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.
I have never been one who likes to read for pleasure. Digging back into my memories, grade school was probably the time I was most adamant about NOT reading books. I would rather stare at the pages and dream up of fantasy worlds and epic battles with monsters that would appear in the school yard.
So it was a surprise to me when one day my godmother said to me, “It’s not that you don’t like books, you just haven’t found one for YOU yet.” I rolled my eyes at her. Yes, I now am a little older and hold my teaching licence but, it just sounded like some wise old saying. Of course, finding myself on vacation with her in Tawas Point, Michigan we went to a bookstore. This bookstore was quite small and cozy with used books in the front and new books in the back. I ran my hands along the spines of gently loved books and about ten “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Being the cynical person that I was, I simply went to the back. My thinking was that if people wanted to resell these books, then they weren’t worth reading. For once, this ended up being one of the best choices of my life. I flipped through a few young adult novels and eventually settled on one that had an interesting cover. That book was “Snow Like Ashes” by Sarah Raasch.
I was instantly intrigued by her writing style as it wasn’t “high and mighty” like other books I had to read for school. It was easy, descriptive, and a writing style that seemed more like a person wrote it instead of some monk on top of a mountain in Tibet. During that vacation I read and enjoyed every moment of that book. Amazing fighting scenes, fantasy, and romance I thought in the back of my mind that maybe, just maybe there was some truth to what my godmother said.
Unfortunately, my life got busy. Reading fell into the back burner for about two years until I once again picked up the second volume of the series. A little confused, I quickly skimmed the first book. And once again I fell in love with Theron. Continuing reading, I finished the second book in about six days. By this point I was a lunatic fangirl who stood at her apartment door waiting for the postman to come and deliver the final volume I bought off of Amazon just two days before. (Even though I was obsessed, I still wasn’t going to pay single day shipping.) Upon receiving the third book with its ice blue cover, I snuggled into my fortress of pillows on the couch and didn’t emerge that night until half the book was finished. It was at the point of a certain wedding happening. But, my eyes could not keep open, but I still couldn’t sleep once my head hit the pillow. Thoughts of the characters kept running through my mind and my heart broke as my ship sunk, crashed, and burned. I ended up being so heartbroken about it, that I didn’t pick up the book for two more days after that.
I have never experienced such an emotional attachment to a piece of media before. ANY media. Why did the main character choose HIM? Why is THIS happening? What is X doing right now? Will this person betray our main character? Why, why, why. I have never mulled over something that much before. Those two days were pure agony as I kept thinking and thinking about the book. Finally, I decided to let the pain end and read the rest of the book.
So yes, now I hate books. I hate that they make you feel something and have an unhealthy emotional attachment to fictional people who make you cry or laugh based off of their choices.
And now I tell my kids when they say “I hate reading.” I answer, “You just haven’t found YOUR book yet.” I tell them that I hate books and how they make me feel. They look at me like I am crazy until I explain.
Yes, I hate books and have another book coming in the mail.
Let the heartache begin.
Also, Theron and Simon are the best. Fight me.
This post is…
I have no words.
I am so, so honored that SNOW LIKE ASHES enchanted you so much.
(And I am so, so sorry for how your ship ended. If it makes you feel any better, a LOT of people are mad at me for that. So. You’re in good company.)
Nov 12, 2018 17:05
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