Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
Format: EGalley, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Flatiron Books
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 received an ARC copy of Girls Made of Snow and Glass in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley.Release date: September 5, 2017
Girls Made of Snow and Glass first caught my eye when the cover was revealed, and then I found out it was a Snow White retelling and I needed to have it. I have a soft spot for retellings and this one didn’t disappoint. It had all the feels of Snow White but written in a fresh new way. I seen reviews compare this book to Disney’s Frozen and I did see small similarities, I love that movie so all good things from this book.
This book is told from dual point of views, Lynet the Snow White character and Mina The Evil Queen Character. Mina’s POV start when she was a child living in the south and I found myself wanting more of her chapter’s. I loved reading her chapters. Lynet’s POV starts in the present and stays in that time line.
The romance in this book is marketed as F/F Romance. The romance between Lynet and Nadia is such a slow burn, nothing happened between them until the end. But there romance is so sweet, so if your looking for a swoon worthy lesbian story then this isn’t that story. Lynet and Mina’s relationship was my absolute favorite part of the story.
This book does have feministic undertones, that girls can be powerful they don’t have to be fragile to be a princess/queen. That girls are much more than there beauty.It tells young girls to be themselves even when other push you to be something else, to stand up for yourself and be whatever they want to be. I love how Mina and lyne both work towards what they want. How Snow White falls for a girl instead of Prince Charming.
I also loved the wintery scenery and atmosphere. The world building truly made you feel as if you were surrounded by winter winds and snow. This is where some of the Frozen feels come into play.
Overall this was a beautiful retelling of Snow White. The story has a wonderful dark fantasy fairytale feel to it and the characters are amazing. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for books by Bashardoust in the future.
Let’s chat in the comments, Are you excited to read this book? If You have read it what did you like or dislike about it?
Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie