Tuesday, November 19, 2013

REVIEW: Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

by Sarah Beth Durst

“She had a hundred reasons: because Bear had carved a statue of her in the center of the topiary garden, because she could always make him laugh, because he'd let her return to the station, because he won at chess and lost at hockey, because he ran as fast as he could to polar bear births, because he had seal breath even as a human, because his hands were soft, because he was her Bear. "Because I want my husband back," Cassie said.” 

Cassie has lived her whole life in her family's arctic research station. Her world is ice and science and tagging polar bears and survival. Her grandmother had told her fairy tales about her mother, the adopted daughter of the North Wind, who was supposed to marry the Polar Bear King but married a mortal instead. The North Wind was so angry that he threw the mother into the land of the trolls, never to be seen again. When Cassie grew up, she realized these were just stories to make her feel better about her mother's death. That is, until the Polar Bear King comes to claim Cassie as his wife. After agreeing to rescue her mother, Bear whisks Cassie away to his ice castle at the North Pole. She and Bear slowly and deeply fall in love, but when Cassie betrays Bear and he is torn from her side, she must brave the frozen wasteland to find him again.

To read more, see my review at Palimpsest.


  1. An amazing book. If you're not a fan of the tale, then this book will definitely change your mind. It has enough romance and action to keep it interesting till the end. Definitely a keeper.

  2. I love a great fairy tale and this one was amazing! I read it in one night and don't even regret the lost sleep! It is not a young girl read it had very adult situations and was more for adults or older teen! I loved the rich characters and the story was so uniqe! It was well written and you could tell this author had done her homework and knew what she was talking about.

  3. Amazing re-telling of a beloved fairy tale. The characters are believable and in many instances very relatable. If you remember the fairy tale, you will enjoy this re-telling.

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