Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 422 Pages
Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Physical Copy
This book seriously has everything. Romance. Sword Fight. A Ball. Magic. Hoy Guys. Battles. Badassery. My enjoyment level stayed at a consistent 100% throughout. I was just so enthralled by what was going on. Snow Like Ashes was devoured in one sitting. And then quickly reread five times, but who's counting...
The writing was simplistic and great! The pacing was perfect. There were slow moments and heart-racing moments so perfectly matched. I felt that what happened in this book usually takes place over three books in a series. SLA was jam-packed with action and thrills. I loved the premise of this story. Raasch is quite imaginative. She truly knows how to write an addictive book. I was also impressed by the lingo that each respective nation had and how well it was incorporated. It was just the little meticulous details that brought this book to the next level for me. My only two critiques: The world-building was stellar, but I felt that it was a bit of a memory dump in the beginning. Sometimes the author blatantly told us some things (especially in regards to character's feelings and thoughts) instead of implying or hinting. We can figure it out!
SLA was highly enjoyable. Do you ever fantasize or imagine something happening in the book you're reading? What if _____ happened?! This book left me so satisfied and took my hopes and desires to the next level and made it even better than I'd imagined! This book is sure to take the YA scene by storm.
The characters were wonderful and so realistic. They're all so lovable and truly enjoyable to read about. I cared for all of them so much!! Very rarely am I invested in characters as much as I was with SLA's characters. The characterization was superb. Meira was a strong protagonist whom I enjoyed reading about.
This book isn't romance-heavy which I appreciated. There's a love triangle forming, but it really wasn't the focus of the book. There were much more important things going on, and I'm glad the author chose that aspect over the romance. I'm a bit weary though, I hope this love triangle doesn't take center stage in book #2.
I can't stop reveling in the epicness of this book. Just open it up and read and enjoy!
Snow Like Ashes was a wonderful start to a new favorite fantasy series of mine.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?