YA Book Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
This is another first in a teen fantasy series. Snow Like Ashes(associate link), written by Sara Raasch, follows young Winterian, Meira, on her quest to save her kingdom alongside future king and love interest Mather. It took me a while to get into the kingdoms, four named for seasons and four rhythm kingdoms. I guess that after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses (you can see my review here) this felt repetitive, which is unfortunate since Snow Like Ashes was actually published first (2014 compared to 2015 for ACOTAR).
In comparison to A Court of Thorns and Roses, Snow Like Ashes is much less racy, which I actually preferred. Snow Like Ashes is an adventure/quest story, whereas ACOTAR is much more of a romance. I like adventure. I like heroines that can hold their own. And Meira is definitely that kind of heroine. She’s tough, though unsure of herself, and she’s definitely naive in the ways of love as she’s been sheltered her whole life. But she’s lovable.
The writing was strong and fluid. There were a few places where Meira’s internal dialogue went on a bit longer than I really needed it too. Overall, this book brought me warm fuzzies like Hunger Games and Throne of Glass, though perhaps not quite as strongly. I will more than likely read the rest of the books in the series. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I want to read them. This world is addictive, apparently. I want to know more. Oh, and I also want a chakram. I heart chakrams.
J. E. Hunter is the author of the Black Depths Series. Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch, and Broken Tide, the first two books of the series can be found on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. The third book, Dark Shores, was released April 1, 2016. The fourth and last book of the Black Depths series, Twisted Currents, will be released in the fall of 2016, after Dead Water and Doomed Seas, two Novellas featuring Caesar.