Review: Snow Like Ashes

Aug •  28 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Snow Like AshesSnow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Published by Balzer + Bray on October 14th 2014
Genres: Young Adult -Fantasy
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher

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.

This book. This story. This beautiful adventure that sucked me into a world that I never want to leave. It’s pure genius.

Plot: Who here is a fan of Frozen (the disney movie)? *Raises hand* Well I can assure you that if you love that movie, your going to enjoy reading this story 10 times more. First off, the plot resonates with the reader cause we are introduce to this girl who is strong, brave and courageous. She pushes herself to the limit and doesn’t take no for an answer. When given a no, she pushes others of their limits just to get answers. The story also carries a deep history that makes the reader yearn for more. Bit by bit is revealed chapter by chapter and by George it is brilliant!!

Love/Friendship: This part is pretty much revealed in the beginning but doesn’t really take off due to unforeseen circumstances. But it continues to grow into this love that you just want to know more of. They had a deep seeded friendship since childhood so it plays out the perfect part of those who love friends to be more.

Ending: The mother load. This section of book had my heart RACING! Seriously. I was so shocked but what was revealed at the end, that even though I was mere pages away to the end, I did not want to finish! There was no way the book could have such an ending without many drastic measures being taken. It was insane, unreal and left me breathless.

Do yourself a favor and pre-order this book NOW! ASAP! Add it to Goodreads cause believe me you will not want to miss it.  A magical tale that is solid yet entertaining, Snow Like Ashes achieves what other books can not…a story that is not some knockoff but true to its world.  Packaged beautifully surrounded by seasons, war, and a lost queen, Snow Like Ashes is a smashing debut.

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Aug 28, 2014

    YES YES YES YES YES SAVY!!! I’m actually featuring a pre-review love fest of this one on my blog tomorrow because I have more to say about it than I could fit in my review. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!! I’m so glad you loved it too. *waits not-so patiently for book 2*

  2. Danielle D
    Aug 28, 2014

    I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this book from other bloggers, can not wait to get a copy for myself. Too bad I have to wait til Oct.

  3. Candace
    Aug 28, 2014

    Wow you convinced me! This sounds excellent!

  4. I am the last person on earth who has not seen Frozen. Still your enthusiasm for this book has me totally hooked! I so can’t wait to dive into it!

  5. Giselle
    Aug 29, 2014

    It sounds like a lot of people are enjoying this one and it has me excited! it sounds like quite the ride!!

  6. Christine
    Aug 30, 2014

    I’ll admit that this book didn’t really sound that interesting to me but after reading your review, I may just have to read it! The way you described the ending has me really intrigued. Great review!