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YA Fantasy Sequel | Book Review: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

One of my most anticipated sequels is almost here – Ice Like Fire!!

Book Review: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

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Title & Author: Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes Series) by Sara Raasch

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Retelling

Release Date: October 13, 2015

Series: Snow Like Ashes #2

Publisher: HarperCollins

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher

Description:

“It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.”

Sequel Update

I’m going to preface this review by saying that Sara Raasch is one of the kindest authors I’ve ever communicated with. Even when Uppercase was new, she was a huge supporter, and I appreciate her awesomeness!!

I have some conflicting emotions about Ice Like Fire. By now, I’m sure you know I ADORED and LOVED Snow Like Ashes. My expectations for this story were very high.

Right off the bat, I was thrown off by all the names of places and characters and titles. I felt confused by the political machinations because the first book felt so long ago. I catch-me-up from book one would have been helpful.

And then…so much has changed for Meira and her friends that I felt disconnected from her story. I did finally get into the groove of the story, but it took me quite a while to get there.

Although I liked the alternating POVs overall, Mather was by far my least favorite. He’s kind of a bummer this time around.

One caveat I will mention: I’ve had trouble with a few other sequels this year, and I honestly can’t tell if its me or them. I struggled with Ice Like Fire, and it sincerely pained me.

To give you some second opinions:

“Well this book certainly lived up to my expectations! I LOVED IT!” – Aira Reads

“Overall, not as good as I was hoping for, but I will still be reading the sequel to see how everything gets resolved. There are a couple of new characters who’ve really intrigued me.” – Fully Booked Reviews

“I did feel the start wasn’t as exciting as I was hoping, but it didn’t take long for me to get sucked in. And the last third or so — I didn’t want to stop reading.” – Proud Book Nerd

OVERALL:

I will be tuning in for book 3, despite a few bumps in Ice Like Fire.

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.