Best Snow White Retelling So Far // Girls Made Of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

MY RATING : ★★/5 

When I started reading this book, I expected a very average teenage fantasy story because I’ve been disappointed in so many YA books lately. Surprisingly, as soon as I think that I find myself diving in the book and never let it go for the next 3 hours and read it one shot. YES, that’s how good it was!


I would love to say that it’s the usual plot but nope this one is actually unexpected. Without spoiling anything, you have Mina, the step-mother, a beautiful woman with an exquisite charm and Lynet, the princess who become quite fond of her stepmother. Since she was a little girl, Lynet wanted to be like Mina, a beauty and those fierce traits that she always looked up to. Unfortunately, as the story unfolds their relations would turn into anger and a battle of powers take place. Don’t read the official blurb, it gives away too much of the story. (1) (2)

The supernatural aspect in this book felt very light and enchanting, it has a certain logic behind it. I know that some people don’t care about how the author builds their magical aspect but I do hehe and this one did its job!

It’s a retelling of Snow White , SNOW WHIITE PEOPLE! Is it me or is it so rare to stumble on retellings of that tale haha.  While I’m very picky with my retellings, I find the ideas incorporated in this story very clever and original.You would find the hunter, the mirror reference and some dark twists.


There are a lot of actions (you have kick-ass women), some romance but mostly the theme of the book is the family bond that Mina and Lynet shared. For that aspect alone, this book deserves a 5 stars. Their interactions look so real, raw and pure that when they start to go against each other I find myself screaming at the book you know.. NOO GET BACK TOGETHER. I like this new trend of not-going-for-romance but let’s-explore-other-kind-of-relations . Let’s be honest, human interactions are not limited to romance. Friendships, family, complex interactions should be discussed too.


Oh and there’s a lesbian couple in the book!!❤ They were absolutely adorable, they also contribute greatly to the main story. I was happy to see how all the characters had a big role to play in the end and not some side characters that you throw away and not talk about.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book, it has that Frozen vibe and the story behind one villain who is just misunderstood. 

Thank you to Raincoast Books for providing an advanced copy of this book! 


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38 thoughts on “Best Snow White Retelling So Far // Girls Made Of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

  1. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    I have been struggling with fantasy and YA a bit again, but I am a sucker for retellings! Seriously. And you have me completely sold on this. Snow White is such a fun story to reimagine and it sounds like it has been executed very well with some diverse characters ❤ Adding to my goodreads. Thanks for the heads up about the blurb! I hate when they reveal too much!


  2. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Oooh this sounds like the best Snow White retelling ever indeed! And Frozen vibes? Yay!
    I get what you mean by YA disappointments… Been there too lately. Let’s hope our luck changes! (Or authors decide to write better books?)
    Anyway, excellent review Trang! 🙂


  3. judiththereader says:

    Interesting! Snow White is probably my favourite fairy-tale, although I’m mostly stayed away from YA / retelling / adaptations of the story, because I never really like the direction they tend to take.


  4. LairOfBooks says:

    OHMYGOSH YESSSS!!! best fairy tale re-telling I’ve read in years!!! wonderful review Trang!!! & I completely agree, it was nice & refreshing exploring the different types of relationships as opposed to having a romance take center stage. Also, the female empowerment was so uplifting towards the end. Just like you i also love to when world building is done well & the inner mechanisms of it are laid out. LOVED reading how the magic worked in this world & how certain things or people came to be 🙂


      • LairOfBooks says:

        seems I missed out on a slew of notifications, so sorry Trang! 😦 but yes you absolutely have me in your corner to fangirl all things Girls Made of Snow and Glass. this is one story I’ll think back to often whenever re-tellings come up 🙂

        P.S. THAT ending was PERFECT! ❤


  5. Marie says:

    Ohhh great review, Trang! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed that one – I have it on my TBR and read a couple of positive reviews for it so far. I can’t wait to read it now, I’m loving these Snow White vibes and YAY family bonds!! ❤


  6. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Oh great review for this book Trang. I haven’t seen too many reviews for Girls Made of Snow and Glass but yours is the second positive one I’ve seen so I really need to get a copy of this book for myself ASAP. 🙂
    Also now that I think about it there aren’t too many Snow White retellings are there. Seems a little strange because it’s one you think would be more popular (I think that anyways)
    Again great review! 😀


  7. honya says:

    Hadn’t even heard of this book, but it sounds really good for lots of reasons. And I do so love a good retelling! (And you’re right; good Snow White retellings are few and far between.) Thanks for pointing this story out. 😀


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