ARC Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

ARC Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Snow Like Ashes
Snow Like Ashes #1
by Sara Raasch

Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication date: October 14, 2014
by Balzer + Bray

Format: eARC

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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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

review

Every time someone asks me about Throne of Glass, I want to chuck Snow Like Ashes at their faces and yell something along the lines of, “Read this thing instead!” Of course, people won’t listen to me if I don’t justify my suggestion. Here’s why I suggest everyone should pick up Snow Like Ashes:

Meira knows how to kick ass.

“No matter what happens, no matter who turns on me, no matter what pompous swine thinks he has power over me, I am still me. I will always be me.”

All her life, all Meira wanted was to become a soldier. A fighter. Someone worthy enough to protect the kingdom she loves so much. She doesn’t just want to be a pretty display–she wants to work, and she wants to be deserving of all the things she’s been given credit for. Fierce, loyal and protective, Meira’s your girl.

Snow Like Ashes is high fantasy at its best.

I have always been a fan of high fantasy novels. I just love being drawn into new worlds with all sorts of magic and sorcery around. Raasch definitely succeeded in creating a wondrous new world, yet making everything easy to remember and easy to understand. You might be scared to find out that there are eight different kingdoms, but worry not! The author puts everything down simply and sufficiently.

Be still, my poor little fangirl heart!

I would be crazy not to mention all the feels I got from reading this book, because HELLO MATHER. I was practically in love with this guy since chapter one. Personally, I thought he and Meira and some wonderful chemistry, and I squealed to my heart’s delight each time they would have a scene together.

Yeah, there is this other guy…

Okay, so, there is a love triangle. The guy on the other side is Theron. He’s definitely a nice, kind one, but for some reason I couldn’t feel anything for him. I was pretty meh every time the guy showed up. I don’t hate the guy or anything, I’m just saying that, if by any chance he would, say, get eaten by a bunch of wild piranhas, I wouldn’t really care. And yes, I instantly root for the guy the heroine’s known longer, and that’s Mather in this case. It just seems more believable for me.

Raasch knows how to write.

“Someday we will be more than words in the dark.”

It was really easy for me to get into Raasch’s writing. I flew through the pages almost giddily, really. I guess there were a few twists I discovered a bit early, but for the most part, I was on my toes, itching to find out what will happen to Meira, Mather and Sir and not Theron. I also loved that Raasch incorporated family into the story. Sir was like a father-figure to everyone, and I love how they all respected him, and how he gave them care and support in return.

Rating Report
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Opening
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Overall: 3.9
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Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.
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  1. says

    I may have liked this a teensy bit more than you did (I rated it 5), but I’m still so happy you loved it. I’m on Mather’s team too, but I don’t dislike Theron either. I’m a little suspicious of Theron. I think he has many secrets up his sleeves.
    Anyways, I agree with you, Sara Raasch knows how to write and she does it fabulously!
    I can’t wait for more.
    Lovely review, Aimee!
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  2. says

    Very convincing review, Aimee. I just added this to my TBR. :P Though I haven’t read much, I love fantasy novels too, and this one looks good. I love strong female protagonists. And a guy you fell in love with from the first chapter? Sign me up. Though I wonder about Sir. That seems a little funny to me. Does he not have a real name? Haha. I will probably pick this up once the rest of the series is out. I don’t like waiting. :P
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  3. says

    This is one of my most anticipated releases of the month, so I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it so much Aimee! The writing, characterization and world-building all sound absolutely pheonominal, and I can’t wait to experience them all for myself. It’s a shame you weren’t feeling much for Theron, but it sounds like Mather makes up for that, right? ;) Thanks for sharing, and fantastic review! <3
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  4. Kayla says

    I was actually the opposite – totally meh about Mather and completely in love with Theron. I’m about halfway through the book now and loving it!

  5. says

    I’m so excited for this one now. But I’m just not sure on that love triangle….. hopefully from the sounds of it that it’s not too overbearing and dies down after this first book. Well, I do love the Throne of Glass novels, so it’s now a given that you’ve convinced me to read this one, plus it’s got a gorgeous cover and a cool title. Brilliant review!
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  6. says

    Aimee I think you finally convinced me to add this to my TBR. I had a thing against the cover (sorry), but I think I’m going to pick this one up one day (if it’s at the library or something). AND THE MC SOUNDS AWESOME. I want it now.

  7. says

    Lovely Review. I’m so excited for this book, I could explode. Mother of jkfljkfljfk,s I hated Throne of Glass. No offense to anyone here who did like it, but I just could not get on board with that chick.

  8. says

    Okay you’ve got me! I loved Throne of Glass, so I can only imagine how much I will love this one. I love girls that kick ass so I’ll get along with the main characters here for sure. I’m not all to happy about the love triangle but then there is one in ToG as well. I have no right to complain. Great review, Aimee :)
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  9. says

    Yay! *claps like a maniac* I am SO glad that you enjoyed this, hun! I’ve heard so many splendid things on it and I’m getting super-convinced to literally drop everything that I’m reading and go for this. I’ve now come to adore and look forward for new high fantasy reads, and this just seems like it’s going to be BIG and perfect and hopefully a bestseller. I know what I want for Christmas… Awesome review! I need a book with a fantastic beginning and writing. ;)
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  10. Liz says

    As a massive fan of the Throne of Glass series, I LOVED this. Also, I absolutely agree with you in terms of Mather & Meira. Their relationship was WAY more believable compared to the one she had with Theron, who I also felt was slightly undeveloped. He was kind of just “there”. Team Mather for the win ;)

  11. says

    Okay, I’m adding this to my tbr. Throne of Glass is one of my all time favourite series’, but if you like this so much and try to get people who like ToG to read it then I’ll be sure to give it a try- it does sound like my kind of book, regardless, and the quotes, sound of the characters, it makes it sound incredibly promising! Also, what a beautiful cover!
    Fantastic review! x
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