Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch – Spoiler Free Review


Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Series Name: 
Snow Like Ashes
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: This edition published September 15th, 2015 (originally published October 14th, 2014)
Pages: 416
Publishers: Balzer + Bray
4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


Wow, another favourite! There has been so many amazing books that I read this year!


The writing was amazing, it was very engaging and never left me confused. I can’t stand it when you have to read something 3 times over to figure out what the hell is going on, especially in action scenes, that wasn’t the case in this book. The writing was beautiful and very fast paced.

I also like maps! Which isn’t exactly writing, but it’s part of the physical book. So I love it, it has a map in the front. Maps just make it so much easier to figure out where things are placed in a fantasy world, especially when I am shit at remembering whether they said this place was North, West, South or East of wherever and trying to figure out where things would kinda be placed. I also like following where the characters are travelling to and from on a map. That might just be me though haha 😳.


The plot was really goos and so action packed. Yes there was some non-action packed parts, but that was fine, there needs to be a happy medium in books.. Too much action just gets kinda boring, to me anyway, there is going to be times when not much is going on and it’s great to show that too. That kinda went off on a bit of a tangent, but oh well. Anyway, the plot was well done, it wasn’t predictable and had twists and turns to keep me interested right until the end.


I loved the characters, all of them really, well except Angra… But that’s because he is a d*ck. But I still loved him as a character in this book, but not as a person.. That makes sense, right? Meira was, yes a typical feisty strong female character, but that is something I will never get sick of in books. Mather, you kinda loved him and wanted to slap him sometimes, but he is still amazing, just dude, mixed signals! Theron is an amazing character, but his dad, Noam… Hmmm kind of a, yeah I’m not saying anymore… No spoilers here! Sir (William), at the start I was like just let her go and do what she wants, but now I understand why he was protective… Again, No Spoilers!

I could sit here all day saying each one of the other characters are amazing too, but quite frankly that would take too much time and I have shit to do haha.


I loved it. It’s another new favourite! I was planning on buying the next two books when I was away last Friday, but the Bookshop I went to (QBD) didn’t have them and there was a signing going on for some Iron Man book or some shit and there was just people everywhere because of that and it’s school holidays and everyone is Christmas shopping and I just wanted to get out of there! So I will be purchasing the other books on either iBooks or Scribd today and starting the next one tonight! I’ll buy physical copies from the Book Depository soon.

Let me know your thoughts!

* I have since changed this review from a 5 star rating to a 4 and a half. I enjoyed Frost Like Night even more than this one, so it is a 5 star, this one is a and a half and Ice Like Fire is a 4 star book.*




Top Ten Tuesday – ALL TIME Favourite Fantasy Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts here.

This week’s prompt is Top Ten ALL TIME Favourite Books of X Genre and I am choosing the Fantasy genre as this is my most read genre and I have read enough books to actually have a top 10! Also, some of these will be series instead of just a single book.
These are no in order except 1 is my top!

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


I absolutely adore this series and it is my top series of all time! Within this series, my favourite book is Order of the Phoenix, which is funny because it’s my least favourite of the movies. They just missed so much!! D:

2. Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

I consider these two series’s one series. I enjoyed them equally and they are defiantly one of my favourite series! I loved the world building in these series and it had a lot of world building in 12 books! I really enjoyed the characters and how the story progressed and never got boring or repetitive over the 12 books.

3.  The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking


This series was amazing, I did read it a long time ago and I really need to reread it and get a refresher of it!
I also really enjoyed its companion series

4. The Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking


This was also an awesome series and it held my attention just as fully as the Trylle Trilogy did. I loved exploring one of the other Tribes of Trylle in this series and we also saw a bit more of the other tribes which was awesome!

5. Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


I’ve only read the first book in this series so that why it is the only one mentioned, but I’m sure that the rest of the series will make it here too. This book is so interesting and nothing like I have ever read before!

My spoiler free review can be found here.





6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


I really enjoyed The Raven Boys and just like Miss Pregrine’s I have only read the first book and hopefully when I do get to the rest of Thr Raven Cycle that it will join The Raven Boys on my top 10

My Review can be found here.





7. The Watersong Series by Amanda Hocking

Can you tell I like Amanda Hocking!? I really enjoyed this series and I had never read anything about a siren or really even knew what one was until this series so it was an interesting as well as fun and exciting read!

8. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton


This book was defiantly a page turner and I can’t wait for Traitor to the Throne which is the second book in this series. It left me wanting more and I loved this book and how it was different to most of the fantasy I have read.

My Review can be found here.





9. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien


I feel ashamed of myself that I have only read the first book in the Lord of the Rings series but they are such beautiful and full books that they take me alot longer to read than most other books the same size. I hopefully will finish the series and The Hobbit by the end of the year!





10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


I have only just finished reading this book in the last couple days and I am now reading City of Ashes and this series is quickly becoming part of my favourite books! I really enjoyed City of Bones and I’m so keen to finish the rest of the series!

My Spoiler Free review can be found here.





That is my top 10 Fantasy books! Let me know if you share any of the same books in your favourites!!