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.
There will be spoilers in this review.
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS is hands-down one of the most unique and amazing books I’ve read this year. I was a little turned off by the cover, but I find that it matches the atmospheric writing and the twisty fantastical elements so well. This novel is incredibly compelling and original, and I’m so happy I picked it up.
This novel follows Mina and Lynet, stepmother and stepdaughter respectively, as the novel unravels how they came to be. This Snow White retelling is incredibly original, and I absolutely adored how complex Mina and Lynet’s relationship was. The magical aspects, especially in consideration of the powers that Mina and Lynet have over glass and snow respectively, were so creative and kept me reading into the late hours of the night. Additionally, the romance between Lynet and Nadia was so wonderfully written. It’s slow but developed, and I loved how this Snow White retelling ended with a relatively happy ending.
The only reservations I have with this novel is that the pacing was incredibly wacky. It was compelling enough, but it was very slow in the beginning but picked up towards the middle and the end. I also wish there was more world-building, as I felt like this world could definitely been expanded upon. This is probably why I’m giving this novel 4-4.5 stars rather than 5, but I still love and treasure this book very much.
Overall, GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS is an incredibly unique and nuanced Snow White retelling. It’s like nothing I’ve read before, and I love the feminist and girls-building-up-girls aspect going on. Don’t miss out with this amazing book—it’s definitely one of my favorites of this year.
Thank you to Flatiron Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Alice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.