Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 14th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, SO MUCH AWESOME
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.
Get ready universe. A big blizzard is about to hit your literature.
Ridiculous introduction aside, Snow Like Ashes is one of the many YA debuts that need to be on your reading radar this year. Trust me, you want to jump on this bandwagon as soon as possible. I’m keeping this review short, once again, for the sake of coherency. (My initial review was chock full of gibberish and feels.)
What I Liked About Snow Like Ashes:
- Meira aka kickass lead with an awesome boomerang-ish weapon that slices things. That’s all you need to know about her really. Need more vivid imagery? She’s like the Frozen equivalent of Katniss Everdeen. Yes? Yes? Yes?!!?!
- A new fantasy universe to obsess about. I’m the type of reader that pays a lot of attention to the world-building because I want to feel the atmosphere of the book. I want to feel the ambience that the characters’ are experiencing because in that way, I’ll have more fun reading. And ever since The Grisha Trilogy concluded, I was in a sort of dry spell. Thank goodness Sara Raasch decided to write this book.
- The love *gasp* triangle. I know what you’re thinking and I don’t care what you’re thinking. This love triangle was totally heart-eyes emoji. And for once the love interests here are worthy of being called “love interests”. Also, it wasn’t interfering the plot at all.
- Just the overall story was exceptionally engaging. A lot of credit definitely goes to the way the book was written. It’s not poetic or makes you write a bunch of intelligent essays; it’s compulsive, and that’s my favourite type of writing. The action sequences especially at the end were pitch-perfect.
What I Didn’t Like About Snow Like Ashes:
- The slow pacing and infodump at the beginning of the novel. Numerous times I have to put my phone down because I can’t follow with the terminologies mentioned. The slow pacing doesn’t help either.
Overall, I hate that I have to wait a year for the sequel to come out. I NEED MORE ACTION AND BUTT-KICKING MEIRA, SARA. *bribes you with Zutara fanart*
It is storyboard time. A lot of things were flashing in my mind while I was reading Snow Like Ashes, and I can’t not share it with you guys. Also, Storyboard is a feature here on my blog where I have an excuse to properly deliver my feels in a readable manner.
This particular still of Emilia reminds me of battle-ready Meira complete with the fierce eyes and deadly turn of the shoulder. Should Snow Like Ashes become a movie, I think Emilia Clarke is a nice cast for Meira.
As soon as I read the physical description for Mather, the immediate thought was: definitely Orlando Bloom from The Lord of the Rings. I so want this casting to happen. So badly.
Need I say more?
The Winter Kingdom’s Theme: Atlantico by Roberto Cacciapaglia
Snow Like Ashes (The Fall of Winter): Black Refraction by Tim Hecker
Hannah’s Elegy: Winter by Daughter
Meira’s Dilemma: I Knew You Were Trouble. by Taylor Swift
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This has no way affected my overall thoughts.