My third August read was Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. I think I've literally owned this book for over a year, and I've seen it on just about everyone's shelves, but for whatever reason never really heard it calling my name. However, it's in my summer reading pile so it demanded to be read.
First up, I actually really liked Meira. I liked the idea of these four Season kingdoms and the Winter kingdom already having been destroyed and only a handful of refugees currently alive. That made for a really cool set up from the get-go. I also really didn't like Mather. He had everything the boy-who-doesn't-work-out should have and I spotted that one a mile away.
This book's biggest advantage was the EPIC plot twists. I didn't see any of it coming so I'll do my best not to spoil them here. Just when I felt like I had a grip on where things were going, BAM, they'd take a hard left turn and go somewhere else. This had the awesome effect of keeping me on my toes. It had the unpleasant effect of making me feel like I wasted my time reading about a lot of stuff that ultimately didn't really matter. It's a double-edged sword.
My other main gripe was the relatively elementary naming system. The capitals of the Season kingdoms were misspelled names of months that occur during that season. Really? The author wrote a note saying this book was originally conceptualized when she was a child (twelve, I believe). While I love the idea of a child's story carrying through to such a massive success, I wish someone would have mentioned that the names don't hold their weight.
On the whole, this was an enjoyable read that didn't make me groan with bad writing, flimsy characters, or cliche conflicts. I'll definitely be checking out the rest of the series in the near future.
My next book is Rebel in the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. (Yes, I have this weird cover version...) Have you read it?