08 October, 2017


Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Series: -
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Fairytale
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release: September 5th 2017
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 384

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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.

EXPECTATIONS: I don't really remember how this book ended up on my TBR but this year I am really determined to read as many new releases I am interested in as possible. 

THE WORLD: Magical. The kingdom is divided into South and Whitespring. Where in South it is warm and everything is blooming, in Whitespring it is forever Winter and snow barely stops falling. It is really a world where magicians exists, where kings rule the kingdom and beauty can buy you a crown. It is kingdom where one can create solders of ice and warm blankets of snow. I personally really loved this world and it was a pleasure to be in it while reading the story.

CHARACTERS: This story is about Lynet and Nina and do not let anybody tell you different. Lynet is a daughter of Whitespring king and we follow her since the day she was just a baby up to her 18th birthday. Nina on the other hand is older, she is a second wife of Whitespring king and a stepmother of Lynet, however despite her being 16 years older than Lynet we also go through the flashbacks of Nina's childhood and get to know her better. I must say, I absolutely love Nina and well maybe not so much but have also warm feelings towards Lynet. They are just such a well written and real characters that I truly wish this book was a series instead of stand alone. SPOILERS! The whole idea of having Nina carry glass heart and not being able to love of be loved just mesmerized me. Her inner conflicts and seek for love...ah that was exactly what made me love her so so much. Seriously, Nina is one of my favorite characters, easily makes my Top 10 list. 

ROMANCE: There is no real romance in this book but this book is about love and what it means to be loved. And it is probably the most beautiful book that talks about these things I have ever read. 

GOOD: Sisterhood, friendship, loving and being loved. It was just such a warm and true story of two girls made of glass and snow. 

BAD: Sometimes Lynet felt a little bit too much much, like she was supposed to be this super heroic person who saves the world. 

OVERALL: I really loved this book and if you are a fan or retelling or fairytales I would highly recommend it. It was very fresh and action packed. But at the same time it also makes you smile a lot and this about all the things addressed in the book. 

What do you think about GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS?



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