My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: September 5th 2017
Page Count: 372
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.
This is a creative, fairytale retelling of a combination of Snow White and Frozen. Doesn’t that sound awesome! It markets itself as a feminist fairytale and I would agree because I found the two leading female characters to be quite strong and empowering. I generally enjoyed this story, but I couldn’t give it a higher rating because I did have a few issues with it. Mainly, it was because the middle of the story seemed a bit slow. It didn’t seem like that much action was going on and the plot kind of dragged. However, when I began to reach the end, it started to pick up and I was able to get more engaged in the book. I also thought that the writing was a bit simple and didn’t leave much for the reader to assume. Overall though, I liked the concept of this book and the creativity behind the retelling.
To be honest, I didn’t know that this was a snow white/frozen retelling going into the story, but once I realized that it was, it was nice seeing all of the connections that were made. I appreciated how clever and creative the storyline was. It seemed like all of the details fit together well, however, I would have liked to have had a little more detail on the magic in this world and the rules behind it. I think to compensate for the lack of magical background, the story tried to stay more centered around the development of the characters. Character development is something this book did very well. I liked how none of the characters were all good or all bad. They each were flawed and complex people in their own way. If you like books with good characters, then this is the book for you!
Mina is the stepmother of the princess, Lynet, and the queen of the kingdom. I really enjoyed Mina’s character. I thought she was very complex and well thought out. Throughout the story, she was forced to grapple with either becoming evil and letting her father win or letting love win. I really liked the relationship between Mina and Lynet because we get to know their backstories and how they came to be so close to each other. Mina was a refreshing spin on the classic evil queen.
The book has alternating points of view throughout the chapters from both Mina and Lynet, and this was definitely the way to do it. Both of these characters were able to show their growth and how they became stronger from their setbacks. A feminist fairytale is a great way to describe this because there was no prince sweeping in to save the day. Everything was up to the cleverness of the two female characters. There was a romantic relationship between Lynet and another girl and I thought this was quite nice because you don’t see that represented very often in books. Nonetheless though, romance did not take over the plot.
If you are looking for a retelling story to read, then I think this would be a good one. It didn’t blow me away, but I appreciated its creativity. Even though I probably wouldn’t pick it up again, I have a feeling that other people might really enjoy this depending on their reading tastes.
I won this arc in a giveaway from Flatiron Books, but all of the opinions in this review are my own.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass releases on September 5th 2017 so be on the lookout for this book soon!