Book Reviews

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch


Dear Citizens of the Blogging World,


“Someday we will be more than words in the dark.”


     Snow Like Ashes was on my to-read list ever since it was released, but like so many other books, I somehow never got around to reading it. That is, until last week. It was my day off so I was hunting for a book to read and this one caught my attention. There was maybe a sliver of guilt at letting it collect dust for so long involved too, but regardless, this was the one I decided to read.


    My very first thought was that I didn’t like Mather. He seemed full of himself and too sure that he was going to fix everything when he became king. So I was slightly worried that he would remain the only love interest in the story, but thank goodness Theron came along. Honestly, I immediately fell in love with him and now he’s probably one of my favorite male characters of all time (So far… I have yet to see what the next two books bring). He was sweet, kind, and gentle, but at the same time, he was fearless and brave. Oh, and he wasn’t rash like some characters who always get into arguments because they know the best way; no, he really portrayed the phrase, “strength and wisdom can be found in silence.” Anyways, moving on from my little rant about Theron… Miera’s character was also very likable. She was somewhat naive and childish which at first bothered me, but once I thought about it, I realized how realistic it was that she wasn’t exceptionally intelligent, brave, and mature. If she was all of those things from the beginning, then there would be no character growth.

    Now on to the writing… I loved Raasch’s writing style (it’s what I dream mine will be someday). It was colorful, but not overwhelmingly so and I barely did any skimming. In particular, I really liked her similes – they embellished the writing and didn’t weigh it down at all.  Similes can be difficult to come up with, I know because I fight with them some times. But done right, as in this book, they add beauty and interesting flourishes of color

    Altogether, I would definitely recommend this book! It is a clean read which I found surprising since that is rare in popular books these days. So I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m excited to continue with the series.  


“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.”



Emma Hill