Review: Snow Like Ashes (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.



Snow Like Ashes has one of the SLOWEST starts to a book I have ever encountered. It took me days to get to 100 pages. Not only was it slow, but it was extremely confusing. I still don’t understand all of the Seasons/Rhythms stuff, and I stopped trying to understand it. Once you give up on needing to make sense of why these kingdoms are split the way they are, then the story gets easier to handle.

In fact, the story gets AWESOME when Theon is introduced. I don’t know what it was about arriving in a new kingdom, but the story took off from that point forward. Theon might be the best character in this whole book (and Meira could be a close second). I seriously liked him, and I'm not entirely sure why. 

Snow Like Ashes is a high fantasy novel lacking magic. The magic is there, it’s just hidden (until the end). There is plenty of action and epic good vs. evil battles to keep you reading. The love triangle is actually believable too (maybe), which is a plus. I usually hate love triangles but this one worked. I’m glad to have found another book where the female protagonist is strong and capable. She does not wait around for others to save her. She handles her business!

By the time I finished the book, I was hooked. I must continue the series to see what happens next. In fact, I think I can say I ended up enjoying this one as much as I've enjoyed the books by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms series, A Book of Spirit and Thieves). If you are a fan of fantasy and action, this is a must read for you. 


Minute Review: Crewel (Gennifer Albin)

Crewel (Crewel World, #1)Incapable. Awkward. Artless.
That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because tonight, they’ll come for her.








It's going to be sad to say that in the two short weeks since I've read Crewel, I can't remember much about it. That being the case, this review is going to be short and sweet since it will only focus on what I do remember and not too much on the gritty details. 

* Crewel has an interesting concept that can be a bit complicated at times. I found some of the descriptions confusing and muddled, but I still enjoyed learning about Spinsters. 

* The antagonists in this book are terrible. And by terrible, I mean you will hate them because they are all sorts of evil. I give points for having villains that you hate instantly. 

* I'm pretty sure there is a love-triangle, but it was a bit hard to figure that one out. Jost is my favorite so far because he has major motivation for being where he is. Erik is just there. 

* I read through the majority of the book just enjoying the story. Then I realized it's kind of like a dystopian? Who knew. I had no idea! Once I realized that, I wished the idea of what civilization was like that lead to this new way of life would have been explored more. Of course, the ending leaves it wide open to be explored in book 2, and I already requested it from the library so I can figure things out. 

I'm not really happy how the book ended. Seems a bit convenient and rushed. Oh well. Many readers will probably enjoy the story (as a story). 



Blog Tour for DEBT by Rachel Dunning



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Over 400 Pages
Standalone Novel
New-Adult Romance / Sports Romance

DEBT
By Rachel Dunning

Expected Release Date:
March 2016

What’s it about?

The Debt Collector


I pay my debts, and I expect others to.
I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father's passing meant I would automatically take on dad's debts. I refused.
And I paid for that refusal.
So did my sister.
So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that's where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a "favor" when I arrived.
Another debt.
I paid for that one too.
I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.
Besides, trouble is my middle name.

 

Kyla Hensley


I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn't care who gets rolled over in the process.
I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying "I'm sorry." The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad's wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.
I drink. I party. I meet guys.
But I wasn't always like that.
I've had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many ways, and yet so the same.
She and I hit the road for spring break, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.
But there's a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.
Which is when I met the Debt Collector.
It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.
That's all it was supposed to be.
I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.
And yet...so unbelievably right.

 

Content Warning

Not intended for readers under the age of seventeen.

Genres:
New-Adult Romance
Sports Romance

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About Rachel
Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and is the author of the highly praised Naive Mistakes Series, Truthful Lies Trilogy, Johnny Series and the paranormal romance series, Mind Games.
A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.
She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.

 

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