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
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
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
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.
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 ...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
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.
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
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
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
That's it--everything was only surface deep. The characters, the emotions ...more
Review to come but color me impressed.
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 ...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
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 ...more
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.
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
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 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 ...more
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
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"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.”