Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Publisher: Flatiron Books
When she’s sixteen years old, Mina learns the terrible truth about herself: her heart is made of glass and, therefore, no one can love her and she cannot love herself. When she and her father move away from the warm South to Whitespring, a land of eternal winter, she decides that she will stop at nothing to earn the love she deserves. She concocts a plan to marry the king, securing his and his daughter’s love as well as the adoration of the kingdom.
Lynet is king’s daughter. Constantly told she is delicate and looks just like her mother, she rebels by spending her days climbing trees and running outside. When she discovers a secret about herself and her looks, she is devastated. Then, her father proclaims it’s time for her to become queen, taking Mina’s place. Now, she thinks Mina hates her. When Lynet’s father is hurt in an accident, Lynet’s very life is at stake. Will Mina take her revenge on Lynet and reclaim her crown, or will Lynet triumph?
I somehow missed that this book was a Snow White retelling when I first picked it up. The summary on the back also made me think that Mina and Lynet would be enemies, and I wasn’t interested in reading that. A year after first discovering it, I decided to give it a try, and I’m sorry I waited as long as I did. This book was really good! I loved the relationship between Mina an Lynet so much, and I loved that while this was a Snow White retelling, it was subverted and turned on its ear. I’m also frustrated that no where does this say that there is a f/f relationship, because that definitely would have made me pick up the book the first time I saw this. Why the people writing the blurbs felt like that had to be kept a secret, I don’t know. It’s not a huge part of the book, but it is an important part and it deserves to be celebrated.
My only complaint about the book itself is that Lynet read very young to me. I thought she was supposed to be a child and was shocked when it turned out she was fifteen or sixteen. I thought that she was much younger and that I’d be following her as she grew up, not that she was already a teenager. I’m not sure if that was intentional by the author, though; part of Lynet’s arc is that she’s very sheltered and babied by her father, so maybe she’s supposed to sound young. But I think that, even taking that into account, she sounded younger than she needed to.
I liked that the book goes between the two perspectives of Mina and Lynet. Both were fascinating and I’d get so wrapped up in one, I’d be disappointed when it shifted until I started reading and got enthralled in that new perspective. Both stories were sad and a little horrifying, and I felt deeply for both women. They were both so well done.
The ending of the book was a satisfying conclusion all around. The book was well written and well paced. I loved the characters and the plot. It was a great book.