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Breakout author Melissa Bashardoust delivers a feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale.

Enchanting and empowering, this magical new audiobook is an updated version of the classic tale.

At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she'd always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father 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 king's 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 order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her 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 once and for all.

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.

"In Girls Made of Snow and Glass, Melissa Bashardoust has given us exquisite displays of magic, complex mother-daughter relationships, and gloriously powerful women triumphing in a world that does not want them to be powerful. A gorgeous, feminist fairy tale." —Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader

"Girls Made of Snow and Glass is like reading a particularly wonderful and vivid dream, complete with imaginative magic, delightful characters, and beautiful language. Melissa Bashardoust's debut novel is everything a fairy tale should be." —Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling coauthor of My Lady Jane

©2017 Melissa Bashardoust (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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A welcome new twist on a lackluster classic

A fresh new look based roughly on the tale of Snow White but with powerful, complex female characters.

Things I loved: That the love stories portrayed were all unique and unexpected. Not confined to romantic attraction and not limited to heterosexual relationships. Fully developed characters. Loved a chance to hear the story from two different character's perspectives.

Things I didn't love: A lot of the story was simply introspective internal dialect. While well done, it made the story move a bit slowly and be a bit dull at points.

However, I would definitely recommend and was glad to stumble across this gem!

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Refreshing Female Fairy Tale

Refreshing version of Snow White. Strong relatable female characters. Entertaining story with a good pace. Finally a story where the Step Mother is kind and loving! My two oldest children were wedding presents from my husband. I didnt create them - but they have always been my kids. Never once have I referred to them as "Step". This is the 1st story where a 2nd Mom is a character I can cheer for. Thank you Melissa ❤

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Lovely

One of the reasons why I decided to listen to this audiobook is that I love Jennifer Ikeda's narration skills, and this time she didn't dissappoint me. The story of Lynet and Mina mixes fairy tales in a masterful way, transporting you to this magical kingdom under a curse. Though the ending was quite obvious, the journey was the important thing and the characters became lovable little by little. I am not a fan of retellings, but this one, I loved it. I highly recommend it.

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  • JN
  • 09-26-17

Wonderful!

This was one of my most anticipated reads and I'm so glad I chose to listen to it as an audiobook because the format made me slow down and really savour the rich prose and terrific character development. One of the best queer fairytale retellings I've ever read.