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review 2018-01-06 16:41
Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

"I grin at his exasperation, but my smile is short lived as the dull edge of his practice sword swipes under my knees."
Miera is a Winterian refugee orphan raised by the general, Sir. She is training to be a warrior alongside her friend and future king, Mather. When she discovers the ancient locket that could restore the magic of the kingdom, she finds herself in a world of evil and danger, and eventually realizes that her destiny has never been her own.
This is the first in a series and my first read by Sara Raasch. It was an interesting page turner that left me excited for the next book in the series, Ice Like Fire.
I would recommend this read to anyone interested in the adventure of life in finding their own destiny.

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review 2017-03-06 02:22
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Audiobook - Audible Download) - Davina Porter,Diana Gabaldon

I almost feel like Claire and Jamie are family.  We have been through a lot together over the years and it seems like things never really get any easier do they?  This was my first time through this book and I went ahead and did the audio instead of reading the paper version.   This was a really long audio.  Too long if I am being honest.  I love Jamie, Claire, Brianna, Roger, and the whole gang but I was really ready to move on to something else by the time I finished this audio.  Don't get me wrong this story is really good and I am glad that I listened to it but it almost exhausted me at a point.

These books are a little different than what you would normally read.  I always tell people that most books deal with a certain problem and have a definite story arc.  Books in the Outlander series are very character driven and they don't focus on any particular plot point.  It is really just all of the things that happen during this period in Jamie, Claire, Brianna, and Roger's lives.  You do need to read this series in order because things from previous books do tend to pop up from time to time.

So much happens in this book.  Like I said, Jamie and Claire feel almost like family so when bad things happen to them, I really tend to feel it.  Bad things do happen in this book.  Things that made me want to cry, things that made me laugh, and things that made me mad.  I do really like how Jamie and Claire's love for each other never wavers and even now that they are older, they still have a very healthy sex life.

Davina Porter does a fabulous job in narrating this book.  The voices and accents that she uses for all of the main characters have remained very consistent over the course of the series.  I find it amazing how well she handles the male voices.  Her Jamie is just perfection.  I like how much emotion really shows in her voice as she reads this story.  I am able to listen to her voice for hours at a time without ever tiring of it.

I would highly recommend this series to others.  This is a series that I plan to revisit from time to time because the characters are so wonderful and the writing is so well done.  I will be continuing with this series in the near future.

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text 2016-09-24 19:29
Reading progress update: I've read 78%.
Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

Wow I am really enjoying this book. Once it gets to the 40% point it really starts to get into they action and adventure. I am so glad I hung in there, can't wait to see how the first book ends.

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text 2016-09-22 23:16
Reading progress update: I've read 22%.
Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

Haven't been able to read this lately so I am taking a couple of days away from books I need to review for book tours that I am Involved with. Hopefully I will have it finished by Saturday, or Sunday at the latest. 


So far it's ok, but I am not far enough in to really know how I feel about the book. 

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review 2016-05-08 04:45
Another great heroine
Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

It hit me recently that almost every YA book I have read, involves some kick-ass heroine. I realized that this is the appeal of YA books to me. Traditional fantasy always had the typical rough and ready manly, man and the women were there to die tragically to cause them main pain, and further their character growth. And there were only two types of women...cackling villain or virginal saint. So boring after a while...especially if you are a woman. So basically...they were written by men, for men.


But here comes YA, were in majority of the them...the girl is The Chosen One. She is the one going on the hero quest, and beating up the bad guys...saving the day! And most importantly...she has a personality....good, bad, whiny, stubborn, rash, brave, loud...whatever...there were all kinds of women being women. I love it all. So when people ask me why I read some much YA...this is the reason. Because in them...girls are allowed to be full people. We get to read ourselves as the hero who saves the world. Growing up...this was missing from the books I read.


All this to say...this book is anther perfect example of what I like about YA as a genre. The heroine is not perfect, you want to smack her a couple times...but she is real. Complicated. Brave, heroic, makes mistakes, and has a full range of emotions. She is everything male characters are allowed to be in books and media. So even when I don't like her...I'm like.."good, more of this!" 


Miera is part of a small group of refuges from the Winter Kingdom, who was defeated and enslaved by the Neighboring Spring Kingdom and their madman of a King. That King also stole their magical conduit, that females Queen and their heirs have used to help their Kingdoms throughout history. In this world 4 Kingdoms control magic through their female lines and 4 through their male. Her group's, that includes the refugee King, mission outside of staying alive, is to find that conduit so they can regain their magic and fight for their kingdom back. There is magic, a bit of romance, good fight scenes, and a big twist. It was a twist I saw coming from the second chapter, but know it was coming still did not take away from the journey of the reader and Meira's journey to discovering it. So over all..I enjoyed this book a great deal. Loved the characters and look forward to more.

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