Rating: *** Suggested Age: 12
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
Sara Raasch’s Snow Like Ashes certainly has a creative plot line, set in a world unlike any I have read about before. Though, with that said, I felt it was missing something. The main character was strong and would probably be a feminist if it took place in modern times, but I also felt she was somewhat one-dimensional, like she was just there. Though, later on in the book I managed to like her some more. In the beginning of the book, the story was rather slow. Even with the constant action, I didn’t feel a draw to continue reading. Somewhere in the middle I started liking it, but not completely. I felt like there was a gap between the plot and its execution. I could see where the author wanted it to go, but it didn’t get there. I also found the ending rather pathetic. I’m not exactly a fan of “they’re dead…oh wait, they’re alive, oops.” It’s so anticlimactic, it’s not even funny. Then there’s the love triangle…It’s pretty much the same as every other out there…old childhood friend versus the new and mysterious guy. It’s also pretty obvious who she is going to end up with. I know there are many people out there who enjoyed this book, but I didn’t see it. I didn’t completely hate it, though, and I definitely commend the author for having such a creative plot and for NEVER GIVING UP. Her dedication in the beginning of the book reminded me so much of myself. Raasch dedicated her book to her friends who read her books when she was twelve and didn’t laugh at the idea of her becoming an author. And get this, those books they read were the beginning of this series. That in itself as I opened the book, made my heart sing because that is so so so so me. It gave me the inspiration that I can do this, I can write books. I don’t exactly recommend this series, though, take note that this is just my opinion. I imagine that to many people out there this book is fantastic.