"Girls of Snow and Glass" Review

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            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 had 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.
            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, on her father’s orders. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. But when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina, her stepmother starts to look at Lynet with something like hatred. 

            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.  

           There are countless renderings of the classic tale of Snow White, but not one quite like this. “Girls Made of Snow and Glass” offers up a clear feminist perspective, making it stand out among its competitors. It traces the relationship of two women doomed to be enemies, a relationship where only one can win all - unless they can find a way to rewrite their story. 

          Mina is the strength behind this novel, facing so much hatred from others and herself. While she plays the role of the “Evil Queen” and finds herself incapable of love, Mina is somehow able to capture the reader’s support. It’s interesting and heartbreaking to see her struggle internally, the weight hanging from her shoulders. She’s so strong a character, regal and resilient. Even though her heart is made of glass, she discovers that love is strong enough to break anything.  

          Lynet is the heart of this book, fighting to figure out her place in the world and who she is. Is she her mother, the woman who wore her face? Or can she be something else entirely? Lynet grapples with these questions throughout the novel, as well as her feelings for Nadia, the castle surgeon. Her relationship with her step-mother Mina is a fascinating one, as the ties between them are stretched. Despite having no biological mother except the snow that blankets Whitespring, Lynet braves her fate with love and courage. 

          Bashardoust’s writing style is beautifully descriptive, telling a classic tale with grace and singularity. While her plot is a simple one, with only a handful of twists, it loses none of its charm. Every character, drawing inspiration from the classic Snow White actors, both embodies its roots and grows into something much deeper.