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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Morganville Vampires: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Title: Glass Houses
Author: Rachel Caine
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: NAL Jam
Publication Date: October 2006
Paperback: 248 pages
Series or not: a 11+ book series

Summary: Claire Danvers is a freshman at college in Morganville, Texas.  It’s an unprestigious college in equally unprestgious small college town.  Clever and geeky, Claire never expected to fit in with the in-crowd of fashionable and popular girls but when she inadvertently makes an enemy of the clique’s leader Monica, she had no idea how bad things would get. 
Unable to stay in the dorm, Claire looks for off-campus accommodation and answers an advert in the paper for a room-to-let in a creepy old shared house.  Accepted into the house, she finally feels like she is making some real friends, even if they are a little odd.
Firstly, there is Michael the owner of the house, he’s only eighteen and a complete night owl.  In fact, nobody has ever seen him during the day.  Ever. Eve, a Goth girl who works at the local coffee shop and is a fellow roommate in the Glass House swears that Michael’s okay and is not a vampire and she would know because she’s checked….  Although, she also claims that Morganville is a town run by vampires, so she could just be crazy. Finally, there is Shane.  He’s eighteen and although he doesn’t seem to do anything much all day apart from make chilli and kill zombies whilst playing computer games, Claire thinks he’s totally cool.
Her new roommates are the best thing about living in Morganville because, as it turns out, Eve isn’t crazy and the town is run by vampires.  In Morganville you have two choices - you either work for the vampires and have their protection or you are fair game.
When Monica says she’s going to see Claire dead, she really means it.  Luckily Claire’s new friends have her back and they hatch a plan to deal with the vampires and help her stay alive. 
However, Morganville is a town full of secrets and some of the roommates have secrets of their own…


Book Review: Morganville: A town ruled by vampires.
Clair: A girl who has the bad luck to go to college in Morganville
Eve: A native to Morganville with two idiot parents and a fugitive little brother.
Michael: A ghost who had the bad luck to have a vampire try to turn him also he is a musician and the owner of the Glass house.
Shane: A native to Morganville who escape with his life, but had the stupid idea to come back.
Mix them all together and you have a great book called GLASS HOUSES.
I absolutely loved this book. There was just enough action to balance out the little romance. I loved the main character Clair. I thought that she was somewhat grown up and that she had a fairly good attitude. I really liked Clair’s “roommates” Eve, Michael, and Shane. I liked Eve because she had a tough kick #@!! (I don’t like to cuss) attitude. Michael, I like his personality overall and that he is so great with people. I liked Shane because he is the step in for an older brother but also something more. I also liked that he is so protective and that he has a set, set of beliefs that he does not change ever pretty much. Oh, and I thought that Rachel Cain did a good job with the actual writing and crafting of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes vampire books of course, some action, and a little romance (but there isn’t that much).

Rating: a solid A

Rachel Caine, author of Morganville Vampires.

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