ARC Review: Girls Made of Snow and Glass // Melissa Bashardoust

32768509Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Melissa Bashardoust
Release: September 5, 2017
Page Count: 400 

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 definitely one of those unique novels that while it was a generally slow paced novel, it still told a gripping story that hooks the reader onward. A feminist retelling of Snow White, Girls Made of Snow and Glass takes a unique turn on the meaning of family and the cost of secrets.

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  • The characters of this book were definitely the one thing I felt stood out. Both of the characters undergo such intense character development throughout the novel. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps as I’m writing this. Our “evil” stepmother Mina was fabulous. Such a perfect representation of a conflicted character. I also really loved Mina’s character because I felt she truly represented a human being. While in many fairy tales, the evil character is purely that. Evil. But personally I don’t believe that a person can be only evil and reading from Mina’s perspective you can see that even though Mina is placed in that role of a bad guy, she isn’t. She is conflicted. She is human. As for Lynet, the same thing applies. Even though Lynet was written to be placed into the role of the good guy, she reveals many human emotions that definitely not something one would consider as good. For instance, Lynet displays her selfish character several times throughout the novel. The characters were definitely the heart of the novel.
  • The world building within this novel while it was restricted and not a very large world, I certainly felt like the author did a really good job at working with what she made for herself. The world felt very real and quite magical.
  • I really liked how this book wasn’t just about one thing. Does that make sense? Like most books have a moral or they’re solely focused on romance or it’s focused on that main white cliche chosen one. While this novel, I felt was a good collaboration of everything. It had magic. There was family. Tidbits of romance. There was love. And in the end I felt that all of these things wrapped up together to be one complete piece tied up quite nicely.

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  • Like I said at the beginning of this review, Girls Made of Snow and Glass is one of those slower novels. This is only the negative thing I found about this book. The first 50 pages of slow I felt was purely introduction, a layout of the story, of its characters etc. However after that, the book still wasn’t fast paced. For the most part, this book had little to no action scenes and don’t recommend it for a reader who lacks patience and really likes books with fight scenes or anything fast paced like that. The rest of the story was intriguing enough to keep me reading, it wasn’t a story driven by action. It was a story driven by the characters and the morals of the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. To be completely honest, I did expect to be amazed, which I wasn’t exactly wowed. However I did really enjoy it. It was a good book. It took story and spun it in it’s own way creative way. Girls Made of Snow and Glass was its own unique yet still classic fairy tale.

4/5 STARS

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