Girls made of snow and glass / Melissa Bashardoust.
- ISBN: 1250077737
- ISBN: 9781250077738
- ISBN: 9781250077738 (hardback)
- ISBN: 1250077737 (hardback)
- Physical Description: 375 pages : map ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
|General Note:||Nutmeg Award Nominee, Middle School (Teen), 2020.|
|Summary, etc.:||"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"--|
Nutmeg Award Nominee, Middle School (Teen), 2020.
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Publishers Weekly Review
Girls Made of Snow and Glass
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In Bashardoust's debut, a richly written rethinking of Snow White, Princess Lynet and her stepmother, Queen Mina, fight the fates imposed by their fathers. When Mina was small, her sorcerer father, Gregory, replaced her failing heart with a glass one. Gregory claims that without a heartbeat, Mina is unlovable; to disprove him, she marries the widowed King Nicholas and earns the adoration of a kingdom. Her reign as queen is only temporary, though: when Nicholas's daughter, Lynet, turns 16, Nicholas grants her rule over Mina's territory. Lynet ponders declining the power transfer, but then overhears Mina plotting against her. Further complicating matters is Lynet's discovery that she wasn't born but was conjured from snow in the late Queen Emilia's image at her father's request, leading a horrified Lynet to flee the castle. A romantic subplot involving Lynet and a young surgeon named Nadia adds further drama and tension as Bashardoust thoughtfully reflects on the complicated nature of the stepdaughter/stepmother relationship while exploring agency, individuality, love, and free will. Ages 12-up. Agent: Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, DeFiore and Company. (Sept.) Â© Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass
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*Starred Review* Lynet has grown up in the shadow of her mother, Emilia, who died giving birth to her or so she was told. In reality, she's the product of dark magic: her heartbroken father asked a magician, Gregory, to make him a daughter out of snow in the image of his late wife, the queen. Lynet chafes under her father's expectations that she emulate the mother she's never known; instead, she idolizes her steely stepmother, Mina, who's always treated Lynet with tenderness, despite believing that she's incapable of love, thanks to the glass heart her father, Gregory, gave her as a child. Alternating between Lynet's and Mina's perspectives, Bashardoust gracefully illustrates their fraught relationships with their fathers and each other and builds captivating tension between love and ambition. Mina's calculating efforts to gain power by marrying Lynet's father are in sharp contrast to the tenderness she feels for Lynet, while Lynet's reluctance to become queen transforms once she recognizes her own considerable power. Drawing from both Snow White and the Snow Queen, this beautifully wrought novel offers plenty of fairy tale wonder, but Bashardoust resists the most common tropes; instead, she tells a story where women save each other with their own ingenuity, bravery, and love, and power and compassion can exist hand in hand. Compellingly flawed characters, vivid world building, and pitch-perfect pacing make this utterly superb.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2017 Booklist
School Library Journal Review
Girls Made of Snow and Glass
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Gr 8 Up-When Mina fell ill, her father the magician cut out her dying heart and replaced it with glass. Unable to love or be loved, Mina learns that beauty can be used to manipulate others. At 16, she leaves the South with her father to move North where snow perpetually falls. Her father is being rewarded for curing the king's daughter, the cover story the king is using for having the magician create a baby replica of the recently deceased queen out of snow and blood. Soon after, Mina marries the king in hopes that being queen will bring her the love she desires. However, she forms a real bond with her stepdaughter Lynet. At 15, when Lynet learns what she really is, the clash for the role of queen begins. While kill or be killed is the only option Mina sees, Lynet believes she can save Mina's heart and find a happily ever after for everyone. Told in alternating viewpoints, this work uses elements from recognizable fairy tales to create an empowering novel with strong, three-dimensional female protagonists who refuse to let jealousy and power break their bond. Filled with magic, adventure, and interesting characters such as the huntsman created by Mina from glass to cure her loneliness, and Nadia the fearless court surgeon whose friendship with Lynet turns to something more, this debut will keep readers thoroughly engaged. -VERDICT A -refreshing and progressive original retelling. Highly recommended.-Marissa -Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ Â© Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.