Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Sixteen-year-old Mina is motherless, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone. In fact, her heart has never beat at all, but she’s always thought that was normal. Mina never guessed that her father had 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 kings 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 orders. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her to 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. Only one can win all, while the other loses everything-unless they can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.
This was a buddy read for me with some of my favorite ladies, Alana, Rae, and Stephanie. We read Skyward together and decided that we wanted to do another buddy read. Girls Made of Snow and Glass was a book we all owned but hadn’t read yet. I’m always here for a good retelling, but this was sadly not that.
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this story and despite that, I was a bit disappointed. I think this story could have been so much more than it was. I don’t want to say that I didn’t like this book, but it could have been better. It was just okay. The characters were entertaining, but I wasn’t overly invested. I thought the story was interesting even though there were things that I would have changed.
I don’t have a whole lot to say about this book, so I’m not just going to go on and on about it. Overall, I was happy with the ending and where the characters ended up. I think this story had so much more potential and could have been done up so much better. I liked that there was a female/female romance. I liked the relationship with Mina and Lynet, especially the ending. It was an alright story, but I probably won’t read it again.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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