Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch Review 

Synopsis – 

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.

Review – 

 On some small level this book resembles the Throne of Glass series, because the main character, Meira reminds me of Celena due to her badass fighting skills and girly moments. Aside from that I have to say that Snow Like Ashes had a bit of everything – the struggle of a young monarch who’s parents have passed away, too the oh so cruel antagonist and ofcourse a touch of magic and a fierce heroine to save the day. 

The story centers on the remaining eight Winterians, which in simple terms are the last people of the Winter kingdom. Among these eight survivors are two leading characters: Mather, the future king of Winter, and Meira, a warrior girl who also happens to be the heroine. Sixteen years ago, Winter was shattered by an attack from the Spring kingdom, ruled by an evil man named Angra who uses his magic to insulate the Wintarians. Each kingdom’s Royal conduit, the land’s source of magic can help in any aspect of life be it strength of an army, helping with the growth of vegetation and much more. 

I’d describe Meira as a mix of Celaena and America Singer. She has a certain childish demeanour about her which reminds me of America.  She is definitely independent, however this a trait that turns into stubbornness and impulsive. Link that with the fact that she’s fierce, witty and sarcastic  and you may get where I’m coming from with this. The character-development was incredible as throughout the novel you see her transform from a child into an incredibly brave young woman. 

Yes, yes there is the dreaded love triangle however the great news is that It isn’t the epicentre of the novel. Meira believes that she loves Marther, however as the novel progresses she comes to understand that she simply did not know anyone else, and therefore felt a strong attraction to him. She still loves him, but more as a friend that a potential boyfriend or husband. Now Theron is perfection, but I won’t mention much about that because you should all go and read this book and fall in love with his… I mean the book’s…perfection.

The world building was great. I have to admit that it does take quite a while to get used to the world, because it is so unique. I would suggest reading some reviews to get a clearer understanding of the world, however the novel does focus on Spring, Winter, Cordell and occasionally mentioning Autumn. All you really need to know is that their are 8 kingdoms, 4 of the Seasons and 4 of the Rhythm.

Goodreads rating – 4,04/5 stars 

My rating – 4,5/5 stars

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The Institute by Kayla Howarth 

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
I found most of the characters in this book rather annoying at times, but overall they were ok. The beginning of the book was a little confusing with the whole accident and what relevance it had to the story. I liked Allies for the majority of the time, however sometimes she seemed a little whiny. The whole insta-love thing is overused, and to be honest who falls in love after a fatal car accident? It was obvious that Drew was not to be trusted, I mean why would he insist that Allira had to go to school on the day they had to go to the Institute? That’s when I got suspicious of him. Tate and Chad were amazing and the highlight of the book, but once again the insta-love with Chad was predictable. I only started liking Allira when she finally hated Drew later on in the book. Drew was just fake and a liar in my opinion, but his character was presented well. The ending should have been shocking or a cliffhanger but it was kind of predictable. Overall it was a good book and I would like to read the second one.  
I gave it a 3 out 5 stars.