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The Glass Demon

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  1,141 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
The Glass Demon is a thrilling young adult novel filled with mystery and the supernatural from Helen Grant, author of The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, in which Lin Fox is about to discover that not all fairytales are fiction. The Glass Demon bridges the world of the traditional Grimm fairytale with the darker world of Angela Carter's adult fairytales.

The first death
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Puffin UK
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Helen Grant's books always seem to get such mixed reviews, but I really kind of love them. If you've read The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, you'll notice some similarities here: the setting of a small German town, the main character's reluctant relationship with a neighborhood boy, some really crappy family dynamics, the possibility that supernatural elements are at work. And while sometimes similarities in books by the same author like this can really annoy me, I found that they didn't at all ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Emma rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
To begin with this book was rating at 1, 2 stars tops. The first 100 or so pages I just couldn't get into it. The characters didn't seem all that interesting. It didn't read like a book I thought I should enjoy. Not just that I felt that things were happening in a blink of an eye, no detail just boom, boom boom. I didn;t see what else could happen. How it could develop, especially develop into a book worthy of 3/4 stars, one I would not regret buying. my delight it achieved this. I wou
Christina Wilder
The Glass Demon disappoints. A lack of any relatable characters, most notably a charmless and self-centered protagonist, makes this a disappointing read. It's too bad, as the premise was excellent and the potential was right there.

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 int
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: History, religion, secrets, family, tragedy.

Full review to come.
Jan 16, 2011 Hweeps rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
It was a sort of love-hate relationship I had with The Glass Demon. The story is narrated in a retrospective style so at about the end of every other chapter Lin goes like, "I was not to know (blablabla) will be (insert some horror)". It's an intriguing storyline, I must say, and the balance between some paranormal cause and a criminal cause of the deaths must have been difficult to hold, but it was done pretty well. You have no idea whether it was the glass demon or some other townie not so kee ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Melanie rated it it was ok
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Jun 19, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spooky story of a girl, Lin, whose family moves from England to Germany so that Lin's professor father can study a set of stained glass windows. The windows are rumored to have been haunted by a demon, but are widely believed to no longer exist. But then Lin learns that someone--human or demon--is willing to kill to keep the windows hidden.

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
Andrea Lee
Aug 18, 2011 Andrea Lee rated it really liked it
LOVED This book. The characters were fabulous - rich and interesting and deep with lots of empathy. The two main characters are teenagers, with another teen being a primary secondary character. Grant does a fabulous job of catching the teen voice - somewhat disgruntled, misunderstood, a little rebellious and a lot scared/cautious. She is able to give us a real mystery, with the added benefit of taking most of us - Americans anyway - out of our physical space comfort by placing the whole story in ...more
Oct 09, 2011 manda rated it liked it
Lin Fox and her family move to Germany for a year so her father can track down the fabled Allerheiligen stained glass and win himself a reputation. Yet the moment of their arrival, death seems to follow, leaving behind a track of broken glass; the sign of Bonschariant, the demon who haunts the glass.

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.

Apr 26, 2013 Dionne rated it it was amazing
Wow what a book! Fast-paced narrative with a character I liked. Helen Grant writes with a style I enjoy reading. Her sense of humour shines through, with the main character, Lin, snarky and with little patience for stupidity or arseholes. The characterization rang true for me—a teen who is not afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right, but second-guesses herself at times.

The main story was mystery and horror combined, underscored with the secondary plot of Lin’s sister, Polly, having anore
Natalie Cheetham
Feb 05, 2013 Natalie Cheetham rated it did not like it
Shelves: gstba-2013
Lin Fox is not happy to be spending her last year of high school in Germany, as her father searches for medieval stained glass. It's rumored that the glass is cursed, and when Lin and her family keep encountering death, and when someone/something begins threatening Lin's own family, she begins to believe the rumors. Can Lin and her new friend, Michel, find and fight the demon behind the glass before it's too late?

I really didn't get this book. A demon haunting medieval stained glass...not really
Nov 19, 2016 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5* I enjoyed the overall premise and suspense, but unfortunately, I didn't like how the main character treated those around her. That created a disconnect for me that I struggle to get over. Besides that, I thought this was a fun read.
Dec 30, 2016 Larinmtz rated it really liked it
Great descriptions. I enjoyed it so much I read it in one day.
Oct 07, 2016 Penguin rated it really liked it
The book was alright. I was a bit disappointed, because I thought they were actually going to meet a demon. However, I thought who they did meet had a clever way of doing all the deaths, a very creative way. I still have a couple of unanswered questions, and some things at the beginning don't become clear until the end. I thought it was a really good setting for the book, as dark pint forests and crumbling castles are pretty spooky. This book is less horror/paranormal and more mystery/thriller t ...more
Apr 29, 2013 Abigail rated it it was amazing
This is going straight into my personal ”Favorite & Beast Books of 2013” pile!

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.
Jan 30, 2011 Mieneke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, mystery, young-adult
I have a new must buy author and I'm blaming the lovely Liz from My Favourite Books. She sent me The Glass Demon to read and now I want to read The Vanishing of Katarina Linden asap and I can't wait for Helen Grant's third book Wish Me Dead, which is due for publication on June 2nd. So why did I love The Glass Demonso much? Let me tell you.

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
Susan Rose
Plot: A Professor of history relocates his family from Oxford to a small town in Germany in pursuit of some mythical ancient stained glass panels. When they arrive however the enigmatic townsfolk are unwilling to talk about the the stained glass panels that is believed to have a satanic curse on it. The Professor believes these panes of glass still exist and is on a quest to find them.

Narrator: This story is told entirely through the eyes of one of the Professor's teenage daughter, Lin. This me
Oct 09, 2011 Malin rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books
Lin Fox and her family are moving to Germany for a year. Her father is a history lecturer who dreams of a glamorous TV career, and is taking his family with him on a sabbatical year in Germany after he was passed over for a promotion. While driving to the village they're to live in for the next year, Lin and her family come across a dead body. An old man is lying in an orchard, with a head wound, surrounded by broken glass. Lin's father and stepmother are not interested in being questioned by th ...more
Chrissey Harrison
May 13, 2015 Chrissey Harrison rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction, thrillers
Lin Fox is dragged away from her life in England by her family. Her father is obsessed with finding the mysterious Allerheiligen Glass - medieval stained glass windows thought lost for centuries - and moves them to a remote part of Germany. His initial investigations are hampered by the inconvenient death of his contact and the locals are none too welcoming. It could be a coincidence, but maybe not. Maybe someone doesn’t want them to find the glass.

This book builds slowly, revealing the mystery
Sep 24, 2011 Nafiza rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
The best way to create a sense of fear (or other derivatives of that emotion) is to take the main characters of a book and displace them. To take them away from all that is comforting and familiar and place them in a setting that is foreign, unknown and as such, evocative of fear and uncertainty. When Lin's family relocates to Germany because of her father's new project, one of the first things the family sees is a corpse in an orchard surrounded by glass. And the hint of The Glass Demon.

The boo
This is one of my "snapshot" reviews.

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
Jan 06, 2015 Kay rated it really liked it
Helen Grant is one of the few YA authors to have gotten her novels reviewed by the mainstream newspapers - The Guardian, The Times, etc. have given her glowing reviews you'll find spotted across the back cover of her books. This unusual sight made me pick up The Glass Demon, and I am pleased to report that the blurbs were right. Helen Grant is pretty fantastic.

Grant took a risk when writing The Glass Demon - even though the novel is narrated by an English girl, it is set in Germany and the major
May 08, 2012 Judy rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, mystery, read-in-2012
I've wanted to read this book for a long time because the premise sounded so intriguing. It also didn't sound like any other story that I've read before. Up until maybe two-thirds into the novel, it wasn't. I loved the story of the glass demon and the idea of stained glass windows with biblical stories on them being haunted. The author provided an excellent sense of place, with the forest and the winding roads and the mystery. Are the strange events paranormal in origin? Or are they done by a hu ...more
Feb 18, 2011 P.E. rated it really liked it
When I first saw this book, I knew I had to read it right away. It sounded spooky and scary, and it was.

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
This was the first Helen Grant's book I read, and it convinced me to read all her other books.

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
Jul 13, 2013 Carol rated it liked it
I started this book not realizing it was a YA book -- my bad, and perhaps it unduly influenced my attitude toward it. The story focuses on Lin, the teenaged daughter of a university scholar. Lin's father is seeking a set of medieval staineg glass windows, reputed to be a masterpiece and the whereabouts of which long unknown. He takes his family to a small town in Germany on a sabbatical leave to try to locate and study the windows. It's pretty clear from the very first scene of the book that the ...more
Jun 05, 2010 Leanne added it
When Lin Fox's father decides to chase academic glory in Germany, Lin and her entire family have to move from London to a small German town for a year. Doctor Fox is researching the infamous Allerheiligen stained glass windows that have been missing for hundreds of years. If found, the windows could fetch millions of dollars and guarantee the ambitious Doctor Fox the media attention her craves. But the Allerheiligen windows are also said to be cursed by the evil glass demon, Bonschariant, who ap ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

When the first thing that happens to you upon moving to a new town is discovering a corpse perhaps that should be taken as a sign of things to come! When you are a teenage girl moving to Germany from England, at the behest of your father the professor, and he doesn 19t want to call the police to report the finding so he won 19t get delayed, it becomes the worst thing that has ever happened to you.
In this Young Adult novel Lin, a teenage girl and her family move to a small burg in
Nov 26, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, written-review
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Jun 13, 2011 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the first thing that happens to you upon moving to a new town is discovering a corpse perhaps that should be taken as a sign of things to come! When you are a teenage girl moving to Germany from England, at the behest of your father the professor, and he doesn’t want to call the police to report the finding so he won’t get delayed, it becomes the worst thing that has ever happened to you.
In this Young Adult novel Lin, a teenage girl and her family move to a small burg in Germany in order th
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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.[1] It was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. It has

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