Glass Houses is the first book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.
Claire Danvers is a super smart sixteen year old. Having already finished High School she is set to achieve great things. She is clever enough to make it in the big, well-respected universities, but her parents naturally worry about her age. And so they decide that they are not going to allow her to attend university a long way from home, but instead send her to Texas Prairie University, only a 100 miles from where they live. They believe they are doing the right thing for her, the thing that will keep her safe.
However, TPU is in Morganville, a town like no other. A town run by vampires, not that you would notice, unless you were really looking hard. As if that isn’t bad enough, Claire with her super intellect is seen as nothing more than a freak who makes everyone else around her look bad. When she clashes with some of the girls in her dorm, it appears Claire is anything but safe.
It quickly becomes apparent that if Claire wants to live long enough to be able to transfer out to a better university, she is going to need some where new to live. Oh, and some friends to watch her back. When she finds a listing for the Glass House in the housing section of the paper, she hopes her prayers have been answered. But have they? Is anything in Morganville what it seems?
This book surprised me. I expected to like it – I enjoy vampire and paranormal fiction. And yet I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did. (As of writing this review, I am about to finish book six in the series. I have read them one after another, as if they are some giant volume, separated into individual books for ease. Six books in just over a week…that’s how much I like this series!)
The pace of the story is good and the book itself is well-written. The characters are engaging, and the main ones, Claire, Eve, Michael and Shane are likeable. It’s not hard to feel for Claire as the story goes on – she has a lot going on in her little world. But to keep the story moving forward, it is clear that everyone in Morganville has their own story, and it is through this that the history of the town and how it operates unfolds.
The book does capture the imagination and draws you in from the very beginning, and although a town run by vampires sounds like it might not work, Rachel Caine does a great job of making the storyline believable. The cliffhanger ending sets up the next book nicely.
If you enjoy vampire novels, you will probably enjoy this, but be warned it is aimed at teenagers / young adults. Adult themes are kept to a minimum, and gore levels are also low.
I will be posting the review of the second book in the Morganville Vampires series, Dead Girls’ Dance, soon. I am reading much faster than I’m reviewing at the moment
Oh, and this is my 200th post! Woohoo!