Girls Made of Snow and Glass ePUB ✓ Made of Snow

  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass
  • Melissa Bashardoust
  • English
  • 13 June 2014
  • 9781250077738

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Girls Made of Snow and GlassLike no fairytale retelling I have read beforeSnow White is my least favourite fairytale Where other people see beauty and purity I see simplicity and oppressiveness So it’s a good thing Melissa Bashardoust has written this feminist retelling of it in which powerful women are not solely represented as villainous characters and where choices truly can be madeI hope you’ve noticed how many original fairy tales there are that illustrate young girls needing to be calm pure beautiful and available to be loved by a stronger self assured man because it’s problematic In GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS Mina the stepmother and Lydia the princess are both women made out of thin air metaphorically speaking with the purpose of being controlled by men they trust However they slowly discover their powers within and use them to keep control of their lives They may have been made of a single element—meant to be simple and bendable—but Mina and Lydia will discover being underestimated might just work in their favour this time This truly is a splendid lush tale The writing is absolutely spellbinding It definitely felt like a fairytale retelling—not too close and not too far from the version we all know Just the perfect amount of twists and surprises My only complaint is regarding the ultra slow pacing Not much action lies in the chapters Conversation and thought are at the heart of this novel Fortunately the author’s thoughts are deep and the dialog powerful Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’ Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytaleSixteen year old Mina is motherless 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 ueen and finally know love The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmotherFifteen 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 ueen’s image at her father’s order But despite being the dead ueen made flesh Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother Mina She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet ueen 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 knownor else defeat her once and for allEntwining 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 This was an entirely magical book of 1 glass 2 snow 3 epic women and 4 extremely bad hair days Which is relatable honestly because I put my foot down when these fairy tales can just have wonderful ueens smiting galaxies and never getting so angry at their hair they just want to cut it all off 1010 for hair relatability BUT ACTUALLY this book is about than hair In fact it's not about hair shut up Cait why do you even do this It's a Snow White retelling that has some amazingly original plot twists to the old and it was GOOD I was a bit lulled to sleep with the lack of plot but I was soooo impressed with all the epic #girlpower and how it really really zoned in on family loveFAMILY LOVE IS GREAT I love my family too I did not sell them online last week so I could buy books I did notSMOL LIST OF EXCITING THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK• it is a ueer retelling so #yas for ff romance• the stepmother and princess do not mindlessly loathe each other their relationship is complex and ends up falling into direness but it's actually about a motherdaughter relationship that's rocky but still full of love • the way the old Snow White story was incorporated was great• features fun magic like people with hearts made out of glass and girls created from snow• gorgeous map• basically full cast of grand women not all white tooSMOL LIST OF DISAPPOINTMENTS• there's very little world buildingactually none• there is like no food no one eats around here i'm hungry• the king was hugely creepy and ughgughg• it was a seriously slowIt's also VERY character driven so don't expect a wild frolic in blood and steel with dwarves There are actually now dwarves Or apples IDK either mate but I'm glad it deviated a lot from Snow White 01 because this made it so much engaging I actually did struggle a lot with how plotless it was for the first 50% All that seemed to be happening was the king was fluttering over his daughter Lynet and telling her how much like her mother she looked and how much he loved her for itwhich is SUPER CREEPY MATE BACK OFF It didn't go into dubious territory however I just hated the king And Lynet was Too Precious Too Fragile™ to do anything so she was a bit of a passive character to read about She wanted to She just was like protected with 54 rolls of bubblewrap If bubblewrap had been inventedBut the themes of friendship and family were bestttt And I loved Lynet's growing relationship with the local surgeon girl Nadia They were super sweetI also found the book really just downright magical It felt inspiring to read like all the magical things happening just made me super glad fairy tales exist 3ALL IN ALL Definitely a lovely retelling with admirable women and great magical catastrophes Don't do drugs kids don't do magic don't eat bad fruit It was a little too slow paced and rambly for me?? And I wished there was world building But I still liked it ARC provided by Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a debut novel that is also a very reminiscent loose fairytale mashup retelling of Snow White and Frozen but with uniue twists It’s a dual narrative that switches between the points of view between two women One is Lynet a fifteen year old who will one day rule her father’s kingdom while residing in the northern lands of Whitespring The other is Mina Lynet’s stepmother who is from the southern lands and wants to be viewed for than her beauty This book does have feministic undertones and I loved every aspect pertaining to those undertones with my whole heart There really are some great messages in here Like that girls are worth so much than their beauty That young girls can be whatever they want to be they do not have to be the mistakes of their parents That every single living soul is worthy of love The feminist themes were hands down my favorite parts of this novel and I think these are really important themes that young girls need to be reading about “Being delicate had killed her mother and yet he was so eager to bestow that uality on her” I also loved the wintery scenery and atmosphere I truly felt like I was at Whitespring multiple times in this story and I give Melissa Bashardoust all the credit in the world for such a magical transportation And I really enjoyed the found family elements in this book too This book is like a love letter to found families I wish books talked about how it’s so much important to find people who love you unconditionally and will support you no matter what rather than people who only happen to share the same blood as you My biggest problem with this book is that it reads like a middle grade novel You guys know that I very rarely will pick up a middle grade book and if I do I have to be in the right mindset for it The writing in this just took me by surprise and not in a good way It was just too slow too simple and honestly just too boring And major catastrophic events got somewhat skimmed over in a very middle grade like fashion My next problem with this book was simply that this book just wasn’t as gay as I wanted it to be I wanted the romance between Lynet and Nadia to be the biggest part of this book but it wasn’t even a major plot point in this book And that alone wouldn’t even bother me that much but Mina’s hetero relationship was for sure at the forefront of this story and that just feels really bad I still recommend this for anyone who enjoys a good fairytale retelling but just go into it knowing that it’s on the slower side I also loved the important feminist messages and I would love to put this in the hands of every preteen girl I know I also think this would be a good book to curl up with this winter with a big cup of tea because the snowy wintery whimsical magic in this is amazing and perfect for the winter seasonBlog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch The uote above was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication UPDATE 299 on kindle US today 62720I loved this book The end Happy Reading Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 I received an early copy of this book from Netgalley but that does not change my feelings on the book overall I went into this book with little to no actual plot knowledge I knew it was a retelling of Snow White I knew it was being marketed as having feminist elements and I had an inkling that the Snow White character would be ueer These things are all accurate to the story but they in no way to justice to the plot characters and heart of this bookLynet and Mina are remarkable characters Princess Lynet has been forced every day to grow up an exact copy of the mother who died before they ever met; Mina has been an outsider her entire life first in the village where she grew up and then in Whitespring where she meets a King and hatches a plan to at least be respected even if she could never be loved Their relationship together is the driving force of every element of the story The depth with which the motherdaughter relationship of the Snow White and the Evil ueen is dealt with is compelling and occasionally heart wrenchingOn both a story level and a meta level Lynet and Mina are characters whose ability to define themselves on their own terms has been taken away On a story level their fathers both manipulate and control their daughters to become who they are expected to be But on a meta level Lynet and Mina have become archetypes without any control they are the Princess and the Evil Stepmother But neither of them is willing to accept any of these definitions that have been put on them any longer The story is deeply about agency and about self definition about relationships and the power to control your own connections to others in your life Is is about especially the viability of female relationships and about how even with the men in their lives trying to control how they relate to one another the connection between these women has the power to go beyond that controlI could honestly gush all day about how excellent and complex the motherdaughter relationships in this book are but I'll try to talk about other stuff now Suffice it to say I sobbed through the final paragraph of this book because it just brought everything I've already explained to a conclusion incredibly wellThe other best part of this book in my opinion is the subplot of Lynet having a crush on another girl Lynet spends a lot of the book confused about her feelings towards Nadia the new surgeon in the castle This is absolutely a subplot not central to the story but I thought it was handled remarkably well and I loved the twists they went through together throughout the book I also thought that the power imbalance between them was handled in a way that helped make their relationship much stronger as the story went on Beyond that though they aren't named or in than one scene there is a very small scene with a wlw couple where they are clearly in a relationship in a public place and there is no mentioned homophobia or feeling that they are anything less than accepted by the community at largeMy only real problem with this book came with the pacing There is a lot about this book that feels slow and peaceful which I enjoyed a ton So weirdly my complaint isn't that this book needed to be faster but that it could have taken a bit time with certain plot lines I think there should have been periods of time that were allowed to go slowly especially later on in the story I know that the plot has to constantly keep moving but I think if those moments had been stretched out some of the reveals would have had impact Other than that I thought this book was incredibly atmospheric and magical in a much understated wayThis book was magical complex romantic and fascinating It was driven by female characters taking control of their stories and destinies and I absolutely loved it Seriously this book is not to be missed holy SHIT i can’t believe how amazing this book was???? the writing is so gorgeous and the story is so intriguing there’s also an adorable ff romance between Nadia and Lynet these two are so fucking precious and soft 💘 I LOVED THIS SO MUCH this book is so magical lovely and interesting it's based a lot on character growth and it's VERY slow i was really surprised by how much i liked it because extremely slow books based on character growth do not work out for me one teensy problem i had is that there wasn't much romance between Lynet and Nadia but it is understandable because the romance is of a side thing and her relationship with her step mother is the main focus of the story view spoilerit was so lovely to see how these two realized how strong their love is and how there doesn't need to be one ueen we have two ueens in this house hide spoiler As many of you may know I’m a huge fan of subersive retellings A retelling focusing on Snow White and her stepmother always sounded fabulous to me especially with feminist themes And thank goodness it didn’t disappoint This is really all I want out of fantasy; developed characters interesting subversions of done before tropes and sapphic girlsIn terms of retellings this is one of the imaginative ones I’ve read I can’t really spoil how But really the new elements added were so delightful and creative yet stick to the spirit of the tale With one exception obviously for Mina and Lynet’s relationshhip This book’s chief strength is the character work Mina’s character arc is extremely well written and developed Her character isn’t so much morally ambiguous as troubled and self hating but I found her combination of self hatred and confidence so realistic Lynet isn’t uite as fabulous a character but she’s still easy to connect to and fun to see on page I like her inner strength and bravery There are two romantic relationships here one of which occurs between two girls Their relationship was cute and not instalovey which is awesome but I unfortunately wasn’t totally blown away While they’re cute it takes a lot of character work for me to really get invested The secondary relationship actually enticed me probably because I liked Mina It’s not a new favorite book sadly; despite my love for the characters I found the actual plotline slightly underwhelming I wanted something something darker There's not enough worldbuilding or real intrigue for my taste This book might’ve been able to get deeper with a full series Standalones just can't get much deeper than this VERDICT An interesting and engaging retelling of Snow White; definitely recommended for any retelling fans looking for something different Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube it was good and all but my advice?make it gayer buddy read with my gay crew theo amelie thanks to Ju AGAIN for sending me this Spoiler free review “Weak or strong she didn’t know what they meant any Maybe they didn’t mean the same thing for everyone”First you have to know that this book literally is being marketed as and I uote a fantasy feminist fairy tale and if you think that wasn't enough to sell me on it you are DEAD WRONG✘ PLOTIn the wintery wonderland Whitespring Princess Lynet is nearing her sixteenth birthday and her father expects her to come into her own as ueen Unfortunately Lynet has never wanted to be a ueen she just wants to climb trees and towers and learn about the mysterious new surgeon a girl named Nadia who makes her cheek flush every time she smilesMeanwhile Lynet's stepmother Mina has only ever wanted to be ueen; with a heart made of glass and an upbringing that told her she was unworthy of love she has decided that power is the next best thing What will she do when the King decides to crown Lynet ueen earlier than expected and takes that power away from Mina leaving her with nothing?✘ WRITINGI always try to go into debut novels with optimism and this book was no different Unfortunately the biggest drawback for me of this entire book was the writing itself It felt a bit young as though it would be suited for MG writing than YA Many incidents that should have been earth shaking if not entirely traumatic were simply breezed past by the characters within a few short sentences leaving the entire plot to feel very rushed I didn't think passage of time went very realistically in the storyThat said the writing is very whimsical and paints a beautiful setting I loved the descriptions of Whitesping as well as the Southern lands and I thought the characters were sculpted magnificently I will absolutely be first in line for Melissa's next book because I think she shows uncanny amounts of potentialAlso the chapters switch perspectives between Lynet and Mina and for the bulk of the book those perspective changes also include changes in time with most of Mina's chapters being set several years in the past Those transitions were flawless and I never struggled to keep the perspectives separate as they felt like distinctly different narratives✘ LYNETLynet is really the primary main character in this story and she is a fun narrator She has grown up constantly being compared to her late mother the former ueen but all she wants is to be recognized as her own person She would rather spend her days climbing trees than learning how to become the next ueen and she wants nothing to do with politics until she learns that she can help people instead of only ruling them Her blossoming relationship with Nadia is sweet but very slow moving and unacknowledged for the bulk of the story✘ MINADespite being cast as the evil stepmother of this fairytale Mina was probably my favorite character if only because my heart ached so much for her She was raised with no mother and a loveless father who constantly told her she was not only unworthy of receiving love but also incapable of giving it She carries a heavy burden of self loathing and shame but is a profoundly kindhearted character at times She makes some awful choices but I felt like she redeemed herself thoroughly by the end of it all✘ NADIAI really expected Nadia to be a huge aspect of the story being Lynet's love interest but I was stunned to see how little screen time she actually got We learned very little about her and her character underwent minimal development so I couldn't even formulate a solid opinion on herAnd then my single biggest problem with this book the relationship WHERE IS THE GAY?? I was told this was supposed to be an adorable lesbian love story but there is almost no romance whatsoever and I was just sorely disappointed in that aspect✘ FINAL VERDICTI love fairytale retellings for their whimsy and magic and this book didn't let me down in those avenues I was especially fond of the way the magic worked such as how Mina's glass heart gave her a way to manipulate glass into becoming other things and peopleUltimately I'm a sucker for stories where the villain is really just a misunderstood wounded soul and Girls supplied that in no small measure Almost every character in the story has undergone genuine traumas that explain the ways they behave for better or worseAll in all while it wasn't everything I hoped it would be it mostly fit what I wanted It was a fun read that I didn't really want to put down and I'm eager to see what else Melissa Bashardoust comes up with Thank you so much to Flatiron Books for the ARC All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my ownYou can also find this review on my blog

About the Author: Melissa Bashardoust

Melissa Bashardoust pronounced BASH ar doost received her degree in English from the University of California Berkeley where she rediscovered her love for creative writing children’s literature and fairy tales and their retellings She currently lives in Southern California with a cat named Alice and copies of Jane Eyre than she probably needs Girls Made of Snow and Glass is her first