Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Happy Sunday! I have been looking forward to reading this book for so long, and I have to say it did not disappoint my expectations and was even better than I had hoped.
Remember, my opinion is one of hundreds. Also, this review may contain spoilers.
This Snow White retelling follows the lives of Mina and Lynet. Mina was a young girl born in the South with a father who was a magician. As a young girl, her heart was weak and she was close to death until her father replaced her heart with one made of glass. When her father Gregory receives a summons from King Nicholas in the North to come to his aid, Gregory, after assisting the king in saving his daughter but losing the mother, is given a new home in the North. Father and daughter move from their warm home to Whitespring in the cold North. After some time there, 16 year-old Mina makes it her mission to make the king love her and become the next queen of Whitespring and to rule the South.
Years later, 15 year-old Lynet is the exact image of her deceased mother who she has never known. She’s often told by her father that she is her mother, she speaks like her mother, and she acts like her mother. But Lynet is tired of all this talk of her being her mother. She wants to be her own person but that would require going against her father’s wishes.
Lynet is not in fact the daughter of her dead mother; she is the creation of Gregory, who made her out of his blood and the snow in the very image of the king’s dead wife. After King Nicholas decides to give Lynet the South to rule, Mina begins to hate her stepdaughter. Lynet must decide whether to win her stepmother back, or defeat her and take her father’s place as the ruler of both lands.
Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. This book is definitely going on my Gem List. Oh, there were so many things that just grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go! I literally had to stop myself from reading it too quickly because I just didn’t want the story to end. There were so many things I liked and just a couple of things I didn’t like or found confusing.
What I Liked
- The two POV’s of course.
- The world/setting
- The relationship between Mina and Lynet
- The backstory of Mina
- No cheesy, cliche prince or male commoner romance that’s forced
- The climax
What I Disliked
- There was a bit of a jarring change. From the beginning, the POV would shift between 16-year-old Mina to 15-year-old Lynet until the story caught up to the present day. The author didn’t include any time stamp or year, so at first it was a bit confusing when the story first jumped to younger Mina.
- There was a curse involved in the story. I’ll try not to get too much into it because of spoilers, but . . . I don’t know. In some ways I felt like it wasn’t needed, but in some ways it was. You know how when you’re editing your WIP and you have to decide on a certain character whether or not they should be taken out? Well, this curse was in the middle of those two choice, IMP. When it wasn’t talked about in the story, I completely forgot about it, until a character mentioned “the curse” but in the end it played a role in the story. So, I don’t know, my feelings toward it are neutral.
As a lover of fantasy and fairy tale retelling’s, this has officially risen to my favorites list. If you haven’t already checked this gem out, I would highly recommend it!
What’s your favorite fairy tale retelling?