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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Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

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

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.

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:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 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

Customer Reviews of Girls Made Of Snow And Glass

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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

"This beautifully wrought novel offers plenty of fair-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." -SLJ, 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." -Publisher's 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 IgnitesA Junior Library Guild Selection