Books On My Fall TBR | Top 10 Tuesday [11]

Top-10-TuesdayHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Books on My Fall TBR. Can you believe how fast this year has gone by? I can’t believe I’m already making my fall TBR. There are a bunch of new books coming out that I am dying to read and get my hands on. So let’s see what is on my Fall TBR new and old!


10. Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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9. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire


8. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Ice Like Fire


7. The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The Rose Society


6. Fireflight by Brandon Sanderson

Fireflight


5. Court of Fives by Kate Elliot

Court of Fives


4. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Legacy of Kings


3. Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter


2. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows


1. Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Frozen Tides


Well there you have it! The Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR. Are any of these books on your list? Let me know what is down below!!

Until next time,

Sig New

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch | REVIEW

Snow Like AshesSnow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Published by Balzer + Bray on October 14th, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Magic
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

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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.


Snow-Like-Ashes-ReviewSnow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is the first book in the Snow Like Ashes series. It follows the last remaining free citizens of the fallen Winter Kingdom and their journey to resurrect it from the ashes. Let`s see what happens to Meira, Mather, Sir, and Theron on their expansive plans to do so!


Snow-Like-Ashes-Plot-+-WritingWhen the Kingdom of Winter fell at the hands of the Kingdom of Spring and all of it`s citizens were enslaved, only a few lucky ones were able to escape. Now sixteen years later the eight escapees devise plan after plan to reclaim their kingdom and it`s magic. Meira, training to be a soldier and her best friend Mather, the future king of Winter would do anything to get their kingdom back. So when they discover the whereabouts of their kingdom`s magical amulet Meira sets off to retrieve it. things don`t go so well and Meira begins to realize her destiny was not what she thought it was.

Everything was developed perfectly, from the characters to the plot and its history. There was a lot of background knowledge that you pick up on throughout the book and it’s vital to the story that you at least understand the basics, but what’s better is that even with the history of eight kingdoms and their alliances, I never found myself lost or confused.

The writing is beautiful and flows seamlessly. The amount of detail is absolutely insane. It’s incredible. Absolutely stunning. Raasch really hit it out of the park with the way she wrote the story, created the characters, and built the expansive world.


Snow-Like-Ashes-CharactersMeira, being the main character I had a lot of high hopes for a super heroine! Usually when I expect too much I end getting let down, but not this time around. Meira is strong willed, clever, athletic, and not the typical girly girl. Most of this has to do with the way she was brought up by Sir. Being a refugee meant she had to be strong and courageous if she ever thought they would get their kingdom back. No matter what she did throughout the story, not once did I doubt her intentions or face palm at her mistakes. She continuously grows as the novel progresses and learns to accept her new destiny.

Mather, the future king of Winter was another one of my favorite characters in Snow Like Ashes. He was brave, stubborn, and strong willed as well. No matter what happened he would always try to figure a way to fix it. Always optimistic and continuously did what was best for Meira and the rest of the refugees in hopes that one day they would get back their kingdom and his throne.

Theron the dreamy prince of Cordell, one of the Rhythmns Kingdoms. I routed for this guy since he was first introduced in the book. He was lovable, caring and not the asshole that his father is. He doesn’t want to conquer Primoria and take control over the magic from Winter but does everything in his power to help Meira get her kingdom and people back from Spring. As the novel progresses you can’t help but fall head over heels for this guy and his sweet personality. Quite the opposite of his power controlling Father, King Noam. King Noamis ruthless and only thinks of his kingdom and what he can gain from aligning with Winter to get their kingdom back. I only felt true hate for this man and nothing changes as the story goes on.

Then we have the major antagonist, Angra, the king of Spring. If you could think of all the worst qualities and traits a person can have then you pretty much envision Angra. The only words I could use to describe his power hungry ways is EVIL. That’s it. Just complete dark, black clouds of evil. Which doesn’t surprise me that his favorite henchman Herod is a piece of trash of a character. Scary, ruthless, and disgusting. What more could you want from a powerful antagonist such as Angra and his sidekick Herod.

Last but not least we have William (Sir), and Hannah. William is the general in charge of the refugees and the kingdom of Winter. His powerful and courageous leadership is what gives hope to each one of the refugees fighting to get their precious magic and kingdom back from Angra. His sacrifices and hard attitude toward Meira really shows just how much he truly cares for her and everything she will become. And then theirs Hannah, the Queen of Winter who sacrificed her life for the lives of her people. You only meet her through Meira’s dreams and hallucinations. But what we learn of what she did for all her kingdom really shows her true selfless personality. What more could you want from the Queen of you kingdom.


Snow-Like-Ashes-SettingPrimoria is divided into two major regions, The Seasons, and The Rhythms. Then divided into 4 kingdoms in each regions. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter; Cordell, Ventralli, Paisley, and Yakim. So you can imagine how much would have to go into the story to create such a fanatsic world.

All the Season’s of course only experienced one type of weather, where as the Rhythms experienced all our weathered seasons. And in each Season the people that lived there all had specific appearance differences. Such as the Winterians have white hair and blue eyes, and Autumnians having black hair, darker skin, and brown eyes etc. There was so much detail that went into the world building that didn’t give me any trouble trying to envision it inside my own head. Most other stories make me fill in blanks with what I think things look like, where as in Snow Like Ashes everything was very well detailed that there was no confusion.

One other thing I thought was clever was the names of some of the cities in the Season’s kingdoms. Such as Jannuari in the Winter kingdom, Abril in the Spring Kingdom, Oktuber in the Autumn kingdom, etc. Using the months that occur in each season was clever to use as the cities names in each kingdom. Too bad I’m probably the only one that thought that was super cool. Nerd alert.


Snow-Like-Ashes-In-ConclusionSnow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch was everything I could ask for in a fantasy story. The world building, unique kingdom names and of course the impressive cast of characters. I couldn’t have asked for a better first book in this trilogy because it truly makes me want to read more and more of the story. Ahhh… so many unanswered questions by the end and so much untold story. Seriously makes the wait for the next book unbearable.. but totally worth it.

Pick up this book if you haven’t already. You’re missing out on an awesome fantasy read! One of the best I’ve read this year so far.

Until next time,

Sig New


Snow-Like-Ashes-About-the-AuthorSara Raasch

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.

Fictional Cities | Top 5 Wednesday

Top-5-WednesdayHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Fictional Cities.

A good fantasy (sometimes other genres) also comes with a great fictional city! Sometimes it’s a new made up city no one has ever heard before, and other times its a re-imagined already existing city in our world. Nevertheless a ficitional city can make or break a book for me. It all comes down to the mood of the setting that sets the tone for me. So let me show you my 5 favorite fictional cities!


5. Auranos from Falling Kingdoms

City AuranosWho wouldn’t want to live in a Kingdom that is prosperous and where everyone lives a comfortable life? I mean it’s a lot better then the wastelands of Paelsia and the cold arctic climates of Limeros. Am I right?


4. Neverland from Peter Pan and Wendy

City Neverland“Hi Peter Pan, it’s me Jesse. I was just wondering when you were going to come visit me in my window and take me off to Neverland with you. I’m quite frankly tired of being an adult and would love to stop aging.” That’s how I feel right now.


3. Palisade from Rat Queens

City PalisadeQuite frankly Palisade may not be the best place to live. But at least it will be a non stop party every night and day with the Rat Queens living it up there! I secretly want to join them on their escapades!


2. Newcago from Steelheart

City NewcagoYES YES YES. A city run by villain Epics with awesome powers?? I would either want to be said Epic or at least be apart of the Reckoners and hunt them down! Steelheart isn’t that bad of a mayor right?


1. Kingdom of Autumn from Snow Like Ashes

City Kingdom of Autumn“Doo doo doo doo doo” *whistles as I walk* Just casually strolling through my favorite city. I would freaking love to live in perpetual Autumn forever. My favorite season of course. Never too hot, never too cold. And look at all the pretty colors!!


Well there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. If only I could live in these worlds! So much more exciting then the one I live!

Until next time,

Sig New

Fantasy 101 | Top 10 Tuesday [7]

Top-10-TuesdayHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Fantasy 101 Books. I racked my brain hard this week to come up with a 101 syllabus for this weeks topic. Try as hard as I might, I couldn’t come up with one that is creative, so I went with the generic one. Honeslty though, if they actually taught this one when I was in University, I most likely would have taken and aced it! Maybe not aced it, but I would have actually enjoyed attending it!

Here are some NEW and some OLD and I decided to use three words to sum up the story:


10. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red RisingLeadership. Bravery. Vengeance.

9. Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh

Lark RisingMythical. Journey. Guardians.

8. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young ElitesPower. Anti-Hero. Acceptance.

7. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like AshesRedemption. War. Hope.

6. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of DeceptionTruth. Mystery. Seeking.

5. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan QueenRevenge. Righteousness. Vigilante.

4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass

Demons. Family. Forbidden Love.

3. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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Magic. Prophecy. Power.

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass Crown of Midnight Heir of Fire

Assassin. Truth Seeking. Journey.

1. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms Rebel Spring Gathering Darkness

War. Magic. Death.

Well there you have it. The Top 10 Fantasy 101 Books. Let me know what you guys think of my list and share with me which authors are on your auto-buy list!

Until next time,

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Story Maps | Top 5 Wednesday [#5]

TOP5WEDNESDAYHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Story Maps.

A good fantasy always has an epic map to help you along the journey of reading! I can attest to getting lost numerous times reading some great YA fantasy books and if it wasn’t for the maps at the front of the novel I would cry. Literally.

So let’s jump right in!


5. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Map5 Snow like ashesI love this map for a lot of different reasons. One of the major ones is how it gets split up into different seasons. It was one of my favorite parts of the story too. I can’t wait to get to explore the rest of the map in book 2 coming out this fall!


4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Map4 Throne of GlassBy golly does this series ever travel through this great map. I would honestly be lost without it. Even now I still can never figure out where all the places are located! Such a grand landscape.


3. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Map3 The Young ElitesThis map is vastly covered with water. I hope this means that there will be a lot of boat traveling to come! I’m in the mood for some pirate action.


2. Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Map2 Kiss of DeceptionLook at the details in this one! Absolutely stunning. I can’t take my eyes off of how pretty it looks. Makes me wish I was apart of this world!


1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Map1 Shadow and BoneI honestly can not wait to get into this read because of the map! It looks like there is a tear in the middle of it. So cool!


Well there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. If only I could live in these worlds! So much more exciting then the one I live!