews of it that I'm curious now!

jacabur1 said...

Thanks for the heads up on what looks like a very lovely reading experience. Good to see a review on a book and author new to me, thanks Alyssa for the non-spoiler review as well.
Also the extra points for the giveaway are helpful too.

jackie b central texas

Patty said...

I love the cover of this one. Sounds like a pretty great book. Thanks for the review!

Tynga said...

Great review thanks!
I'm not crazy about that cover, but at least its original =)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Seriously fantastic review! You covered all the bases. Thank you :)

vonze said...

Ice looks really cool. I like reading about the Arctic and snow, because down here in the South, I rarely see it. Sounds like a nice escape!

donnas said...

Great review. It also has a really cool cover.

titania86 said...

Oooo! Another book to add to my reading list. Great review!

Chloe said...

This sounds really interesting! And since so much happens right at the beginning there's room for a lot more unexpected events in the rest of the book :)

Cats on the Shelf said...

Wow this book looks pretty awesome!

+5
=10

Mandy said...

This book is slowly growing on me, I might have to pick up a copy (:

Lea said...

I love the sound of this novel, and the cover is gorgeous. Awesome review! The plot sounds unique,

Kailia Sage said...

this sounds really good! But i've read a similar story line in East by Edith Pattou

Kirthi said...

I read East by Edith Pattou, and Ice sounds very similiar! I can't wait wait wait wait to read it!

inthehammockblog said...

I really want to read this! I love the fairy tale its based on-east of the sun and west of the moon :)

Raspberry said...

I always think I've read this because I've read North by Edith Pattou. Very similar plot line, and I really liked it. I just need to remind myself to read this one too! :)

Kathrin said...

This one sounds awesome! And your review is the first time it popped up on my radar... Thanks a lot for that ;-)

Elie said...

Great review. I had no idea there were so many themes in this book. It sounds great, I love a good fairy tale once in a while.

Jen said...

Great Review! I mainly read paranormal/fantasy books, but I always like a good fairytale-like story. This looks great!

pirate penguin said...

I did not know that birth control popped up as a theme in this book. There's something I wouldn't have expected! Ice sounds great though-I'll have to pick it up once I go to my library. :)

Sarah said...

Great review, I love the cover & it sounds like an interesting story :o) I might have to check this one out

ExtremeReader said...

This was a great review! I have seen this book on numerous sites over the past few months but I have never actually read what the book was about! I think this sounds really original and interesting! Maybe I will win it... fingers crossed!!

Jasmyn said...

Excellent review! Another one to add to my wishlist.

Amanda Leigh said...

Ice sounds like a great read! Thanks for the great review!

Little Miss Youngblood said...

Cool review! It looks like it's a great book, although I'm not that fond of the cover. It's pretty, sure, but it's just... I can't explain. But I'm adding it to my TBR pile! (:

twipippi said...

Haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds like a great book!

Justine said...

Any book with a bear interests me...Haha, but yes, I'll be checking this one out. The first time I heard of it, I wasn't going to, but after hearing good reviews, including yours, I shall read it. :D

Jamie said...

This sounds really good. I am not quite sure how I feel about the cover but the story sounds great.

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a great book :)

Cleverly Inked said...

Sounds so different then anything else I have read

Aye.Me? said...

Sounds great. The polar bear on the cover is gorgeous! I'm glad that the polar bear can change into a man... otherwise marrying him would be more than a bit weird.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It's a gorgeous cover!

TJ said...

I *almost* picked this one up a few weeks back!

bianca_riot said...

I read this book a couple of months ago after winning it, and i really enjoyed it, the middle part of the story did drag, but the start and ending definitely stood out for me. =)

Zombie Girrrl said...

Great review! I love the fairy tale this is based on, so I already wanted to read it. Now I want to read it more!
Kinda weird that she actually marries the bear, though. =\

throuthehaze said...

Great review! I hope this is added :) I am dying to read this book

~Raelena

Mariah said...

I have been really excited to read this book. I also love the cover.

Jessica Secret said...

Great review! Ice has been on my TBR pile for far too long.

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

I have been intrigued by this book, partly because I have always had a strange fascination for polar bears. When I was 10, they were my whole world. I had about five different polar bear stuffed animals, I read everything I could about them, and I did my 5th grade report on them. That was 31 years ago, but I still adore them and this cover has enchanted me. The book almost sounds like a retooling of the Beauty and the Beast tale. It sounds like a good read. Thanks for the great review!

Book Addict Girl said...

I didn't even know this book existed. Now I'm going to put it in my TBR list! Thanks for the great review!

Sarah (Limerick) said...

Oh my gosh, this book sounds so good! I like that it's mainly fairy tale too; I've been reading too many urdan fantasies lately. It'll be nice to take a break from it.

Thanks for the great review! :D

Bani said...

I remember seeing this cover and thinking it was wonderful. Glad to hear that the book itself is also good, the premise sounds like fun and rather unique. Very suited for this season too.. or maybe I'd read it during the hot summer when I'd be missing snow. :)

IanIan said...

Nice review <3 I always LOVE the idea of a Beauty and a Beast <3<3<3 Really hope you'll add this to the prize list :D

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

Very sweet review! I've read some things on both sides of the totem pole but it sounds like something I would like. Plus, I adore the cover. Thanks for sharing!

babygirlG said...

I love retellings :D and I loved Jessica Day George's take on this story.

iluvhersheys_andbooks said...

Is is just me or is the whole prospect of this intimate relationship with the bear just weird. But it is a fairy tale!!! Great review!!! It confirmed whether or not I really wanted to read it.

Sassy CC said...

I enjoy fairytale retellings and think that Ice looks lovely.
It is a very nice review and had some points I haven't read about the novel yet.
I'm a big fan of the cover.

Seahn

Rebecca said...

Ice has a really nice cover. I don't know if it would be my type of book though.

Bere said...

What an awesome review, thank you!
The cover looks great.
I haven't read this one, but definitely
want to =)

Book Monster said...

Nice review :) It was very enjoyable!!

Nicole said...

I loved loved loved this book! If you didn't get that, then let me just repeat: I loved this book! There's just something about journey books that I adore. Maybe it's the adventure and the peril of it all that appeals to me. Or maybe it's because I love seeing what people will go through for the ones they love. Whatever it is, it's safe to say that I adored this book. Great review! Glad you liked it.

Amy said...

ICE sounds like an intriguing book! I've read other re-tellings of this story but I have a feeling this one might be the best!

typicalmemory-x said...

LOVE THE REVIEW!
This is definitely on my list of to-reads.(:

YA Vampire Books said...

Great review! I've heard so many great things about this book, might have to put it on my wishlist soon! ;)

Kelly said...

Great interview! I have wanted more info about this book. I still can't decide what to do! Ugh! :)

Suzette Saxton said...

Thanks for this review, I can't wait to read this one!

ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

Wow... a polar bears that can shift!!! Exciting!!=) Thank you for posting!!! TBR!

rachelhestondavis said...

I've got to get my hands on this one! It sounds unique and interesting, almost like what you'd get if you smashed Eskimo myths with Beauty and the Beast. :) It's also reminding me of the second book in the Pellinor series, when Maerad is in the ice castle for several chapters.

Rachel Heston Davis
Up and Writing

Stephanie said...

I love these updates and twists on fairy tales; postmodernism at its best. I can't wait to read this one.

Karen said...

I have this one on my TBR pile, but I haven't been able to get a copy yet so I hope it gets added to the giveaway! I'm reading sun, Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George right now and it is also a retelling.

Shy said...

This certainly a kind of story that I've never read before. Thank you for sharing!

Brittany said...

Wow, the cover is absolutely gorgeous! And it definitely sounds good!

The Library Lurker said...

I've almost bought this a couple times, but never did. I really want to read it though!

rem said...

It sounds good and the cover is gorgeous!

Marco L. said...

The Cover is so beautiful! I haven't read it yet, but I have this one on my Wishlist ;)

oO Mariana Oo said...

I really want to read it! Looks so good, and the cover is so beutiful. Great Review!

melissa @ 1lbr said...

I just finished this one and simply loved the interesting twists and different directions this story went. Very fun!

BreiaB said...

Sounds like a cool read, added it to my list. It has a nice cover as well.


Breiab

Jo said...

Awesome review, Alyssa! I really loved Ice, it was real sweet! I, too, remember the second part of the book dragging on a wee bit, going from place to place, but I still really enjoyed it overall. Thanks for the review!

Teddyree said...

My friend bought Ice because she adored the cover, (I do too) but I've seen mixed reviews so I still haven't borrowed it. Your review makes me want to pick it up!

Sandra Stiles said...

The cover is what first drew me to this book. I hope it gets added. I want to read this and have added its title to my TBR list

Aik said...

I've heard many good comments about this book, but haven't had the chance to read it.

chelleyreads said...

thanks for this review!! i sooo want to read this book! i've seen it around but i dismissed it because i don't like the cover for some reason. i didn't even bother reading any reviews about it. but i really like the east of the sun, west of the moon fairy tale and i've enjoyed many retelling to that story and this book sounds really good!

mariska said...

i've been eye ing this book. "cold' cover that's intrigued me :)

Beleth said...

I read ICE not very long ago and i loved it! Before i read it i thought that maybe the relationship bear&girl could be a little weird, but it wasnt :D

bookaholic said...

Wow! I really love the cover.. The book seems to be a very interesting one..looking forward to read it. Thanks for the review!!

InfinitePlaylist said...

I read this over Christmas and I loved it, too. It is the perfect book for the cold season.
I agree that the quest/journey part dragged on a little, nevertheless I really enjoyed this book and the cover is gorgeous.

WilowRaven said...

Thanks for the great review! I've been wondering about this one. I think I'll try to get myself a copy :)

Tameka said...

The cover looks amazing! Definitely going on the TBR.

Wings said...

she had sex with a polar bear....

this is what partially creeps me out about this book...he turns into a human right or are we getting into a whole new realm of discussions with kids...

other than that the story sounds like it could work for me...but a bear?

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

See now I have no desire to read this one. Even tho I've heard great things. I just doesn't interest me. My loss I guess!

Brodie said...

I really like the sound of Ice. The cover first drew me in and it sounds a really interesting fairy tale/love story. I'll definitely be checking it out!

Ryan G said...

I love the cover and I've been reading good reviews for the book. I may have to give this one a try.

Sapphire said...

I want this book, sound really good. And love the cover

Hesperus said...

The story does sound interesting ... I wonder how someone can marry a polar bear? o_o!

Chase92 said...

Haven't read this, but I love the cover!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I have seen this one around and love the look and sound of this book.

Ana C. Nunes said...

I want to read this book so much. I mean, the cover looks gorgeous and the sinopsis looks good, besides I miss fairytales.

A Life Bound By Books said...

thanks for the review. Sounds great from the few reviews I've read. I don't know what it is about the cover, but it's just so interesting and almost calming. It's pretty!

great review!

May said...

Great review!
I'm still waiting for mine to arrive from the UK. Can't wait to begin reading it. I've heard some great reviews about it.

EVA SB said...

I remember hearing this fairytale as a child and thinking it a bit creepy and scary.
I will be very interested to read this new interpretation.

sRy_ said...

it sounds great :)

雪糕 said...

Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you will not have a leg to stand on.............................................

IceJewel said...

This is in my wish list from a long long time now !

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Raíla said...

ICE is one of the books that are on my TBR list, but don't know if I should yet...

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Great review!! This is another book that has been sitting in my TBR pile for a long time now. I was a little unsure of how I would feel about it based on the cover, but I'll have to read it soon now.

Sheere said...

I really enjoyed this book, it was so original! Sometimes felt a little odd with him being a polar bear and all.. but it was so sweet!

Liz said...

This book is so sweet ^^ I love polar bears and she is pretty (in the photo) xDD ^^

Its so cool^^

Kisses

May said...

Awesome review. I've just received the book in my mail and can't wait to begin reading it. :D

Jenny N. said...

Great review, I read this book recently and really liked it too.

BrittLit said...

It's great that you enjoyed this book, I haven't decided if i want to read it yet or not, so thanks for another review.

Bunny B said...

I've read so many great reviews for this book. I hope to read it soon! :)

brizmus said...

YAY that Ice might be part of the giveaway!! I have been DYING to read it! :-) I hope you add it! I can't wait to read Durst's Arctic descriptions! :-)

Kristen said...

I really need to read this one. I won it a while back from the author and never dug into it. So many books, so little time. I'm glad you guys loved it.

Alexa said...

I haven't read this book yet, but I've been meaning to. It looks really good.

misskallie2000 said...

Your review was great. I have read several review and they all say this is a great book. I will have to read it to find out.

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