Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie


I recently read Snow Like Ashes, a bewitching tale penned by Sara Raasch. The novel’s protagonist, Meira, captured my heart with her independent mindset and brave endeavors. This playlist was created in an attempt to capture some of Meira’s spirit.


About Snow Like Ashes:

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. (Goodreads)

  • Big Milk by Dan Deacon

This instrumental piece is light and playful, just like Meira is through much of the book. She’s able to keep a sense of humor even in tough situations, and “Big Milk” reminded me of her.


  • Monster by Paramore

“I’ll stop the whole world from turning into a monster and eating us alive.” This very sentence embodies Meira and Mather’s mission.


  • Drown by Bring Me The Horizon

As the novel progresses, it becomes clear Meira, Sir, and Mather are often unsure who to trust and sometimes if they can trust each other. “Drown” focuses on such an uncertainty.


  • All You Had to Do Was Stay by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift sings about what her love interest should have done. Meira also has such dialogues with Mather.


  • She’s Got You High by Mumm-Ra

In this case, the “she” refers to Meira.


  • Heartstrings by Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester’s voice is intriguing and unique.  The mood of the song is similar to the mood of the novel at times.


  • Forgot to Laugh by Bridgit Mendler

Meira is just as sassy and funny as Bridgit Mendler, or rather, Bridgit Mendler is just as sassy and funny as Meira!