Thursday, 15 September 2016

Frost Like Night: Review & Giveaway



Title: Frost Like Night (#3)
Author: Sara Raasch
Pub. Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Harper360
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe. Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defences, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach. Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

I always struggle so hard with finale books and put them off, there are just always so many expectations and hopes riding on it. You want the finale to be utterly satisfying, one that answers all your questions and leave you feeling happy with how it all ended. A bad finale can completely ruin a series (*cough* Allegiant), and an amazing one means it solidifies that series as one of your favourites, one you recommend over and over again. I was really nervous going into this one, as I had enjoyed book one but felt the second suffered from the oh so common second-book-syndrome. I knew that the finale of this was going to make or break this series for me and I am so happy to say that it made it for me.

This finale was exactly what I needed it to be. There was so much action in this book, more than the first two books combined. The pace, and pace is very important to me, was perfect and I found myself unable to put this book down. This book also gave us a new POV, as we get Meira and Mather, as well as finally getting Ceridwen's POV. I absolutely loved that, as she quickly became my favourite character and was so happy Raasch chose to give her a POV in this one.

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Something I especially loved about this book was the character growth that we see Meira go through. She is getting more confident in her role of Queen, and the role she will need to play in order to destroy Angra. She is learning to use her power, to control it in a way she hasn't been able to before. I really came to like her character and connect with her in a way I hadn't been able to in the first two books. I have to comment on the romances in this book, as we still managed to have some adorable moments during all the action and bloodshed. I have had my ship from the beginning and felt quite confident in it. I was so happy with the romance in this book, both the main romances in fact. They were utterly adorable and great relief at times, as this book has a lot of twists, turns and shocks.

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Me the whole time I was reading this book!
I really feel like this was the best book in the whole series, it is definitely my favourite of the three. It was just so perfectly balanced. It had all of the action that you could want, but then also found time to have those slow moments with characters where you can really connect with them, where you come and care for them so much. This book got me so invested in the characters and I got so scared to continue because I didn't want anything to happen to them, and I couldn't trust that they'd all make it out of this alive. This was an action-packed book and I absolutely flew through it, I just couldn't seem to put it down.

The only reason it didn't get a perfect rating was because I felt the ending was a little too predictable. I would have given it a much higher rating if I hadn't guessed how it would end, or if there had been a bit of a shock to the ending. I had another idea for how the series might have ended and a little part of me wished that it had gone that way. By the end of the book though, I was really satisfied with the conclusion and where my favourite characters ended up and I am glad the book ended how it did.

4/5 Butterflies

I felt this was a fantastic conclusion to this series and I don't think any fans of the series will be disappointed. It had action, twists, and romance; we see favourite characters grow and change in the best possible way. This book made me laugh, it made me tear up quite a lot and it had me hyperventilating as I worried so much for the characters. If you loved the first two books then you definitely don't want to miss the finale, it is an epic conclusion to a fascinating fantasy series.


Sorting TOG Characters Into SLA Kingdoms

For a little bit of fun, as part of the Harper 360 blog tour, I have sorted three of my favourite Throne of Glass characters into the Kingdoms they would be in. I have gone for Throne of Glass characters as I am still making my way through Empire of Storms.

Celaena Sardothien - She would be in Winter, with her white blonde hair and blue eyes!

Chaol Westfall - I think Chaol would be in Cordell, as they are known for their brown eyes and brown hair.

Nehemia Ytger -Nehemia would find herself in Autumn, which sounds beautiful!



Title: Ice Like Fire (#2)
Author: Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Pages: 479
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
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.

Title: Snow Like Ashes (#1)
Author: Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Pages: 432
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

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.
About Sara:
Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray, and the sequel, ICE LIKE FIRE, comes out October 13, 2015. Neither features her hand-drawn pictures.
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