[ARC Review] Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

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


The first half was slow but important. It builds up the background of Lynet and Mina. These two characters are dynamic. Each complement the other for a greater good. The approach of the retelling is quite unique. 

I love how the story first starts of with Lynet's present and Mina's past. And as the novel progresses, Mena's POV builds to the present. This is important as it shows the history of the characters.  I don't normally read retelling but I believe this retelling of Snow White was beautifully done.  The imagery and descriptions of Winterspring were breathtaking. 

This books definitely highlights feminism such that it stresses the importance of females helping females and they can coexist peacefully. The reader will understand why as they read. This is a wonderful female empowerment fantasy novel. 

Overall I would give Girls Made of Snow and Glass 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  1. Oh wow! Five stars! I'm so wanting to read this!