Snow Like Ashes, Sara Raasch

 

snow like ashes

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.

 

There are two ways i get disappointed by books. One disappointment is that one of just awfulness, where the book is so terrible in the end you have to laugh.
The other is when it has potential and could be amazing….but just falls terribly terribly short.

This book was the second type of disappointment.

The Plot was interesting, and despite me guessing the plot twists and ‘shocks’ it was the one thing that made me gently want to carry on. Because the magic system sounded interesting, the history sounded interesting….but then it was never really talked about.
The world- I wanted to know more about that. Why were there four seasons and why were the others called Rhythms. How did it become that way?

And then the potential fails.

The plot twists were so easy to guess I was rolling my eyes by the time they were ‘revealed.’

The characters were two-dimensional, flat and mostly, annoying. More than once I wanted to scream and throw something at the main character because of how she was acting and her infernal internal monologue. She spends the first half of the book mooning over one boy, meets another- and while being furious than shes meant to marry him- and then spends a page talking about how wonderful Second Boy looks shirtless…She spends 90% of the time complaining about her life, and then to prove to everyone she can do things, she makes stupid decisions because she don’t think.

She was irritating to have as a narrator, and unbelievable as a character.

If it weren’t for my sheer stubbornness at wanting to finish the book, I would have given up well before half way, because I didn’t care about the characters or their problems, and didn’t care for what they were going to do to solve everything.

When writing a book were a group of people are trying to save their kingdom, it is vital that you need to care. you need to feel for them and hope they win, you want to be able to feel their longing to go back home and to be safe, and I felt nothing except the urge to throw the book at the characters and telling them all to grow up.

I looked so forward to reading this book, so many people told me I would love it, but in the end, it was dull and disappointing.

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