Author: Sara Raasch
Series: Book One in the Snow and Ashes Series
Published By: Baltzer & Bray (October 14, 2014)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
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 am always amazed when a new author can waltz into the YA genre and put froth a book that would make any seasoned veteran envy and that is exactly what Raasch has manged to do with Snow Like Ashes.
I was completely blown away by how well put together this novel is. How well the storyline flowed, how lovable the characters were and how even something as simple as the dreaded love triangle, just worked and worked well.
I really don't even know what else to say about this other than, once again, I am in love with this genre and all that it has to offer.
Meira is everything I like in a heroine. Strong, fierce, brave, and she loves fiercely. She is a fighter in every sense of the word and I just connected with her from the beginning.
Mather and Theron were both wonderful in their own separate ways and yes, I did say there was a love triangle, and let me tell you, both boys are equally fabulous. It will be hard in the end when one gets hurt but I also have to admit, that instead of being irritated by it and rolling my eyes at the tangled web of love, it just worked and was believable. Miera isn't wishy washy like most heroines in her place and her love for the two, are different and both have their advantages over the other. Both would be great for her. Both would let her grow and both have my admiration for different reasons.
This book really did have the right amount of secondary characters, villains and of course main characters. The right amount of romance, action, mystery, and of the paranormal. It truly gave me every single thing I was hoping it would and left me wanting more by the end. I loved the world Raasch created. It was detailed and explained without once feeling like overload of info being dumped on you having it affect the pacing of the story.
I am so excited I took a chance and read this and not just liked it, but loved it. I love when hype pays off and books really come through and shine.
This one sounds so good and I'm glad to see you had a great time because i saw a lot of glowing reviews about it. I need to try! One day!ReplyDelete
I hope you do and that you love it too. :DDelete
I'm so glad you loved this too! I adored the story and I must admit, personally I kind of hated the love triangle and would love it if Theron got pushed out of the picture. xD I'm such a huge Mather fangirl and I will probably throw a fit if Meira ends up with Theron! But yes, *individually*, both men are great. I can't wait for the sequel of this one!ReplyDelete
I do love them both but yeah, I have a soft spot of Mather as well. :)Delete
Oh, strong, fierce and brave is just how I like my heroines too! Haven't got around to read this one yet, but it will happen in the next few weeks for sure. I have yet to read a review that wasn't complimentary! And I do have a soft spot for debut authors :) Great review!ReplyDelete
I hope you love this Ramona! Can't wait to see what you thought. :DDelete
I've seen so so many reviews of this book and some brilliant ones too. I am very picky with fantasy books and especially ones that have a massive hype too. I really need to read this one soon I think. :) Great review.ReplyDelete
I hope you give this one a chance Emma and enjoy it!Delete
I really loved this book! It's wonderful when the hype is well deserved, isn't it? So glad you enjoyed this! Lovely review :-)ReplyDelete
It really is Lauren!Delete
I have been dying to read this. I'm super excited that this new author blew your mind!ReplyDelete
Michelle @ Book Briefs
Thanks so much Michelle!Delete
I've been really wanting to read this one since it came out. I'm really glad to hear you liked this one!ReplyDelete
Thanks Natalie, I hope you do too!Delete
Happy you enjoyed it! I've seen great reviews of it, and I totally agree: it's purrrfect when someone new comes out with a smashing novel xD Triangles are a total, absolute pet peeve of mine, but then again it happened that a triangle worked in the rare novel, and I always attribute credit for that to the awesomeness of the author's mad skills :DReplyDelete
This one does work but I agree, they are getting old. :)Delete
I'm so glad you liked the heroine in Snow Like Ashes! Meira sounds like a character I would love to meet being so fierce and brave. I'm usually okay with love triangles if handled well and this seems to be the case. I have a copy and need to get to it! Thanks for the wonderful review, Ali! Hope you have a great weekendd :)ReplyDelete
I know you would like this Kim! I hope you give it a chance.Delete
Have a wonderful weekend too!
I'm not much of a fantasy ready but I've seen this book everywhere and it kinda sounds good, with the medieval warrior thing going on. I might try to pick this up one day! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Blessie @ Mischievous Reads
This really isn't too high fantasy trust me, I don't do high fantasy but I loved this!Delete
Hi Ali, great review. I LOVE It when a debut author Rocks her first novel too. I look forward to trying this one.ReplyDelete
I am so hoping book two is just as great. :)Delete
Amazing in any genre really to find one like that. Always gets me giddy :) Glad you loved it!ReplyDelete
Thanks and me too Anna! Have a nice weekend!Delete
I'm about 30 pages in and had to put it down because review books were piling up :( I can't wait to get back into the book and meet Theron! Mather is already wonderful. This is one love triangle I'm looking forward to reading!ReplyDelete
I hope you can pick it back up soon!Delete
Balzer and Bray is now my YA Fantasy go-to. I always love their YA novels. That said, I'm thumping my head for not grabbing this. A friend went to her signing and asked if I want a book. I declined ebcause I'm ignorant. What a mistake!ReplyDelete
They do have a great line of authors for sure! I do hope you can get a copy!Delete
You've convinced me. Awesome review !ReplyDelete
Oh, yeah ... this is one I want to read while I'm in my fantasy phase. There seems to be a lot of good fantasy in YA lately. Or maybe I'm just now REALLY noticing and have interest.ReplyDelete
No you're right, there has been, or maybe I am just finally paying attention as well since I finally decided I like the genre. ;)Delete
It sounds like a really great balance of all the elements we want in a read.ReplyDelete
It really was!Delete
This book sounds really good. I know that every once in a while, a love triangle really works and this sounds like it's one of those cases.ReplyDelete
It definitely was, at least for me. ;)Delete
I have been enjoying this genre in YA and like you thought this was wonderful. I look forward to the next bookReplyDelete
So glad you liked this too Kim!Delete
I absolutely agree with you! This book was so good and I was surprised to know it was a debut with how beautiful and lyrical the narrative was. I'm so excited for book 2 that's for sure!ReplyDelete
Faye at The Social Potato
Yay! So happy you loved this Faye! I am so excited about book two!Delete
I am so happy to hear that this is such an incredible book. I probably won't be able to get it until summer, but it sounds like I'm absolutely going to LOVE it.ReplyDelete
I really hope you do!Delete
Great review! I actually have this one listed on my April TBR! I'm so giddy right now, and so pleased that the book lived up to the hype :)ReplyDelete
I hope you love it!Delete
wow I also just finished reading this book and can't wait for the second book ,, it was so AWESOME totally didn't excpected to be this good :D I first bought this book because of the cover but now I'm happy I did so :DReplyDelete
Yay! Glad you liked it too!Delete
I quited enjoyed it, buuuut I did want more magic :/ And a better romance! That love-triangle ugh. :P But I'm glad you liked it so much, Ali!ReplyDelete
Thanks Lola, me too, sorry you didn't like it more and yeah, love triangles are never wonderful anymore but I am hoping it will be better in book two.Delete
Did you like it enough to continue the series?
I keep telling myself I'm going to read this soon, but I get carried away with other books <3 Benish | Feminist ReflectionsReplyDelete
I hope you do read it eventually, it is definitely worth the read!Delete
I'm super drawn to covers, and this one is gorgeous; I've had it on my to-read list since it came out, and I've been dying to read it! I'm so glad you liked it!!ReplyDelete
Jessica @ Ramblings on Readings
Yay! I hope you love it as much as I did and thank you so much for following!! :DDelete
I SO want to read this book - I have seen nothing but amazing things about it. I definitely need to buy this one soon!!ReplyDelete
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
I hope you do!Delete
I've heard only amazing things about this book. I even bought a copy, so hopefully I can read it soon. Wonderful review!ReplyDelete
Sorry I've been absent. I've had a headache from hell. I'm going to try to catch up now.
No worries! I hope you are feeling better!Delete
Wow, this certainly sounds amazing. It's been a while since I read any fantasy books. I think I might just have to check this out. Fantastic review.ReplyDelete
Thanks Ellen, I hope you do and love it!Delete
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