I know, I know, I’m super late to the party on this one. I only recently received a copy of this book for review, presumably ahead of Bashardoust’s newest book, Girl, Serpent Thorn, and as Girls Made of Snow and Glass is now coming out on Kindle with Hodder & Stoughton. It was such a joy to read though, that I wish I’d got my hands on it sooner!
Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 16th April 2020
If Angela Carter had written a Snow White YA, with a pinch of Natasha Ng’s Girls of Paper and Fire, then it might have turned out something like this. This tale takes what you know of the original story (or at least, the Disney story) and upends it, making it so much more about the ‘evil’ Queen, the strength of the apparently fragile daughter and how these stories revolve around each other.
And, thanks to everyone knowing the Disney story so well, and the grim nature of the original fairy stories, it means that you can’t quite guess the ending – will it be one of redemption? Blood on snow? Misery?
I loved the way that the characters grew and evolved in this, from the stepmother Mina’s broken heart, to Lynet finding her conviction, to Nadia finding her loyalty. It was really about these three, but also about the bonds bringing them together and tearing them apart – it really felt like the characters were making their own decisions about who to trust and who to support.
It was a little stereotypical YA – the men were grief-stricken, empty or cruel, which allowed the women to find their own strength. And there are definite kingdom issues with having one half in perpetual winter and the other in perpetual summer (and for all citizens to just deal with this) – more world-building would have been welcome – but it was still enjoyable, and all of these details set the scene for the main characters to grow and develop.
What was most enjoyable, though, is that apart from the story revolving a stepmother and stepdaughter, very little about it felt ‘Snow White’ – it felt like a story by itself.
A comfortable 4.5 stars rounded down to 4.
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.