Monday 12 December 2011

Review: Glass Houses - Rachel Caine

Welcome to Morganville.
Just don't stay out after dark.

Morganville is a small town filled with unusual characters - when the sun goes down, the bad come out.  In Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows - one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

For Claire Danvers, high school was hell, but college may be murder.  It was bad enough that she got on the wrong side of Monica, the meanest of the school's mean girls, but now she's got three new roommates, who all have secrets of their own.  And the biggest secret of all isn't really a secret, except from Claire: Morganville is run by vampires, and they are hungry for fresh blood...

The Morganville Vampires Series:
Glass Houses
The Dead Girl's Dance
The First Day of the Rest of your Life (Novella in the Many Bloody Returns anthology)
Midnight Alley
Feast of Fools
Dead Man Stalking (novella in the Immortal: Love Stories with Bite anthology)
Lord of Misrule
Carpe Corpus
All Hallows (novella in The Eternal Kiss anthology)
Fade Out
Worth Living For (Short story in UK version of Ghost Town)
Kiss of Death
Ghost Town
Bite Club
Anger Management (Short story in UK version of Last Breath)
Automatic (novella in the Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions anthology)
Last Breath
Black Dawn (2012)

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Claire is only 16 but she is incredibly smart and has skipped two years at school to start college early.  But being the youngest student at college isn't easy - especially when she manages to get on the wrong side of the meanest girls on campus, Monica and her followers.  After a vicious attack leaves Claire injured and terrified of what the bullies might do next she feels she has no choice but to try and move off campus to avoid them.  Luckily she meets Eve and finds out about a spare room at Glass House where Eve lives with her friends Michael and Shane.  What she doesn't realise is how powerful Monica and her gang is and that Morganville is under control of something even worse.

I'm a massive fan of Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series and have heard nothing but good things about her Morganville books so I'm really not sure why it's taken me so long to get around to starting them.  I'm glad I finally did though because Glass Houses is a great start to the series and I'm looking forward to reading more.  In a way I'm glad that I'm so late to the Morganville party - it just means no long wait for the next book in the series!

Claire is very young and innocent and she can come across as quite naive at times.  I was worried at the beginning because she starts out quite weak but that just made me all the more proud of her when she finally started to stand up for herself.  She still isn't the strongest character but she is getting there and her confidence grows throughout the story.  The bullying in the story is extreme, I thought I had it bad at school but what I went through is nothing compared to what happens to Claire.  Although there are vampires in the story (and they aren't pleasant vampires by any means), the worst bullying comes from other humans which I found refreshing in a paranormal story.  It was also realistic - I think we all know just how evil some teenage girls can be!

I really liked Claire's roommates, you have Eve who is much stronger than Claire and more prepared to fight for what she believes in.  Then there is Michael who is the owner of the house, he is the most mysterious character and it is obvious from early on that he is keeping secrets but I wasn't expecting the revelation about him.  Michael is the one that looks after everybody else, he has been friends with Shane for years but takes in Eve and Claire just because he is worried for their safety.  Finally you have Shane who was probably my favourite of the bunch, he is a bit of a player but he has a strong protective streak.  As you find out more about his past it is easy to see why he feels so determined to keep his friends safe.

The plot moves along at a good pace, there are a few good twists and there is a killer cliffhanger (see it's a good thing I already have the next 8 books sitting on my shelves!) so overall this is a book I'd recommend to fans of young adult urban fantasy.  Now I'm off to get started on my copy of The Dead Girl's Dance!

Source: Purchased

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  1. Oooh I'm glad you read this! I used to really like this series but I've not kept up with it in the last year or so. I love the refreshing take on vampires and I agree I love Shane too!

    The Cait Files

  2. I was a bit wary of this series, but it dose sound good so I might just read it at some point.

  3. @ Cait - It's about time I got around to trying this series, I've been meaning to start it for years now lol. It can get hard keeping up with so many different series though :o)

    @ Viv - I'm always nervous about starting a series that already has so many books in it but I've heard so much about the Morganville Series that it really was about time I got around to it. I'm impressed so far & looking forward to continuing the series :o)

  4. I really want to get into this series. I need to find more hours.

  5. I've heard good things about this series, which is why I started reading them late last year. I only managed the first two and wasn't motivated to read the third :( I'm hoping the series improves as it goes along? Perhaps you'll fair better with the books than I did..

  6. Awww..brilliant review!! I loved it too! Have a look at my blog... !! You'll love it!! - hopefully! :)



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