Saturday, April 12, 2014

Student Saturday: Ice - Sarah Beth Durst

Student Reviewer: Kea

Ice was a good book. The main character is Cassie an 18 year old girl who lives with her father at a research station in the Arctic. She's a bit head strong and willing to fight for who she loves. She's been told her mother was taken beyond the ends of the earth by the trolls. Now much older Cassie takes that to mean her mother is dead. In the "fairytale" her mother promises that if the polar bear king hides her and her human husband (she was supposed to marry the polar bear king) she will have her daughter marry him. Now 18 years of age the kind gentle polar bear king has come to claim his bride. Cassie marries him in exchange for him freeing her mother ( who is indeed locked in the troll castle). However, when a tragedy occurs she must save her husband and the child she is carrying. Throughout her quest she journeys the Arctic and beyond, This book reminds me of a few other books such as The Wide Awake Princess, Unlocking the Spell and The Land of Stories, and The Wishing Spell. These books are all a bit of real life, fairytale blend. Just like Ice. I think that this book was good. I do think it was a little to stretched out, like the author was trying too hard to make it long. If you enjoyed the Redwall books (long, fantasies with animals) then you will likely enjoy Ice. On a scale from one to ten I would give it a seven

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