ARC Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Posted September 12, 2014 by Nori in Book Reviews / 11 Comments

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published on: October 14th, 2014
Pages: 432
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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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11 responses to “ARC Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

  1. Lynnette

    This book sounds like it has some really cool concepts. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a fantasy-dystopian type book!

  2. I’ve heard so many great things about this book so I can totally understand why you were kind of anxious you’d end up not liking the book! And wait, there’s a guy called Mather in the book? O.o
    Anyway, I’m so glad you enjoyed the book after all. I didn’t know Snow Like Ashes was a fantasy-dystopian book, and your review really makes me want to read it, like now! ?

    Great review!

    • Haha, exactly! And yes, there is a guy called Mather in the book! And he certainly isn’t a “mother-type” character, so it was a bit strange. Thanks so much for commenting and make sure to let me know what you think when you get to read it!

  3. I’ve read a few reviews of this book, too, and it’s starting to pique my interest. Although I’m not crazy about a possible love triangle… And what a beautiful cover! It begs for you to read the story.

  4. I was trying to win a copy of this way back when the ARCs were being given away. On one giveaway you had to read excerpts and answer questions, and I kind of got hooked on the storyline then. Seeing this would be a new-to-me author, I was waiting for the ebook to go on special, but it never did as far as I saw. Not even when all of the other YAs were having ebook deals after Christmas. This means it will be a library look for and because I have so many review books and extra ebooks, that basically means it won’t get read.

    • Haha aww, I’m sorry to hear that. I was lucky enough to be approved on Edelweiss, so that’s how I was able to read it. Most people seemed to love it, but I just thought that it was okay.

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