Girls Made of Snow and Glass: {ARC Review}

Publication date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Series: None
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley


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. 

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

Let me start off by saying that I LOVED the relationship between Mina and Lynet. Too often with stepdaughter/stepmother stories there is a lot of hate between the two, which is overdone in my opinion. So when I read this Snow White retelling, and their relationship was as amazing as it was, I was so happy. 

Both have their own issues to deal with and they will all come to light throughout the story, because we get both Mina and Lynet's POV. I felt sorry for both of them as the plot unfolded, because they were both dealt crappy cards. 

Don't even get me started on Lynet's creepy father. He was so icky. 

Mina's relationship with the surgeon, Nadia, was slightly underwhelming. It was definitely a slow burn type, but there wasn't enough time for it to develop because of other things that were going on around them. I also felt that Nadia's character was not fleshed out enough for her role in the story. 

Like I said, I loved Lynet and Mina's relationship, and my favorite thing was how the story did not pit them against each other like the original Snow White story did. Yes, Mina is an aging queen, and Lynet is her younger successor, but they are both SO much more than that. The book focused on their fears and how they grew to overcome them in their self discovery quests. 

My main issue with the book is that it got to 55% and nothing really was happening. After that, the story picked up and got interesting but it was still slightly hard to get to that point.

I also do not know if this is truly a standalone or if there will be more, because it felt like even though everything got resolved at the end, it happened too quickly and felt like there was room for so much more.

If you loved fairytales but hate the ones that pit women against women, this one is for you! It's got a great mother/daughter storyline that will leave you feeling good.


1 comment:

  1. I am so eager to read this. Just so many books ahead of it...😞


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