WWW Wednesday #30 (October 28th, 2015)

Hello everyone! I shouldn’t have to tell y’all what it is today, because I’m sure you know already. 😉 It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for a WWW Wednesday, a meme formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading and is now hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words. To play along, just answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

A Monster Calls

Apart from all my boring assigned reading I have from school, I’m currently reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, attempting to fit in a darker read before Halloween comes. I had told myself I’d get into more of the scarier books this month, but October is nearly finished and I hardly read any of said scary books. Oh well.

Either way, I’m loving A Monster Calls so much right now! It’s a very fast and addicting read, I’m almost finished it. Can’t wait! *Stares at book longingly*

Recently Finished

Carry On was fabulous! (But of course, I expected it to be.) It’s Rainbow Rowell, you guys, and seeing how much I enjoyed the three novels of hers I’ve read (Fangirl, Eleanor and Park, & Attachments) I’m glad Carry On wasn’t a disappointment. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to work on my review and post it soon for you guys!

Snow Like Ashes is one of my (re-) reads for which I actually managed to get a review done in time, you guys! You can’t even fathom how happy I am that for once I posted a review within a week of finishing the book. ❀ But anyway, the short of it is I loved it! You can check out all my rambling on it here, if you want.

Reborn is another re-read of mine, one that I thoroughly enjoyed! I feel as if this series isn’t talked about as much when it really should be, so I’m taking this chance to recommend it to y’all, and its precedent series, Shadow Falls! Seriously, it’s great.

Read Next

Ice Like Fire is definitely a book I want to read asap! After my re-read of Snow Like Ashes, I’m itching to jump into it more than ever. I already have my copy of it, so I’m ready to get back into this world (if life permits it, of course. *Sigh*)

Library of Souls is my next read that I’m hoping to get to, since it seems like the perfect read for this time of the month. I really enjoyed the previous two books in the series, and I’m hoping this will live up to the standards!

Eternal is the sequel to Reborn, and although I’m not sure whether I’ll have the time to get to this one, I’ll definitely try. Right now I’m kind of delaying reading it since I’m trying to get a review on Reborn up before I read it, so… I guess I’ll see!

Ink and Bone is on my list again, though with all the other reads and with the fact that life my teachers are plotting against me, I doubt I’ll be able to get to it. Here’s hoping!

Ashes to Ashes didn’t even make it to my list this week despite being on my read next last week; I’ve kind of given up on reading it for the moment. I just have too many other pressing reads at the moment, you know? Hopefully I’ll read it someday soon though.


So tell me, what do you think of these reads? Like ’em? Hate ’em? Let me know whatever thoughts you have in the comments below! And don’t feel shy to tell me about your reads this week, or link your post. I’d love to hear from you!

Happy reading!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch | Book Review

Snow Like AshesSnow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

4.5 Stars= Amazing

Publication Date: October 14th 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young-Adult
Series Status: Snow Like Ashes #1
Page Count: 416
Source & Format: Bought, Hardcover

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

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Ahem. Before we start can I please just stare at this book’s cover? Seriously, I love it so much. 😛

Hello everyone! Today I have for you a review on a book I recently re-read; Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. I first read this book way back at the beginning of 2015, and with the release of the second book, I decided to re-read this book—and I don’t regret it one bit.

Reading Snow Like Ashes the first time was a magical experience, one that I loved and fell in love with, and re-reading it didn’t diminish that at all, if anything, just reminded me how awesome this book is. Seriously, I haven’t talked about this book enough on my blog, and I’m here to remedy that right now by giving you a feel-filled review on it! Be warned that may be a lot of rambling and fangirling. Of course, you’re all used to that by now, right?

Let’s get on with it!

Plot

Oktuber was a maze of rickety barns and tents in maroon, azure, and sunshine orange, with the crystalline blue sky gleaming above, a sharp and beautiful contrast to the kingdom’s earth tones. But it was the Autumnians themselves who left me gaping—they were beautiful.

Ahhhh the plot! Where do I even start? Well, the basics of course; I really loved the plot. I’m deducting half a star because the story did have a couple iffy not-so-stellar parts, and had several bouts of info-dumping which kind of left me confused for a while, but overall it was so well-written, I hardly could stop reading—and I already knew what was going to happen!

I also have to mention the plot twists were spot-on, I remember the first time I read this book I was able to guess at a few, but there were some that completely blew me away. I was so invested in the story! Sara Raasch has a beautiful mix of romance, action and the whole theme of self-discovery thing going on, and it made for a wonderful adventure.

As a side note, may I just say that the world-building was on point? Snow Like Ashes is set in a world centered around the four seasons. Already I’m like, how cool is that? It’s not often I see something like this, and Sara Raasch handled it with style. Although sometimes I was a bit lost with the various bouts of info-dumping at the start as I mentioned above, I caught on pretty quickly as the story went on and I fell in love with this world! Magic, kingdoms, seasons; what more could you ask for?

Characters

This is where the fangirling really comes in, guys. Not only can the main character, Meira, completely kick-butt, there were so many other characters who interested me and brought out all the emotions.

“I wanted a life of my own, a life where I could feel myself being a part of Winter. And that, to me, came though fighting for it.”

You go, girl! Meira, as I said, can completely kick-butt. Not only that, she is simply so awesome. I empathized so much with her heartbreaking tale of wanting to be herself and have a place in Winter’s kingdom, to make an impact. I understood her struggle of fighting to get Sir’s approval, needing it yet not wanting to need it. I admired her perseverance in the face of challenges and the weight of others. She reminded me so much of Celaena from Throne of Glass… yet not. They’re both really similar but still both different. Of course, I love them both!

“No matter what happens, no matter who turns on me, no matter what pompous swine thinks he has power over me, I am still me. I will always be me.”

Although there is also romance in the novel, Meira’s goals came first. Her fight to stay true to herself is was what took dominance, and that was wonderfully portrayed. Fear not, of course, there is definitely romance, but I loved how it didn’t take up the whole thing.

Moving on to Mather, another one of our characters and one of Meira’s love interests. Yes, one of. There is a love triangle in this book, one that I will happily say I didn’t mind. Mather was a really interesting character, and I really liked Mather’s and Meira’s relationship. Kind of a forbidden love thing theme going on, except the love is not openly acknowledged. However, there is a certain someone I’m kind of leaning towards as well…

Theron is the name of our second love interest! It’s not insta-love, and it’s not even full-out love between him and Meira, but there are definitely sparks and I really love his character!! *Swoon* He understands Meira so well (not that Mather doesn’t, but you know what I mean) and his ambitions and dreams really made him into someone I love. Currently I’m loving both him and Mather so much; I just can’t wait to see more of them in the next book.

Last, but not least, a little insight on the other characters; Sara Raasch sure knows how to have your emotions in a twist! My thoughts on Sir must’ve changed a thousand times, from angry, to confused, to frustrated to understanding, and that’s without counting the other characters! There was a variety of people we meet throughout the course of this book, who make reading this book a thrilling experience.

Writing Style

“One flake falls, twisting down through the empty sky. One frozen speck of snow. Then another, and another, and before I know it the roads will be covered in dozens of distinct flakes. All these little pieces combining to create one giant, volatile snowstorm, something beautiful and dangerous and epic.”

The writing was simply fantabulous! It allowed the readers to create vivid and clear images in our heads of this world we’re in, and I simply fell in love. Reading it for the second time only re-introduced me to this beautiful writing! Even through the info-dumping I mentioned above, the writing made it so it wasn’t too confusing, even if a few things flew over my head. Also, there was no cliffhanger in this book, which in itself is pretty rare these days. (Not that I begrudge authors using cliffhangers—you have to admit, they’re pretty handy!) The ending was written perfectly, wrapped up enough to have me satisfied, but not too much so that I’m no longer interested in continuing the story. (And let’s be real here, given how much I loved this book, even if the ending was terrible, I would definitely not abandon this series!)

Overall…

Go read this. Now. Especially if you like fantasy! Or Sarah J. Maas‘s books! Or anything magical and amazing! I can almost 100% assure you that you will love this book. There are themes of being true to yourself and persevering in times of difficulty. There is a world full of magic and beautiful descriptions. There are characters you will fall in love with. All in all, a must-read! I can’t stress enough how much you should go pick this up. 🙂

A little wrap-up of everything I’ve said:

  • the story is addicting
  • the world-building is amazing
  • Meira is a wonderful character with spunk and personality
  • Mather and Theron are both great love interests and characters
  • the writing was engaging and full of beautiful descriptions

So, the final question. Do I recommend this? That’s a big YES from me!!


Discussion time! What do you think of this novel? Have you read it? Do you want to read it? What expectations do you have for it? Let me know in the comments below!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

3 Days, 3 Quotes Book Tag (The Quote Challenge) #2: Day 3

Hello bookworms! I am now *sadly* on the last day of the 3 days, 3 quotes challenge, in which I was tagged by Regina @ The Bibliotheque, Tabrizia @ Cup of tea with that book, please & Maryan @ 1booklife. (Thank you!) You can check out the previous quotes I picked from my Day 1 post here, and Day 2 here.

The rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day 1 quote per day for each person who tagged me).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Without further ado… my 3 quotes!

This is such a meaningful quote! I absolutely love it.

Another amazing quote, from an amazing book! Another one of my favorite quotes because even though the context doesn’t quite apply to us, it’s always important to remember to be ourselves.

What a lovely, swoon-worthy quote, don’t you think? Scarlet was an amazing book, and this quote is just one of the many times I fell in love with the characters!


I tag:

Feel free to ignore if you wish! 🙂 But if you decide to do the tag, I’d love it if you linked back to this post so I can check out your quote(s). ❀ What do you think of these quotes? Have you read the books? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

Happy reading!

Analee 10