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This past week I read the book, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. Before I begin, you may want to know what the book is about. However, to save you from the possibility of a long, butchered description I will give you the one from the book itself. It reads as follows:

“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.ย 

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 Winter to rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore their magic. Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers and 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.” (Snow Like Ashes, Sara Raasch)

Now that you know a little more about the book, let’s begin.

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1. What are the book details?

The name of the book is Snow Like Ashes and was written by Sara Raasch. It was published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, in the year of 2014. This book consists of thirty-one chapters and four hundred twenty-two pages. Its ISBN number is 978-0-06-228692-5.

2. To what Genre does this book belong? Is it Fiction or Non-fiction?

Snow Like Ashes is classified as a Fantasy Fiction novel.

3. Who is the audience?

Those who love Fantasy and fall under the Young Adult category are the intended audience. Of course, if you are a bit older than that you can read it also. There’s nothing stopping you! ๐Ÿ™‚

4. Is the design and production of the book good or bad?

I absolutely love the cover ofย Snow Like Ashes. It’s an excellent display of the main character’s weapon of choice and the two main seasons that are the focus. The colour scheme is very pleasing to the eye, making the cover eye-catching.

The chapter headings are very creative. I love the idea of creating them in the way they are instead of just having the chapter number. The book design seems less blank and boring.

5. What point of view is the book written from?

Throughout the book, the story is told from the viewpoint of the main character. It definitely helps you get to know her better when it sticks to one point of view.

6. Was the book easy or difficult to read; fun and rewarding?

Snow Like Ashes was very easy to read and super fun. There were so many times where I didn’t want to put the book down, and I had to force myself to put it away so that I could actually get some work done. ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved the world building and the detail/feeling that went into the story.

7. Does the book deliver on its promises?

Sara Raasch promised a fantastical book filled with action, a bit of romance, and realizations of destiny. I would have to say that Raasch certainly fulfilled her promises. Snow Like Ashes was filled with a proper amount of action and romance that made the book fast-paced, appropriate, and lovable.

8. What surprised you?

I accidentally spoiled the ending when I was looking to see how many pages were apart of the book. Except, I did guess a certain part of the ending when I first started reading the book, so I can’t say that I was surprised. However, I am an author who is always looking and thinking of ways the surprise readers, and so to any other reader there is a possibility that the ending may not be guessed. Although, there was one part near the end that surprised me entirely that I did not predict, so I can’t say that nothing in this book surprised me. ๐Ÿ™‚

9. Did you ever get lost? Did the book achieve emotional entertainment? Was the character development intriguing? Did you care about the characters?

Thankfully, I never became lost in the enthralling words of Sara Raasch. The book was written in an intriguing, detailed, and thoughtful way. In regards to caring for the characters and the emotional achievement, Raasch made me pay attention to the characters and their feelings, wanting them to succeed in all their endeavors. I absolutely loved the main character’s growth throughout the book, and I can’t wait to see more in the coming books.

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This concludes my book review of Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. I would absolutely recommend this book as your next read, and I hope that you will love it as much as I do. If there is something I didn’t cover about the book that you want to know, comment your question down below, and I’ll try to answer it as soon as possible.

-S. E. Bussard

 

 

 

 

References:

Raasch, Sara. Snow Like Ashes. Balzer Bray, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.