The Glass Demon

The Glass Demon The Glass Demon is a thrilling young adult novel filled with mystery and the supernatural from Helen Grant author of The Vanishing of Katharina Linden in which Lin Fox is about to discover that not

  • Title: The Glass Demon
  • Author: Helen Grant
  • ISBN: 9780141325767
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Glass Demon is a thrilling young adult novel filled with mystery and the supernatural from Helen Grant, author of The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, in which Lin Fox is about to discover that not all fairytales are fiction The Glass Demon bridges the world of the traditional Grimm fairytale with the darker world of Angela Carter s adult fairytales.The first deathSevenThe Glass Demon is a thrilling young adult novel filled with mystery and the supernatural from Helen Grant, author of The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, in which Lin Fox is about to discover that not all fairytales are fiction The Glass Demon bridges the world of the traditional Grimm fairytale with the darker world of Angela Carter s adult fairytales.The first deathSeventeen year old Lin Fox finds a body in an orchard As she backs away in horror, she steps on broken glass.The second deathThen blood appears on her doorstep blood, and broken glass.The third deathSomething terrible is found in the cemetery Shards of broken glass lie by a grave.Who will be next As the attacks become sinister, Lin doesn t know who to trust She s getting closer to the truth behind these chilling discoveries, but with each move the danger deepens.Because someone wants Lin gone and won t give up until he s got rid of her and her family Forever.Helen Grant s first teen novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal her other darkly thrilling young adult novels, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden and Wish Me Dead, are also available from Penguin.

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    1. Helen Grant's books always seem to get such mixed reviews, but I really kind of love them. If you've read The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, you'll notice some similarities here: the setting of a small German town, the main character's reluctant relationship with a neighborhood boy, some really crappy family dynamics, the possibility that supernatural elements are at work. And while sometimes similarities in books by the same author like this can really annoy me, I found that they didn't at all [...]

    2. To begin with this book was rating at 1, 2 stars tops. The first 100 or so pages I just couldn't get into it. The characters didn't seem all that interesting. It didn't read like a book I thought I should enjoy. Not just that I felt that things were happening in a blink of an eye, no detail just boom, boom boom. I didn;t see what else could happen. How it could develop, especially develop into a book worthy of 3/4 stars, one I would not regret buying.BUT. my delight it achieved this. I would giv [...]

    3. The Glass Demon disappoints. A lack of any relatable characters, most notably a charmless and self-centered protagonist, makes this a disappointing read. It's too bad, as the premise was excellent and the potential was right there.While I did like the use of the occasional intriguing vocabulary word, Grant's strange metaphors were literally head-shake inducing. An example:"at he would drop this surmise into the current of gossip that ran through the school, like a hippo releasing a turd into a f [...]

    4. It was a sort of love-hate relationship I had with The Glass Demon. The story is narrated in a retrospective style so at about the end of every other chapter Lin goes like, "I was not to know (blablabla) will be (insert some horror)". It's an intriguing storyline, I must say, and the balance between some paranormal cause and a criminal cause of the deaths must have been difficult to hold, but it was done pretty well. You have no idea whether it was the glass demon or some other townie not so kee [...]

    5. My second Helen Grant novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it (as I did the first one - The Vanishing of Katharina Linden). Set, like the earlier novel, in Germany and drawing on local legends to great - and genuinely creepy - effect, the book also paints a convincing picture of adolescent discomfort, to put it mildly, loneliness and displacement, the stirrings of first love, and the sheer strangeness of being oneself and having no one to share this with. It's sharply characterised, gripping and cleve [...]

    6. The premise was interesting, and the suspense and pace were good enough to keep me reading, but in the end I was left disappointed. The conclusion was sort of anticlimactic in its normality, and none of the characters seemed to have any redeeming characteristics, other than perhaps Polly and Michel. But then again, their only positive traits tended to be their selflessness to the point of being doormats. I couldn't figure out why Michel loved Lin, unless it was just based on physical attraction [...]

    7. Spooky story of a girl, Lin, whose family moves from England to Germany so that Lin's professor father can study a set of stained glass windows. The windows are rumored to have been haunted by a demon, but are widely believed to no longer exist. But then Lin learns that someone--human or demon--is willing to kill to keep the windows hidden.Things I loved: Terrific tension--The Glass Demon is really scary! Great writing. Realism of Lin's family: they're not absent, they loom large in the story an [...]

    8. LOVED This book. The characters were fabulous - rich and interesting and deep with lots of empathy. The two main characters are teenagers, with another teen being a primary secondary character. Grant does a fabulous job of catching the teen voice - somewhat disgruntled, misunderstood, a little rebellious and a lot scared/cautious. She is able to give us a real mystery, with the added benefit of taking most of us - Americans anyway - out of our physical space comfort by placing the whole story in [...]

    9. Lin Fox and her family move to Germany for a year so her father can track down the fabled Allerheiligen stained glass and win himself a reputation. Yet the moment of their arrival, death seems to follow, leaving behind a track of broken glass; the sign of Bonschariant, the demon who haunts the glass.Secretive townsfolk, open hostility, even unhelpful law enforcers seem to point to only one thing. No one wants the glass to be found. What they do want is the Foxes out of their town, or dead.There [...]

    10. Wow what a book! Fast-paced narrative with a character I liked. Helen Grant writes with a style I enjoy reading. Her sense of humour shines through, with the main character, Lin, snarky and with little patience for stupidity or arseholes. The characterization rang true for me—a teen who is not afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right, but second-guesses herself at times.The main story was mystery and horror combined, underscored with the secondary plot of Lin’s sister, Polly, having a [...]

    11. Lin Fox is not happy to be spending her last year of high school in Germany, as her father searches for medieval stained glass. It's rumored that the glass is cursed, and when Lin and her family keep encountering death, and when someone/something begins threatening Lin's own family, she begins to believe the rumors. Can Lin and her new friend, Michel, find and fight the demon behind the glass before it's too late?I really didn't get this book. A demon haunting medieval stained glasst really my t [...]

    12. Obsessed with finding the Allerheiligen glass, a grouping of medieval stained glass windows that have been missing for centuries, Lin's historian father moves the whole family to a small town in Germany for Lin's final year of school. What none of them know is that they're about to step straight into a nightmare, one that begins with a dead body mysteriously surrounded by broken glass that Lin finds in an orchard before they've even arrived at their destination and will bring death and destructi [...]

    13. I loved Helen Grant's first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, but unfortunately have been rather disappointed by her second book. The Glass Demon promised much, not least a connection with one of my favourite M. R. James stories, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas, but, although I enjoyed the scene-setting in a dark German forest and ruined castle, the plot unfolded in too predictable a way for my liking and the air of supernatural mystery and terror that was such a feature of the earlier book [...]

    14. This was an enjoyable read that ultimately disappointed--another thriller disguised as a mystery, albeit this one had a Gothic tinge. The writing and prose style hearken back to young adult novels of yesteryear (maybe think a denser Susan Cooper) which I enjoyed. SPOILERS, COMING, MAYBEWhat disappointed was the reveal of the villain--there were several suspects--including the title demon right up to the end--but not enough information was given for the reader to do anything but guess. That means [...]

    15. The story was okay in the beginning, a bit boring but kept me going; story picked up at the last 25% of the book. (view spoiler)[ Why does this book identified as fantasy and supernatural and yet I didn't think it is? (hide spoiler)]So the story picked up at around 80% and thought it would be good at the end but I felt a bit disappointed at the end. I really hoped that the story would follow through if you know what I mean.

    16. Another murder mystery set in Germany where fairy tales seem plausible. YA -romance - familial issues discussed. Great description of setting and characters. Author makes it all so tangible.

    17. This is going straight into my personal ”Favorite & Beast Books of 2013” pile!Among the mitigating factors why this book became a favorite of mine is that I am a medievalist; I love a good mystery; I spent a year, which included a summer, wandering the countryside of Germany before my senior year, visiting abbeys, cathedrals and castle ruins. Heck, I am even writing a book about my adventures called ‘The Gargoyle Girls’! This story made me feel like I was back there doing it all over [...]

    18. I have a new must buy author and I'm blaming the lovely Liz from My Favourite Books. She sent me The Glass Demon to read and now I want to read The Vanishing of Katarina Linden asap and I can't wait for Helen Grant's third book Wish Me Dead, which is due for publication on June 2nd. So why did I love The Glass Demon so much? Let me tell you.Lin is the seventeen-year-old narrator and she's a wonderful protagonist. She's smart and brave, but at the same time slightly self-centered and self-absorb [...]

    19. Plot: A Professor of history relocates his family from Oxford to a small town in Germany in pursuit of some mythical ancient stained glass panels. When they arrive however the enigmatic townsfolk are unwilling to talk about the the stained glass panels that is believed to have a satanic curse on it. The Professor believes these panes of glass still exist and is on a quest to find them. Narrator: This story is told entirely through the eyes of one of the Professor's teenage daughter, Lin. This me [...]

    20. Lin Fox and her family are moving to Germany for a year. Her father is a history lecturer who dreams of a glamorous TV career, and is taking his family with him on a sabbatical year in Germany after he was passed over for a promotion. While driving to the village they're to live in for the next year, Lin and her family come across a dead body. An old man is lying in an orchard, with a head wound, surrounded by broken glass. Lin's father and stepmother are not interested in being questioned by th [...]

    21. Lin Fox is dragged away from her life in England by her family. Her father is obsessed with finding the mysterious Allerheiligen Glass - medieval stained glass windows thought lost for centuries - and moves them to a remote part of Germany. His initial investigations are hampered by the inconvenient death of his contact and the locals are none too welcoming. It could be a coincidence, but maybe not. Maybe someone doesn’t want them to find the glass. This book builds slowly, revealing the myste [...]

    22. The best way to create a sense of fear (or other derivatives of that emotion) is to take the main characters of a book and displace them. To take them away from all that is comforting and familiar and place them in a setting that is foreign, unknown and as such, evocative of fear and uncertainty. When Lin's family relocates to Germany because of her father's new project, one of the first things the family sees is a corpse in an orchard surrounded by glass. And the hint of The Glass Demon.The boo [...]

    23. This is one of my "snapshot" reviews.The subject: a set of stained-glass windows that seem to be connected with a series of deaths and the rumor of a demonThe setting: a small village in Germany in the present-day. (Points for a setting outside the U.S. or Britain!) Some of it feels Gothic, though — in the best sense.Shutter speed: steady. It's not a thrilling page-flipper, but the mystery builds continually as one creepy event after another occurs. The pattern of events turns out to be pretty [...]

    24. Helen Grant is one of the few YA authors to have gotten her novels reviewed by the mainstream newspapers - The Guardian, The Times, etc. have given her glowing reviews you'll find spotted across the back cover of her books. This unusual sight made me pick up The Glass Demon, and I am pleased to report that the blurbs were right. Helen Grant is pretty fantastic.Grant took a risk when writing The Glass Demon - even though the novel is narrated by an English girl, it is set in Germany and the major [...]

    25. I've wanted to read this book for a long time because the premise sounded so intriguing. It also didn't sound like any other story that I've read before. Up until maybe two-thirds into the novel, it wasn't. I loved the story of the glass demon and the idea of stained glass windows with biblical stories on them being haunted. The author provided an excellent sense of place, with the forest and the winding roads and the mystery. Are the strange events paranormal in origin? Or are they done by a hu [...]

    26. When I first saw this book, I knew I had to read it right away. It sounded spooky and scary, and it was.Lin was a good character. She hated having to move into Germany and she had her faults, and her good points. Though she wasn't a super memorable character, she was nice to read. The other characters were much more interesting, especially Tuesday, and her dad. Tuesday seemed like an airhead who didn't care about her kids at all, but when one of them was threatened, we really see how much she ca [...]

    27. This was the first Helen Grant's book I read, and it convinced me to read all her other books.At first however, I wasn't too enthusiastic. I opened it and saw it was written in a first person narrative. I generally tend to like less this type of narrative, because I often don't believe in the way the character is supposed to think. I often don't buy their wording, I see the author behind and have more difficulty to be taken by the story and characters.But here, I almost immediately realized that [...]

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