Sunday, 25 March 2012

Review: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #1)

Publisher - Allison and Busby
Publication Date - 2006
Paperback - 348 pages
Genre -  Young Adult/Urban Fantasy

Source - Purchased

Rating - 4 out of 5: I really liked it.

Book Info - Morganville is a small town filled with unusual characters – when the sun goes down, the bad comes 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…

My Thoughts - I found Morganville to be a fascinating place. The idea that a town could be run by vampires is an amazing premise for a book. The inter-vampire politics and vampire/human politics that are explained really help the reader to understand how the town works. It appeared to me that humans were only allowed to live in the town to satisfy the vampires needs.

The storyline surrounding Michael is really interesting. When Claire first meets him, and finds out that Michael is never seen during the day, I assumed (probably like most people) that he is a vampire. I was nowhere near the truth in this assumption and I thought this was a great twist in the story.

I also really liked the budding romance between Claire and Shane. He is very protective of Claire, and he is called in to protect her several times when things start to get dangerous, but at the same time is incredibly sweet and caring towards her. I hope that this is a storyline that is followed up in the rest of the series.

The book is fast-paced, barely leaving the reader a chance to catch their breath, and making it impossible to stop reading. The end of the book is amazing – a complete cliffhanger – and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Summary - Overall, I loved this book as it was different to the other vampire novels I have read. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the paranormal genre.

Other books in this series:
1. Glass Houses
2. Dead Girl's Dance
3. Midnight Alley
4. Feast of Fools
5. Lord of Misrule
6. Carpe Corpus
7. Fade Out
8. Kiss of Death
9. Ghost Town
10. Bite Club
11. Last Breath

Other reviews of this book:
Electrifying Reviews / Love Vampires / YA Reads


Jenny said...

I read this one but I barely remember it. I wasn't that impressed for some reason. I can't even remember the cliffhanger ending! Oh well. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Coranne said...

I haven't had a chance to read this yet- I can't wait to read it now! I had book 9, but then I thought it was silly that I had book 9 but not book 1.

Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

Jenny - Sorry you didn't like Glass Houses :)

Coranne - This is definitely a series to read in order! You'll be very confused if you start from book 9. Hope you get to read them soon :)

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