My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Point of View: Alternative
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Snow White, LGBT, Magic, Family
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.
Like no fairytale retelling I have read before.
Snow White is my least favourite fairytale. Where other people see beauty and purity, I see simplicity and oppressiveness.
So it’s a good thing Melissa Bashardoust has written this feminist retelling of it, in which powerful women are not solely represented as villainous characters and where choices truly can be made.
I hope you’ve noticed how many original fairy tales there are that illustrate young girls needing to be calm, pure, beautiful and available to be loved by a stronger, more self-assured man, because it’s problematic.
In GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS, Mina (the stepmother) and Lydia (the princess) are both women made out of thin air, metaphorically-speaking, with the purpose of being controlled by men they trust.
However, they slowly discover their powers within and use them to keep control of their lives. They may have been made of a single element—meant to be simple and bendable—but Mina and Lydia will discover being underestimated might just work in their favour this time.
This truly is a splendid, lush tale. The writing is absolutely spellbinding. It definitely felt like a fairytale retelling—not too close, and not too far from the version we all know. Just the perfect amount of twists and surprises.
My only complaint is regarding the ultra slow pacing. Not much action lies in the chapters. Conversation and thought are at the heart of this novel. Fortunately, the author’s thoughts are deep and the dialog powerful.
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