Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Glbt, Fairytales, Feminism
Reading from: ARC Provided from Publisher
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Rating: infinite 4 /5 stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
ARC provided by Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review.
So basically this book was just lots lots of fun. Its a super creative and feminist take on Snow White. Its told in alternating POVs of Mina and Lynet.
This book on just on the fact that its retelling is probably one of the most creative retellings I have ever read. Its really imaginative and with great world building. I was kinda nervous about reading this book, but it honestly was just a huge in journey while reading it.
The dual point of views made it extremely fun, although I did prefer Mina’s chapters, which went back and told the story of her meeting the king. Those were very fun to read.
At times the story did become slow, but besides that it was the only thing that bothered me on a big scale.
This book was a complete driven story, the characters were flawed , and felt completely real. They were round, and just really well developed. Mina’s character arc was just really well done, well written and really greatly developed. I found that character was just really realistic, her self hatred and self confidence was really realistic.
Lynet, was also quite realistic too, her fear of losing herself and becoming something she didn’t want to be was just scary relatable. Her father wanting her to be like her dead mother.
There are also some romantic relationships but I don’t want to reveal them because its better not to know much about them, its a nice relationships.
Overall I totally recommend this book it’s lots of fun and an incredible read.