Sunday, 21 May 2017

Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

General Info
Rating: ★★★★.25

Where I got it: Bought it online

Short reaction: Aahhhh Sooo Goood!!

Fav Quote: “That's why literature is so fascinating. It's always up for interpretation, and could be a hundred different things to a hundred different people. It's never the same thing twice.”

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, 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. 

This is one of those books you decide to pick up because everything about is just seems perfect. The cover is STUNNING, the synopsis sounds amazing and it has a high rating on Goodreads. And oh man, it did not disappoint! It was so so good!! I can’t wait to start reading the second book to see where the story goes!

“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.”

Let’s talk about the writing first. The writing of this book was perfect, Sara Raasch has a really wonderful writing style which is easy to read, it just sucks you into the story and doesn’t let you go. The book also has tons of beautiful and inspirational lines like the one above. I don’t highlight my books but if I did I definitely would have highlighted a lot in this one! :)

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

Ahhh and the story was so interesting and amazing!! It’s about hope and fighting for your freedom, fighting for what you believe in. It was beautifully written and the pace of the story was exactly right. Not too slow and not too fast either. It was full of all kinds of twists and turn which I did not see coming at all! It was mind-blowing! Every chapter left me craving for more!

The world the story takes place in is really interesting! I love the idea of the 8 kingdoms, 4 rhythms and 4 seasons. And its history is fascinating! The magic is explained really well and I can’t wait to see some more of the world in the sequel. In this book we only really got to know three of the 8 kingdoms and I’m really curious about the other ones as well! Sara Raasch did an amazing job at world-building which, in my opinion, is a really important aspect of a fantasy novel.

The main character of this book is Meira, an orphan, refugee and fierce warrior. She is such a strong and badass female lead! What I really loved about her was that her weapon of choice is a chakram. That’s a weapon you don’t see very often in books as everyone always has swords or bow and arrow. It was a nice change from the usual and it really made her unique. Other characters I really love are Mather, Theron and Sir ( or William). Especially Sir is a really interesting character!

There’s one thing I didn’t really like about this book… it has a love-triangle… I won’t say that it wasn’t good but those love-triangles are just so predictive and cliché. Sara Raasch did a good job on it don’t get me wrong… I’m just not a fan of love triangles…

So, all in all, this book was amazing, beautiful and just magical! It has a stunning cover, wonderful writing, strong characters and a really interesting world! The plot is really good and well done! The only thing I didn’t like about it was the romance part… I’m just not too keen on love triangles. But other than that it was definitely worth the read and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy and YA! 


  1. Love triangles are like the must have of every YA, nobody likes them but we still ship our chosen match to the end!
    (I've got a blog too, check it out if you like ;)

    1. hahah that's very true! :) And I checked out your blog, it looks great! <3