The Glass Demon
BUT.....to my delight it achieved this. I wou...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
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
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
The setting however wasn't so much the problem but the family dynamic, I believed that Tuesday was Lin and Polly's stepmother and Reuben's real mum but she turned out to be their real mother. Polly apart from mothering Reuben seemed younger, I i...more
The main story was mystery and horror combined, underscored with the secondary plot of Lin’s sister, Polly, having anore...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.
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
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
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
throughout the book, i kept thinking how much i really liked it. it wasn't what i thought it was, and the idea of discovering ancient stained glasses was really neat. plus the story took place in some remote part of germany which i thought feels pretty exotic.
but the relationship between lin and michel was a bit off for me, especially...more
I did not realize yet, that summer when I was seventeen, and my sister Polly was still alive, when the sun was shining and even the wind was warm, and my whole body was restless, that there are worse things than being stuck in a small town for a year. There are demons, and they are more terrible than we can imagine.This was an interesting supernatural story. It started out slow, but got more interesting after the events were put into motion and we got to know the characters. The setting was wel...more
I really didn't get this book. A demon haunting medieval stained glass...not really...more
The book is set in Germany, and the little bits of German are a nice touch without feeling gimmicky. It generally has a dark, foreboding tone to it, with moments of foreshadowing which add to the tension without giving anything away, except for one major plot point--she tells us that a major character is going to be dead by the end of...more
The first death: Seventeen-year-old Lin Fox finds a body in an orchard. As she backs away in horror, she steps on broken glass. The second death: Then blood appears on her doorstep – blood, and broken glass.The third death: Something terrible is found in the cemetery. Shards of broken glass lie by a grave.Who will be next? As the attacks become more sinister, Lin doesn’t know...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
While the plot of the novel was original, I was disappointed in the storytelling as it veered fro...more
This was a book that I read for work as it's nominated for the Leeds Book Awards which my reading group is following, it's not one I would have picked up otherwise but I would recommend it. One girl in the group said she found it weird and didn't entirely enjoy it but the more she...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