Book Review: Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes)) by Sara Raasch (Spoiler + Rant)

Posted July 20, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge, Books, COYER Summer Vacation, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 6 Comments

Book Review: Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes)) by Sara Raasch (Spoiler + Rant)Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
Series: Snow Like Ashes #2
Published by HarperCollins on October 13th 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, General, Family, Orphans & Foster Homes, Romance
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780062427939
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

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. The last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders Meira and Theron on a mission 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 Jannuari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. So when Meira leaves to search for allies, Mather decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect his people from new threats?

As the web of power and deception is woven 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.

“The most powerful magic of all is choice.”

In Ice Like Fire, readers find Meira not too long after the events in the first book. She’s struggling with her new role as queen, while grappling with her new reality of being under Cordell’s thumb. Though she wants her people to be safe, Meira doesn’t feel that magic is the answer. Not only is Meira struggling with her new reality, but so is Mather. No longer king or an orphan, Mather struggles with finding his way in this new Winter. One thing that hasn’t changed is that Mather still loves Meira. I found this novel to be slow, boring, and predictable

“That’s what makes me the most upset about the world – how magic shoves people into lives they might not want. No one should have to beseech higher people for permission to be who they are, only to find their pleas ignored. No one should be forced to be something they aren’t.”

The majority of the book was focused on Meira trying to find ways to become independent from Cordell, and keep Noam from opening the magic chasm. That was all well and good, except I didn’t like the divide between Meira and Mather. These two have been friends their whole lives, and it seemed that Meira should have trusted him as her advisor. Not only had Mather been training to be king all of his life, but he has shown to be a very politically minded person. Instead of using her resources to her best advantage, Meira let childishness get the better of her. Putting your people first is what a queen does, but that doesn’t mean closing oneself off from available resources.

“Aren’t you affected by Simon’s magic?”…
“Took you this long to ask me that?”
She clucks her tongue. “You’re not the brightest flame in the fire, are you?”
“Don’t make me hit you in a library.”

Meira seemed so far removed from herself in this novel, that I almost thought she’d been replaced by her stupid twin. As stated above, I found the story to predictable, and foresaw all of the twists, turns, and betrayals from the very first chapter. It frustrated me that Meira didn’t when she seemed more observant in the first novel. Hopefully, she’ll be back in fighting form in the next novel, Frost Like Night. Instead of the intense action scenes we get in the first novel, the majority of this book is filled with Meira, Theron, and Mather moaning about their lives, and I wanted to punch them all in the face. Not much happens the entire book until the very end, and it read like filler.

Aside from the main three characters getting body snatched by aliens, other characters were featured. However, they weren’t the well-developed secondary characters from the first novel. No, they were minor characters who I had no interest in. Basically, it was as if Meira surrounded herself with new friends, and pushed the old ones to the curb. Just one of many stupid decisions on her part. Honestly, I believe you could skip from book one to three, and not miss a beat. The fact it took me four days to read this book should be an indication at how easily put-down-able it is. Zzzz….

About Sara Raasch

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.


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6 responses to “Book Review: Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes)) by Sara Raasch (Spoiler + Rant)

    • @Angelized_1st

      Don’t! It was such a disappointment and predictable. I liked Meira and Theron in the first book, but even they annoyed me in this one.

  1. GAH I feel you SO MUCH with this. SO much. I was so bored- and now, reading your review and seeing that it was almost 500 pages, I have NO idea how I even finished it. The ending was good though- it made me want to read the last book, which almost makes it worse 😉 And I agree, the characters were so meh. The new characters were decent- from what we even saw of them. I just realllllly hope the last book makes up for it! Great review!
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    • @Angelized_1st

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who hated this book. I felt bad for feeling that way, because I wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t. I was looking forward to reading the next book, but after this one I’m not sure I’ll continue. Why do that to myself? Maybe it’ll wow me like The Winner’s Kiss, and be really great and epic. Thanks for stoping by!

    • @Angelized_1st

      Yeah, I think I’m done with this series. I liked the first book, but didn’t love it. After this one, though… I have too many books I want to read to be bothered with this. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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