{Kim Reviews} Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Posted November 13, 2017 by Kim in Reviews / 7 Comments

{Kim Reviews} Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

by Melissa Bashardoust
Pages: 384
Published on September 5th 2017
by Flatiron Books
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Length: 12 hours 55 minutes
Source: Publisher
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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.

4 Stars

Let me tell you something about myself – when I was a child, I never got to watch any of the fairytales. This is why as a teenager, I found myself devouring fairytale retellings to make up for it. Let me tell you another thing – finding a good and unique retelling is hard. Most retellings revolve around the same plots, and through time, those just get boring. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust, however, impressed me because of how unique and realistic it was.

All Lynette wants is to escape her mother’s shadows and be treated as her own person. Formed in the image of her mother, Lynette is expected to be just like her. However, Lynette never knew her mother. Instead, she looks up to Mina, her stepmother. All Mina wants is to be loved, but all her husband ever cares about is Lynette. Contrary to what is supposed to happen, Mina and Lynette form an unlikely friendship that grows through time. But Mina knows that sooner or later, this will all have to end.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a Snow White retelling, but Bashardoust definitely made this story her own. My favorite thing from this story is probably how dynamic the characters are. Towards the middle of the book, conflict arised between Mina and Lynette, and they started to turn against each other. I was put off because of it at first, but I soon realized that this made the characters dynamic and realistic. This showcased how each character tries to be a good person but fails; how there are both good and bad sides to almost everyone. (Except for evil Gregory; I hate that guy.)

From the novel, it was seen that Mina tried her best to be a good stepmother. What I loved the most though was that even so, she still had some negative thoughts and doubts about Lynette. There are some retellings that make it seem that the villain is actually the victim, but this book shows us that everyone is both the heroine and the victim in some way. Moreover, because Mina had negative thoughts towards Lynette, it also becomes in line with the original Snow White story. Aside from that, all the characters were shown to be imperfect as well, and I loved how that made the characters seem more real.

The story has both a dark and whimsical feel to it because of all the conflict and magic going on. I’d say it’s a perfect balance between the two, and the author adds just the perfect splash of excitement into the mix to make this one of the amazing Snow White retellings out there. The setting was really appropriate opinion. I also love how it features LGBT as well, since it’s rare that we get to see LGBT themes in fantasy novels.

Much like all amazing retellings out, Melissa Bashardoust made the story of Snow White completely her own while staying true to the elements of the original story. Overall, I truly loved the concept that the author incorporated into the story, and I also really loved and connected with the characters as well. I can’t wait to see what Bashardoust will have in store for all of us in her next novel!

Have you read Girls Made of Snow and Glass yet? What did you think about it?

Kim

Hi, I'm Kim! I'm a Chinese 20-year-old AB Psychology and BS Advertising Management student in the Philippines! I've been reading books since I was in fourth grade, although believe it or not, I hated reading before then. I love reading YA novels, and my favorite genre is Contemporary. I used to not like Fantasy, but after reading Throne of Glass, I am a changed person. 😉

I love meeting new people, so feel free to talk to me anytime via comments or Twitter! On another note, I also blog at my own blog, Divergent Gryffindor.

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