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Best Book of 2014 So Far | Book Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes is it, you guys. So far this year, it’s the best book I’ve read. I’m over the moon in love with this book and I’m so excited I can finally review it in all the glory it deserves.

Book Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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Title & Author: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Magic, High Fantasy

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Series: Snow Like Ashes #1

Publisher: HarperCollins

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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.”

Read. This. Book. ASAP

I loved EVERYTHING about Snow Like Ashes, so where to begin…

I guess I’ll start with the whole premise of the book. It’s sort of like a Finnikin of the Rock but with a wholly unique tale and a female heroine named Meira. Her homeland, the kingdom of Winter, has been decimated by the kingdom of Spring and only a handful of survivors are left.

With only 8 Winterians left to defend what’s theirs, Meria, the young future king Mather, their advisor Sir and others seek out magic that could oust Spring from Winter and free the Winterians who have been made slaves.

It may sound complicated, but it’s not. Raasch does a fantastic job of parsing out information on a need-to-know basis, and dropping plot bombs to rock your world at the perfect moments.

This is one of the best fantasies I’ve read in a long time. It’s got it all – epic travel, forbidden romance and wild, untamed magic. It swept me off my feet with its quick pace and constant surprises.

I adored the Meira. She’s just the best fantasy heroine – she’s so strong and stubborn and fierce. She lets her emotions rule her at times, she always takes action and she tends to ignore advise from others because of her iron will.

And, you guys, the romance is just everything you could hope for. Phew…

I absolutely could not get enough of the in-depth world created (complete with a book map) and I was sucked in completely to the story.

I read Snow Like Ashes months ago, and have been bursting at the seams to gush about this book since then. After you read it, you realize it’s a book you’ve been waiting for.


This is a book you won’t be able to put down. I haven’t been this excited about a debut series in a long time. There is everything to love about this epic YA fantasy book, which promises more romance, action and adventure in future books. Snow Like Ashes is a must-read book of 2014.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • teenunderground

    Well, with that glowing review, how can I not read this? Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve added it to my TBR list!

  • Lisa Schensted


  • Added to my to read list, ah! Excited!

  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    Just one more month – I can do this. Your praise makes me unbelievably happy and now I’m convinced that I’m not just succumbing to cover lust when I buy it 😀

  • Beth

    Thanks- it’s not on my TBR list!