Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Date of Publication: September 5th, 2017
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.
I love retellings! This one has to be one of the better ones that I have read. It felt original, but still had all the moments of the Snow White tale, just revamped in a new way.
The book is told in dual point of views between Lynet (Snow White) and Mina (The Evil Queen). I liked that Mina’s chapters went back to how she met the king and her life before that. Those chapters earlier on were my favorite!
If you are looking for a ton of action, this book may not be for you. It was more about a bond between the two female leads. I liked all the characters in their own ways, except for the king. He was just, I don’t know… Annoying? Odd?
Lots of uniqueness to love about this book, powers, strong females, nice story, romance… I only wanted it to be a tad bit darker, but overall a great read.
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