Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Published September 5th, 2017 by Flatiron Books
Genres YA Fantasy, Retellings
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 so I am always excited to read anything new in this genre and I really enjoyed this one. There are two main characters, Mina, the Queen and Stepmother and Lynet, who is the Snow White characters and step-daughter and the story is told from their alternating POV, which I really enjoyed. Both of the main characters are unique and likeable. One of the most interesting parts about this book is that the characters do not hate each other and the theme of women helping other women is a great one. I did find the first part of the book to a bit slower, but that was mainly because it is introducing the reader to the background of both of the main characters. The rest of the book moves along at a fairly steady pace, although I didn’t find that there was any huge problem that needed to be solved. In my experience with YA fantasy, there is usually some conflict or threat and there wasn’t really in this book. I did really enjoy the author’s writing and world-building and I do believe this is the first Snow White retelling that I have read. It was definitely an interesting retelling of this classic story and I look forward to reading more from the author in the future.
Thank you to the publisher, Flatiron Book, for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.