Girls Made of Snow and Glass
by Melissa Bashardoust
Published: September 5, 2017
Hardcover, 384 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4.5/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Flatiron Books, I received an eARC)
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.
This book was marketed perfectly, it was definitely a fairytale retelling with a feminist twist. I definitely got a feel of Snow White with twists, and feminism. I found it was pretty slow paced, which personally I liked. I also liked the magic elements in the story a lot. The story talks about family and accepting who you are as a person, and did it extremely well. I will say for most of the book I was wondering where the romance was coming in (since it was marketed as having romance), but when it finally did I was pleasantly surprised. It was worth the wait.
It had one of my favorite things in multiple points of view, I really love when novels do this because I feel like I get much more of a sense of who each of the characters are. The character building in this book was in no way lacking. I felt like I knew each of the girls personally, and loved it. I really like when books focus on characters, which I haven’t normally encountered in a fantasy book. Most fantasy books I’ve read focus on world building, which works for them, but this book focusing on character development really worked for it.
Overall I thought this was a wonderful, enjoyable fairytale retelling. I feel like the main focus of the book was all about the characters and I loved that. Another thing that makes me so happy is it is a standalone, which is very uncommon in fantasy. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a fairytale retelling.