Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault

Some see it... Some don't...People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline's best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s G...

Title:Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault
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ISBN:1544274653
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:242 pages

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault Reviews

  • Elena May
    Apr 13, 2017

    I received an eARC of

    from the author, Candace Robinson, in exchange for an honest review. Some of you might know Candace as a book blogger and a prolific Goodreads reviewer. I, for one, was really excited to see her debut novel is coming out and was thrilled to receive an early copy.

    Those of you who have read the book might remember a certain sign above the glass museum. I think it sums up the book perfectly:

    I received an eARC of

    from the author, Candace Robinson, in exchange for an honest review. Some of you might know Candace as a book blogger and a prolific Goodreads reviewer. I, for one, was really excited to see her debut novel is coming out and was thrilled to receive an early copy.

    Those of you who have read the book might remember a certain sign above the glass museum. I think it sums up the book perfectly:

    Yup. That’s all you need to know.

    Okay, in case you still need to know more, here it is. We hear this story from

    : school, going to college, first love and heartbreak, parental abandonment, etc, etc. Her introduction was great. Drawing a flower on the mirror, like she used to do with her mom, immediately humanizes her and makes her feel like a real person. She’s not without flaws – she can be melodramatic (the whole Neven business), she can be rude (meeting August for the first time), but it’s all realistic for her age, and she’s ultimately a good and a caring person. I like it that she’s not petty and she worries about Neven even after they had a fight. I would have liked a bit more character development from her – she didn’t seem to change much after all she went through – but I suppose she’s fine as she is.

    . Quirky, fun, relatable, caring about every cause big or small, brave, kindhearted, responsible. I have just one nitpick with her, but I’ll get to that later.

    I like it how there are constantly

    and making her multi-dimensional, such as, she likes to draw doodles but realizes she’ll never be as good as Maisie, just like she knows she’ll never be as good as August at playing cello, but she’s not jealous and just admires them.

    The story itself is fabulous. If you’ve watched

    and/or

    , this book will likely remind you of them. We have ordinary contemporary people end up in an alternative reality, and we witness

    . But if you think you’ll have some happy fun fairy-tales, you’re reading the wrong genre!

    Yes, that’s what you are in for!

    There are plenty of

    in this novel, and while some are easy to predict, others completely blow you away. The flashbacks worked quite well too.

    I like it how when Perrie is faced with extraordinary circumstances,

    . She’s a coward and often she hides quietly while others suffer, which may be frustrating, but in her case it really looks like the best thing to do. Objectively, there is nothing she could have done, apart from dying as well, so her choices made sense.

    Now I’m going to nitpick a bit with these

    :

    In terms of writing, at points there was too much telling instead of showing, which prevented me from completely getting into Perrie’s head. For example, when she encounters a bunch of trolls, we hear many statements along the lines of “I was really disturbed by the disturbing sounds,” and all I could think was, “Hm, good for you, Perrie, thanks for telling me this and all, but

    am not disturbed. Perhaps if you’d describe those sounds, we could be disturbed together?” Compare this to how Perrie describes the sleeping trolls. Perrie never says “they are disgusting,” but instead describes every slimy, gruesome little detail. I was completely disgusted and needed brain bleach, and that’s great!

    I just wish we could have seen more of it. Right now there were some parts where I thought I’m supposed to be scared, but wasn’t scared at all.

    There was also quite a bit of telling instead of showing in the beginning when Perrie introduces all the characters. Speaking of, it’s really great the author wanted to make the book realistically diverse, but at points it felt a bit superficial. It was all, “This is Maisie. Her father is Middle Eastern. And this is Neven. His father is Chinese and his mother is Italian.” I felt there were more organic ways to present this, without making it sound like she’s reading the population census – describe the parents, mention a relative living abroad, mention some tradition, etc. Right now, combined with the fact that all characters were written as quite culturally homogeneous, it all felt a bit shallow. The descriptions somewhat worked because the story is in first person, but there were ways to make it less of an infodump.

    I think some of the dialogue could have used more copyediting to avoid some chunkiness and redundancies, but I’ve read an early version of this book. Probably the final draft is more polished.

    And here comes my final nitpick. It’s a small thing, but it has been driving me crazy for some reason. For those of you who haven’t read the book, Maisie has no physical disability but always wears an eyepatch in solidarity with people who only have one eye. It mostly worked really well, but

    It’s irresponsible – you can’t see as well with one eye, and your ability to estimate spaces and distances is compromised. In fact, with a single eye we can only see 2D. It looks like 3D because the brain fills up with blanks and creates a full picture based on what it assumes is there, but it might not all be real. People who have lost vision in one eye need to take extra driving courses and learn how to make more use of all the mirrors, and it takes a lot more time and effort. And we know for a fact that Maisie, in spite of practice, doesn’t see as well with one eye as she does with two. Once she ends up inside the display, she removes her eyepatch to have a better look. I could attribute her driving with the eyepatch on to her being irresponsible and not giving it much thought, but

    It just felt out of character.

    The rest of the review is mostly some random thoughts that contain major spoilers, so it’s only for people who have read the book.

    I recently wrote a post about the

    challenge. If you’re participating, that’s a great book to add to your list!

  • Candace Robinson
    Apr 08, 2017

    I may be biased here since this is my book! But I love horror and retellings, so I intertwined the two.

  • Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
    Apr 12, 2017

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    I've been a fan of horror for almost as long as I've been a fan of fantasy. I remember many instances as a kid where I gave myself nightmares after sneaking away to watch the Sci-fi channel showings of classic horror movies like

    and >

    But for some reason, I was just as hooked by those stories as I was about knights in shining armor. I

    __________________________

    I've been a fan of horror for almost as long as I've been a fan of fantasy. I remember many instances as a kid where I gave myself nightmares after sneaking away to watch the Sci-fi channel showings of classic horror movies like

    and >

    But for some reason, I was just as hooked by those stories as I was about knights in shining armor. I think it's the way both genres engage the imagination that I find the most compelling.

    The premise felt a bit like an update to the 80's horror film classic,

    . with the sinister museum setting that really allowed for Robinson to stretch her creative wings and fly free.

    This is a fast-paced story, for the most part, although I will say that I found the first 30% of the story a bit disjointed in terms of tonal quality when placed against the rest of the story. Robinson does a great job of introducing Perrie and her friends and making the reader like them, but it felt lacking in the same sinister and dark tone that permeated the remainder of the story.

    In some ways, I wish this had been a bit longer so Robinson could have explored a bit more within the setting,

    Similarly, the fast pace at times felt like it became too reliant on telling the reader about things that were happening, rather than showing. Because of this, certain scenes felt a bit underwritten for the Upper Young Adult readers that it's recommended for.

    All in all, this was a really fun and creative read! I was doubly impressed with the fact that Robinson actually managed to surprise me a few times too with some events that I didn't see coming.

    I think with some fine-tuning and dedicated focus on really diving into and expanding her prose, future offerings from Robinson will definitely be ones to watch out for. I know she's on my to-watch list!

    ★★★✩✩ =

  • Mischenko
    Jun 25, 2017

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    I picked up

    as soon as it was released after reading the blurb and viewing the cover. I love retellings and the idea of intermixed horror really pulled me in. I’m amazed at how perfectly matched this cover is after reading the story.

    The story starts out with the main character Perrie and her cousin Maisie. They are really close and live next

    To learn more about Candace Robinson and see my full reviews for her current two books, please visit

    I picked up

    as soon as it was released after reading the blurb and viewing the cover. I love retellings and the idea of intermixed horror really pulled me in. I’m amazed at how perfectly matched this cover is after reading the story.

    The story starts out with the main character Perrie and her cousin Maisie. They are really close and live next door to each other. Perrie is thinking about what she wants to do with her life while juggling the mystery that’s going on around town with people who are just disappearing without a trace. Everything is uncertain and one day while driving down Oak Street with Maisie and their friend August, something strange appears. A building they’ve never seen before. A building that is there one moment, and gone the next.

    Nobody knows what’s going on with the mysterious building, but as more people start to disappear, Perrie and August begin to search for answers. As they enter the Vault world, they are unable to leave and have to discover a way out. This is where the story takes off and becomes an adventure like no other. A nightmare that you just want to get out of. There were some really grotesque parts in the story when the horror came in. I liked the addition of the horror paired with the fairy tales and romance because it really makes the book unique.

    I personally liked the story and there were some surprises that I totally unexpected, including an interesting twist at the end. I love the way this author writes and this was a fast- paced read that kept me interested. I found only a few parts of the story a tad boring, but then it picks back up again and leaves you wanting answers. Anyone who enjoys retellings and horror will love this book.

    I can’t wait for the second book in the series! 4****

  • Carrie
    May 06, 2017

    Perrie Madeline has had her best friend and cousin, Maisie and their friend August by her side ever since her terrible break up with her ex boyfriend Neven. When out together they come across a new museum that seems to have come out of nowhere and when spotting a now hiring sign Maisie decides to apply and soon finds she's gotten the job.

    In the meantime Neven just can't seem to take no for an answer when it comes to their break up and when he shows up to talk yet again they get into another arg

    Perrie Madeline has had her best friend and cousin, Maisie and their friend August by her side ever since her terrible break up with her ex boyfriend Neven. When out together they come across a new museum that seems to have come out of nowhere and when spotting a now hiring sign Maisie decides to apply and soon finds she's gotten the job.

    In the meantime Neven just can't seem to take no for an answer when it comes to their break up and when he shows up to talk yet again they get into another argument. However when Perrie gets a call from Neven's mother the next morning that he never came home she immediately thinks of all the news stories around their town of Deer Park, Texas and fears the worse may have happened.

    After Neven's disappearance Perrie is really worried about the missing people around town so when Maisie needs to report to her new job she warns her to be careful. The next morning however Maisie is found to not have come home that night and is now among the missing too. Perrie and August wonder if the new museum has something to do with the disappearances and decide to investigate on their own.

    Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault is a young adult story that mixes fantasy and horror along with a mix of retellings involved in the story which was certainly interesting. I found myself immediately engaged as the story started and introduced the characters and immediately loved the quirky Maisie but enjoyed all of the characters involved.

    As much as I was enjoying the story all throughout I was wondering if this would end up a five star read or not as I still had a few questions towards the end but was more than pleasantly surprised when those were answered. The ending in here also was just one of those wow moments that I would have loved to continue reading even though it had come to an end. Would definitely recommend checking this one out.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Dannii Elle
    Jun 11, 2017

    Actual rating 3.75 stars.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Candace Robinson, and the publisher, CreateSpace, for this opportunity.

    This book begun in an entirely predictable fashion and, for the first quarter, I felt there was nothing inspired or unique about the plot. But, my gosh, did all that change!

    Madeline's home town is plagued with mysterious disappearances. After both her best friend and ex-boyfriend join the names of the missing she

    Actual rating 3.75 stars.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Candace Robinson, and the publisher, CreateSpace, for this opportunity.

    This book begun in an entirely predictable fashion and, for the first quarter, I felt there was nothing inspired or unique about the plot. But, my gosh, did all that change!

    Madeline's home town is plagued with mysterious disappearances. After both her best friend and ex-boyfriend join the names of the missing she vows to discover what secrets her town is hiding. Madeline, along with new boy in town, August, discover the museum of a mad creator and get sucked into a world of magic and mayhem when the doors close behind them. But will this adventure lead them any closer to discovering where the missing have gone? Or will they just becomes names added to the list of the lost and forgotten?

    This novel was one bizarre and peculiar adventure I did not see coming! The first quarter is set up to deceive the reader into believing this book to be something predictable but it soon becomes evident that it is far from true! From Jack the Ripper to the Legend of Sleepy Hollow to Snow White and the huntsman: this book encroaches on a plethora of famed fairy tales and legends and weaves them seamlessly into this horrific mystery, that sees both the reader and the characters sucked down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland.

  • Pouting Always
    May 15, 2017

    When a new museum called Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault appears in town, people begin to disappear and even stranger the museum itself seems to disappear just to reappear again. Perrie Madeline's ex boyfriend mentions the museum the day before he disappears and then her cousin and best friend also doesn't come home the morning after her first shift working at the museum. Perrie and her friend August go to search for the museum on their own after it seems to disappear when they've brought the police

    When a new museum called Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault appears in town, people begin to disappear and even stranger the museum itself seems to disappear just to reappear again. Perrie Madeline's ex boyfriend mentions the museum the day before he disappears and then her cousin and best friend also doesn't come home the morning after her first shift working at the museum. Perrie and her friend August go to search for the museum on their own after it seems to disappear when they've brought the police with them.

    I actually really enjoyed the plot of the book and once the two got into the museum I got into the book. The reason I gave it three stars instead of four really doesn't have anything to do with the book as much as with my own preference because Perrie just for some reason got on my nerves. When I read the prologue I was pretty hyped to keep reading but then we get Perrie's POV and I just don't know why it didnt work for me. I really liked all the other characters especially Maisie. I think maybe I've gotten to old to remember what it feels like to be a teenager but Perrie felt so immature to me and I wish there was more showing and less telling at the beginning of the book. Again I think that's mostly due to the fact that I'm just in a different place in my life right now but if I had picked this book up a few years ago in high school I think I wouldn't have been bothered by it.

    That said I really loved the ending, it's so hard to have a good ending but wow like this was perfect. It was nice to pick up something different and I really loved the story line and I look forward to reading the next one.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Jun 08, 2017

    If anyone has kindle unlimited, you can read this book =) As of this review, not sure how long it will be on KU.

    I loved the very beginning of the book. I fell right in love with Perrie, Maisie and August as well. I thought they were awesome characters and I want Maisies as a friend. Lol

    Then . . . they are traveling down the road and see this random old museum off in the woods. It seems to be a museum that comes and goes. It's called, Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault.

    I'm not going to tell you what

    If anyone has kindle unlimited, you can read this book =) As of this review, not sure how long it will be on KU.

    I loved the very beginning of the book. I fell right in love with Perrie, Maisie and August as well. I thought they were awesome characters and I want Maisies as a friend. Lol

    Then . . . they are traveling down the road and see this random old museum off in the woods. It seems to be a museum that comes and goes. It's called, Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault.

    I'm not going to tell you what all happens after that or what happens when you enter the museum. I will say that it's a crazy train ride and just when you think it's over . . . it's not!

    I look forward to what book two has in store because, Questions People!


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