Series: Snow Like Ashes
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (October 13, 2015)
Rating: 2 stars
Cover love: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
What the hell did I just read?
A boring ass book with an annoying heroine and a weak ass male lead. Meira and Theron are not the same characters that I fell in love with in the first installment of what was supposed to be one of the greatest YA high fantasies ever. Snow Like Ashes was the fucking shit when it came out. I could not stop thinking about it after I read. Seriously, I read that book like 5 times already.
So naturally, this girl was hella excited to be able to read Ice Like Fire thanks in part to Edelweiss. I literally dropped everything I was doing to read this book. Needless to say I did not enjoy the experience.
A reader should not have to force themselves to get through a book. Reading should be effortless not a chore. The only thing that Ice Like Fire has going for it is the killer artwork by The Fifth Order. Jeff Huang always does an amazing job with the book covers. This will be the only reason why I will buy the book—because of the kick ass cover.
Aside from that, Ice Like Fire is an uneventful mess. The first part of the book is full of talking. And more talking. With hint of talking about nothing. The middle gets a little better. But not by much. Also the author has it in mind to make us switch sides. Code for there is still the love triangle going on in this series. Yes ladies and gents, us readers are suppose to want Meira to chose Mather all of a sudden.
Look at this point in time I hope Meira ends up by herself. With Theron somewhat personality change and Mather’s brooding self, the both of them can die for all I care. Meira needs to worry more about being a queen and helping her people instead of being an indecisive brat. In the first book she was spunky, fierce, in your face, take charge type of girl. In this book it’s like all of that has disappeared and she’s a pretty, pretty princess who is clueless about the world.
Sara Raasch is lucky the last part of the book saved Ice Like Fire from getting a 1 star rating. Yes it’s that bad. Most people won’t admit it but this book was pure misery. It could have been grant and full of greatness but nope it’s about love triangles and a convoluted plot that tries to be twisty and tricky but my ass is too old to fall for the bullshit.
By the way am I the only one to notice how repetitive and predictable the storyline was?
Look the author tried and fail but not many authors can make the second book in the series as great as the first. I will say that Ice Like Fire is nothing more than a big dull build up for the next installment. Hopefully it will be epic.
My verdict is to borrow this book but I know that most readers can’t keep away from a beautiful cover. Just don’t expect to be wow by this story. Don’t expect the same characters you fell in love with. Expect changes……and not in a good way.
P.S. I wrote this review early because it’s not going to be a popular one so I just wanted to get it out of the way.
*I received an e-arc copy in exchange for a honest review. Thank you Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray
It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.
Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans on using the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?
Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Jannuari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken Kingdom and protect them from new threats?
As the web of power and deception is woven tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter but for the world.
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