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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  11,627 ratings  ·  2,469 reviews
Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale.

Sixteen-year-old Mina is motherless, 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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Flatiron Books
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Hannah No, this story revolves more around a mother-daughter relationship and self-identity. That would be funny if the author found a way to work them in, b…moreNo, this story revolves more around a mother-daughter relationship and self-identity. That would be funny if the author found a way to work them in, but I think that would cause the focus of the story to stray, so I'm glad she left them out. (less)
Amelia One of the main characters has a same-sex romance.

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
It was kind of boring. There was nothing terrible about this book, but like the snow and ice imagery so prevalent throughout the book, it left me cold. This book portrays itself as a feminist fantasy, modeled after Frozen and The Bloody Chamber. I have not watched Frozen, and I don't know what The Bloody Chamber is. What it did remind me of was Snow White and the Huntsman with a magical twist. We get to see things from the not-so-evil stepmother/queen (Mina), and the princess (Lynet). Both are b ...more

ARC provided by Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a debut novel that is also a very reminiscent loose fairytale mashup retelling of Snow White and Frozen, but with unique twists. It’s a dual narrative that switches between the points of view between two women. One is Lynet, a fifteen-year-old who will one day rule her father’s kingdom, while residing in the northern lands of Whitespring. The other is Mina, Lynet’s stepmother, who is from the southern
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 on kindle US today 6/27/20

I loved this book! The end!

Happy Reading!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
*I received an early copy of this book from Netgalley, but that does not change my feelings on the book overall*

I went into this book with little to no actual plot knowledge. I knew it was a retelling of Snow White, I knew it was being marketed as having "feminist" elements, and I had an inkling that the Snow White character would be queer. These things are all accurate to the story, but they in no way to justice to the plot, characters, and heart of this book.

Lynet and Mina are remarkable char
Drcong O '
holy. SHIT.

i can’t believe how amazing this book was???? the writing is so gorgeous and the story is so intriguing!!! there’s also an adorable f/f romance between Nadia and Lynet. these two are so fucking precious and soft. 💘 I LOVED THIS SO MUCH.

this book is so magical, lovely and interesting. it's based a lot on character growth and it's VERY slow. i was really surprised by how much i liked it because extremely slow + books based on character growth do not work out for me.

one teensy problem
Elle (ellexamines)
As many of you may know, I’m a huge fan of subersive retellings. A retelling focusing on Snow White and her stepmother always sounded fabulous to me, especially with feminist themes. And, thank goodness, it didn’t disappoint. This is really all I want out of fantasy; developed characters, interesting subversions of done-before tropes, and sapphic girls.

In terms of retellings, this is one of the more imaginative ones I’ve read. I can’t really spoil how!! But really, the new elements added were so
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**4.5-stars rounded up**

All she would remember was the story that would be passed down by those watching: the cruel stepmother, and the wronged princess who had returned from the dead to strike her down and take what was hers.

She didn't want their story to end this way. And more than that, she knew she had the power to change it.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a completely enthralling Snow White retelling that definitely took me by surprise!

This is a debut?!

Melissa Bashardoust's creativity an
may ➹
it was good and all, but my advice?

make it gayer

// buddy read with my gay crew, theo & amelie

thanks to Ju AGAIN for sending me this
destiny ♡ howling libraries
Spoiler-free review!

“Weak or strong - she didn’t know what they meant anymore. Maybe they didn’t mean the same thing for everyone.”

First, you have to know that this book literally is being marketed as, and I quote, "a fantasy feminist fairy tale", and if you think that wasn't enough to sell me on it, you are DEAD WRONG.

In the wintery wonderland Whitespring, Princess Lynet is nearing her sixteenth birthday, and her father expects her to come into her own as Queen. Unfortunately, Lynet has
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

Retellings have been coming out of the woodwork these last several years, with SNOW WHITE being a crowd favorite, but as much as I love fairytales (and I really, really do), there are only so many ways a story can be retold in a short period of time before it gets tired.

Which is why if I'd more carefully read the blurb, I probably wouldn't have requested GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust . . . And that would have been a mistake.

SEE?? Sometimes
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
4 Stars


I knew Melissa Bashardoust's debut would hold a special place on my shelves before I even read it. Because it was my first physical ARC!


(I'm so happy I didn't hate this)

Taking place in a land plagued by endless Winter, this Snow White retelling focuses on two young women. The first, Mina is startled to learn her father created a replacement heart for her-- made out of glass. Unable to love or feel like others, Mina instead focuses on power, ultimately marrying the recently wido
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-4
This fairy tale retelling of “Snow White” is completely captivating, told from the dual perspectives of Mira and Linnet, two girls who’ve had their lives forever changed by one sorcerer. A queen and stepmother put into place in a palace. A young girl who longs to know about herself and her mother. I love the way the author crafts each character so delicately, weaving backstory so that each is so completely relatable and sympathetic. There are so many shades of gray in this tale.

And as the tale
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
About: Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a young adult fantasy written by Melissa Bashardoust. It will be published on 9/5/2017 by Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publisher, 384 pages. The genres are young adult, retellings, fantasy, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 12 to 18. This is the author’s debut novel.

My Experience: I started reading Girls Made of Snow and Glass on 8/1/17 and finished it on 8/6/17. This book is a fantastic read! It’s another retelling like no othe
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
****4 STARS****

I am becoming a huge fan of magical, spellbinding, romance, and coming of age stories thanks to books like this one.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass follows a family that wanted to build a world of love and trust but find that threatened by their own demons and misunderstandings of themselves. Their struggles were engaging and easily addictive. My absolute favorite element of this story is the way the author was able to combine older fairy tales into a modern day story that we can rel
✨    jami   ✨
“Every time you shudder from the cold or wrap yourself more tightly in your furs, it reminds me that somewhere, the sun shines more brightly than it does here. You carry it in your skin.”

I'm not a huge fan of retellings (unpopular opinion I know) I usually just find them boring and feel as if they don't live up to the original. Girls Made of Snow and Glass added so many unique elements to the Snow White story that really developed it beyond the original and I think that, on top of the inte
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read This Book! Read This Book!
Fierce, addictive, fun, and amazing.

Read it.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The awesomely twisted behavior of fairytale characters never gets old! I have a weird relationship with retellings. Some I like and some I tolerate. This was an above average retelling of Snow White and it wasn't bad at all. I wasn't completely enthralled but I did like it. The two main characters were nicely written and told their stories well. However, the magic/fantasy aspect bothered me; mostly because both these characters should not be taking lovely little strolls in the sun without disast ...more
A+ to everyone who told me I would love this book. Queer, feminist fairytale indeed.
Aria ・❥・Biblioaria ˚ · .

"If they love you for anything, it would be for your beauty."

So before I start my review, let me show you my attempt to recreate my favorite character from this book, Mina. I wanted to wear some winter outfit but was only able to pull out my wool sweater. I thought, I'd try to recreate her younger loo

I was really expecting to like Girls Made of Snow and Glass. Unfortunately, this was not the case at all. I would be involved and captivated in sections and in others, I could feel myself itching to take a nap instead. The story just wasn’t vibrant enough to keep my attention. I’m sure this is a book someone else would love and find themselves in, but I just couldn’t care about Lynet and Mina during their separate plot lines.

Both girls
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Snow didn’t break or shatter, and neither would she. All she had to do was be true to her nature.

When my book club decided this book would be our October BOTM, I have to admit I was disappointed. When booktubers first started talking about it, I honestly thought it was going to be a love story between a stepmother and her stepdaughter … yeah I was too excited about that. So I went into this story not expecting a lot, though before starting it I had finally understood it wasn’t a love story betwe
rachel ☾
Girls Made of Snow and Glass was simply magical. Bashardoust's writing style did not seem to be work for everyone but the atmospheric way she crafted this clever retelling worked for me in so many ways. I agree that there were elements that could have been a little more - Nadia, the worldbuilding, its pacing - but the story as a whole was breathtaking. Her exploration of mother-daughter relationships was simply exquisite, and I know this story will stay with me for a long time.

Trigger warnings
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
At sixteen Mina was being raised by her magician father after her mother had passed away and as much as Mina saw herself as normal she was anything but. Mina's father had replaced her heart with one made of glass to keep her alive so when she moves to Whitespring Castle she forms a plan to learn to love even without a real heart so that she can win the heart of the king and become the queen of the castle herself.

Years later fifteen year old Lynet is being raised by her father the king and her s
julianna ➹
THIS IS SERIOUSLY SO GOOD I CAN'T. (and also <3 <3 @ my smol Lynet realizing her feelings for someone) ...more
Buddy read with Hiba!
The truth still hung like a vicious blade between them: Only one of them could be queen. Only one of them could win.
Snow white is one of my least favourite fairy tales. Aside from the seven dwarves (I'm talking about disney version), what's there to like in that story? Snow white is extremely stupid even for my seven-year-old self standard and basically I hate almost everything about it ever since I was seven and I first saw the disney version. So a feminist ret
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
HOLY SMOKES this was everything I ever wanted in a Snow White / Frozen fairytale-esque retelling. I absolutely loved the bond/relationship between Mina and Lynet, and my heart ACHED over the way their destinies were formed. I adored the themes of love and family, of the relationship between mothers and daughters, of the relationship between fathers and daughters. That's pretty much all I can say without giving too much away, but I loved, loved, LOVED this book so much. Bashardoust really outdid ...more
Greyson | Use Your Words
Girls of Snow and Glass is the feminist Disney retelling we didn't know we needed.

Cold as snow, sharp as glass

Actual Rating: 4.5★'s

Girls made of Snow and Glass is a feminist retelling of Snow White. It follows Lynet and her stepmother Mina in their battle of who will be queen.

Lynet wants nothing more than to be rid of the comparisons to her dead mother. She doesn't want to be delicate, she wants to be strong, find adventure, she'd rather climb trees than learn how to stitch them. She is wil
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, audiobook
An impressive debut novel, featuring a well-written, character driven story that asks whether it is possible for a person to break free of the image created for them by others. Can we allow ourselves to change, or are we doomed to be a particular person no matter what choices we make? This very loose retelling of Snow White (without the dwarves), asks all of this and more in a new and refreshing way.

I loved the way tropes such as the vain stepmother were thoroughly investigated and subverted. Th
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received a copy from Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review.

Well, this has got to be one of the best fantasy books I've read in 2017. I was never a fan of Snow White—hated her, actually—but this book made me think otherwise. I loved Girls Made of Snow and Glass! Melissa Bashardoust gave it a spin that I never anticipated. It felt very original—the content of this story—despite being a retelling.

We follow Lynet’s and Mina’s lives in alternating and nonlinear timelines for the first ha
samantha  Bookworm-on-rainydays
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very beautifully told story. mixing elements of Snow White, Frozen, and Sleeping Beauty. I loved what the author did with it, making the fairy tales her own. And contrary to old original fairy tales, this one has a happy ending for both princess and queen and i really liked that.
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Melissa Bashardoust (pronounced BASH-ar-doost) received her degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she rediscovered her love for creative writing, children’s literature, and fairy tales and their retellings. She currently lives in Southern California with a cat named Alice and more copies of Jane Eyre than she probably needs. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is her first ...more

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