Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

GoodReads Review:
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.
Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes, #2)Review:
Meira is really coming into her own in this book. I really appreciated the development she went through. She starts off thinking she needs to act one way now that she knows she is winters queen. But as the book progresses, she realizes that she needs to be true to herself and her instincts too. I liked seeing her work on merging her behavior of how she thought she was supposed to act with what she felt was the right thing to do. Also, she is 100% a savage when it comes to starting shit. I love her.
Theron was my favorite in book one and now I hate him. But Raasch writes him in a way that most of his behaviors aren’t really his fault. Which I think is a cop-out. I just straight up don’t like him anymore.
I was sad in the last book when Mather sort of faded into the background so I loved that he got some of his own chapters in this book and I hope that continues in the third. I really like and respect him. There were some really touching moments where he’s trying to come to terms with most of his life being a lie, usually followed by some really terrible heartbreaking scenes. I definitely ship Meira and Mather.
I also have to mention Ceridwen, the summer princess. She’s fierce and always stands up for what she believes in. I really liked her relationship with Meira. The two brought good things out in one another. She suffers much in this book and I’m hopeful that things will get better for her in the final book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this sequel. I’m eager to start on the third and final book. Ice Like Fire is full of complex (but mostly well explained) magic. We get to see more of the world outside of winter and I thought the world-building was really well done. I loved visiting the other kingdoms and seeing how different they all were. There was also some great mystery left for us toward the end, which is what makes me so excited to finish my reread of this series. I also have to mention that the narrators for this book did such a great job telling the story. They really put emotion into the voices and scenes.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

ABC Book Challenge |I|

Hello, Bookworms! This week we are talking about books with the letter I.

For those of you that are new here – each week we post about books beginning with a specific letter of the alphabet starting with A all the way through Z. We’re going to mention one or sometimes a few books that were memorable with the letter of the week and also books that are sadly still living on our TBR lists. So without further ado.

Read last week’s post here.

This week’s letter is – I

Most Memorable Books

Amanda

Identical by Ellen Hopkins – This is my second favorite book by Hopkins. The story was incredible and really shocked me with its creative plot twists. I didn’t see any of the craziness coming that happened in these pages.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher – I read this book (and its sequel) years and years ago when I got it from the library. The story has stuck with me so much so that when I saw them recently at my local bookstore I just had to buy them. They’re actually also on my TBR list for a reread sometime in the future.

Antonia

It’s in His Kiss by Julia Quinn – This was the first book I read by Quinn. I was probably only 16 or so and hadn’t read too much romance yet but couldn’t find anything at the library. The title was what made me pick it up first, then the summary sounded funny and within a day she was one of my favorite authors.

(The) Immortal Hunter by Lynsay Sands – This was also my first book by Sands. Yes, it’s technically the eleventh book in the series but they can all be read by themselves. These are not books with much depth in them but they’re amazing when you just want a quick, light read.

 

Books Still on Our TBR Lists

Amanda

Inferno by Julie Kagawa – The final book in the Talon series. I will eventually get around to rereading the whole series because I don’t remember anything that happened.

Ice like Fire by Sara Raasch – I loved this series the first time I read it. I read them when I was slacking on being a book blogger. So I’m planning to reread the whole series (this is the second of three) so that I can review them for all our wonderful readers.

Antonia

Inkspell by Cornelia Funk – I want to continue this series because the first book was really good.

(The) In Death series by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) – This is another series that I’ve started and would like to continue because the first was super good!