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The Glass Demon

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Sometimes the path to the truth is paved with broken glass.

Teenager Lin Fox is a stranger in a strange land—Germany, where her father has come on a quixotic quest to locate a priceless artifact. The medieval (and possibly mythical) Allerheiligen stained glass is believed by some to be lost, by others to have been destroyed, and by virtually all to be haunted. A mysterious
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Paperback, 305 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Bantam (first published June 22nd 2010)
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Emma
Jan 29, 2012 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
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.....to my delight it achieved this. I wou
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Lara
Jun 28, 2011 Lara rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Christina Wilder
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:


"...that he would drop this surmise into the current of gossip that ran through the school, like a hippo releasing a turd int
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Cora Tea Party Princess
Apr 07, 2016 Cora Tea Party Princess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, library
5 Words: History, religion, secrets, family, tragedy.

Full review to come.
Hp Tan
Jan 16, 2011 Hp Tan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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 ...more
Kelly
Jun 19, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
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
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Andrea Lee
Aug 18, 2011 Andrea Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Amanda
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
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Melanie
Sep 22, 2011 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dionne
Apr 26, 2013 Dionne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 anore
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Natalie Cheetham
Feb 05, 2013 Natalie Cheetham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gstba-2013
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 glass...not really
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Mark
Jan 17, 2016 Mark rated it it was ok
YA ADULT NOVEL.

When the first thing that happens to you upon moving to a new town is discovering a corpse perhaps that should be taken as a sign of things to come! When you are a teenage girl moving to Germany from England, at the behest of your father the professor, and he doesn 19t want to call the police to report the finding so he won 19t get delayed, it becomes the worst thing that has ever happened to you.
In this Young Adult novel Lin, a teenage girl and her family move to a small burg in
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Sheri
Dec 07, 2014 Sheri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I was not terribly impressed. The story was more scooby-doo than anything else: a buried treasure and the killer is trying to scare away the outsiders to prevent them from finding it. Grant's writing is less suspenseful and more misleading or confusing; I found it annoying to discover that Tuesday was really Lin's mother and not a step mother. I also thought it was unnecessary and silly that Michel and Lin have a "put it all on the table" discussion and he takes her to see the glass, but then th ...more
Josef
Jan 29, 2016 Josef rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to learn how to say three things in German
Thought this story had a great intro and has a few fun scares early on. Then the story drags big time. There were chapters where characters just process whatever mild excitement happened in the previous chapter with one flimsy revelation at the very end. Did the author get paid by the word? At least if you read this, you can add a few obscure vocab words to your repertoire, as the author hamfistedly shoves them in otherwise vapid prose. Definitely don't read this if you're looking for insights o ...more
Chrissey Harrison
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 mystery
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Michelle Moore
May 30, 2015 Michelle Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
After a discussion about YA thrillers and horror, Helen kindly arranged for her publisher to send me out a copy of The Glass Demon to try. Helen seems to be classed as a YA writer, but this particular book would definitely appeal to all age groups (as do many YA books, of course).

It’s actually a difficult book to classify, as it’s unclear for most of the story whether this is a straightforward thriller, or if there’s a supernatural element. I felt this added just the right level of uneasiness, a
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L 5capling
Revealing the truth about an object is illustrated by the hard work put in. In The Glass Demon by Helen Grant, Lin proves her purpose by working restlessly to discover the truth behind the Allerheiligen Glass. Lin grows as a person throughout the novel, learning more and more about the supposedly haunted glass as she discovers facts about three deaths in the area. Lin uncovers that “glass is scattered around all the bodies found” (Grant, 227) and understands why it is said to be haunted. After r ...more
Connie
Feb 25, 2014 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, read-in-2014
This book I got at a library clear out for like 25p or something so good like that and it sat on my shelves for little over a year. It was something that appealed to me without actually drawing me in but when I pulled it's name out of my TBR jar I had to read it. At first, I found myself not caring about the characters. It all seemed very fast paced. And I had a heck of a lot of questions. But as soon as I hit around the 100 page mark, things soon picked up. The story began to get explained and ...more
Jen Bojkov
It's been awhile since I read this book so I will not get into many particulars. A teen and her family move to a remote German (?) town after her father gets permission to study local legends in the area. The legends are, of course, sinister and the family becomes ostracized for stirring up bad things in the area. The teen becomes caught up in trying to sort out the mystery with a local boy who also becomes a love interest for her. I liked this book ok, but it was not as good as The Vanishing of ...more
Kay
Jan 06, 2015 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alex
The main problems I had with this were the characters and the "love". All of the characters were bland in my opinion and they were never drawn out. The author seemed too preoccupied with the plot, which had many plot holes. I was very surprised when Lin went psychotic starting in the middle of the book. She was so mean to everybody. I don't understand why Michel loved her. The love felt like it was thrown in there just for the sake of having love in the book.

Also, there were too many questions
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CD
Nov 08, 2011 CD rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I finished her first book, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, in a day. I could not put it down. It was smart, funny and uber-frightening. This one ratchets the fright down and isn't funny at all, but is a speeding train of mystery and teen angst and murder!

Lin Fox is yanked off to Germany right when she should be in her last year of high school in England. Her older sister is in the middle of a crisis, her mother and their younger brother Ru are something of an odd pair of ducks. It is the fath
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Mieneke
Jan 30, 2011 Mieneke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, mystery, young-adult
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 Demonso 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-absorbed
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Nafiza
Sep 24, 2011 Nafiza rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
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Heidi
Nov 26, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, written-review
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Mandy
Feb 11, 2012 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered this book in a list of best adult books for teens in a magazine that arrived for me at my library. I was able to obtain a copy, and it did not disappoint! From the very start, I was hooked. The action begins early with the discovery of a body by Lin, our teenage protagonist. Her family is en route to a rental home for the coming months because her father failed to make professor in a disappointing and politically motivated act by his university. The only viable alternative is for hi ...more
Malin
Oct 09, 2011 Malin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
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 ...more
P.E.
Feb 18, 2011 P.E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Leanne
When Lin Fox's father decides to chase academic glory in Germany, Lin and her entire family have to move from London to a small German town for a year. Doctor Fox is researching the infamous Allerheiligen stained glass windows that have been missing for hundreds of years. If found, the windows could fetch millions of dollars and guarantee the ambitious Doctor Fox the media attention her craves. But the Allerheiligen windows are also said to be cursed by the evil glass demon, Bonschariant, who ap ...more
Tatiana
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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Helen Grant (born 1964 in London) is an English author of novels for young adults, now based in Scotland. She was educated at Dr Challoner's High School and went on to read classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was published by Penguin Books in April 2009.[1] It was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. It has

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