This is the story of a country where there are provinces named after each season but several years ago, the Winterians were sabotaged and ambushed by their neighbour territorials and only eight of them got away. A handful of this eight is Meira, a girl who's only known despair for her years growing up and wanting to be a warrior. There's also Sir, aka William, the commander of the remaining Witnerians, and Mather, Meira's best friend since childhood and the prince. Well, here's the thing: Spring, the territory, has kept this locket that has stolen the magic of their land and they need to find a way to steal it back while it might end up loose, and Meira is not going to object to do this, if Sir lets her. And if she does end up with this locket, whatever will happen to her kind can't be worse. Right?
Now, there's a love triangle in this book, and love triangles are my "guilty pleasure" sort of storyline. As time goes on with this love triangle alive and breathing, sometimes we really root for the girl, sometimes we beg for her to just make up her mind. And I say "she" and "her" because so far I've only read the girl trying to pick which boy. And sometimes the girl ends up with the wrong choice (Shatter Me) and sometimes it's obvious who you should get (The Taking) but there are other times like The Selection where it really gets tricky. Snow Like Ashes inherits some of that right one. The Selection was an addicting series. I devoured it and somehow the love triangle helped. In this case, both boys aren't flawless but both of them are good people.
Sara Raasch also did very well putting Meira in a place where she was justified in being enraged and maybe even throwing some fits. I won't spoil anything, but Meira does end up feeling used on one occasion, and she also discovers something that causes, to put it plainly, a tornado of riots. And the book starts off very early as a pretty fair thrill ride, which made me turning pages as easy as pie from the oven on Winter.
Now, this isn't the most memorable book in the world, and there is a time when the book tries to change itself into an escape story. It tries, but comes nowhere near as close to perfect as Alexander Gordon Smith and Victoria Aveyard do when it comes to describing and feeling imprisonment. And I didn't fall in love with the series to a point where I was so desperate to find out what happens next, but Ice Like Fire is ready for my bookshelf when I wanted. But if I ever wanted to skim-read this book again before I read Ice Like Fire to remember a few things, I know it'll be a good time. If you're in a slump and want something that won't feel like a chore to get through, Snow Like Ashes is one of my best recommendations for this year.
I feel like if Sara Raasch continues this series the way she started off, this could be the book series I wanted Shatter Me to be. Snow Like Ashes is not the most memorable book ever, but it is still effortlessly enjoyable, blends action and drama with very good equity, and just has some good characters.