Girls Made of Snow and Glass
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.
This book is told from two points of view, Lynet and Mina, but told at different time frames, Lynet is during the present time where as Mina is told from the past leading up to the present.
The dynamic between Lynet and Mina is very interesting, Mina just want to be loved and Lynet just wants to be treated like a normal person, not a fragile treasure that may break.
The background of both Lynet and Mina are very interesting and creepy at the same time. I won’t go into much detail since it will spoil the book. But man do both of their fathers have some major issues.
I enjoyed this book, more than I thought I would. I didn’t expect the small twists of info about Lynet and
Mina to be what they were. I didn’t expect there to be a “Princess Charming” in here, and I loved it.
I liked how MIna and Lynet came into their own with their “abilities” and found a way to overcome their downfalls, which happened to both be tied to their fathers and find their own voices.
I feel that this is a great book to show the importance of feminism in a positive light, and how females can help each other to overcome barriers that are placed in front of them, and that they can live together peacefully without the need to kill each other.