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!

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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. ezgif.com-add-text (1)ezgif.com-add-text (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.

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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.

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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 Comments Add yours

  1. 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!

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    1. If you’re a sucker for retellings, you should totally read this one! 😀 I loved it so much ahah it would sound childish at first but believe me it keeps getting better 😉

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      1. I am a total sucker for them! I have it added ❤ They seem to be the one genre (sub-genre) I cannot get enough of.

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  2. ljshouse2015 says:

    Interesting…

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    1. It is !! Let me know if you gave it a try 😉 Glad to see you’re back!

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  3. What a wonderful review Trang, and I love your gifs! I just put myself on hold for this at the library so now I’m really looking forward to reading it.😊

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    1. Happy that you loved the gifs ! Hhaha 🙂 It always help to picture what I had in mind when I read the book

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  4. 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! 🙂

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    1. Omg seriously, YA is that love-hate relationship you know LOL what was the last YA book youve read and loved ? :O

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      1. So true xD
        I think it was Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I haven’t quite finished it yet but I know it’ll be my favorite for now hahaha

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  5. 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.

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    1. It’s so rare to find retellings of Snow White I don’t know why :O ! If you like the original ones I would totally understand too hahah 😉 They go pretty far in re-imagining it but at least this one made the right moves. What are the books you’re into these days? :O

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      1. I really like horrors and thrillers at the minute – a big fan of Stephen King, but I like classics too 🙂

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        1. Omg I have IT on my TBR 😀 Wanted to read it for Halloween hih

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          1. You definitely should! And then watch the film 😛 I’ve got some blog posts about IT if you’d like to read them: https://readandreview2016.wordpress.com/tag/it/ 🙂

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  6. Kiersten says:

    I’ve been hearing so many good things about this book. I can’t wait to read it.

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    1. Can’t wait to see what you think about it 😀

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  7. 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 🙂

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    1. OMGOSH I KNOW RIGHT!! HAHAH I’m so happy I ahve someone now to fangirl about it ! ❤ HOW CUTE WAS THAT COUPLE THO? I loved the ending so much, it was perfect !

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      1. 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! ❤

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  8. 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!! ❤

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    1. MARIEE ❤ I hope you enjoy this one too and will looking forward to se your thoughts on it 😉

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  9. I love retellings very much so this is going on my TBR

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    1. YAY 😀 Which retelling is your favourite so far?

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      1. I loved Wintersong so much though I haven’t read much on SNOW WHITE

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  10. 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! 😀

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    1. OMGAD YASS BETH I think you are going to love this one!! 😀 (well I hope so) If yes, please come fangirling with me hhaha 😀 and I know right? The retelllings that are very popular are.. Alice In Wonderland LOL

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      1. Well I have high hopes, and everything I’ve heard about it so far is supporting those high hopes! 😀 I will definitely come fangirling to you, and yeah it’s Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast too I think. 🙂

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  11. 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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    1. It’s kind of weird right that Snow White is not as popular in retellings? :O It’s such a nice story! So happy that my review can spark an interest 😉

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  12. Wonderful Review! I’m not a fan of snow white retellings but your review convinced me enough to give it a shot. 🙂

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  13. This sounds so good!! It also helps that I am currently addicted to Once Upon A Time on Netflix so I am really into the fairytale thing right now. I was just thinking I need a book that is a retelling.

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  14. Thank you for the tip about not reading the blurb!! And I love that it’s a retelling of Snow White *and* also a Frozen vibe- okay, gimme this book- sounds like great fun!! 😀 Brilliant review!

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  15. I thought I commented on this one already!🤔🤔🤔 I want to read this one so bad!!!😰😰😰 I loved your review so much Trang and you picked the perfect GIFs!!!💯You rock Trang!❤😚

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    1. DANI ❤ !! This was such a great book seriously ! Thank you for the kind words I always get super happy when I receive a notif from you GAHA 😚😚

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      1. Awww!!!!😘😘😘 Yay!🙌🙌🙌 💜 I always get happy when I see your notifications as well!😉 I love showing love to awesome people like you!💖

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