I remembered ‘East’ as a book that I picked up when I was, I believe, in middle school. As I made my way through the book, I realized that I never finished it. And now that I have, I can’t imagine any reason good enough to have put this book down and never pick it up again.

The retelling of this fairytale is incredible. The writing is superb, the dialogue realistic, and the story enchanting. The characters are so clearly portrayed, and it is as if they came to life and jumped off the page. I felt the emotion of each character, from the melancholy and hope of the white bear to the fear and excitement of Rose.

This is a fantastic book that I recommend to anybody who enjoys magic and mythology that touch life and change it. It is a story I could read again and again and still not tire of the tale. Definitely recommended!

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