Girls Made Of Snow And Glass by Melissa BashardoustGirls Made Of Snow And Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Girls Made Of Snow And Glass

byMelissa Bashardoust

Hardcover | September 5, 2017

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Melissa Bashardoust's acclaimed debut novel Girls Made of Snow and Glass is "Snow White as it's never been told before...a feminist fantasy fairy tale not to be missed" (BookPage)!

"Utterly superb." -ALA Booklist, starred review
"Dark, fantastical, hauntingly evocative." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"An empowering and progressive original retelling." -SLJ, starred review

Sixteen-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 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.

Melissa Bashardoust 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 more copies of Jane Eyre than she probably needs. Girls ...
Title:Girls Made Of Snow And GlassFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:384 pages, 9.4 × 6.42 × 1.28 inShipping dimensions:9.4 × 6.42 × 1.28 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:Flatiron BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250077737

ISBN - 13:9781250077738


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Dramatic This standalone book completely subverted my expectations. I was aware it would have some similarities to Snow White, and I assumed it would follow the good princess, evil queen trope. How blissfully wrong I was! This is a beautiful story about a mother-daughter relationship with two compelling and inspiring women overcoming the odds pitted against them. Seriously, this book is allll about the ladies. The writing is gorgeous and well suited to the story. It was split between Queen Mina and Princess Lynet, and the first half for Mina was told through flashback chapters. It was a little odd at first but I quickly fell into the story. There is little by way of traditional action and fight scenes, but this is a relationship drama and I have to say it enthralled me just as much as a book packed with action. The characters are the main reason for this. I adored both Mina and Lynet and felt so sympathetic toward them. Both girls were put in tough situations and tried to make the best of them so they would feel love and be loved. This was especially true with Mina. Her dynamic with Lynet was warm and inspiring, and I loved it just as much as I loved the sweet flirting and affection between Lynet and Nadia. I really did love this book. I found it empowering and beautiful and a fresh take on a classic fairy tale. Even with the circumstances thrown their way, neither Mina nor Lynet refused to give up. There are some strong themes in this book, and I would recommend it to all lovers of books that focus on character relationships over traditional fantasy.
Date published: 2019-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Feminist Snow White Bashardoust managed to take the oppressive fairy tale of Snow White and turn it into a kick-ass feminist retelling. And it was brilliant. Loved reading both Mina and Lynet's POV and seeing them grow as characters. I don't believe this book is ment to turn into a series, but I am here for whatever Bashardoust comes up with next.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great An interesting premise. Don't let the hype cloud judgement. Don't worry; it's ok.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not that great The story was good. The ending was not that great, it threw off the beginning and middle.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok everyone had been telling me to pick this book up, and I had super high expectations. However, when I actually read it, I realized it was NOT worth it
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay... The whole storyline was good. The ending threw off the beginning and middle greatness
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok the whole story is ok but the ending is bit disappointing
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was really good. I was in a really bad book hangover and this was perfect. The world building and the world in general was amazing
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved it to the ending. The ending was a bit too much, but I have hope that the series will be redeemed
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This story is so important and I would love to see more like it involving this content!!!
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ok This story is so important and I would love to see more like it involving this content!!!
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved everything about this book!
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was really good and full of action in the second half
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok it was fine but way overpriced for what it is
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Decent book. Could've been more interesting though
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book consumed me. I lived in every word, and felt every feeling.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I can not believe this is a debut.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful! This was incredibly written and had wonderful relationships between the princess and her stepmother. It was very unique, unlike any other Snow White retelling I've seen before, and I loved reading it.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I found the writing a bit boastful and dull at the same time.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Unique Twist on a Classic Tale I really enjoyed this Snow White retelling. Mina's ability to control glass was very well written, especially with the Huntsman (AKA Felix)!!! The way Mina's backstory was given in fragments throughout was interesting and, honestly, I was more invested in Mina's character than Lynet's! Bashardoust is an excellent writer and knows how to layout a compelling tale. I enjoyed how the story was based off Snow White, but it remained original and only really stayed true to the very base ideas of the fairy tale. The relationship between Mina and Lynet was different than how I'd expected it to be, upon starting the book. Most of all, I was really heart-warmed and loved that this is a fairy tale retelling with an LGBTQ+ twist, something that I didn't know when I bought it. Lynet didn't have her typical prince, but she fell in love with someone much more realistic and a (spoiler?) girl she had a real connection with. The central romance is well played out and you can feel the tension building early on! Still, the main focus of the story is the mother/daughter relationship between Mina and Lynet. This book deserves more attention without a doubt!
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK It was a good read but it was nothing spectacular, i expected more.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such an inspiring and interesting read, simply could not put it down! Great job!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Very well written but cvould have been ore descriptive of each of the instances that were felt.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Very well written but cvould have been ore descriptive of each of the instances that were felt.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Very well written but cvould have been ore descriptive of each of the instances that were felt.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok a very good read.interesting storyline
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I didn't think I'd like this book at the beginning, but since it cast such a twist on Snow White, and because of the amazing relationship between Mina and Lynet, I enjoyed it. In most Snow White retellings the step mother and step daughter hate each other, but in this one Mina and Lynet had a friendship that was so deep. I also really enjoyed how this book talked about love. If you've read this book you'll know what I mean, but the way the author portrays love was awesome :)
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Highly recommend even if you don't normally read fantasy
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Strong Female Cast Use the words ‘feminist,’ ‘fairy tale,’ and ‘retelling’ AND YOU KNOW THAT I WILL BE A READER OF THAT BOOK, REGARDLESS OF ANYTHING ELSE. After Frozen (GO SISTER POWER!) the new Cinderella movie came out, I was so disappointed that it wasn’t more… feministic. I expected that Disney to have seen the pure joy that women around the world faced when true love’s kiss didn’t mean Prince Charming’s and to have changed Cinderella, but it was the absolute same as before. *continues weeping* In any case, it was after that that I began STRONGLY BELIEVING that all Fairy Tales SHOULD BE MORE FEMINISTIC so that little girls will grow up knowing how to be strong, independent women. And so when I first read the description of Melissa Bashardoust’s Girls Made of Snow and Glass, I KNEW I WOULD HAVE TO READ IT. And when I got approved to read an advance reader copy, I was OVER THE MOON. Surprisingly, this book took me a really long while to get through. The book was slow paced and filled with introspection and I found myself skipping the long LONG descriptions that came after a few exchanges between characters. Let’s break this down: THINGS I REALLY LIKED: 1. A FEMINISM AND LGBT FILLED FAIRY TALE RETELLING: Did you get all of those words? A FEMINIST. LGBT. FAIRY TALE. RETELLING. Really, can you ask for more? I already read one Snow While retelling earlier this year, Forest of A Thousand Lanterns and I LOVED IT for its Asian cast and anti-heroine but this one WITH MAGICAL POWERS SOUNDED JUST AS GOOD. I was so happy that this book turned the traditional fairy tale into a feminist book because WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT THAT? 2. STRONG FEMALE CAST: Most of the book was centred around strong female characters trying to find their way or themselves, and I loved it. Mina (the Queen/ Stepmother), Lynet (the Princess) and even Nadia were all characters that were so well done. THINGS THAT REALLY COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER: 1. THE PACE: THIS BOOK WAS VERY SLOW. It took me days and days to get through it purely because of how utterly slow paced it was. Like I mentioned before – there just wasn’t much HAPPENING in the book and it was filled with introspection from both Lynet and Mina about the SAME THINGS. I found myself skipping parts of the inner monologues as I got to the latter half of the book because they were the SAME and I wasn’t learning any new information from them I honestly felt that if the pace of this book had been different, the book itself would have been so much more enjoyable. 2. DID I ALREADY SAY THE PACE? 3. T-H-E -- P-A-C-E: And that’s it. I absolutely love what Melissa Bashardoust’s book did for feminism in fairy tales considering HOW MUCH we need it, but I would be giving this book a lot higher of a rating if the book was faster paced. 2.75 stars.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing A decent retelling of an old classic.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome & Original Retelling of Snow White & Frozen This book is fabulous in every sense of the word! If I am being picky, I'd give it a 4.5/5 starts because there was a lack of world-building...But to be fair, this is a stand alone novel that has a fantastic amount of character building! The entire concept of this novel was interesting and once you go through it you'll notice its a POV (Point of View)! Which I didn't know when I picked it up. I would give this 5/5 for the uniqueness and the pure, genuine, awesomeness! Go and get it! Even gift it! It'd be lovely for ages 13+
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Highly recommend even if you don't normally read fantasy.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I highly recommend Girls Made of Snow and Glass even if you aren’t a fan of fantasy
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique retelling! Fantasy is not usually something I’m drawn to but when I heard that this was a feminist retelling of Snow White, I had to pick it up. I’m so happy that I did because this debut novel was phenomenal. Girls Made of Snow and Glass stars Mina, the 16-year-old girl looking for loyal followers and Lynet, the 15-year-old princess who’s never left her kingdom. In a world that’s divided into a perpetual summer vs. a perpetual winter, these two girls fight to figure out where they belong. The book does take place in revolving dual-POV, and Mina’s POV takes place years before Lynet’s story. If you’re wondering about how close of a retelling it is, I would say that it’s not a typical retelling. I still call it a retelling though because it’s clear that Mina, the stepmother figure, has a connection to mirrors and Lynet is meant to be the innocent princess who’s never travelled out of her kingdom. The plot doesn’t have the Seven Dwarves plot which I loved because I thought it’d be out of place if it was included. This retelling doesn’t concern the plot but rather the characters, but even so, the interpretations of the classic characters is unique and wonderful. The writing of Girls Made of Snow and Glass was also lovely, though it does take a bit for readers to really get into it. I loved the writing and even thought it was 3rd person POV, I felt like I really knew the characters. I loved that both Mina and Lynet were so well-rounded and I really related to both. Lynet really struggled to figure out who she was, after spending her whole life being expected to follow in the footsteps of her mother. Mina, on the other hand, really struggled to accept herself and channeled that struggle into working hard to make others accept her. Both characters were really unique and fleshed-out and I loved reading about them. There’s only a minor romance in this one but it’s between Lynet and her royal doctor (a woman her age who she quickly becomes entranced by) and it was the loveliest thing. Overall, I highly recommend Girls Made of Snow and Glass even if you aren’t a fan of fantasy or retellings because it’s just a lovely well-written feminist novel.
Date published: 2017-09-06

Editorial Reviews

Junior Library Guild Selection ALA's Amelia Bloomer List for Feminist LiteratureNominated to ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults List"This beautifully wrought novel offers plenty of fairy-tale wonder, but Bashardoust resists the most common tropes; instead, she tells a story where women save each other with their own ingenuity, bravery, and love, and power and compassion can exist hand in hand. Compellingly flawed characters, vivid world-building, and pitch-perfect pacing make this utterly superb." -ALA Booklist, starred review"An empowering novel with strong, three-dimensional female protagonists who refuse to let jealousy and power break their bond. Filled with magic, adventure, and interesting characters, this debut will keep readers thoroughly engaged. A refreshing and progressive original retelling. Highly recommended." -School Library Journal, starred review"Magic, mother-daughter conflict, and the quest for self-identity are given a dark and fantastical treatment in this chilling feminist adaptation of the Snow White fairy-tale. A hauntingly evocative adaptation that stands on its own merits." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review"If you thought you were done with the re-imagined fairy tale trope, suspend your moratorium for Girls Made of Snow and Glass: Melissa Bashardoust has created a story more The Bloody Chamber than damsel-in-distress fable." -Bustle"This is Snow White as it's never been told before. Fans of Game of Thrones will relish the loyalties and betrayals; with elements of the medieval legend of the golem, echoes of the movie Frozen, and plenty of magic, Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a feminist fantasy not to be missed." -BookPage"A must-have for those who love luscious YA retellings. Absolutely stunning." -Book Riot"A richly written rethinking of Snow White...Bashardoust thoughtfully reflects on the complicated nature of the stepdaughter/stepmother relationship while exploring agency, individuality, love, and free will." -Publishers Weekly"In Girls Made of Snow and Glass, Melissa Bashardoust has given us exquisite displays of magic, complex mother-daughter relationships, and gloriously powerful women triumphing in a world that does not want them to be powerful. A gorgeous, feminist fairy tale." -Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader and The Speaker"Girls Made of Snow and Glass is like reading a particularly wonderful and vivid dream, complete with imaginative magic, delightful characters, and beautiful language. Melissa Bashardoust's debut novel is everything a fairy tale should be." -Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling coauthor of My Lady Jane and author of Before She Ignites