Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch


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My rating : 3 stars
Published: October 14th 2014 by Balzer + Bray


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.

My review:







Someday we will be more than words in the dark.

So I finally got to reading this book. I’ve seen it almost everywhere in 2015 but never got to reading it. And then kept pushing it back and back. So I decided that this new year I’ll be reading those books that I tried not to in 2015.

Snow like ashes is a fantasy novel set in a World of 4 Nations based on seasons(like Winter, Autumn, Spring) and 4 other nations (that I still don’t understand perfectly).
There’s a bit of magic, wars, a lost Kingdom and a love triangle. Sound familiar?
Ugh, the thing that the plot is unoriginal isn’t even the thing that bothered me. The thing that actually bothered me was that even though the character were nice, brave and not stupid, I still couldn’t connect to them.
All these fighting, loss and the poor condition of Winterians should have affected me right? Unless I was a heartless and emotionless robot.

Check. Feelings test. Think about Augustus Water’s eulogy. Feels, feels, massive feels. Okay, so I am not Heartless or emotionless.
But then why did I not feel anything at the plight of the characters. My opinion is that the writing style didn’t do it justice.
And don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t mean that the writing or the book is bad. Many people enjoyed reading it. I didnot enjoy it as much as I hoped.
There are still parts that make me want to read the next book. For example, Who’s gonna be with Meira?

You know something’s wrong when you’re more concerned about the protagonist’s love life than the story.

But honestly Mather is a genuinely nice person and a soldier, whereas Theron is extremely sweet and a poet.

Do you even need to ask which one is my favorite? Because it’s Theron. It will always be Theron. And according to me, I find the beginning and middle part of the book boring. But the last part where we meet Theron for the first time, that’s where the story started getting better for  me. Yep, that’s the only reason for the 3 stars. He made the story better for me.

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