Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Front cover blurb:

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.”

from publisher


Thank you to Flatiron Books for sending me an ARC of this lovely book!

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass takes the story of Snow White and puts it back where it belongs- in the hands of the women it’s about!

The focus here is the relationship between Lynet and her stepmother, Mina. Perhaps they were not always rivals as other tales would have us believe. Mina and Lynet are both powerful, but they are constantly manipulated by their fathers, each with their own agenda. Their true strength can only be realized if they stand with one another.

And the way the book is written is perfection. Every time the women have unkind thoughts or doubts about the other, they come back to their affection for one another and are willing to give each other the benefit of the doubt. This book is pure girl power, through and through.

Now that is a fairy tale retelling that I get behind.

Plus: A princess who isn’t waiting for Prince Charming to come save her…partly because she’s queer and partly because she can save herself!

Minus: It’s a character driven novel so there’s not a lot of action and the pace is a bit slow at times.

If you like this, try:


The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen- Also a slow burning novel about a young woman who must learn to harness her power and become the queen she was born to be.


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