First sentence: “Lynet first saw her in the courtyard.”
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest—let me stop there because Girls Made of Snow and Glass is not that fairytale. Generally, with fairytales, there’s always an evil queen or witch or stepmother who makes the main character’s life a living hell, but that is not the case for this book. Girls Made of Snow and Glass doesn’t follow those fairytales.
GREAT AND UNEXPECTED THINGS YOU’LL FIND IN GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS
- It’s not your typical fairytale where there’s an evil stepmother trying to get rid of her stepdaughter.
Get that idea out of your head!
Usually, fairytales only give you one side of the story—usually the poor princess who has to face the evil queen or stepmother’s wrath. Not Girls Made of Snow and Glass. You get both sides of the story—Lynet, the princess of Whitespring, and Mina, the stepmother from the South. Their history and story switches point of view, so we see why they did the things they did. I loved seeing the stepmother’s story because it puts everything in perspective of her actions. Also, whereas traditional fairytales have the stepmother doing whatever it takes to get rid of her stepdaughter, that’s not the case for Mina. It’s not the ladies who are the evil ones.
There’s a few other things that I will discuss in the next bulletpoints.
- It explores a caring relationship between a stepmother, Mina, and her stepdaughter, Lynet.
Lynet loves her stepmother a lot. (She pretty much idolizes the Queen, and it’s so cute.) But does Mina, stepmother, hate Lynet, her stepdaughter? Wrong!
Mina and Lynet are far from that. It’s just Mina is maybe incapable of truly loving someone on the account of her heart. She cares for Lynet’s wellbeing, and never wants any harm done to Lynet. It’s frickin’ beautiful to see.
I love their relationship because it’s not manipulative. Mina isn’t terrible to Lynet, not even when Lynet is given control of the South (which is Mina’s home). Sure, she gets jealous (because Lynet has had everything handed on her platter and has the love of a father), but she knows it’s none of Lynet’s fault. Give me this level-headed queen any day!
- There are no white knights.
White knights? Psst, these ladies are the white knights. These ladies take charge of their situation and save themselves.
Mina is a perfect example of taking charge and changing her circumstances. She didn’t grow up with a great life (she was an outcast because her father is a magician), and didn’t get the love she craved, so what did she do? She took action; she made herself a Queen by working (or seducing, however you want to put it) the King.
Lynette grew to take charge of her situation when her life was threatened. She didn’t need a love interest to swoop in and save her or her stepmother. She did it herself.
I love that these ladies didn’t idly sit back and let things fester. They took charge, and tried to protect themselves and each other.
- You get a queer romantic relationship.
YES. THE LOVE INTEREST IS NOT A DUDE ON A WHITE HORSE. It’s a court surgeon, who Lynet becomes fascinated with! And it’s cute! The romance in this book isn’t the focus; the book focuses on family, but from the glimpses, Lynet and Nadia are definitely something more than friends. ;)))))
- Men are awful.
It’s not at all unexpected or surprising that men are awful. (Because they are.)
All the men here are awful, and everything they have done are awful. All their lives, Mina and Lynet have been controlled by their fathers, but not anymore. This book emphasizes how awful this male-dominated society is and the treatment of women, especially with ownership and beauty. Mina and Lynet are breaking free from their holds. They’ve had enough, and take control of their happily ever after.
Should you read Girls Made of Snow and Glass? Yes!!!! Girls Made of Snow and Glass is feminist as hell. So long shitty representation of female relationships, depiction of men riding on their white horse to save the ladies, and patriarchal ideals. Helloooo, depiction of women taking control and saving themselves, exploration of healthy female relationships, awareness that men are awful, and an abundance of love between family, and so much more. It truly is a feminist fairytale that you always wanted. It may be a bit slow, but it’s worth a read.