Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Top Ten Books I Haven't Read in the Fantasy Genre

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week I'm talking about the top ten books I haven't read in the YA fantasy genre!
1. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
This technically may be considered paranormal...I have always meant to read the series, but I never have.
2. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Yes, I have still not read Eragon...but I seriously need to!
3. Lirael, Abhorsen, and Clariel by Garth Nix
I read SABRIEL by Garth Nix a few years ago, and I absolutely loved it! I have no idea why I didn't read the rest of the series...
4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
No, I haven't read this series yet. Don't judge me!
5. The Wind Singer by William Nicholson
This book looks so freaking cool...I just haven't read it yet.
6. The Naming by Alison Croggon
I bought all of the books a few years back. I seriously need to read them!
7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Some of my friends recommended this to me a while back, but I have yet to read it.
8. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
This book looks extremely badass. I can't wait to read it!
9. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
AHHH another series I have but I haven't read!
10. The Cry of Icemark by Stuart Hill
Yet another series I bought a while back...but I haven't read it yet
What's on your top ten?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch: Review

RATING: 5/5 stars!
Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Source: Gifted
Release date: October 14, 2014
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
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.


First off, I need to apologize for my leave of absence from the blog. I have been in the absolute worst reading slump lately, and I only read a grand total of 4 books this month. It's not that the books are bad, it's just that I have had no desire to read. But this book helped to change that.

I received this book as a gift, and oh my goodness did I love it. The uniqueness of the world and the feistiness of the main character both made the book for me. While I found the world slightly confusing at first, the map at the beginning helped me make more sense of it.  As the story went on, more and more was explained and revealed and it was AMAZING! I want to live there so bad!

Meira was an absolutely fantastic protagonist. She was strong, but still flawed enough that she felt real. The love interests (yes, there is a love triangle) were both EXTREMELY attractive, and very swoon-worthy. For the first time, I don't think I'm even on a team. I don't care who she chooses! They're both fantastic!

To sum it all up, SNOW LIKE ASHES was an amazing debut novel. I highly recommend reading it!

CONTENT: Some making out, and I honestly can't remember any swearing. Lots of violence though, with moderate details.