Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Reviewed by Melanie on September 8, 2017


As any frequent reader of The Pink Moose should know, I love fairy tale retellings. I had heard a lot of buzz around this book and was overjoyed when I received my ARC.

The book begins as expected, a princess and a stepmother. Unlike most stories, it’s not the evil stepmother, but the fathers who are horrible in this story. Mina and Lynet both have secrets, but have been terrified to share them. In this twisted Snow White story, the answers you’re expecting aren’t the ones you’ll receive.

The writing is a bit simple, with lots of descriptions of snow and the cold, but overall it’s easy to read, and work through the story line. The men in book were awful, and while I’m all for feminism, I was appalled by the behavior of both fathers in the book. Overall the story was interesting enough to keep me moving forward, it was slow, and all the real resolutions happen in the last 15% of the book, making me worry that this would be some kind of series. Ultimately, I’m glad that it finished as it did, with all conflicts resolved.

While we see both the North and the South, other than “it’s very cold” or “it’s very hot” we don’t really learn about this kingdom or how the world works because the present focuses on Lynet who seems to have no real curiosity.

The characters in the book were pretty one dimensional, but it didn’t keep me from enjoying them. Lynet seems very naive, even though her father has protected her from pretty much everything, she never tried to find answers for herself. She never questions anything that she has been told until Nadia accidentally on purpose reveals Lynet’s secret.

Mina, as expected of a stepmother, begins as cold and calculating, but we see sides of her that show us how warm she truly is. I wish that we got to learn more about her, and not her issues or demented relationship with those around her.

Overall I enjoyed the book, and would recommend it for others that enjoy fairytale retellings. While it’s not my favorite retelling, I did finish the book, and enjoyed the story overall.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass Book Cover Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Melissa Bashardoust
Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, GLBT
Flatiron Books
September 5, 2017

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.

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