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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

ICE LIKE FIRE by Sara Raasch / Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway!

Hello and welcome to today's stop in the ICE LIKE FIRE blog tour! I'm so thrilled to be apart of the tour. I LOVED Sara's debut, Snow Like Ashes (read my review here), and I LOVE her sequel, Ice Like Fire. Today's post features an excerpt from her upcoming release, and a giveaway! First, here's a little bit about the book.


By: Sara Raasch
Published by: Balzer & Bray
Released on: 10.13.15
Series: Snow Likes Ashes #2
Pre-Order From: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
Add It To: Goodreads

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.

This conversation was cut from a VERY early draft of ICE LIKE FIRE (and therefore it is horrifically unpolished, MY APOLOGIES). It took place near the beginning of the story—Meira gets taken be surprise while looking for her chakram and hides, only to overhear this exchange between Noam and Theron.

“This kingdom’s rebirth was questionable to begin with,” Noam continues, his voice unhindered and growing stronger as he walks through the weapons tent. “But this child doesn’t know how to use the magic that has been bestowed on every other monarch. She is unworthy of this position, and I will not let her drag Cordell down too.”
“You don’t know what she’s capable of,” Theron growls and a wave of shame washes over me. I tighten my arms around my knees. I shouldn’t be spying. I should let them know I’m here.
“You made up your mind about her long ago,” I can feel the sparks leaping off Theron’s tongue, “and you’re blind to any of her qualities now. If you would set aside your prejudices and see this kingdom—”
Noam snorts. “Prejudices? You think I am narrow-minded enough to be persuaded by prejudices?”
I stifle a snort.
The two of them keep walking, pacing through the tent. They get to the end of one aisle and start down this one, and I pull myself deeper under the table.
“Season or Rhythm has nothing to do with it,” Noam says. “She is unfit to be queen. She is unfit to be your wife. This kingdom has potential, that much is true, but she will only lead it—and us, if we stay linked with her—to disaster.”
I dig my nails into my knees. He’s calling off the engagement. He’s done with being linked to Winter.
No. Not to Winter. To me.
Noam still wants Winter. He still wants what he’s always wanted, what every Rhythm has always wanted—the Klaryns. But he isn’t willing to marry his son to me anymore.
My heart twitches, realizing with a sudden burst of clarity that I don’t know how this makes me feel. Sad? Angry? Relieved? I do know one emotion with annoying certainty though—hatred. I hate that we need Noam and Cordell at all. I hate that we’re so broken that we have to depend on the greediness of a Rhythm to keep us afloat.
“You will leave,” Theron breaks through my thoughts. “But I’m staying.”
Noam growls, a throaty tear that echoes through the empty tent. “Excuse me?”
Theron stomps closer to him. “I. Won’t. Leave. Her.”
Shivers pull through my body as he eases each word out, and I can imagine the glare he’s giving to his father right now. A fiery kind of passion that suffocates me and fills me up all at once.
“This isn’t your kingdom. Your responsibilities lie in Cordell. Your future lies in Cordell.”
“But my heart lies here.”
“Damn your heart! You will return to Cordell when I will it. You will return to your duties when I will it. And you will leave that girl when I will it.”
Theron exhales. “You killed my mother this way, you know that?”

A pause, then the crack of a fist meeting flesh. I see everything happen as I move—the weapons rattling when I leap up and bump the table, Noam’s body hunching in the motion of punching his son, Theron dropping over the table from the force of being hit. And Noam turning to me, his fur-lined cloak swinging around him as he spins, his eyes wet, showing me the smallest flash of what he looks like unraveled.


By: Sara Raasch
Published by: Balzer & Bray
Released on: 10.14.14
Purchase it from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
Add it to Goodreads

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.


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.

Find Sara: Website | Twitter |Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest | Google+ | YouTube | Amazon | Reedsy | Wattpad


2 winners will receive sets of ICE LIKE FIRE Trading Cards/Miniature Bookmarks. International.


Week One:
10/5/2015- A Dream Within A DreamReview
10/6/2015- Mundie MomsExcerpt
10/7/2015- Such a Novel IdeaReview
10/8/2015- Dark Faerie TalesGuest Post
10/9/2015- The Whimsical MamaReview

Week Two:
10/12/2015- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
10/13/2015- Bookish LifestyleReview
10/14/2015- Supernatural SnarkGuest Post
10/15/2015- FiktshunReview
10/16/2015- Once Upon a TwilightInterview


  1. Cannot wait to see where Meira's journey takes her.

  2. I actually have the second book in the series for advanced review, but don't have the first one! I am gonna be buying it soon and can't wait to dive into these books and see what they might hold.

    My recent review:

  3. This is so awesome! I actually read Snow Like Ashes two-ish weeks ago and I'm so excited for Ice Like Fire!!! Also this giveaway is super awesome!!! Thank you so much for this!!

  4. I cant wait to read ICE LIKE FIRE!!!!

  5. This books sounds amazing!!!

  6. thanks for the chance. the books look like getting greater and greater >ω<

  7. OMGGG~ Thank you for this giveaway! I really loved Ice Like Fire, and it's out now so WOW. ♥ *grabby hands at those miniature bookmarks*

  8. Awesome! I loved Snow Like Ashes ♥