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About the Author
- ASIN : B01N1U27PI
- Publisher : Flatiron Books (September 5, 2017)
- Publication date : September 5, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 6348 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #188,998 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sure the book had problems, aside from the slow start. Lynet's journey south seemed, staged to showcase the plight north, suffering under Sybil's curse. Also, Lynet suffered no actual hardships on the journey. Even when something bad did happen to her, a dues ex machine would appear immediately to fix the problem, usually in the form of magic. The commoners hardships would have been driven home in a very real way, if Lynet had to experience them, instead of just observing them, as she passed through, buying passage with her magically conterfeited coins. I felt that experiencing that pain would have better explained Lynet's rapid emotional growth.
All in all if you get this book, and don't like it at first, stick with it. In the end you might find it has grown on you.
Melissa Bashardoust does a brilliant job when it comes to creating and developing her characters. Mina believes that the ability to love will forever elude her. She pushes everyone away, but is desperately lonely and wanting of love. As the reader, you can’t help but feel a bit of compassion towards her, and even understanding. Though you still have concerns about her obsession with power and how calculating her mind can be.
Lynet has been living under the constant shadow of her dead mother. Even her own father is creepily obsessed with how much she looks like his departed wife. Lynet struggles to find her own identity, and takes dangerous risks to prove she isn’t a fragile delicate thing. Even so, Lynet is left wondering if she’ll ever be free of her mother’s ghost. As well as how she can be her own person without betraying Mina – the only mother she has ever known.
What I love the most about Girls Made of Snow and Glass is that the author does not follow all the core concepts of the original Snow White. This tale isn’t about an aging, bitter queen hating on the beautiful young princess. Their relationship is complex, like most mother/daughter relationships are. In the end they do work together to help one another, which isn’t what I was expecting. However, I'm happy that the author pushed away from the usual path most retellings take, and created something completely her own.
Aside from the wonderful character development, there are also some deeper and difficult themes that this novel addresses. From perceived gender roles, the relationship of Lynet and her father, and the complex relationship of a mother and daughter. All of which I am sure will make fantastic topics for discussion at any book club, or reading group.
While the world building needed more development and various plot points were not fully explained (i.e. Why/how Mina controls the Southern territories? ), I am still very much in love with what Melissa Bashardoust created within these pages (I want more!!!). It was refreshing to read a story that had such two very different, yet strong female points of view. Though the first half is on the “slower” side, it is necessary in order to give the reader the background needed for both characters, and to further their development.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a beautifully delicate and inventive snow-covered retelling that perfectly merges together the traditional Snow White with something delightfully new and unexpected. I would highly recommend it to all lovers of fairy tales, magic and femine empowerment.
Thank you to the Flatiron Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
Questo libro è stato una continua serie di alti e bassi.
Ma il vero problema (almeno per quanto mi riguarda) è che ho amato Mina, la matrigna, e odiato profondamente Lynet, "Biancaneve".
Se il libro fosse stato interamente su Mina sarebbe stato magnifico.
This is a wonderful debut that I can only recommend and I hope we get a lot more fairytale retellings like this from Melissa Bashardoust- it's time they all get remade and more gay!
Reviewed in Canada on January 9, 2021