Book Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Book Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Page Count: 384
Publishing Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Date Read: November 29th, 2017
Synopsis: 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.
“So what am I then? … Am I just… a doll?”
Girls Made of Snow and Glass is elegantly magical. With a beautiful twist on an unforgettable tale, this one is enchanting and captivating. For fans of stunning faerie tale retellings, and Maleficent, this one is for you!
I was a little skeptical about this one with all the negative reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I thought it was beautiful and lyrical. I am always on the hunt for faerie tale retellings, and this one did not disappoint me!
Yes, it had a slower pace that most tend to hate, but I rather enjoyed the pacing. With the pace the author used, it allowed her to use an immense amount of magical imagery to create the world. It was so descriptive, and so highly developed, that I felt like I was in a dream the whole time.
I absolutely loved the plot, too. It was very well done. It had bits of horror, betrayal, mistaken identities and occurrences, emotion, and excitement! The plot twists were fascinating. I felt like the plot kept the feeling of the original tale, but also had its own originality, and shock factor, to it. The story line flowed gracefully, and was both plot, and character, driven. The characters were created with such care and poise, that I became fully, and emotionally, invested them!
The characters were what I loved the most! Mina, the stepmother, was my favorite. She was beautiful and full of grace. She strayed from the normal “Snow White Stepmother” in such a fascinating way. I loved getting to know her character, her fears, and her emotions. I could not have picked a better stepmother to pair with Lynet.
Lynet was our “Snow White”. She was such an interesting character. She was very mature for her age. She was kind, caring, and forgiving. Her connection with nature was one of awe and intrigue. My only wish is that her character had a little more dimension, but I still enjoyed her, and the connections she made with the rest of the characters.
The Huntsmen, Felix, was certainly an intriguing character. His place in the story had an interesting twist, and he was kind and mysterious. He was handsome and loyal, and seemed to symbolize coming to terms with one’s own self with “mirroring” one’s inner character.
The pacing was a nice, slow burn, in my opinion. The story setting was beautiful crafted, and the plot, and characters, were exceptionally developed and enchanting. This wasn’t just a retelling, it was one of those stories where you got too know the person behind the “villain”. It had a story twist that allowed the true character of Lynet and Mina to shine through, without the “girl on girl” hate and viciousness. I felt like the idea behind this retelling was to create a story where there was more to the conflict between the “evil queen” and the naïve “princess” than just jealousy and immature hate. This one left me with thoughts of beauty, forgiveness, and enchantment.
“All she would remember was the story that would be passed down by those watching: the cruel stepmother, and the wronged princess who had returned from the dead to striker her down and take back what was hers.”
4.5 Stars (or 5 faeries to avoid bloodshed)
I had such a nice time buddy reading this one with Paperback Dreamer! We both had decided to read it, despite some of the negative reviews, and we absolutely loved it!
We both agreed that Mina was our favorite character, and that she loved Lynet, despite “not being able to love” due to her heart of glass. We were both keeping our fingers crossed that she survived the story!
We both definitely hated Gregory.
We enjoyed the pacing of the story, even though it was a little slow.
We both felt like Lynet fell just a hair flat, too.
And we both agreed that the ending reminded us of Maleficent!
I really enjoyed reading this with Katherine and chatting about it as we went along! It seems like we had the same enjoyable feelings while reading and really felt the magic of the story!
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