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Friday, September 01, 2017

Release & Review - Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

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Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Release DateSeptember 5th, 2017
Age Category/ Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Flariton Books
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.


3 “Snow White meets Frozen” Stars

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Flariton Books!

All I wanted from this book was a lot of Teen this:

And this:

And some of this:

And a lot of romance, because, yes, of course, I always want romance.

The thing is, while I got strong female characters, complex relationships and great feminist messages, these elements didn't make me feel half of what I expected to. Oh, and there was almost no romance.

The magic system was interesting and sort of unique, compared to what else is out there in YA retellings, so that's definitely a plus. But Girl Made of Snow and Glass was a slow, slow read, and I blame the pacing for my lack of overall connection with the story and the characters. Both Lynet and Mina had more than enough qualities to hook me and make me fall in love, but nothing seemed to happen for so long that I struggled to engage with them.

Overall, I think I'm slightly disappointed because I came into this book expecting it to have more action than it did. Or at least a lot more romance. Having said that, I'm in the minority here, and maybe if you go into it knowing you'll get a slow, character-driven story, you'll actually enjoy it a lot more than I did.

*If you liked this review (or not), if you read the book (or not), come say hello and leave your comments bellow.

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