The Glass Casket
Mixed feelings on this one.
On one hand, it got off to a really slow start, and it was all over the place with weirdness.
On the other hand, once it got going, it was interesting. Still weird, but at the same time, different than what I was expecting.
Alrighty. Fairytale retelling called The Glass Casket.
It's Snow White, right?
There's a stepmother, a girl in a glass casket, and something in the woods ripping people's hearts out. So, yes, there's some p...more
Fantasy is a genre that doesn't always work for me. If the world-and-character-building aren't thorough enough - or, in some cases, if they're so detailed, they end up being overwhelming - I probably won't enjoy it. If the writing is too descriptive and too wordy - or if it's too plain and straightforward - I won't be able to get fully immersed in the story. Then there's also the pacing, the setting, the...more
In the sleepy village of Nag's End, nothing much ever seems to happen, so Rowan's life is one of study. She dreams of being a scholar like her father. She spends her free time with her best friend Tom, swimming, playing, daring each other.
But, one day, five riders bearing the King's crest ride by Nag's End, and when their horses return sans riders a search party is organized. One of the riders shows signs of having been mauled by some kind of beast... the other four are untouched and lie dead...more
With dreams of journeying down the mountain pass to see the palace city for her own eyes, Rowan knows her secret longing will one day be fulfilled, as she uses her studies as a key to the palace. So when five palace riders, on horseback, thunder through th...more
♫ Double, double toil and trouble ♫
This is a really interesting and unique retelling of Snow White. The main character isn't actually Snow White, she's Rose Red.
"On the rose tree," she said. "Among the red blossoms, there's a single white rose."
And the wolf part was a great twist as well…
♫ Something wicked this way comes ♫
While the book has multiple POV's, the majority of it is from Rowan Rose's point of view. She lives in a little village, but dreams of living in the pal...more
When they are found brutally killed,everyone is afraid,for no such thing usually happens in their village their hills.
The book is full of surprising twists and turns.And believe me when I say the book gets better and better.
The mystery of the riders' death is not yet solved and a new family arrives in the village.There's this new girl Fiona that Rowan's best friend Tom find...more
The Glass Casket is a horror retelling of several fairy tales. Rowan is the daughter of the town scholar when one day a mysterious family including a beautiful girl moves into town. People start dying horrible deaths and the small mountain town panics.
Dang, That was Good
*The cover is beautiful. Not quite sure which girl is on the cover but it is eye-catching.
*It is a loose retelling. It is dark, almost Grimmesk. It’s bloody and makes no apologies-YES.
*It’s very unpredictable. Just when y...more
Rowan Rose has been used to living a quiet life in her quiet village with her father. But one day, when five riders come thundering through...more
That's it--everything was only surface deep. The characters, the emotions...more
An entertaining fairytale-inspired dark fantasy!
The Glass Casket surprised me - I did not expect to discover (for the most part) such a refreshingly unique story. Sure it's based on a mashup of age-old fairytales, along with tried-and-true fantasy elements, but it was original in its own way. Familiar yet different, like catching up with a lifelong friend who'd been away for years and had transformed into someone new.
I loved the story's pace: a slow build to a brutal climax. The at...more
Starting THE GLASS CASKET it was, to be blunt, not entirely engaging. It had an interesting premise, and I certainly enjoyed the fairy tale-esque vibe, but not a whole lot happened. The soldiers died, the village was troubled, mysterious people showed up...by in large we followed Rowan who was only mildly interested in the mystery. Rowan wanted to make somethin...more
Bear with me for a little bit because this review needs an introduction. This semester, one of the courses I'm taking is called Literary Approaches to Film: Horror and Gender. It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like: A class for English majors where we look at gender in horror movies. Seeing as The Glass Casket is Red Riding Hood's setting meets slasher horror tropes and storylines, it was diffi...more
So, this was good. Templeman has taken various elements and symbols from original fairytales and blended them into something intriguing and quite dark (though it's no Tender Morsels). While I initially found the writing slightly distancing, the worldbuilding, strong mystery, and well developed characters made the story compelling.
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A thousand WTFs at this horrible cover.
It is a rarity that I find a horror YA book that actually hits just the right tone. The Glass Casket is one of those sacre...more
I could feel what the author was going for; authentic-fairy tale atmosphere with the fast paced, and simple characters with their typical fairy tale folk mind-set. Always superstitious. Exaggerated. And simple minded. You know when you're reading an old folklore, or maybe even Goldie Locks and the Three Bears? Well this book had that fairy-tale, easy, and nicely settled characters. When everything weird and magical just made sense and it was normal. Lik...more
The village folks were written so well they could ha...more
With those words, The Glass Casket sends a delightful shiver down our spine. The book and cover promises a mystery filled with dark and evocative writing and lush imagery, and it completely does that. The story is a fairy tale retelling of sorts, and brings to mind immediately the Grimm's fairy tale Snow White with it's glass casket, but it is much more than that. McCormick Templeman has taken symbols and themes from various fairy tales and interwoven them into an dark and enchantin...more
Rowan Rose lives in a small village where girls aren't taught to read, candlelight is used as the only lights, and superstitions run wild. It's a predictable world until five of the King's men are found brutally murdered. Then, Fiona Eira, a long lost cousin of Rowan's shows up in town. She's beautiful and mysterious and Roman's best friend Tom falls in love with her instantly. The only problem is that death has shown up in the village and Fiona is another victim. Her heart is torn out a...more
In a quiet village outside of time, people are dying and no one knows why. First, a...more
The biggest asset the book possesses is its fantastic and beautiful writing. Everything else? Mediocre. There's a huge amount of intrigue, mystery and romance with a hint of horror which is all enough to keep you mildly interested. But the execution wasn't up to par. The mystery dragged on for too long and there was a little bit of foreshadowing but at the end it felt crammed with the informat...more
Weird, creepy, dark and a great Halloween read, The Glass Casket retells the story of Snow White & Rose Red with more depth and tragedy than you'd think. There are other elements of Grimm in the story as well as Celtic flavors and there are pockets of folklore that have been twisted and turned to suit the purpose of the story.
I didn't find the book scary but there are definitely creep factors and while Tom became enthralled with a La Belle Dame Sans Merci , the story became...more