Title: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)
Author: Sara RaaschRelease date: October 14th 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
My rating: 4.5/ 5 stars
After a long time of being in an excruciating reading slump I have managed to regain my freedom and need for reading. And who do I have to thank for that? Sara Raasch,, that's who. Thanks to her for writing this amazing book. Seriously, It is completely beyond me why I never picked this up sooner.
The first thing that totally stood out to me and helped with me becoming so engrossed in this book was the main character: Meira. She is by far one of the most enticing and dare I say enthralling female lead characters that I have ever read about. She is so determined and outspoken. Also, very strong-willed and a total fighter. She didn't accept any misogyny from anybody and didn't allow anything to get in her way. I totally loved her as a character.
The second thing that I want to mention was the writing. You see, I'm not too big on Fantasy due to past experiences with other books, but this one has allowed me see this genre in a whole new light. Everything in this story flowed so easily. It never felt like it dragged on nor did it feel rushed. It was the most perfectly balanced roller-coaster of emotions. And also, the originality in this book was absolutely outstanding. The idea of the kingdoms based on each season. Not to mention the kingdoms that were based on rhythms! Every aspect was so unique; I had a ton of fun picturing all of it. Needless to say, the descriptions were so complex. And although it was a teeny bit difficult to follow at first, once I got into the swing of things, everything was breathtaking.
In spite of the unquestionable love that I now have for this book, there was one small detail that I didn't get and really wish I had. Like I said, the descriptions in the book were great and the whole wold very unique and enticing. However, I wish I would have gotten a little bit more world-building. I mean it such an amazing story, that it would have been nice to have a few more details thrown in there. Aside from that there really wasn't anything missing from this wonderful book. I have fallen in love with it and I can't wait for the second one!