Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

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It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

(You can check out my review of Snow Like Ashes here)

WHY did I wait so long to read this gorgeous book?! I loved Snow Like Ashes, yet I didn’t buy Ice Like Fire when it first came out. I bought it in January and STILL put it off and didn’t start it until March. I regret that so much, and I know I’m going to be preordering Frost Like Night so I can have it as soon as it comes out.

So I read a couple reviews of the book on Goodreads and I was very surprised to see so many negative reviews! I mean, I can slightly understand why they don’t like the book, but I can’t understand WHY they don’t like the book?!

So I absolutely loved the character development in the first novel, and I felt this one really lacked that. I mean, I guess you got to know Meira a little more, and you got to know her thoughts and struggles about being herself or being a queen. But, other than that I felt a lack of character development. I also felt an increase in characters. It had been awhile since I read Snow Like Ashes, but I still remembered a good chunk of it and I didn’t feel like re-reading it. But I totally forgot who like half the characters were! Some that were minor in the first book became major in this one. I eventually got all the characters straightened out (I think), but I totally recommend, if its your first time reading the series, to read them both back to back so you don’t forget anyone!

But the characters were quite possibly my favorite part of the whole book! Since the beginning, I’ve taken an immediate liking to Meira and Theron (OTP), and they’ve still stayed my favorite characters through the series!

I did love how this book was interesting from beginning to end. I was really looking for a book to grab me out of my mini-slump I was in, and this one did just that! It hooked me from beginning to end. It was full of action and really set the scene for what will hopefully be an epic finale. September 20th (Frost Like Night’s release date) can’t come soon enough!

I also love how quotable this series is. Seriously. So many of my favorite book quotes come from this series!! Here’s a few:

“That’s why literature is so fascinating. It’s always up for interpretation, and could be a hundred different things for a hundred different people. It’s never the same thing twice.” -Snow Like Ashes

“Even the strongest blizzard starts with a single snowflake.” -Snow Like Ashes

“Loving her was easy, a skill he had picked up methodically until one day he did it without thought.” -Ice Like Fire

As for cleanliness… It wasn’t too bad. The language was a little more than in the first book (especially with Mather), but it wasn’t overwhelming. The sexual content has still stayed surprisingly low, and I’m really happy about that. This is one of the cleanest YA fantasy-type series I’ve ever read, and it makes me very happy to see YA books that aren’t filled with inappropriate content.

Have you read Ice Like Fire? Do you plan on it? Let me know in the comments below!

-Lilian-

 

 

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