Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch

Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Library
Author Links: Website | Twitter |

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 probably would have rated this a tad lower, but (and I can't BELIEVE I'm saying this) I adored the love triangle.
No one is as surprised by that statement as I am.
And it is a love triangle. There's the boy she's loved all of her life, and then there's the boy she's forcibly engaged to. Guess which one I picked?
The new guy!
Again, no one is as surprised as I am. I'm a HUGE sucker for the We've-Been-Friends-Forever sort of love. Plus, there's no easy winner in this triangle. Like, it doesn't turn out that Mr. Boy Next Door is hiding nefarious plans for world domination or anything. He's awesome, and he really loves her.
However, in the immortal words of the philosopher Beyonce...
If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it.

Nice world building in this one, as well.The concept of the world and it's brand of magic, while not new-new, had a nice flavor to it.
Ok. I'm going to be honest. I can't for the life of me figure out a way to describe the plot that sounds even remotely interesting. I've been staring at this page for several hours (read: minutes), and I'm coning up with a blank. Sorry.
There's magical relics, quests, a tough heroine, honorable princes, an evil villain, secrets, and dreams from a dead queen.
Read it for yourself if you want to know more.

I will say that at times my mind did wander a bit between action scenes, but that's typical for me because I have the attention span of a squirrel, and doesn't necessarily reflect poorly on the book.
My only quasi-complaint?
The Big Twist was something I guessed fairly early on, but that didn't really lessen my enjoyment of the story all that much. So, yeah...tiny annoyance.
This was (on the whole) an interesting book, and I had very few issues with it. If you've been sitting on the fence, go ahead and give it a shot.


Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

lol. Wonderful review. And sounds like all the things that could be a repeat worked wonderfully in this story. Sweet! Thank you!

Anne Hannah said...

Thanks! And I hope you end up liking this if you decide to read it.

Talk Supe said...

There's always an exception to that rule. I just read Jamie Magee's Edge, & adored the love triangle there too!

Lots of people love this one, I don't know why I passed up on it. Well it's never too late!

Anne Hannah said...

Get Talk Supe! GET IT!

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