The Glass Demon
BUT.....to my delight it achieved this. I wou...more
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...more
In a YA paranormal market awash with vampires, werewol...more
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.
The main story was mystery and horror combined, underscored with the secondary plot of Lin’s sister, Polly, having anore...more
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 into...more
Also, there were too many questions...more
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...more
I really didn't get this book. A demon haunting medieval stained glass...not really...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This book is written from the point of view of a teenaged girl and Grant does a fantastic job of staying in that voice, in that character. It's kind of like some of the best Nancy Drew novels I read (about 100 years ago it feels like). The main character is smart and insightful and no one listens to her because she is just a kid. There's a good love interest, a major crush on a teacher and of...more
Narrator: This story is told entirely through the eyes of one of the Professor's teenage daughter, Lin. This me...more
The subject: a set of stained-glass windows that seem to be connected with a series of deaths and the rumor of a demon...
The setting: a small village in Germany in the present-day. (Points for a setting outside the U.S. or Britain!) Some of it feels Gothic, though — in the best sense.
Shutter speed: steady. It's not a thrilling page-flipper, but the mystery builds continually as one creepy event after another occurs. The pattern of events turns out to be prett...more
In this Young Adult novel Lin, a teenage girl and her family move to a small burg in Germany in order th...more
Among the mitigating factors why this book became a favorite of mine is that I am a medievalist; I love a good mystery; I spent a year, which included a summer, wandering the countryside of Germany before my senior year, visiting abbeys, cathedrals and castle ruins. Heck, I am even writing a book about my adventures called ‘The Gargoyle Girls’! This story made me feel like I was back there doing it all over again....more
It may not be top notch literature, but it is very lively, with a great sense of suspense, some scary stuff if you enjoy those, and you can even learn a lot about Medieval art, and art inspired from the Bible, if you take time to research what she’s talking about. When she writes about Durer, why not go and look at some of his engravings online,...more
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. It was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. It has...more