Published: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 416 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 2.5/5.0
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.
Can someone please explain why so many people like this book so much?? I’d heard so much positivity about the storyline, the characters, and the excitement for the sequel but I just wasn’t into it! Snow Like Ashes is a YA novel, but it felt… cutesy, like it couldn’t be taken seriously. Maybe the names of locations threw me, or maybe the bad guy just wasn’t sinister enough. I dunno.
Now, the book was good enough for me to finish it in a very timely manner (two days) and I didn’t totally hate it. There were some pretty good parts, like the battle against Spring and when Meira makes a daring escape, but these moments were like diamonds in a bucket of turnips. I mean that with all sincerity. I’m glad I got the ebook, because I probably wouldn’t keep around a hard copy of the book because I just don’t particularly care for it.
The one redeeming quality was the ending. The story ended in such a way that I am curious to see what will happen in the sequel, Ice Like Fire and if the entire book had been of the same quality or magnitude of the ending I would have probably loved it. I’m thinking about reading the sequel despite my misgivings about the first novel.
I will not make recommendations either way about this book, only say that there were both good and not so good aspects of the storyline. Plenty of other readers seem to really enjoy it, but I’m not 100% sure if they actually enjoyed the story or just the cover art, which was pretty cool.