Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Published September 5th, 2017
Genres: Retelling, YA, Fantasy
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Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale
At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone–has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.
Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do–and who to be–to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.
Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything–unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.
“In Girls Made of Snow and Glass, Melissa Bashardoust has given us exquisite displays of magic, complex mother-daughter relationships, and gloriously powerful women triumphing in a world that does not want them to be powerful. A gorgeous, feminist fairy tale.”
–Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader
“Girls Made of Snow and Glass is like reading a particularly wonderful and vivid dream, complete with imaginative magic, delightful characters, and beautiful language. Melissa Bashardoust’s debut novel is everything a fairy tale should be.”
–Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling coauthor of My Lady Jane
I absolutely love retellings and this was the first snow white retelling I’ve read. It was also an anticipated release for this month that I pre-ordered as soon as I was able to, which normally means I have high expectations for a book. So I am incredibly happy that this was an amazing, amazing book! Such a unique fairy tale retelling!
All the elements from our loved fairy tale are here. We have a stepmother – Mina -, we have our beautiful princess (that is actually made of snow) – Lynet -, and a huntsman that never ends up killing the princess.
But more than that, we have snow – which is not only an interesting play of words but also, in my opinion, made it even more magical -, our stepmother, although not entirely bad like the Evil Queen, as a heart glass and is incapable of love, and we have a very different prince! We don’t have dwarfs but we have a lot of magic, friendship, love, betrayal, sadness, everything you can imagine.
Everything in it’s told in such a different and precious way! So much deeper and magical! I love the fairy tale but this for me, was so much more emotional and simply precious. It was so different and yet so similar to the original story!
The beginning is very slow because it alternates between past and present, and Lynet and Mina. But it was still very interesting and the character development was beautiful! And throughout the book, especially around half way, it gets more fast paced.
The story is really emotional, deep and even a bit dark. It made me very tense and I cried like a baby. I wasn’t expecting to get so involved with the characters in such a tiny standalone book but I did and I love them with all my heart.
Especially Lynet, she is so special and unique! I loved how the author made her the contrary of what we always see princesses being. She is not the so often calm, careful, pretty much like a snow flake type. She is fearless, brave, she loves testing herself – her limits, she is active and often outdoors. She doesn’t need a man to tell her what to do or how to be. Mina was also a splendid character, she was made to be the image of her father, but she discovers that she is not him, she is herself, and she is able of much more than what others say. She is the only one with power over her life.
I loved how women had so much power in this novel, how they thought and believed in themselves. How even if people laugh, they still find a way of doing what they want, what they love.
This book talks about self-discovery, love, sorrow, loss, redeeming past errors, trust… Also family relationships and friendship! It’s filled with meaning and I loved the writing!
I did want the book to be a bit longer tho, it for sure had a way to make it even tenser and actiony, but it was anyway beautiful and the end absolutely destroyed my heart into a million pieces. I guess you guys have to read it to know what I’m talking about because my review is 1/3 of all the greatness that was this story! I would definitely recommend it!
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