Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

8:08 PM

Title: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)
Author: Sara Raasch 
Release date: October 14th 2014 
Pages: 416
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
My rating: 4.5/ 5 stars
Source: Bought


A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

(taken from goodreads)


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. 

Speaking of character's, Meira, wasn't the only special one. All of the character's in this book were great. They all had a lot of depth and didn't seem to lack anything. All of them were so intricately written and different as well as interesting. Especially Theron. Ahh, Theron. He was so sweet and caring. Swoon worthy too. Which leads me to ask all of those who have read the book, Are you Team Theron or Team Mather? Tell me down below! I'm definitely rooting for Theron, at least for now! Oh and by the way, this book also gave me hope for love triangles. SO GOOD.

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! 


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this book! I like it but I didn't love it. I did really like the main characters though and the idea behind the world was really interesting. I agree that there could have been some more world building. And if I had to choose....I think I'd be Team Theron!

    1. Yay for Theron lol I just hope that the sequel is even better!

  2. This sounds absolutely amazing Sophie! Up until the last couple of months, fantasy wasn't really my strong point. But lately, I just can't seem to get enough. But it needs to be more than just a great concept, a fierce heroine for one and Snow Like Ashes sounds absolutely perfect. I actually don't mind a well written love triangle either, it adds a bit more intensity to the storyline. I can't wait to crack open my copy soon too.

    Brilliant review Sophie, really enjoyed it <3

    1. Thank you! And when you do read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)

  3. this review just makes me want to re-read Snow Like Ashes again, such an amazing read!

  4. I fell in love with this cover on Amazon, and wanted to buy it so badly! Everyone I know singing its praises makes it even more tempting! I hate it when fantasy drags, but this sounds like a great book! :)

  5. Everyone seems to love this! I've been contemplating for a while but the fantasy world doesn't sound unique enough for me to be interested. I rarely read High Fantasy, it has to be a super interesting read for me to get intrigued.

  6. I'm glad you liked this one! I've been hearing nothing but good things!

  7. Great post! Really appreciate you sharing this post.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

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