Behind My New Obsession:
I love love love Snow Likes Ashes by Sara Raash. Sara Raash is amazing author and she’s an awesome person. I haven’t read a book that caused me to have the feels so much since City of Bones. I just had to get an interview form Sara to ease my nerves for the wait for * Drum Roll Please * Ice Like Fire. Here’s the scoop from Sara Raash herself.
Title: Ice Like Fire
Author: Sara Raash
Series: Snow Like Ashes #2
Genre: Dystopia & Fantasy
Publication Date: October 13th, 2015
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.
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Gracie: I think Snow Like Ashes is so unqie how did you come up with it?
Sara: I was in my pre-teens when I first started writing it, so alas, I don’t remember exactly where I got the idea! I just remember wanting to write a book where “winter” was seen as the good guys.
G: How did you come up with the names for each charater?
S: Usually, their names depended on what kingdom they were from, to fit the cultural feels of their homeland. For instance, in ICE LIKE FIRE, we get to visit Ventralli, a kingdom with a lot of Italian influences—thus, all the characters have names that fit that feel.
G: Who was your favortie charter in the book?
S: Well, Meira, obviously! Aside from Meira though, I always have a soft spot for Ceridwen—she’s like Meira, only . . . angrier.
G: Which charater was the most fun to write?
S: Probably Ceridwen, for the reason above—she’s just so passionate, it’s fun to see what she’ll do!
G: Would you live in your book world? If you would which kingdom would you live in?
S: I think I would! Probably the Autumn Kingdom. Eternal Autumn sounds pretty nice!
G: For the most important question that I think we are dying to know, are you team Mather or team Theron?
S: Haha! zips lips
G: What is your proccess when your writing?
S: I usually write in the morning in my office, then do marketing stuffs in the afternoon.
G: What would be Meira theme song if she had a tv show?
S: Titanium by David Guetta & Sia
G: What can we expect from Ice Like Fire?
S: MORE. More characters, more kingdoms, more politics, more magic!
G: Which cover do you like better Snow Like Ashes or Ice Like Fire? And why?
S: They’re both utterly gorgeous, but my fave is definitely ILF’s—it’s so dark and eerie!
G: What is your favortie book of all time?
S: Just one?? Impossible to pick!
G: What is your favortie movie and tv show?
S: I watch so many movies/TV shows that it’s hard to pick! Currently, I’m obsessed with the show Leverage. Mmm, Eliot!
G: What is the funniest thing that you ever did?
S: I tend not to do too many embarrassing things—I’m almost overly cautious when it comes to embarrassment, so I’m usually the quiet one in the background cracking crude jokes!
G: What else do you like to do besides write?
S: People do things other than write??
G: Do you have any advice fro future writer?
S: Keep moving forward.
About the 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, the first in a trilogy, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.
Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
Genre: Dystopia & Fantasy
Publication Date: October 14th 2014
Source: Brought it online @ Barnes and Noble
Rating: 5 amazing Stars
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.
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