AfroBoricua Reads Book Reviews: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch


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.

My Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Recommendation: Yes!

Disclosure: Borrowed from my local library. No spoilers.

Wow. I had reservations reading this thinking it was going to be cheesy because it dealt with the seasons and what not buy, boy was I wrong. This book is fantastic and let me tell you why.

Meira is the shit. She’s teenage girl still learning, dealing with boys, but willing to do anything for her kingdom. It’s startling to see how she deals with everything and keeps pushing through despite the many obstacles she faces.  Meira is the perfect protagonist for the setting of this book at times, icy like the Winter she hails from and fiery like a hot Summer’s night. Plus she uses a chakram which is badass!

I can’t really speak for the romance though it felt very typical of YA novels, hopefully it fleshes out in the next two books. I loved the relationships in this book, I felt the bond between the refugees every time they interacted they became a family that looked out for each other and never forgot their goals, taking back Winter.


This book was a perfect mix of action, magic and witty dialogue.  I’m so excited to read the rest of these series! The author took an idea many would have found cheesy and made an amazing world that will stay in reader’s mind for years.


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