Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Book Review - Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
I've read enough books that I am confident in which genres I enjoy and which ones I don't. But sometimes, just sometimes, I feel the need to break out of my comfort zone and give a new genre a try. I am SO GLAD that I gave this fairy tale by Melissa Bashardoust a chance. I won't be adding a lot more fantasy to my list of books, but I did feel a great sense of nostalgia for the genre that first captured my love of reading when I was little. Who doesn't love a good fairy tale? Make it a modern, feminist fairy tale and turn it into a full-length novel and you've got Girls Made of Snow and Glass.
The story is about two girls: Princess Lynet and her stepmother, Queen Mina. The two have a lot in common: both were raised motherless, both were made (at least in part) by Mina's magician father. Lynet was made of snow to look exactly as her mother had looked, at the request of her father, after her mother died to continue her mother's legacy as Queen. Can a woman who was made in her mother's image live her own life and create her own destiny? Mina's heart was made of glass after her real heart failed her. Can a woman whose heart is made of glass love and be loved? The magician says, "no." So Mina grows up believing that she is incapable of loving or being loved. When Lynet turns 16, her father positions her to replace Mina as ruler of the south. Will the women turn against each other in the name of power or work with one another for a greater good?
What I liked most about this book is that it had everything we love about a fairy tale: royalty, love, magic, good vs. evil...but none of the fairy tale BS: a damsel in distress saved by her big masculine hero. The story focuses on these two women, their struggles and difficulties and miscommunication. And these two women make up their own minds and fight for themselves without some hero swooping in to save them. So although this book is a YA novel, I think it is a fairy tale for adults who understand the nuances of life and get frustrated with the old fairy tale formula.
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