Book Review: The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman

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 that whatever it was must have been brutal.

Rowan's village was once a tranquil place, but now things have changed. Something has followed the path those riders made and has come down from the hills, through the forest, and into the village. Beast or man, it has brought death to Rowan's door once again.

Only this time, its appetite is insatiable.
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed By: Madi B

Whoa. Like WHOA. If I had to choose one word to describe the book “Whoa” would definitely be it. Let me list all my The Glass Casket WHOA’s.

1.     Go ahead. Look at the cover. WHOA RIGHT?!? LOOK AT THAT THING!

2.     The Glass Casket is a fairytale. Out of all the genre’s of books, fairytales are my kryptonite. The minute I see the words “Once upon a time” BOOM I’m hooked. It’s ridiculous. Granted TGC’s (Hey look I made an acronym!!) first words aren’t “Once upon a time” but I could tell 2 pages in where this story was going… AND I LIKED IT! This was not a traditional fairytale, but a twisted one. (Insert WHOA here)

3.     I’m usually awesome at predicting what characters are going to fall in love with who, (Tall, unruly dark hair, buff but not TOO buff is normally a gimme.) but man was I wrong with this one! I was completely surprised! (This is a good thing because most things don’t surprise me so this was like WHOA)

4.     I loved the multiple love stories and the different takes on what love is. (Fair warning: there are some like whoa quotes.) DID I MENTION THE LOVE STORIES?!?! (Yeah that’s right PLURAL) Its just… oh my gracious. (That’s right I used oh my gracious as an adjective. DEAL WITH IT)

5.  There are some bad whoa’s too. TGC there’s this big mystery about who this beast/murderer/man character is. And the time period where you’re thinking, “Okay what the heck is going on with this beast/murderer/man person” is WAY too long! I was THIS CLOSE to interrogating the book to get answers. (As it turns out, books aren’t very responsive to those types of situations) But all was explained at the end. (Way too close to the VERY end if you ask me)

My main complaint with the book was number 5. It would bug me a lot (Ok so maybe I’m a little impatient…just a tad) and I would be all “You know what! If you won’t tell me the answers then I’ll just put you down” then I’d remember the love stories…I finished this one in a day. Overall this is a great book. I really enjoyed it.


This review is a stop on The Glass Casket Blog Tour.  Please visit the other blogs on this tour!

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