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The Glass Casket

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,054 Ratings  ·  198 Reviews
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 (first published January 25th 2014)
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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.
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?
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
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
Jan 31, 2014 Evie rated it it was amazing
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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
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Hmmmm.... Where to start.
This was an interesting book.
Held my attention but I believe that was due to the weirdness of it. Something for someone who likes different takes on fairy-tales. Okay book for me.
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.
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 palace
Dec 27, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
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

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.
Jul 27, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it
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
Dawn Abron
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
Feb 06, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Feb 06, 2014 Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries) rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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
Kat Heckenbach
Jan 30, 2014 Kat Heckenbach rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
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
Nov 03, 2013 Marie rated it really liked it
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.
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
This was eerie, lovely, haunting, evocatively Gothic and full of lovely prose.

Review to come but color me impressed.
s.e.  smith
Feb 12, 2014 s.e. smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
So creepy. So good. So fantastical. Don't read in bed at night or you'll regret it.
Heather A
I have mixed feelings on this book. The idea was appealing, I noticed it listed amongst fairytale retellings, but I can't quite figure out what fairytale is being retold. It felt more like an original fairytale on its own.

The writing was pretty good, it was very visual, easy to picture the setting and the characters. My problem with this book was that the characters were dull and the plot was boring for the first half of the book. It was well over 150 pages before anything really got my attenti
Mar 14, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014reviews
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
Apr 18, 2016 Lexie rated it liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
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 in large we followed Rowan who was only mildly interested in the mystery. Rowan wanted to make somethin
Nadia  Islam Nitol
Random fangirling because I don't know how to write a review:

I decided to read this because of the cover. I'm so glad I took the chance.

This was AMAZING. It's been so long I've read a book this good, and I'm clearly mesmerized. I was up almost the whole night to finish this one, and it was so worth it!

I love everything fairytale, and their retellings, so of course I knew what to expect, but this surprised me a lot. I don't even know how to connect the dots between the retellings since it's kind
Holly Knece
Oct 18, 2015 Holly Knece rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
What an awesome book! I don't quite understand why this books rating is where it's at but it definitely deserves a 5 star from me. It's gorgeously written and is a dark tale that stabs you in the heart and constantly throws all new levels of craziness into the mix.

It was one of those rare books that literally glued my eyes to the page, had me devouring each sentence in a mad need to find out what the hell was going on and what would happen.
Lenore Appelhans
Enticing, compelling fairy tale horror. I got goosebumps reading this, but I couldn't look away.
May 19, 2014 Jo rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Ball
May 16, 2014 Sarah Ball rated it did not like it
I can put up with boring characters, or even somewhat irksome ones, if the remainder of the story is good. A tight plot and good writing are necessary, compelling characters just make it better. However, while trying to cut through the excessively soppy language in this novel, i caught myself making a list of in which order i wanted the main characters to die. And i wanted them all to die. The main character was the top of my list, a young girl who'd already exceeded her father's scholarly abili ...more
Kim (Book Swoon)
Jul 09, 2014 Kim (Book Swoon) rated it it was amazing
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

Jul 08, 2015 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: gothic
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
Mar 12, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: re-tellings
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
Feb 11, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: random-house
Last year I was really tempted to read McCormick Templeman's debut novel, The Little Woods, but for some reason, I put it off. I'm glad I didn't do the same thing with The Glass Casket. After reading this one, I'm definitely going back and reading The Little Woods because The Glass Casket was fabulous.

The Glass Casket is a chilling, atmospheric read that captivated me from the start. Admittedly, it does not have the quickest start but if you're willing to get past that (and you should be) the st
May 01, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing
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
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“You don't need to protect me," she laughed.
"I'm older than you."
"By three months."
"A lot happened in those three months, Tom," she said, turning to face him, her clear blue eyes squinting at him through pale lashes.
"I didn't want to tell you this before, but a lot of secrets were divulged. I was inducted into some really high-ranking societies, stuff you'll never understand.”
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