August 27, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
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*Published September 5, 2017*
Those of you who read my posts and my reviews, you’ll know that I love retold fairy tales, especially ones that feel like they are a new way to retell a story. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a new way of retelling the story of Snow White and the Evil Queen and I love it! And it’s thanks to NovelKnight’s Beat the Backlist challenge for this year.
Mina is sixteen years old, she is shunned in the village she lives because of her magician father, and her heart; her heart made of glass that will never beat or love anyone. Lynet is fifteen years old, the daughter of the King of Whitespring Castle situated in the North where it always snows; she also looks exactly like the late queen, which everyone seeks to tell her at every turn. The stories of these two girls are told from the past and the present and we see how they came to be where they are.
Mina with her glass heart and her father the magician move to Whitespring Castle where Mina develops the idea to marry the newly single king, who has lost his wife but has a newborn baby daughter he adores; marry the king and have a husband and a kingdom that will love her.
Lynet tries to escape the shadow of her mother, who she looks exactly like. The new surgeon, someone new to Whitespring, tells Lynet why she looks exactly like her mother; she is made from magic, snow, and blood. Shocked at what her father has done in order to preserve her mother, Lynet does what she can to be her own person, to be more like Mina.
But as these two women, thrown into a fight neither wants to have, seek to either reconcile or destroy each other, they have to figure out who they truly are. Is Mina the girl who cannot love? Is Lynet only her mother’s image? Can they find their inner strength to throw off their father’s expectations and be who they have always to be? Or will they end up destroyed?
To me, this is one of the best retellings of Snow White and the Evil Queen. We actually get to see the motivation of why the Evil Queen sought out Snow White’s heart, why she sought out her kingdom, and how she became Snow White’s stepmother. We can see Lynet and how being compared to someone who is dead can not only wear on one’s spirit, but it can push one to do what they never would have contemplated before.
Also, just to let you know, I am not a fan of the Snow White story. At least, the Disney Snow White story. This retelling though I thoroughly enjoyed, if only because this Snow White actually did something to alter her destiny rather than just let it come at her and wash over with no regard. I loved this book, and if you are looking for a different retelling then look no further than the Girls Made of Snow and Glass.
What retellings have caused you to like a character you weren’t a fan of before? What character were they and why? Comment below and let me know!