“There are worse things in the world to be than delicate. If you’re delicate, it means no one has tried to break you.”
Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale.
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 shed 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 kings heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that shell 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 queens image, at her fathers 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 shes ever known or else defeat her once and for all.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to the publisher and netgalley for sending me an e-arc of this book. I am really grateful for this opportunity.
I am struggling to write this review, and put my feelings into words. This is not a bad book, I did really enjoy it however certain factors really contributed to a lower rating which makes me sad.
The first 40% of this book really intrigued me. I was hooked and I could not get enough. I found that the writing style was really easy to get into, the magic system albeit very small was easy to understand and I was enjoying the characters. I really enjoyed the way that the chapters are split into the perspectives of Lynet and Mina, I enjoyed that we went into the past with Mina and understood how she became married to the King and step-mum.
However, after 40% it began to drag. Whilst I was still very much intrigued I was not as hooked as I originally had been. I wanted to know what happened, but it wasn’t an immediate urge that made me want to pick up the book at every opportunity. Which for me is a real shame because it had so much potential.
Whilst the characters were something that I enjoyed I couldn’t shake the uncomfortable feeling I had when it came to the King and Mina. Now I might have missed this, but were their ages every discussed? I feel like the way the author writes the characters, the King was a lot older than Mina – when I say a lot I mean significantly. That might not be the case and I might be wrong, but I dont feel like the characters were written in a way where they both appeared to be of a similar age and I feel like this made me feel uncomfortable. Maybe Mina was written in a far more juvenile way than she should of been? I dont know. I just couldn’t shake the feeling.
I am happy that I read this book and it is one that I would recommend to friends as like I said for a lot of it I did enjoy. I am intrigued to pick up another book by this author.