Review From User :
**4.5-stars rounded up**
All she would remember was the story that would be passed down by those watching: the cruel stepmother, and the wronged princess who had returned from the dead to strike her down and take what was hers.
She didn't want their story to end this way. And more than that, she knew she had the power to change it.
This Snow White retelling was completely original and definitely took me by surprise!
This is a debut
Melissa Bashardoust's creativity and originality is on full display with this story.
Lynet and her regal stepmother, Mina, have always had a close relationship as far as 'step' relationships go.
Young Lynet has admired her and aspired to be strong and smart just like Mina.
She never knew her own mother and discovers during the course of the story that a magician, under her Father's orders, actually made her from snow.
Mina, motherless herself, feels her heart is perfectly normal, so what if it doesn't beat. She doesn't know that her own magician Father actually cut out her heart and replaced it with one made of glass.
After living most of her young life feeling unloved, Mina's goal of marrying Lynet's Father becomes reality for her and she becomes Queen. She is fond of Lynet and feels they have a special bond.
However, when Lynet's Father suddenly decides to make her the Queen of the Southern Territories, displacing Mina as their figurehead, things dramatically change.
Now Mina looks at Lynet as a competitor and we all know the best way to take care of competition...
I know from the synopsis it sounds a little strange but trust me, it works. There is some malicious behavior, some running through the woods, some injuries, a potential queer love interest, girls being their own damn heroes and a whole lot more.
If you are like me and love retellings I would highly recommend this book. It is dark, different and definitely worth picking up.
I cannot wait to see what Bashardoust comes up with next!
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.