East by Edith Pattou

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Genre: Children's Fiction/Fantasy
Recommended to: readers of all ages
Synopsis: Rose always felt like she was meant to do something greater than staying in the farm, tending to cows and crops, with her family. She craves for adventure. For a more exciting life. Then one day, a mysterious white bear pays her family a visit, asking for her to come with him. In exchange of his request, he promises better wealth, well-being, and health for the whole family. Though her father and her brother, Neddy, are not in favor, Rose insists she goes with the white bear. Little did she know that going with the white bear was just the beginning of a fantastic journey.

Review: The fact that this book has close to 500 pages may be quite daunting, but I have to say it is well worth it. In fact, the only negative thing I can think of about this book is that it ended, and I didn't want it to just yet. Having said that, it is quite obvious that I am in love with everything about this book. I love that it tells an old-fashioned story -- almost like a classic fairy tale. I loved the complex characters; they are empathetic and as multifaceted as characters can get. I could not help but root for each of them. I particularly loved the writing as well; its flow and its pace are both smooth and effortless. It is unique, and never did it seem forced or contrived at all. The details and descriptions are simply perfect; never too much. I also loved the fact that though there were multiple narrators, I didn't feel once confused by them as their voices were very distinct. And like I already mentioned, though this book has 500 pages, not once was I bored.
So as not to make this review even longer, I'll just go ahead and give East 5 stars. I highly recommend it to readers of all ages; children, young adult, and even adults. It is one grand story you should not miss.


  1. I enjoy multiple narrators and this one was recommended to me. I have to say the 500 pages made me reconsider but I may give it a try with another great recommendation with review.

  2. Aww, this sounds like a good. It sounds like one I would have loved to read as a child - heck, I wouldn't mind reading it now. Great review. :D