Disclosure: I got a physical ARC of this book as a blog tour participant. All the opinions view here are mine and mine alone only. Thank you @Macmillan – Flatiron Books and Karina for hosting this tour and making me a part of it.
Happy Friday to all (as in this part of our country it is but might not be in yours).
Blog Tour for Girls Made of Snow and Glass is still ongoing and I’m next in line today. No further intro, here is my review for the book. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below.
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.
Before anything else let me say that this book slays every bit of the old Snow White tale. I like how this new taste of fabrication redefined the classic. Entirely magnificent.
Reading this book can be quite distracted for me as I’m been zooming out for a minute into a world obviously an inspiration for this, that is, Frozen and Snow White (mostly Frozen though). I can’t help it. The book really is unique and imaginative to say. Far good as a retelling. The world building definitely got me. You can feel the descriptive layout for setting that snow and all. An excellent background shaping of the world for this perfect tale retelling. Plus the magical part.
As a YA Fantasy debut novel, Girls Made of Snow and Glass is an astounding start and nicely woven into a piece. This book gives the good ambiance of a fairytale classic. But seriously this is so slow, though I don’t mind, I got into the rest of the story quite fascinated.
This book is more into character development which is between the two alternating voice of the whole story, Mina is what I’d been rooting for mostly even from the start since I honestly carried away by the heartless way she becomes though she really tried to from the beginning just that it hasn’t been enough to seek her needs – the love she wants. Concluding to her father’s right jurisdiction of how only beauty is what people see from her not love. On the other side, Lynet, as what she don’t know become the center of interest, is likable for her braveness, hopeful, and forgiving. She thinks better than Mina as I observed but only the timing conflicts everything not to mention what happened few pages before the end. All along, I like their inconsistent relationship from mother-daughter to enemies. The love-hate dynamics they have. A rivalry between the throne spice this up and then it will be on choosing: the mother or the queen.
There is also an F/F romance slice grows here between Lynet and Nadia. It was an obvious approach that the author throws in the story but I’m not totally shipping them though, relieved that it was not really been focus long enough. Feminism is observable in every aspect.
My actual rating for this was 4.5 stars as I still get picky in some contexts. All in all, the book is such a great revisit of the classic but way more painted and manipulated. I recommend this if you’re on the retelling and snow and glass and Frozen and Snow White. Put this on your next read or TBR.
About the Author
Melissa Bashardoust (pronounced BASH-ar-doost) received her degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she rediscovered her love for creative writing, children’s literature, and fairy tales and their retellings. She currently lives in Southern California with a cat named Alice and more copies of Jane Eyre than she probably needs. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is her first novel.
Blog Tour Schedule
August 28: Afire Pages – Review & Author Q&A
August 29: Stay Bookish – Review & Quote Posters
August 30: Read by Nicka – Review & “Why Is Feminism In YA Important?”
August 31: Blue Lily and Blue – Review
September 1: Descendant of Poseidon Reads – Review
September 4: Amidst the Pages – Review & Mood Board
September 5: The Nocturnal Fey – Review & Playlist
Ends on September 28, 2017. Open INTL.
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