I’m sorry for missing last week’s review (I blame after holidays exhaustion. Nasty thing), and as an apology, I’m putting up a second review today.

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Sara Raasch

YA Fantasy

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 another one of the this-has-been-on-hold-so-long-I-forgot-what-it-was-about books, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but it surprised me. I’m planning on reading the rest of the series.11e9ccd4764671c660ca9fe554fb1f16

It was cool how Winter was the good side and Spring was bad. I really liked Meira’s warrior spirit and guts. While the plot wasn’t that original, I enjoyed it.5b0afea5a0aa97389b36e55d9e9be8ba

Meira had a very bad case of Special Snowflake Syndrome (this term comes from Cait) that made the story predictable. Meira also had a love triangle (don’t love those).lm7ra

I kept going back and forth between liking Meira and not really caring, but I always loved how she didn’t want to be left behind when they were fighting. Mather and Theorn were both pretty cool, but I don’t really favor one over the other. Sir and Hannah were admirable.

  • If violence bothers you, this isn’t the book for you, but it’s not bad for a fantasy book. Battle scenes (including wounds) are described.
  • Rumors are spread about a girl visiting a guy in his room (untrue). A few characters almost get tortured/raped.
  • No language except made up replacement phrases.
  • No drugs or alcohol

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416 pgs.
Balzer + Bray
Oct. 2014
Snow Like Ashes #1

Goodreads link, Amazon link

Cait’s link

6947727Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.

Sara’s link