Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust ~ Review


Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Hardcover384 pages
Published September 5th 2017 
by Flatiron Books
Source: ARC Provided by the publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis:

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.






Review:

Thank you Flatiron books for sending me a copy of Girls Made of Snow and Glass for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Mina is the misunderstood stepmother you are cheering for throughout the entire story. Yes she makes mistakes but she is the villain who is constantly put in no winning situations. She has a heart made of glass and a father that has made her believe that she is less then she should be. Can Mina ever love without a heart that can not beat?

Lynet is a girl made of snow. Her dad the King was desperate for a child that emulated the wife and Queen he loved and lost. Is Lynnet just a replication of her mother or can her life experiences make her, her own person?

The Huntsmen created by glass by Mina and is sent to do her bidding and feel the feelings she longs for someone to feel for her. A creation just for her. Will the Huntsmen become more then the thoughts and actions of the women who created him?

This story had so many layers and yes there was slight love stories that do develop but the clear shinning star in this book is the bond of a mother and daughter. Both on paths of competition with the other both created by the fathers who think they know who they should be and not who they are. These two characters have you wanting them to realize how the other feels at every turn.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass was a little slow at the beginning but when the story picked up I wanted to know how it would end. This is going to be a perfect read to warm up by the fire with this chilly winter. A unique and inventive twist on a classic unlike anything I have read on this fairytale.

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About the Author:

Melissa Bashardoust (pronounced BASH-ar-doost) received her degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she rediscovered her love for creative writing, children’s literature, and fairy tales and their retellings. She currently lives in Southern California with a cat named Alice and more copies of Jane Eyre than she probably needs. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is her first novel.

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