There have been so many retelling and not-so-new takes on fairy tales in the past few years that I wasn’t sure I could stand another. And there’s no more tried and true story than the stepmother who turns to evil and the beautiful stepdaughter struggling for love/survival… but an enthralling Buzz Books excerpt convinced me to give Melissa Bashardoust‘s Girls Made of Snow and Glass a shot.
Shoot and score! Finally, something original!
The magic was creative, unique and beautiful. And the two “girls” were well-developed, realistic and interesting. Side note: I can’t believe this is the author’s first book.
“Cold as snow, sharp as glass”
I feel like this is a hard one to talk about without getting spoilery, so some very top-line thoughts:
- I was really touched by the themes around what it takes to be a mother and what love really is
- It raised an interesting philosophical question of what it means to be real
- Lynet (daughter) may be “cold,” but she is full of warm emotions and curiosity
- Mina (stepmother) may have grown “sharp,” but is full of softness for her loved ones and subjects
- I love them both!
- I also loved the takes on Felix, the mirror and huntsman (I wish I could say more!)
- Unique take on magic, with an unexpected evolution of abilities
- I like the parallel qualities of snow and glass that make the girls, even in their “magic” seem destined to be family
Wrap-up: This is an amazing debut, with a unique and heart wrenching take on the standard fairytale structure.