Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Reading Level: Young Adult
When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told 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.
Cassie grew up thinking the stories her Gram told her were just that, stories. Fairy tales told to comfort a child that had lost her mother. When Cassie chases the biggest polar bear she has ever seen on the pack ice, she is about to come face to face with those fairy tales.
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst is definitely not your ordinary Disney style fairy tale. No at times it’s an adventure tale and a romance. The main character, Cassie does not have an easy time of it. She is definitely no damsel in distress.
I might have rated Ice a little higher if I would have liked Cassie more. For some reason that I just can’t pinpoint she just irked me. With that being said, she is still a good character and a extremely strong heroine. Doing whatever it takes to save her husband. She is a well written character and I’m sure most people will connect with her even though I did not.
I never thought I would love a polar bear so much. From the moment Bear opens his mouth and speaks, I was instantly in love! The things that Cassie lacked for me, Bear more than made up for.
All in all Ice was an exciting adventurous tale and an astonishingly retold fairy tale. It was very unique and well written and I look forward to reading more by this author. 3 Stars