Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Girls Made of Snow and GlassGirls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Published by MacMillan Audio
Published on 5 September 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic, Girls & Women, Royalty, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: my local library
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RRP: $16.99
4 Stars

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.

I’m so torn about how I feel about this audiobook.

It was just. So. LONG.

But then, every word was worth it?

So how can I say, maybe it would have been better if it was split in half and delivered in two novels when I freaking hate when authors do that.

But I had like 5 hours left and Lynet was due to confront her stepmother after fleeing the castle and I’m like… how is this going to stretch out to 5 hours?

And then there was 2 hours left and I was like… OMG STILL! WHEN WILL IT END?

But as I was actually listening to it, I really enjoyed it.

What is up with that, weirdly long novel?

13 hours! For a Snow White retelling with hints of Maleficent, Wicked, and The Snow Child.

It seemed like FOREVER.

And the hardcover on Goodreads says it’s only 384 pages?

But Frost Like Night was nearly 500 pages and its audiobook was only like 8.5 hours.

Howwwwwww

But it was really good.

I don’t know what The Bloody Chamber is (sounds like a horror movie) but I can see where the marketing angle for comparisons to Frozen come in. Frozen took the basis of The Snow Queen’s fairytale and twisted it to make sense for a story about sisters, and in the same way, you can recognise the elements of Snow White in GMOS&G that makes it really enjoyable when something familiar pops up, or what gets twisted into something more original. I was even thinking that Donkeyskin might have been a bit of an influence, because Lynet’s father King Nicholas was suuuuper creepy and way too into his daughter being exactly like his wife.

I found GMOS&G to be really original when it came to everything else except the bare bones of the plot. The setting, worldbuilding, and characters were complex and interesting. Mina wasn’t just an evil stepmother, and Lynet wasn’t just an innocent girl, the victim of beauty. Mina had many layers to her, a depth that you rarely find in fairytale retellings. And Lynet wasn’t just beautiful, she was a mirror image of her mother, which meant that her beauty wasn’t her own…

I really enjoyed GMOS&G and I’m really glad I decided to listen to it. If you like long fantasy novels, stories about strong, amazing women, or fairytale retellings, I recommend you give it a go.

Nemo
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A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo specialises in reading and reviewing contemporary, paranormal, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She especially loves novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, healing, and assassins.

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2 thoughts on “Girls Made of Snow and Glass

  1. Eilonwy

    I’m so glad you ended up loving this book! I thought it was awesome. I read the paper version, and it was still a little long and repetitive. But as you say, every word was worth it in the end.

    I thought it was a great feminist spin on Snow White, by making the two women friends and complete human beings who were pushed into a contrived enmity, rather than just that stale “older women always hate young women because they are still valued for their looks and fertility because women have nothing else going for them” stereotype. I really loved both Mina and Lynet.

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