Girls Made of Snow & Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

What an amazing retelling!! Warming though: the audiobook definitely calls Mina Nina, with an N. No M’s present.

Mina has grown up isolated and alone after the death of her mother. Her magician father has never expected anything from her, except to use her beauty to his advantage. When Mina finds out her heart is actually made of glass, she believes she can never know love. After her father moves them North to Whitespring, Mina decides she needs to marry the King and she might be able to find love. However, she’ll need to adopt Lynet as well.

Young Lynet has always been compared to her late mother whom she never met. She finds out that she was actually created in her mothers’ image out of snow by the King’s magician. Despite being a mirror image of the dead queen, Lynet would rather be like her fierce stepmother, Mina. Around Lynet’s 16th birthday, her father names her queen of the southern territories putting her at odds with Mina for the first time. Mina begins to resent Lynet, and Lynet is scared she’s lost the only mother she’s ever known.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

I absolutely loved all of the twists this retelling took. It was so amazing and I really loved the Frozen vibes! Mina and Lynet’s relationship was amazing. I loved how much they cared for each other and how they both came to realize it. Seeing it from both Lynet and Mina’s side through time was so cool too. I thought I’d get confused with all the time jumping, but I really enjoyed seeing both sides of the story. The way this story is told reminds me a lot of The Bone Witch which I loved!

There was also some really great romance in this story. I loved seeing Lynet and Nadia fight their attraction to each other. It was so innocent and adorable, I loved them so much. I need an epilogue of their marriage now PLEASE.

This book also shows both sides of parenting: the good, the bad and the ugly. The parenting relationships were so nuanced for each character. Besides the magician (who is awful all around), no parent was wholly good nor bad and it was so realistic. And that ending, my fucking heart. SO GOOD.

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