Thursday, 4 August 2016

#ThrillerThursday : Beware That Girl

Beware That Girl
Title: Beware That Girl
Author : Teresa Toten
Rating : 4 Stars!!!
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Doubleday Canada
ISBN : 0385678363

For fans of We Were Liars, The Girl on the Train, and Gone Girl, this powerful psychological thriller with multiple mysteries is set against the backdrop of the megawealthy elite of New York City. Toten delves into the mesmerizing yet dysfunctional world of those who manipulate but seem ever so charming. With its gripping pace and Hitchcockian twists, Beware That Girl will keep readers guessing until the very last line.

The Haves. The Have-Nots. Kate O’Brian appears to be a Have-Not. Her whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of—some more sinister than others. But she’s determined to change that. She’s book smart. She’s street-smart. Oh, and she’s also a masterful liar.

As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already found her “people” among the senior class “it” girls—specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she’s always needed, the sister she never had.

When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal—and can’t afford to ignore. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?


Source : Goodreads 

Today is the #ThrillerThursday (!!!) This collaboration of Penguin Random House Int'l and Book bloggers anywhere get to review and share their thoughts with the theme. 

Beware That Girl is my first book from Teresa Toten. I can say that it was indeed full of tricky parts. Kate O'Brien was the girl who keeps her eyes on the prize, as the author describes her from the beginning, I like that she made it straight-forward. Like there wasn't any blabber about it, but all was pointed to the main goal. The clarity of the book was magnificent, thrilling and psychologically haunting. The book gives a trip to the readers on how Kate and with her manipulating skills can gradually grab the heart of Olivia Sumner and use it by all means. Believe me, I know it looks simple but once you dive in to the story, confusions come in and well...it all turned out so worse.

That being said about Kate's eyes to the prize, I saw how Olivia Sumner can be such an easy target. A loving, warm, cheerful and top-of-the-line-oh-so-rich girl, who wouldn't want to get to be friends with her?!? I was skeptic what could be more of her other than a luxurious life, surely she hides something in that serene face. Kate studied Olivia, from her past school records up until to her medical records. As Kate slowly opened and connects it together, it was disturbing as I flip on to its pages. Olivia's psychological illness sidetracked my mind when I felt like I am now getting the sequences of the events. But it made it more fun and haunting actually. Which was cool to think, how can Kate lure Olivia to something more. 

In addition to that, Mark Redkin, the cunning and manipulative man every girl wishes for. The steamy 'disturbing' romance of Mark and Olivia, added up the fire to the story. The obsession was astounding. Characters were  straight forward to their commands. All things must be done on time. That is what I am surprised the most, when the moment that girls cannot help to get to be manipulated with the wrong man. Aside from that, the friendship of Olivia and Kate are not what I expected at the end. I thought someone might lose their wits and kill each other, but they never did, or maybe they nearly did.

Beware That Girl is a surprising and haunting novel you will love to read. Be careful though with the ending, it is not what you will expect and who is that GIRL that you should beware with the novel. I am looking forward to more of Teresa Toten books. Thank you Penguin Random House International for the opportunity!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)
Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Rating : ALL THE STARS IN THE WORLD
Paperback, 624 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
ISBN : 140885788X (ISBN13: 9781408857885)

Synopsis:

Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people - nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand's dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.
 

Source : Goodreads 


    "The things that I love have a tendency to be taken from me."

A Court of Mist and Fury embodied pain, strength, friendship, and romance. Unlike the first book which Tamlin and Feyre was on the spotlight, the sequel widened it. It is not just the characters who played a lot, but it was also the Night Court that was utterly wonderful. Even from the first book, when Rhysand said that he is the High Lord of Night Court, I imagined how it will look like. Initially, all my mind can perceive was darkness. But I never knew that a dark painted sky full of stars can be the most loveliest I can ever foresee.

The way Feyre's soul broken, it was a crazy feeling to read that kind of emotion. Sarah Maas absolutely described a choked and caged relationship. The feeling of wanting to get out but Feyre was  surrounded with so much rules here and there. I can feel the air she wanted to have, the freedom she wanted and to fight for her people. Whether it is Fae and human, Feyre is open to learn her new abilities that she inherited from the High Lords that Made her new. I understand Tamlin's end from the start. After seeing a defenseless Feyre on Under the Mountain, his heart was totally devastated. I clearly know how his heart wanted to be so overprotective to her. But the kind of love that Tamlin gave choked Feyre. All the rules and restrictions to go outside is terribly not good at all. What I love here is that, Sarah J. Maas absolutely described Feyre's heart. When she was in full doubt of herself, her abilities to fight and from getting persistent to Tamlin. The feelings she had are crystal clear for her readers to feel that kind of pain.

When Rhysand rescued her from their wedding, I was honestly delighted that he came. Because I felt Feyre's fear to be tied for the rest of her life and never using the power that she deserves. It brought joy when I saw Rhysand and pain when I saw Tamlin. Deeply sad seeing Tamlin's eyes fall so hard on a deep pit. My emotions got mixed up from that point.

Looking into Rhysand's court, I was refreshed to see and feel the calmness of the Night Court. From the long tables, hallways, stairs and chambers, I loved every detail of it. If I could have a shot be at that place, I will sincerely enjoy solitude all throughout my stay. As Rhysand gradually introduce Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren, I felt like I am a new member of a family. The thing that sets unique on A Court Of Mist and Fury is that the characters are full of mystery to look at. Their past is astonishing to read. It's like putting the pieces together to form a new bond. I insanely loved that kind of friendship that Sarah J. Maas created to all of them. The scenery of Velaris is something that I will always get back into reading this book again and again. Sarah J. Maas created a fae world full of perfection and clarity. I simply got hypnotized just reading it.

Most importantly, as Feyre adapts and accepts her fate, Rhysand was having his own battle. I know that majority of all us enjoyed how Feyre and Rhysand's emotions are fighting. The love and hate they have shared is extraordinary and addicting. But mostly addicting to be honest. HAHA! Both of them have their own reasons and priorities to settle but I loved how they've come up to resolve it. Their thirsty hearts that clashed is magical. The bond that they have with each other felt more like a tag team. Battling together as one to win.

But of course, sacrifices were made and I was taken aback how the events almost turned upside down. Unlike the first book, this one absolutely created a triple amount of destruction. This book is full of surprises and my heart is deeply contented with it. Because I know that the next book will gave me more than I will ever forecast with the incoming events. A Court Of Mist and Fury brought out a full blast of fire. This book deserves all the time that I have and I will say this once, I am on Team Rhysand. Yes, I switched to another OTP. HAHA!


I WANT TO SEND A HUGE AMOUNT OF HUGS AND THANK YOU's TO SARAH J. MAAS FOR WRITING THIS GRIPPING AND NERVE CRACKING BOOK.


Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Author Event Recap : Jennifer Niven in PH #AllTheBrightPlaces

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Last week brought a lot of smiles to Filipino YA readers. National Bookstore invited Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places to visit Philippines. She particularly visited Cebu and Manila. Even from the start of her flight, she has been so open to all her followers in Twitter and Instagram. Filipinos were so excited to see her up-close.

Fortunately, we had a Blogger's Forum that gave us the opportunity to ask questions to her. We asked a set of questions that proves how Jennifer Niven infinitely loves her books and her readers.

Q : If ever to write a sequel to All the Bright Places, what do you think is in store for Violet and Finch?
J.N : I think Violet wonders New York and she ends up in NYU. She wonders the world after she graduates and writes a book about Finch. Everytime people asks about Violet it pretty much says about myself too.

Q : If given the chance to change the ending of All the Bright Places would you? Why or Why not?
J.N : I would love to change it and make it a happiest story. But I actually thought it when I was writing it, and when I think about it I wanted to write a personal and real story.

Q : In your opinion, was there any things to change that could have done to change their fate?
J.N : I think his parents could've been pay attention. His classmates could've been accepting and less judgemental. I think Finch could've been responsible to reach out and ask for help.

Q : What are the difficulties in researching mental depression for All the Bright Places.
J.N : It is knowing Finch and seen up close and deal with the world to make sense with him. Writing YA feels a responsibility to be accurate as possible for YA readers. I consulted people about their issues.

Q : What can readers expect on your new book Holding Up the Universe?
J.N : Holding Up The Universe is about 5 boxes of tissues instead of All the Bright Places that was about 10 boxes. It is hard to get into new voices because I lived in Finch and Violet. It is about learning your place in the world and see other for who truly they are.

Q : How different is the transition of YA to nonfiction?
J.N : I started writing nonfiction and moved into YA. When my literary agent died unexpectedly, it turned everything upside down on me. The last word my agent said 'Whatever you want to write next, I want you to write it because you can't imagine writing anything else'. In honor of him, I kept back on writing YA.

Q : What is the progress of All the Bright Places movie?
J.N : The movie will start filming in fall. Viewers will probably get to see Finch at the end of summer.

Q : What do you do on writing break?
J.N : I play with my friends and family. I take dance class. I also like to travel and read so much. And many of you know I binge-watch Supernatural. It felt like an escape and recharges me.

Q : Mental illness is considered as a taboo. How do you feel to speak about Finch and Violet's story?
J.N : I wanted to write it because it is something I went through. I lost my Finch in real life and I thought I wasn't allowed to talk about it and it felt really uncomfortable. As a result, I kept it. I wrote it because I really wanted to talk about it.

Q : What is your writing process of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe?
J.N : It was really challenging at first. I make playlist for the book and characters, I play instrumental music typically but on Holding Up the Universe, I listened to all kinds of music. One thing that is fun on writing is that I keep on surprising myself.

The atmosphere at that time was so emotional. We can feel how Jennifer pour her heart out to her readers. After that she signed our copies, she also gave Chapter Sampler to her new book, Holding Up the Universe.



 I definitely feel so lucky to have met her. Thank you so much National Bookstore and Jennifer Niven!
Credits to: Kate @ The Bookaholic Blurbs











Friday, 13 May 2016

ARC Review : Traitor Angels

Traitor Angels
Title : Traitor Angels
Author : Anne Blankman
Rating : 4 Stars!!!
Published May 3rd 2016 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN : 0062278878 (ISBN13: 9780062278876)

Synopsis : 

Six years have passed since England’s King Charles II returned from exile to reclaim the throne, ushering in a new era of stability for his subjects.

Except for Elizabeth Milton. The daughter of notorious poet John Milton, Elizabeth has never known her place in this shifting world—except by her father’s side. By day she helps transcribe his latest masterpiece, the epic poem Paradise Lost, and by night she learns languages and sword fighting. Although she does not dare object, she suspects that he’s training her for a mission whose purpose she cannot fathom.

Until one night the reason becomes clear: the king’s men arrive at her family’s country home to arrest her father. Determined to save him, Elizabeth follows his one cryptic clue and journeys to Oxford, accompanied by her father’s mysterious young houseguest, Antonio Vivani, a darkly handsome Italian scientist who surprises her at every turn. Funny, brilliant, and passionate, Antonio seems just as determined to protect her father as she is—but can she trust him with her heart?

When the two discover that Milton has planted an explosive secret in the half-finished Paradise Lost—a secret the king and his aristocratic supporters are desperate to conceal—Elizabeth is faced with a devastating choice: cling to the shelter of her old life or risk cracking the code, unleashing a secret that could save her father…and tear apart the very fabric of society.

Source : Goodreads 

The Traitor Angels focused on one of the greatest poet in the world, John Milton. His work, Paradise Lost became controversial in the 17th century. Christians and natural philosophers clashed down their arguments about the deepest existence of everything. Between God and science, it was always been a mystery how humanity was able to cope up with its concept and belief.  I actually didn't know any clues about Paradise Lost. I googled it and watched several Youtube videos about it.

There was actually so much to dive in when I started it. And I am not good at comprehending a true meaning of every poem that John Milton has written. But even so, it was interesting to see how the character of Elizabeth Milton made me feel like I am part of the book. She was introduced as the fourth daughter of John Milton. The wealthy man who seen the execution of the King became a fragile and blind man caged with his poems. But Paradise Lost was entirely a poem that can destruct a faith of humanity. The Bible that guided us throughout our lives turns out to have secrets that may distort one's faith.

Traitor Angels was a fun book to read. It was an adventurous kind of book to be precise. There were clues left behind and fights to battle. The characters were noble and intelligent. Antonio and Elizabeth were two unlikely characters who has a different belief in life. Antonio who was raised in Italy, he was surrounded with science and the images of how the world develops. While Elizabeth was raised up on a faith to stand up and protect her family. Both of them has the same God that they believe in, but when it comes on science and religion, it is on a different course.

Unraveling the clues was a tricky part. John Milton trusted the right people to handle the secrets of Paradise Lost and it was a cat and mouse chase. It was thrilling upon reaching the truth behind John Milton and Galileo Gallilei's secret. I am fascinated how Anne Blankman blended all the characters and the facts about them with a dash of romance. The end is the most satisfying of all. I swear. If you love historical ya fiction with a challenge of faith and truth, Traitor Angels is the right book for you.

 
  

Thursday, 28 April 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
Title :  A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author : Sarah J. Maas
Rating : 5 Stars!!!
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children's
ISBN : 1408857863 (ISBN13: 9781408857861)

Synopsis : 

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
Source : Goodreads

“I love you," I said, and stabbed him.”

Sarah J. Maas did another splendid work on making me feel so alive in another fantasy world. A Court of Thorns and Roses, as well you all know, is her another series other than The Throne of Glass Series. I actually had so much expectation on this one because there was too much rave about this. All over Twitter and Instagram, readers were all so giddy with Tamlin and Rhysand. And I was clueless about it. By the time that I dive in with the book, I easily adjusted myself to her another series. It was entirely new and I loved how these were all dwelled on me. It was a great advantage for me to continue the book.

I usually read a book whenever I commute to work. I wanted to keep myself busy instead of looking in a sea of faces every single day. What made me feel so ecstatic about A Court of Thorns and Roses is that, you will never notice how people move on and on. Every chapter was another scene that I wanted to indulge myself with. Feyre was all embodied with strength and fear and it wasn't the 'Belle' in the fairytales. She is entirely a broken piece of canvas I suppose. There were so much color in her mind and heart but it was all broken apart whenever she thinks of the state of her family. By the time that she encountered a Fae, she killed it without any hesitation. The kind of anger that she wanted to give when people took away the good and peaceful life that she once had. The huntress that was hungry to survive at the end of the day. It was more than just a pull of an arrow, there was a reason behind it. And I was curious at the beginning how that will trigger the actions of the characters. Turns out, it was enticingly addictive to read. I almost skipped a station when I was on my way to work. I just didn't noticed the entrance of Tamlin would be so much mysterious on me. The mask that he have, golden and inviting in everyone's eyes.

To point out more on her characters, they were all hiding their own sense of living and surviving. Tamlin was trained to become a High Fae by her father, the fae's who were beside him in the midst of war, he faced all of it. Yet, a deep pain pierced in his heart to see all of it. On the other hand, Feyre was basically what humans are intended to do. Survive the coming days with her family. But through all the pain that she had in order to acclaim the remaining days to survive, she was honed with fear. In a way that she knows might kill them someday.

The building of the Courts and basically the world of A Court of Thorns and Roses in exceptional. I was immensely impressed how Sarah J. Maas kept me up thinking what the Courts might possessed. And I really wanted to meet all the High Fae's in every courts. Every courts has their own skills and power, it was basically depending on the Season they were into. Like Autumn, Spring, Day and Night.

But what sets the key that made me loved this book is the test that Feyre had in order to save Tamlin. It was an act of love that she knows might kill her eventually and yet, she still went Under the Mountains for him. Emotions were all clashed inside the court and there were too much bloodshed. All of the characters showed no mercy throughout. They all fought for what they think is right and fair. It was a battle that my eyes been wanting in a book for quite a long time. A Court of Thorns and Roses ignites the war of power and love. It comes out with full of mystery and surprises. (And sexy times. HAHAHA!) Now, I am so eager to  wait for its sequel A Court of Mist and Fury!

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Map Of Fates

Map of Fates (The Conspiracy of Us, #2)Title : Map Of Fates (Conspiracy of Us # 2)
Author : Maggie Hall
Rating : 4 Stars!!!
Published March 8th 2016 by Putnam Juvenile
ISBN : 0399166513 (ISBN13: 9780399166518)
 
Synopsis : 

Two weeks. 



That’s how long it took for Avery West’s ordinary life to change forever: In two weeks, she discovered she was heiress to a powerful secret society known as the Circle, learned her mother was taken hostage by the Circle’s enemies, and fell for a boy she’s not allowed to love, just as she found out another was her unwelcome destiny. 



Now, Avery crosses oceans in private jets to hunt for clues that will uncover the truth about the Circle, setting her mom and herself free before it’s too late. By her side are both the boys: Jack—steady, loyal, and determined to help her even at the expense of his own duty—and Stellan, whose connection to Avery grows stronger by the day despite her best intentions, making her question what she believes at every turn.



But at the end of a desperate hunt from the islands of Greece to the red carpet at Cannes comes a discovery that not only changes everything, but could bring the whole world to its knees. And now Avery is forced to face the truth: in the world of the Circle, no one is what they seem.
 

Source : Goodreads

But maybe alone wasn't the worst thing. Maybe what I needed right now is to trust myself.

If you haven't read Conspiracy of Us, check out my review here.

If you have read the Conspiracy of Us, you'll know how the purple eyed girl became the center of attention. The two societies the Order and Circle are battling in politics and both are in deep hunger to rule. Most importantly, a huge amount of Napoleon the Great's mystery is the center of this! In this sequel, Avery was all welcomed with the Saxon family, the family she never knew existed. She made up all the decision to trust her father to help her on saving her mom. I can see how Avery's mind was almost smashed down given that time is ticking before they kill her mom. She needs what she can do best to her. This is when Jack supported all her decisions and keep her sanity composed. I loved seeing Jack beside Avery and keeping her head steady through all of it.

If you've read a lot of betrayal kind of books, you will feel something is quite eery on Avery's father. I can already feel there is wrong with the things getting on so well and there's nothing too much to pay. When you know you have in your hands the sole person who can change the world, manipulation is the real game. Until the killing spree started. There are certain people who Avery meets are killed when she leaves their country or killed in front of her. Apart from that, Avery's trust on anyone is slowly falling. She became unable to think twice of anything because anyone might get killed again and again.

When Stellan, Elodie and Collette entered to them, believe me it adds up the intensity of the story. All five of them are all brainstorming to unlock the bracelet and see how it will change everything. They went to Paris, India, Cannes and even Japan, it is all insanely wonderful and addicting. The details of the country, capital, busy streets and cultures are exceptionally brilliant. This is what I always loved in Maggie Hall, from the first book up to the sequel she writes in a detailed and melodic way. Like she describes you how exquisite and simple the corners of a certain place.

Another factor that totally spiced up this book is the Jack X Avery X Stellan team. This is one of the book that I am finding myself hard on what ship should I be into. On the first book, I am totally on Team Jack and in this sequel, I felt my devotion for the steaming hot Stellan. Believe me this men are one of the most difficult, mysterious and hypnotizing kind. Jack was always behind Avery to support and embrace all of her fears. On the other hand, Stellan is the kind of guy who tells to Avery the reality that'll wake her up. Both of them have the same agenda, to protect Avery, but they come different on their approach.

Aside from that, the most insane revelation to unlock the secret is intriguing. After all the clues that they've found, the truth that bares them the most is destructible. All this time, I was expecting the union to bring out peace with the two socities, but I was wrong. And I loved this story manipulated me! Conspiracy of Us brought out the romance, betrayal, and fierceness of the characters. This series induced me to know more about Napoleon the Great and Diadochi even more. You will feel like you are part of solving on unlocking a secret. Map of Fates is a fun, addictive and steamy hot book to read.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Snow Like Ashes

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author : Sarah Raasch
Rating : 4 Stars!!!
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Balzer + Bray (first published October 14th 2014)
ISBN : 0062286935 (ISBN13: 9780062286932)

Synopsis : 

A striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self—perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter's future king—she would do anything to help Winter 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—only to find 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.


Source : Goodreads  

“Someday we will be more than words in the dark.”  

I wanted Snow Like Ashes for quite a long time though. Then when we had our Christmas Party with my bookblogger friends, Kai gave me Snow Like Ashes and Ice Like Fire. I was totally surprised about it. Especially now that Frost Like Night will come out this year, I couldn't contain my excitement for it!

Snow Like Ashes started out with world building. The book took place when Winter was all shredded piece by piece. Only 8 of them had remained as 'Winterians', the rest of them became slaves of Spring. Meira, together with Mather and Sir, they seeked to find a way to reclaim Winter. It is retrieving the conduit that can change Winter. Mather is the King who is claimed to be the last ruler of Winter that can ignite the fire within Winter. But that is what all they knew. Interpreting the place, whether it is Winter or Spring. The idea of expressing the nature of it and how it could destroy is exciting on my end. It was the possibilities of saving and destroying. This is what makes Snow Like Ashes sets it outstanding.

The friendship of the King and an Orphan is remarkably romantic. I am a fan of characters who are worlds apart when it comes to it social standings. So I am intoxicated to see how Meira and Mather can set their feelings straight even in the middle of the war. Aside from that, it is also Sir and Meira that I am eager to see. These two were all battling with their own fights. Both have their own principles to achieve with. Sir, being their leader, Meira is unable to defend herself straight. But Meira, being a natural fighter, she sets her own fight and decisions to save Winter and be part of the team.

When half of the conduit was claimed, this is where the plot twist started to show. Gradually, the truth behind Meira's identity began to reveal. When she was forced to have an arrange marriage with Theron, they claim to help Winter survive. She began to doubt all of Sir's decision for Winter. Surviving became an option and she needs to fight and think straight how she can help. This is how she realized her identity and how Queen Hannah planned to save Winter and erase the Decay. I didn't knew it could throughout with so much killings. In fact, I almost knew the identity of Meira but at first I was quite hesitant to think about it.

The action-packed scene of the book is not just about the killings, it was the magic and the mystery. Angra's ability showed up in an extensible way that it almost destroyed a nation. Through Mather and Meira's decisions, Winter was saved. Winterian slave were freed but there are still mysteries that hanged in the air. This is what makes Snow Like Ashes as a tremendous novel. This book all mixed up with fantasy, magic, and romance. If you loved Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo and Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mass, Snow Like Ashes is definitely the right book for you.