Sadly, this book was not my cup of tea…
Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Meslissa Bashardoust
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Synopsis: 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 glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the kings heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that shell 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 queens image, at her fathers 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 shes 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.
DNF @ 50%
I read as much of this as I could bring myself to in order to feel like it was justified to fairly rate this. It just was not for me, and I couldn’t get through this at all.
The characters were flat and the writing felt juvenile. I also struggled with the structure of the writing, the paragraphs were often very long which made it a choppy read, and it did not flow well between the POVs of the main characters Lynet and Mina. The structure was an interesting contrast to the writing style, because the dialogue screamed middle grade to me, but the long paragraphs almost felt like an adult fantasy, it made for a difficult read.
Back to the middle grade point, someone on Goodreads pointed out that it felt like a middle grade and I agree. The dialogue did not feel like real human talking, but rather seemed forced and pointed out the obvious way too often. I would have loved a little bit more show, and less tell.
As well, it’s a good thing the synopsis explained which girl was which, because I found myself constantly getting confused about who was who, their personalities melded together and they did not seem like 2 separate characters.
Along with this, I spent a loooong time trying to figure out how the ages worked, the king had a child with his then wife, the wife dies, and Mina tries/wants to then marry him, but in the synopsis it says Mina is 15, so is the king very young? is there a long period of time between Mina being 15 and her actually marrying the king? did the king have a child with a wife while he was a teenager? do they have a large age gap? I have questions. and to be far, maybe these questions were answered later in the book, so please let me know if they are, it’s driving me insane.
And because I don’t want to criticize too much of the book itself as I didn’t finish it, I will mention something else: the map/illustration of the castle in the front is both unnecessary, and again, juvenile. It looked straight out of a meh middle grade book. If the decision was made to include an illustration of the castle (which in this case was very basic and included location descriptions such as “east wing”, as if the reader wouldn’t understand the location of it without a diagram) I would have loved to see a beautiful and detailed castle illustration. There was a great opportunity to take the tradition of a region map, and make it something different, but it just fell completely flat. As you can see in the photo, there is just a lot of empty space in this illustration, and it could have been a stunning depiction of the castle that so much of the book was based around, I’m disappointed.
That about does it for my review, hopefully you guys enjoyed this more than I did, and I think I will continue to stay away from retellings (I bought this without realizing it was a retelling, and I don’t think I have ever read a retelling I have enjoyed).
Thank you so much for reading!!