Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust; read by Jennifer Ikeda
"Narrator Jennifer Ikeda's pacing adds drama and intrigue to this twist on the classic Snow White story...listeners will enjoy this fresh take on a traditional tale that is filled with magic and strong female characters who must become allies rather than rivals." — AudioFile Magazine
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
Macmillan Young Listeners
In The News
"Narrator Jennifer Ikeda's pacing adds drama and intrigue to this twist on the classic Snow White story. ... Listeners will enjoy this fresh take on a traditional tale that is filled with magic and strong female characters who must become allies rather than rivals." -AudioFile
"YOU NEED THIS BOOK. YOU WANT THIS BOOK. This is the timely feminist Snow White you'll want to tell your children. It's more magical than the original, and more imaginative than any Snow White retelling I've read. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is fabulous. And it's absolutely not what you're expecting."
—Allison Seneca, Old Firehouse Books