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 she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.
Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.
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.
It’s been so long since I last read the summary of Girls Made of Snow and Glass that I forgot what it was actually about when I began reading it. The only thing I remembered was that it was a retelling and that someone was made of snow and someone might be made of glass.
But that’s wasn’t surprising, I tend to forget the summary of books by the time I get around to reading them What was surprising though, was for me to find this book in the young adult section of my library, not because of the content or the story itself, but because of how it looks. The size of Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a lot wider and taller than typical young adult books, I feel like if I were to judge it on size alone, I would assume it was an adult book. And the cover doesn’t make me think of young adult books because it’s so simple but I think it’s a beautiful cover and the story itself seemed to be young adult since the main main character is a teen.
It was hard for me to get into Girls Made of Snow and Glass, it was so SO slow. I know not every book can be action and battle and betrayal but it took about 155 pages for the story to really get to the point, then it slowed down again and picked up once more. For me, this book was more of a commitment, I almost stopped reading it because of how slow it was but I pushed through because I loved the whole idea of the book and the world Lynet and Mina live in. The only part, other than the slowness, that I was disappointed in was the reveal of who was made of snow and who was made of glass and how they reacted. I feel like something should have led up to that moment, like the reveal should have felt more shocking to me but I felt nothing.
Other than the slowness, the story was great. Like I said earlier, I love the idea of magic, a person made of snow and another one made of glass. This isn’t your typical Snow White story and it definitely feels like they mashed in Frozen with it in a good way. The Huntsman was also super cool and I loved the idea behind him but I don’t want to spoil anything. It was just as well thought out, very creative idea. I just wish there was something more to it action wise or emotional wise.
Both Mina and Lynet are also very different characters. I feel like Mina was good at hiding what she was thinking, she was good at manipulating and planning ahead and she was great at patience. Lynet was good at being innocent and adventurous and both complimented each other very well. And yes, this also has a very subtle f/f romance. Romance wasn’t a big part of Girls Made of Snow and Glass, it was more so love and acceptance but I thought it was a nice part to it.
At it’s core, Girls Made of Snow and Glass was, I feel like, a story about family love and the troubles it can bring. If I had to take anything away from this story it would be that anyone can be considered your family, not just those related by blood. And that’s a very beautiful message to be sending.