Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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Title: Snow Like Ashes
Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
Author: Sara Raasch
Published: October 14, 2014 by Balthazar and Bray (HarperCollins)
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Synopsis: Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self.  Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast story of loyalty, love, and controlling one’s destiny.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Why I'm Waiting

As you may know I am pretty much in for any Young Adult Fantasy. It's basically my kryptonite. I heard about this book a few months ago and I'm not really sure where. It could have been from the YA Vals (a group of amazing YA authors) or it could have been from a Tea Time. But either way I knew one thing for sure, I needed this book in my life!

The first thing that caught my eye is the comparison to Game of Thrones (should be A Song of Ice and Fire but I'm a book hipster). I love that series for it's combination of political intrigue, mystery, and magic. A young adult book that combines that basically has me drooling. The other thing that caught my eye is the bad ass female heroine. While that can sometimes feel like a trope, it's one that I can get on board with and the character of Meira sounds like a reluctant hero and I pretty much always love those characters.

Then I found Sara Raasch's tumblr. Okay so right now it's mostly Avatar: The Last Airbender Zutara ship stuff but she also has had some amazing giveaways and sneak peeks into the world and characters of Snow Like Ashes. Every teaser I see just makes me more and more excited to read this book. The world sounds interesting, the magical system sounds unique (like so unique I'm slightly confused by this idea of conduits), and the characters sound complex and mysterious! I'm so excited to read it and the shiny copy to my ever growing YA Fantasy shelf!

What are you waiting for this Wedsnesday? Leave me a comment with your thoughts! Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. I can't wait for this book as well. It sounds really awesome! I hadn't discovered her Tumblr (or the Zutara and Avatar the Last Airbender posts) but that's awesome!

    1. Yeah, her tumblr is pretty great! But I'm a big fan of The Last Airbendet so I may be biased!

  2. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this. I hope it's as good as it sounds. Thanks for checking out my WOW!

    1. LUCKY! I didn't get approved for an ARC but that's okay, this way I don't have to sqeeze it in the rotation before release date. I'm planning to buy a copy.

  3. Nice! Been seeing this one around a lot lately! Hope you love it too!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. Yeah, I've been seeing it around a lot too and most people seem to really like it so I have high hopes!

  4. Great pick! I'm looking forward to this one also and I just love that cover!

    1. The cover is gorgeous! I can't wait to see it in real life, it's going to be so shiny!