Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Girls Made of Snow and Glass
by Melissa Bashardoust

Hardcover384 pages
Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Flatiron Books
ISBN: 1250077737

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.

"...feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale."

Girls Made of Snow and Glass was exactly what I was wanting in a YA fantasy. This character-driven novel completely engrossed me. The overall plot of this book felt a little slow due to lack of world building, but the character development really made up for that! The author really focused on fleshing out the characters in this story and it really paid off. Girls Made of Snow and Glass was a mesmerizing, addicting, and enchanting book. 

The theme of friendships and family was extremely dominant in this book and I LOVED it. The author focused on the importance of relationships and how they can survive life's trials and tribulations. I also was so happy that the female characters were never pinned against each other over petty things like boys or looks. IT WAS SO WONDERFUL, MAGICAL, AND BEAUTIFUL TO HAVE WOMEN SUPPORT EACH OTHER. I NEED MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS, PLEASE!!!!!

The romance in this book made me SO FREAKING HAPPY. I was LIVING for the f/f romance. I NEED MORE F/F ROMANCES IN MY LIFE!!!! I thought the author did a wonderful job at developing a swoon worthy and delicious romance that never took over the plot of the story. I SHIP IT SO HARD! 

I thought the author did a really great job at writing a retelling and making it her own story. This story had elements of the original fairytales, but there were so many elements that were completely new and surprising. There were so many creative little ties and nods to the originals that made my heart sigh with happiness. 

I could go on and on about this book, but I don't want to spoil anything! If you are looking for a feminist fairytale retelling with magic, intrigue, romance, and incredible characters, then you need to check this book out! I cannot wait to see what this author comes out with next! 

4 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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