Ice Like Fire

Zoe N. | October 6, 2015 | Review

Ice Like Fire

Ice Like Fire

by Sara Raasch

Series: "Snow Like Ashes" #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: October 13th, 2015
by Bazler + Bray

two-half-stars

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Summary:

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. 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?

Review:

With its wonderful characters & fabulous romance, Snow Like Ashes became one of my favorite reads of 2014. Unfortunately, I was disappointed to find that its sequel, Ice Like Fire, didn’t quite live up to its wonderfulness.

The book starts off where Snow Like Ashes ends: with the revelation that Meira is the true Queen of Winter. When some miners discover Primoria’s lost chasm of magic, Meira realizes how dangerous the chasm is, so she sets on a journey across Primoria to prevent it from opening.

Where Snow Like Ashes is filled with wonderfully written nonstop action, Ice Like Fire felt a bit dull in comparison. It didn’t have nearly the same amount of breathtaking action scenes that its predecessor did. The entire story consists of Meira traveling around Primoria, searching for ways to close the chasm. There really isn’t any additional action or conflict besides that, and I felt a bit bored as a result.

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Meira is still a strong heroine here, but I honestly can’t say I like her here as much as I did in Snow Like Ashes. She’s more impulsive and indecisive, and isn’t as brave and kickass as she was in the first book. However, I still enjoyed following her and watching her harness and discover her powers.

Despite the relatively slow pacing, I still am excited to see what Sarah Raasch has in mind for the last book of the trilogy. If the ending has any indication, it’s sure to be absolutely incredible.

two-half-stars

42 comments

  1. I didn’t much enjoy Snow Like Ashes (unlike 98% of the blogosphere), so I’ll be steering clear of this one. I’ve heard mostly bad things about it so far, and I don’t like Meira in the first place, so I probably wouldn’t be able to deal with her getting any worse… Great review, though! <3

  2. OMG NOOOOOOOO. I loved book one!! (Which surprises exactly no one since you liked it too. 😉 But books where the plot is JUST travel and no excitement just feel like eating dry cereal. I am sad here. VERY SAD. I think I’ll still try it because I want to see where this trilogy goes but waaaaah. *lowers expectations*

    1. I KNOW, I KNOW. It’s such a shame because Snow Like Ashes was so incredible. 🙁 I’d definitely say read it, but don’t keep your expectations too high.

  3. Oh noes Zoe. I loved Snow Like Ashes as well and was really looking forward to this one being released too. It sounds like it’s fallen prey to middle book syndrome, where it all seems to slow down and then build up to make you excited for the conclusion. She basically just sounds like she’s walking around for 500 odd pages, looking for a solution. I’m not as excited to read this one now. I don’t do well with slow pacing and lacking storylines. Sorry you were so disappointed by this one Zoe, I really hope the series picks up again for the finale. Awesome review nonetheless <3 <3

    1. It really is a shame Kelly, because Snow Like Ashes was so incredible. 🙁 Definitely read it, but I’d recommend readjusting your expectations a bit.

  4. I agree! It was definitely got as good as the first. I was so bored in the beginning, and I felt like there were so many random names and places that I could not keep them all straight! I also definitely want to read the third book, but this one was kind of a letdown. Sorry you felt the same 🙁

    1. I’m glad to hear I wasn’t the only one who felt this way Shannon. The twist at the end gives me hope for the 3rd book though. 😉

  5. Urgh. What a disappointment. I find this happens a lot with second books. Sometimes they act as a filler, in a way. I actually wasn’t a massive fan of the first book. At least not like everyone else. I really wasn’t sure if I should continue on with the series. I think you’re leading me towards the not continuing side.

  6. I was so disappointed with this book, too. It felt like NOTHING was achieved. Definitely a victim of the second book syndrome >:( Imagine, at least in the first book a conflict was resolved, here there’s a new conflict and the book ends before we even get to any substantial progress. Ugh, I rated this lowly, too 🙁 It was just so boring 🙁

    Faye at The Social Potato

  7. Awww. So sorry to see this one was a disappointment for you. I honestly didn’t finish Snow like Ashes. I started the audio, but just wasn’t in the mood for it at that time. I guess it’s not any big loss since book 2 didn’t meet your expectations. I have a hard time getting into series unless I really think I’m going to love them all. I feel too much pressure to stick with all of the series that are out now. I think it’s fair to say that this is one I will be skipping. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it more, Zoe. *hugs*

    1. If you weren’t able to get into the first book, then yeah, this probably isn’t for you Lisa. 🙁 Thank you for your kind words though!

  8. Oh my gosh. I read this such a long time ago, I’ve completely spaced out on names and happenings! But YES Snow like ashes was absolutely to DIE FOR! I remember loving it to bits and pieces. Its so sad this one didn’t quite live up to it’s predecessor 🙁 Looks like it succumbed to second book bridge only nothing else remotely interesting syndrome.

  9. Unfortunately, I put down Snow Like Ashes because I found it boring and the protagonist felt very bland to me. I did stop around pg. 50 or so though…maybe I’ll give it another whirl especially since you loved that book.

  10. OMG I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE. A 100x yes to this review. This book suffered the middle book slump something bad. Literally nothing happens, just Meira and Mather talking ad nauseum about their feelings?! IT WAS SO BORING. Plus I love Theron and this book was an absolute slap in the face 🙁

    1. I COMPLETELY AGREE AENTEE. And no, you are definitely not the only one who felt that way. What happened to the action and the wonderful romance and politics from the first book? 🙁

  11. Ahh, I couldn’t read your whole review yet because I’m just about to read Snow Like Ashes, but it’s such a shame that you didn’t like it – it always sucks when you love the first one so much.Great review and nice blog! 🙂

    1. It really does stink when a followup doesn’t meet your expectations. 🙁 I’m curious to see what you think of Snow Like Ashes though Anissa! xD And thank you – that means a lot! <3

  12. Totally agree with you! I’m actually DNFing this book because it’s sooo. slowww. I’m at the part where they travel to Summer and I can’t. It’s suffering from Second Book Syndrome. 🙁

    Great review, Zoe!

    1. It’s really a shame, because the first book is incredible. 🙁 And I’m really hoping that’s the case – especially because the ending has a lot of promise to it.

  13. I have had a lot of people feeling a bit disappointed with how things went down in this book, so I get the impression that it mus have a serious case of second book syndrome which is a huge shame. I hope the final book will be a lot better and more interesting for you…

    1. It’s really a shame, because the first book is incredible. 🙁 And I’m really hoping that’s the case – especially because the ending has a lot of promise to it. Thanks Olivia!

  14. Oh no! I’m so sorry this was a disappointment for you. I love Snow Like Ashes too, and can’t wait for my pre order of Ice Like Fire to come next month. I really hope I enjoy this one, but you’re not the first person I’ve seen who was disappointed. It seems to have fallen into the sophomore slump category, hasn’t it?

    Sophie @ Sophie Reads YA

  15. I found it hard, as there were aspects of this that I enjoyed more than book one. But others I didn’t. Book one definitely had more action. But book one was so predictable as well. I guessed almost from the first page that Meira was the Queen. As soon as you hear that they were the same age and that the female line got the powers. I was shaking my head haha. But, yeah, the second book just didn’t have anywhere near as much action! A lot of talk and politics and that was about it. I’m still curious about the third book though.

    1. I guessed that twist too, but, oddly enough, it didn’t really deter from my enjoyment of the story. And yeah, it seemed to be the action that was missing from here unfortunately. 🙁

  16. I felt exactly the same way about this one, Zoe! Snow Like Ashes is one of my favourite books of all time and I’m so disappointed that Ice Like Fire didn’t live up to its potential. Like you, I thought it was really dull with not much action. I enjoyed learning more about the kingdoms but that was pretty much all I liked about the book. I’m also sad that there was such a big character change in Theron. He was one of my top book boyfriends T_T *devastated*

    1. So sorry to hear you felt the same way Jenna. 🙁 I missed the action and the romantic barter as well. Hopefully the 3rd book is as good as the 1st!

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