Have you ever heard how amazing a book is and then become sorely disappointed? While I was reading the beginning of Snow Like Ashes, I was afraid that was going to happen to me. After all, all of my fellow book bloggers on Twitter seemed to love it. But for some reason, it took me longer than everyone else to get hooked.
I am glad I decided to continue reading Snow Like Ashes, as it definitely got better further into the story. The characters grew on me chapter by chapter. Each one of them had a different redeeming quality that I admired and/or by which I was intrigued. The one thing I disliked about the characters were their names. This may just be nitpicky, but I didn’t love the fact that one of the love interests name’s was Mather.
You may have noticed that I said ‘one of the love interests.’ I’m not going to hide the fact that there was a love triangle, but the author did a great job of making sure that it wasn’t cliché. The romance was definitely not overwhelming, which was nice to see.
One main character I liked was Meira as she was extremely relatable. Throughout most of our lives, we have times where we really want to do something, but aren’t allowed to do it. This happened to Meira on multiple occasions, but she didn’t let that stop her from trying to help whenever she could. I admire her for her bravery and courage. She is a character who I’d like to meet in real life.
I really liked the plot of Snow Like Ashes. The world that Sara Raasch created was a world unlike any other world that I’ve previously experienced in any other book. I would classify this book as part of the fantasy-dystopian genre. After all, instead of there being different countries, the governing bodies were the 4 seasons and 4 rhythms. Meira is a refugee from Winter. Yes, you read that correctly. She’s a refugee. That’s because Spring decided that it wanted control over magic, so it decided to start a war and take over Winter. When that happened, all of the people from Winter were taken to Spring and turned into slaves. Well…maybe not everyone. I don’t want to spoil anything, so that’s as much information as I am going to tell you about the plot.
Overall, I did enjoy the book, even though the beginning was a bit slow. The ending definitely made up for the slow start, so I’m giving it 3.5/5 stars.
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