Book Review:Snow Like Ashes

Snow Like Ashes

Rating25 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Series: Snow Like Ashes
Genre: YA | High Fantasy | Dystopia
Pages: 416
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: “Block!”

Blurb from Goodreads: 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.

Review

The cover is what sold this for me. The blurb didn’t really sell it, though it sounded interesting. I just loved the cover.

I had this book on audible, and at first I hated that I wasted my one monthly credit on this book. I thought it was boring and I thought was going to hate it the whole way through. But I stuck to it for a few days and got to a point where they was no going back. I loved this book so much! It was such a thrill to read.

I had some things figured out before the end of the book, but I promise this book is just full of surprises. The world is something amazing and I still haven’t exactly figured it all out. I hope that the next book helps that a little bit.

As with any main character, Meira becomes such a stronger female lead by the end of the book. She starts off a little whiney and she is always complaining about something. Then when she is given a chance to help her people in some small part, she grumbles because it’s not how she wanted to be of use. Of course, in the situation I am referring to, I wouldn’t be too happy about it either, but if it were for my own kingdom, I would suck it up and do what I needed to do.

Then again, had Meira been the type to take what she has been told to do and never question anything, this story could have gone in a completely different way.

By time I got to the end of the story I worried that there wouldn’t be much for the next books to really cover, like it would just be pointless for the next book in the series. But this book ended in a way that you have a solid ending, but open enough that you can look forward to the next book. (Which I will be listening to next month).

Over all, this was a great book to read. The beginning is a bit boring, but once you get through the world building part and into the real meat of the story, things get better. It was very intense at times as well, wondering who was going to break first and who would be the one to save them all. Things didn’t happen like I expected them to, but I love how it all worked together. I cannot wait to move on to the next book and watch this story progress.

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Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

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5 Nerd Girl Rating

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Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 10th 2015
Series: Red Queen
Genre: Fantasy/YA/Fiction/Dystopia
Pages: 383
Publisher: Orion
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: I hate first Friday. It makes the village crowded, and now, in the heat of high summer, that’s the last thing anyone wants.

Synopsis:  Mare is a red. She lives in the Stilts and her family is basically poor. She steals from others to provide for her family before she is old enough to be forced into the war with her three older brothers.

After an encounter with a stranger, she finds herself a slave to the palace. She quickly finds out that the stranger she met the night before is the Silver Prince. That same day she finds that she has powers like the Silvers, but her blood is still red. Because her powers have been displayed among great names of the Silver world, the queen makes up a story that Mare is a long lost daughter of a dead war hero.

Mare has saved her brothers from war, along with her best friend. But it all comes at a price. Now Mare must pretend to be a Silver and her life depends on her acting skills.

Review: My first thought when I finished this book was OMG! Seriously, there are things that hit you in this book that you never see coming. Don’t worry, I won’t ruin it for you, but I will tell you to be ready for several twist in the story. Just when you think you know what is going on…you realize you had no idea. This was an amazing story and I have high hopes for this author. I just wish that the next book was coming out soon.

From the beginning you are taken by this story. You want to know more. You want to know what is going to happen to Mare, how is she going to get out of her predicament. I was angry at the way Reds were treated and how Silvers sat around like nothing bad ever happened in the world. Then, I felt sorry for the Silvers because you soon find out that it’s not as carefree in their world as you thought.

And then…there is Cal. The wonderful, beautiful, kind, Silver Prince. Who doesn’t love a prince?

 Conclusion:

If you have this sitting on your bookself right now…pick it up and read it. Waste no more time, wait no longer, get that book and start reading it tonight. You will love every second of it, even the parts that make you so mad you can see straight. Warning: do not read this in public because you might squeal a few times! Believe me, I had to contain myself while sitting on the beach…

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Book Review: The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds is a book by Alexandra Bracken.  Click here to see her website.

I read this book some time last year and sat it on my bookshelf to collect dust.  I really loved it the first time I read it, but I have just recently allowed myself the habit of re-reading a book.  I found out that the second book of the series was out, so I had to refresh my memory.  I pulled it off myself, dusted it off, and dove in head first.  The story is fantastic and I read the book in 3 days.

About the Book
The main character is Ruby and we first meet her in a camp with several other kids.  Something has happened to the kids of the U.S.  They have either died of a mysterious illness or developed supernatural powers.  There are five different types of powers.  Blues can move things with their mind, Greens are super smart and figure out puzzles in a snap, Yellows have some kind of electric power, Reds create and play with fire, and Oranges can manipulate minds of people around them.

The parents and other adults decide that these kids, the ones that lived, are a danger and ship them off to camps to be “fixed.”  The president of the U.S. tells these parents and adults that the camps will help fix their kids and the kids will be sent back home.  He even proves that there is success in the camps by parading his “reformed” son around the country.  Unfortunately, 6 years later no a single child has made it out of the camps “reformed.” Ruby was sent to the camps when she was only 10 years old.

Ruby notices that in her own camp the Reds, Yellows, and Oranges have disappeared.  She fears, like everyone, that they have been killed.  Of course, what else are you supposed to believe when the camp is such a horrible place?  The camp is full of adults (PSFs) with noise machines that only effect the kids and their rude hate for kids who did not ask for the powers they have.

Ruby is finally rescued by a kind woman who pretty much promises her the world.  All she has to do is join the League of Children.   Ruby gets an odd feeling about the woman carting her away and escapes the first moment she is able.  Once she escapes the League people she instantly bumps into a group of kids; Liam(Blue), Chubs(?? I can’t remember for some reason), and Zu(Yellow).  A small group that has escaped from their own camp thanks to Liam.

Warning, Spoilers ahead!
Ruby takes off with this new group in the search for a kid they call the Slip Kid.  Evidently this kid has evaded everyone that has tried to capture him.

We also learn at this point that Liam was once part of the League and doesn’t approve of them.  He says that they use kids to do their dirty work, they teach kids to kill.  So they are now running from PSF’s (guards from the camps), League, as well as Skip Tracers.  Skip Tracers are the people that track the run away kids, or the kids that have been in hiding all this time, and turn them in to the camps for the reward money.

Ruby is an Orange.  She can control peoples minds, but she has been hiding it for the past 6 years.  Everyone things she is Green.  Eventually, her group gets into some trouble and she has to reveal to them what she really is.  She waits for them to shun her and throw her away, but the accept her and only get a tad bit mad she lied.

They find the Slip Kid and he has set up this wonderful camp where kids are safe.  He is also the presidents son!  And one more thing, he is an Orange just like Ruby.  He takes a sudden liking to Ruby, but plays it off that he is just interested in the fact that they may be the last Orange kids.  Clancy (slip kid), pulls some act on Ruby and controls her mind.  Liam finds out and they decide to head out, but this was after Zu left to go to California with her cousin.

All heck breaks loose.  Clancy, the little prick, has informed someone of where they are and the PSF’s come in after all the kids there.  Some kids escape while most are captured.  Ruby, Liam, and Chubs being among the lucky to escape.

They set out to deliver a letter to a dead friends dad (which was their whole purpose of finding the slip kid to help find this kids dad)  The dad doesn’t like what the letter says and shoots Chubs.  In a panic to save her friend, Ruby alerts the League.  They swoop in to save the day, but no one knows if Chubs actually survived.

Ruby and Liam are taken into the League.  The League wants Ruby to stay and won’t let her leave.  To save Liam (remember he doesn’t like the League) she erases his memory and sets him free.

My Thoughts
I loved this book.  Like I said, I read it in 3 days.  I devoured every word and every page.  I was rooting for Ruby and Liam the whole way through and I hated Ruby for erasing the only happiness Liam had.  Why would you do that?  Not only did she erase herself from his memory, but she made him forget that Chubs had been shot.

I was left with so many emotions when I finished this book.  I wanted to cry, scream, and find Ruby to yell at her for what she did.

It’s crazy to think about how the world could change if all the children where feared, shipped off to camps, or died of some mysterious illness.  Could you imagine how boring life would be?  In the book, the world crumbled up under everyone without kids.  Parents were depressed not knowing how their kids where.  The government crashes because the president makes some stupid law to keep himself in office.  People start going hungry and become homeless and unemployed.  The U.S. becomes shut to the rest of the world.  The world fell apart because of all the efforts to put away the “danger.”

Overall, this book was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone.