My Rating: 4 Stars!
Publisher: Flatrion Books
Publish Date: September 5th, 2017
Received: Giveaway win!
Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale
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.
Opening Sentence: “Lynet first saw her in the courtyard”
The best way to describe this book is quietly magical. This is not your typical action packed ya fantasy, but more of a play between two characters and how they connect to one another. Told in duel point of views, I found myself continuously intrigued by Mina’s triumph and empty self-hatred.
The characters are definitely the driving force of this story. Their wayward decisions and emotional conflicts are at the heart of this story line. Most of all the driving emotion is love or in Mina’s case her belief that she is unable to feel or experience love at all.
What drew me to Lynets side of the story was her drive to be the opposite of what she is expected to be (the reincarnation (of sorts) of the dead queen). It creates a beautifully tragic tension between how the people see and treat her and how she sees and treats herself.
What ties this story together is this subtle undercurrent of magic that both gives the characters strength and is what tears at their insides and brings them further apart.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a fantasy that makes you wonder about what makes you who you really are. It is about breaking molds and figuring out what you truly believe to be true deep inside. Beautifully told, Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a story laced in magic that will surely touch your heart.
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