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Death hasn't visited Rowan Rose since it took her mother when Rowan was only a little girl. But that changes one bleak morning, when five horses and their riders thunder into her village and through the forest, disappearing into the hills. Days later, the riders' bodies are found, and though no one can say for certain what happened in their final hours, their remains prove...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Delacorte Press
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Anne
3.5 stars

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.
But.
On the other hand, once it got going, it was interesting. Still weird, but at the same time, different than what I was expecting.
Enjoyably different.

Alrighty. Fairytale retelling called The Glass Casket.
It's Snow White, right?
No.
Yes.
Sorta.
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
Evie
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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
Isa Lavinia


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
Wendy Darling
Hmm. I liked, but didn't quite love this, although I may bump up the rating to 3.5 stars.

Review to come.
Amy
In a world where daughters were married off as soon as possible, with no chance of being anything but a helpmate to a husband, Rowan knows she is lucky to have a father who values a girls mind, seeing her equally as great as any scholarly son.

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
Nika (Off to Neverland)
My rating: 3/3.5 stars

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
Palwasha Rehman
Everything changes for Rowan Rose and the people of her village the day five riders cross their village to ride up the hill.
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
Dawn Abron
Overview
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
Jessica
Lately, for some reason, I have been having some huge misconceptions about books before I read them. I have an idea of what they're going to be going in, and end up reading a story I hadn't expected at all. Based on this cover, I was expecting a creepy paranormal, but instead got a thrilling fairy tale that was both dangerous and enchanting at the same time.

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
Kat Heckenbach
I'm not sure how to put my finger on what I didn't like about this book. It simply didn't grab me. I would possibly have given it three stars despite that, because there are some interesting things and the writing is competent--but there was never any life to the story. The characters remained flat, and the story seemed to be trying to weave too many different elements in without really getting deep enough into any of them.

That's it--everything was only surface deep. The characters, the emotions...more
s.e.  smith
So creepy. So good. So fantastical. Don't read in bed at night or you'll regret it.
Leah
Rating: 4 of 5

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
Lexie
Just to lay this out there - its always the good ones who suffer. Its always the good ones who have to sacrifice for another's adventure.

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
Ashleigh Paige
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I received via Amazon Vine.

2.5 stars.

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
Reynje
3.5

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.

* * * * *
A thousand WTFs at this horrible cover.
Becky
The Glass Casket has a great opening line,"One bleak morning in the eye of winter, five horses and five riders thundered into the remote mountain village of Nag's End." It caught my interest and kept me reading until the very, very end, without a single break. For the record, I do NOT like horror novels. I do NOT like thrillers. Witches. Monsters. Vampires. Not my thing AT ALL. Yet, for some reason, I found myself unable to walk away from this fantasy novel. In other words, I found myself LOVING...more
Kate
Rowan Rose has lived her whole life in Nag's End and has not experienced death since her mother died when she was a baby. This all changes when five men head into the mountains on an unknown mission only to be returned as corpses. Their deaths herald the start of mystery and tragic horrors as the village tries to protect themselves against an deadly evil, unknown and unseen.

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
Marie
A well crafted, fast paced, fairy tale of a story in a sinister, gory, evil sort of way. The Glass Casket has Irish/English/German fairy tale elements, but this book is definitely not a simple retelling of a familiar story. Templeman has a winner on her hands.
Angela
That was really interesting and I liked it.

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
Lenore Appelhans
Enticing, compelling fairy tale horror. I got goosebumps reading this, but I couldn't look away.
Jo
What an exciting, thrilling read! It kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next. The beginning was a flurry of confusion as I was introduced to not only the world and its rules, but also nearly every village resident. I finally decided to plow through, and I'm glad that I did because the town elders and their titles weren't really important. The writing was vivid and brought to mind images of a beautiful frozen landscape.

The village folks were written so well they could ha...more
Kim (Book Swoon)
It's Starting

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

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Sara Grochowski
Life in Nag’s End is steady and predictable for Rowan Rose and her best friend Tom Parstle, until the day five riders thunder through town bound for Begger’s Drift, a place rumored forsaken by the Goddess. The arrival and subsequent sinister disappearance of the riders mark both the arrival of beautiful and mysterious Fiona Eira and the beginning of evil’s descent upon the superstitious village of Nag’s End. Rowan’s gentle scholarly father grows suddenly cold and distant, distracted by something...more
Sexinthelibrary
Rowan Rose lives in a small medieval-ish town. Girls are not allowed schooling, and the town worships the goddess. It is a quiet town, and the only thing that is of any consequence is that a new girl, about Rowan’s age, has arrived. Fiona Eira is Rowan’s long lost cousin, and is a very beautiful girl, but aloof. Rowan is required by her father not to speak to her as well. Then five riders from the king race through the village, are found dead, laid out naked on the snow. The town officials meet...more
Jennifer
Summary:
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
Elizabeth
Five soldiers and their horses go through Nag's End and the forest into the hills, searching for something. All of the men are found dead with the cause of death a mystery. The villagers dismiss it as a wolf attack (even though it clearly isn't) and go on with their lives until the attacks continue in the village. Rowan Rose is a girl with big dreams about doing scholarly work in the palace, translating texts. Her best friend Tom starts to act strangely, giving rise to rumors that he is at fault...more
S.F. Robertson
Incredibly rich and atmospheric, this blending of myth, folklore and suspense is the literary equivalent of a symphony. The writing, language and tone of The Glass Casket stand on their own, but the combination of elements is what really blew me away. What's even better is that it's impossible for me to label this novel with a genre or style because it weaves together components from across the fictional spectrum.

In a quiet village outside of time, people are dying and no one knows why. First, a...more
Morgan
Wow. Not what I expected at all, I'm very unsettled. I knew it would be dark but I thought it was more of a traditional fairy tale retelling. It was darker that I could have possibly imagined- my immediate impression while reading was a mixture of an original Grimms fairy tale, The Village (the setting, the creepiness, the characters), and that Red Riding Hood movie with Amanda Seyfried (which I haven't actually seen). It's a fantasy set in an unremarkable village that believes in folklore such...more
Charlotte (Gypsy Reviews)
2.5/5 (I was thinking 3 but typing up this mini review just pointed out that 3 was perhaps too generous)

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
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
3.5

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.

Well done.

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
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