“Don’t go to Morganville, you’ll never leave.”
Glass Houses is the first in a series of 15 books by Rachel Caine.
After the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer, I was looking for a paranormal/vampire – related series to read. I loved it, and felt, because of its popularity, it would be hard to compete with.
Then, I came across the Morganville Vampires series quite by chance at my local discount bookstore. They had the whole series, but I had just enough room (after a huge shopping spree) to buy the first three books. Glass Houses, The Dead Girl’s Dance, and Midnight Alley. The offer was 3 for £10.
I really wanted to buy more at another time. Due to lack of bookshelf room, I got the e-books or read the books online.
Enough with my anecdotes – let’s get started with the review!
Claire Danvers is, in her words “16, almost 17, “and is a freshman at Texas Prairie University in the town of Morganville, Texas. Caine brings us right into the action, with Claire going about life at University and train to avoid Monica and the Monickettes- bad girls on campus. After an incident with them, she takes the radical (for her, seeing as she is really self-conscious) decision to move off campus to try and improve her life. I feel for her throughout the book, as I’m sure anyone who can remember their first days and year of university will.
She ends up visiting a house that has a room free. Feeling less than great, she is greeted by Eve, a sweet Gothic girl who is living there with Shane and Michael.
Eve isn’t much older than Claire, which, apart from the fact she’s the only other girl in the house, is a big help to Claire and I think part of the reason they get on well from the beginnng. Eve seems thoughtful and sensitive and both she and Shane seem caring and welcoming. I felt proud of Claire as she fought for what she wanted-to stay in the house rather than take the easier, “scaredy-cat” route of calling her mum and dad.
Together, thanks to friendship, Shane’s chili and teamwork, they must defeat the quiet town’s other inhabitants – the vampires.
The book was full of suspense from this, Claire’s new housemates grow on me. Morganville itself is a very creepy place and the atmosphere is very well represented. Claire is an only child and does not want to be protected by her parents. They want to protect her.
Rachel Caine does a great job of creating the villains (Monica and her evil friends and the vampires).
I think the book is suitable for all ages, despite being written for 13 year olds . The book has everything, a great product, believable character and suspense. Glass Houses is a great start to an unforgettable YA paranormal series of books.