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Girls Made of Snow and Glass

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  5,873 ratings  ·  1,488 reviews
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 shed always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of
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Published September 5th 2017 by Flatiron Books
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Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 avai
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
C.G. Drews
This was an entirely magical book of (1) glass, (2) snow, (3) epic women, and (4) extremely bad hair days. Which is relatable, honestly, because I put my foot down when these fairy tales can just have wonderful queens smiting galaxies and never getting so angry at their hair they just want to cut it all off. 10/10 for hair relatability. BUT ACTUALLY (!!) this book is about more than hair. In fact it's not about hair, shut up Cait why do you even do this. It's a Snow White retelling that has some ...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
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I loved this book! I hope to add it to my bookshelves! That’s all!

Happy Reading!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Elise (TheBookishActress)
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
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
may ➹
it was good and all, but my advice?

make it gayer


// buddy read with my gay crew, the ho/theho/theo & ame-“date me”-lie

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 ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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
Candace Robinson
What a lovely book! I enjoyed this retelling a lot! Sometimes the pace felt a little slow, but the originality was all there!! But don't get me started on the king... I understood him, but he was just weird... Full review on my blog
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
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
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
✨    jamieson   ✨
“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 intere
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
☆☆☆☆.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.

This Snow White retelling was completely original and definitely took me by surprise! This is a debut? Seriously? Melissa Bashardoust's creativity and originality is
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.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read This Book! Read This Book!
Fierce, addictive, fun, and amazing.

Read it.

"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 look, back
Leona  Carstairs
If they love you for anything, it will be for your beauty.

Two things.
1. Mina's character arc is perfection
2. This is twenty times better than the original Snow White tale
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
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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

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
Trigger warnings for suicide, violence/death, child abuse, and misogyny.

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 exquiste, and
julianna ➹
THIS IS SERIOUSLY SO GOOD I CAN'T. (and also <3 <3 @ my smol Lynet realizing her feelings for someone)
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 retelling o
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Anja V
Sep 15, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
me @ my favorite bookstore: so this is marketed as a fairy tale retelling of snow white which is my least favorite fairy tale of all time? ha NOPE thanks

me @ home: wait, what is that? this is feminist and has a f/f romance? BOOKSTORE WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME??? GIVE IT TO ME NOW
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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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