Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Marissa Bashardoust
My Rating – 4.5*/5*
‘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.’
Girls Made of Snow and Glass was a unique take on the beloved fairy-tale Snow White. It follows our two main character, Mina as our “evil queen” and Lynet as our “Snow White.”
For me, this story was rather slow paced which was a little annoying at times but I got used to it towards the end and I did thoroughly end up enjoying this book. Melissa Bashardoust does a great job with her characters. Mina is my absolute favourite character in this book, she believes that she doesn’t have the ability to love, she pushes everyone away and is rather lonely – I loved her, I so badly wanted things to go well for her.
Then we have Lynet, I wasn’t so sure on her at first – sometimes I liked her and other times I didn’t. She is a young girl struggling to find who she is as she is constantly reminded how much like her mother she is, wondering if she will ever be free of her ghost. She is trying to find out who she is while trying not to betray Mina who is the only mother she has ever known.
I like that this book is different to the tale of Snow White, it does take some aspects but is still very different. Snow white is all about the Evil Queen hating the perfectly beautiful Princess but this story is far from that, Mina and Lynet do not hate each other what so ever, they have a lovely step mother and daughter relationship. I like that she strayed so far away from the actual fairy tale as it made for a very interesting retelling.
Of course, a shout out to the female / female relationship in this book as it was refreshing to see!
Although I had a few issues with the pacing of this book at times and I did wish we had more information on certain aspects it was still a very interesting story and I highly recommend it to people who love retellings! 🙂
Buddy read with the lovely Adrienne <3 If you haven’t checked out her blog please do as it’s just as lovely as she is!