My rating: 4.75 of 5 stars
Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.
Why in the world was this book at the bottom of my TBR??? I would’ve read it sooner had I known it would be this freakin’ good. I admit it was off to a very slow start because of the meticulous process of world building, but thank heavens it somehow evolved into this exhilarating ride of plot twists that kept me hanging on the edge of my seat. Honestly, there were moments when I was jadedly sure where the story was going. However, I assure you that these moments were soon followed by gasps of surprise and claps of amazement. I’m so glad I was peer pressured by BookTube to read this book.
Snow Like Ashes had quite a number of virtues worthy of discussion, but I was especially fond of its characters, Meira and Prince Theron in particular. Meira was basically a great heroine in the making who did all in her power to emancipate her kingdom, while Prince Theron was a charming bookworm/intellectual who refused to follow the crooked footsteps of his insufferable father. Both of these protagonists were admirable and relatable in their own unique ways.
Furthermore, I must say that Meira and Prince Theron are the perfect couple. Hahaha. I guess I was VERY biased because their relationship was so Selection-like. Seriously, they reminded me a lot of America and Prince Maxon (#Maxerica). I don’t want to spoil anyone, so all I can say is that Meira and Prince Theron’s interactions were so witty, innocent and delightful.
Overall, with the exception of its dragging beginning, Snow Like Ashes was an excellent addition to the YA fantasy genre. It had a vividly detailed setting, a grin-worthy cast of characters, and more plot twists that I could ask for in a single novel. With that in mind, I definitely look forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy. 🙂