Arc Review – Girls Made of Snow and Glass

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32768509.jpgFrozen 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.

What I Thought:

4 Stars

Wow, was this a delightful ride. The first half is slow but it’s slow for a reason. It really gives a great foundation to the story. It connects you to our heroines and helps the second half of the book really pack a punch.

I really loved the dual points of view for this book and they flowed nicely into each other. They never pulled you into a boring or unnecessary chapter.

The magic in this book was so interesting. I loved the idea of a girl with a heart of glass and another made of snow. I always love when magic in books can surprise me, sometimes I feel like I’ve seen it all.

This was all about two girls finding their place in the world. Finding out who they really are in the face of expectations of who others think they should be. Expectations, even if you’re not royal, can feel smothering. I connected with both of them on their confusion of who they really are and who they think they should be.

This was definitely a sort of girl power novel. The focus was on the girls and their struggles, which was so refreshing. And can we talk about the girl romance? It was so cute and refreshing, just two girls falling in love. I loved the inclusions of an LGBT romance in this book, I mean if a girl can have a heart of glass why can’t queer characters to exist?

I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a refreshing fantasy book.

 

 

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