At sixteen Mina was being raised by her magician father after her mother had passed away and as much as Mina saw herself as normal she was anything but. Mina’s father had replaced her heart with one made of glass to keep her alive so when she moves to Whitespring Castle she forms a plan to learn to love even without a real heart so that she can win the heart of the king and become the queen of the castle herself.
Years later fifteen year old Lynet is being raised by her father the king and her stepmother, Mina. All Lynet ever hears though is how much she resembles her mother that died giving birth to her so much so that Lynet wishes to get out of her shadow. One day though Lynet finds she has something in common with her stepmother Mina when she learns that Mina’s father the magician actually created her out of snow at the wishes of the king after her mother’s death.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust is a young adult fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairytale. I’m always a fan of retellings if the story brings something new and different to the table and doesn’t seem like the author simply reworded the original. With this book the story certainly changed quite a bit and took on a whole new life of it’s own but still had those twinges of the original to bring back the nostalgia. If comparing this to anything I’d say it reminded me a bit of Cinder by Marissa Meyer in that regard that the story felt fresh and full of new ideas while reading.
The story is told by switching the point of view back and forth between Mina, the stepmother, and Lynet in Snow White’s roll. Mina’s chapters begin with flashing back to her teenage years and tell the story of how she was brought up, how she met the king and how she eventually becomes Lynet’s stepmother leaving the two woman doomed to rivals. Lynet’s story picks up the present and eventually the entire story entwines bringing the reader to the lives and relationship of the two woman. If a fan of retellings with some new and original ideas I’d recommend checking this one out as it was certainly different.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.