Review by: The Fictionista

Glass Houses
by Rachel Caine

Published October 6, 2006 by NAL Jam

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero.

When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

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Have you been looking for a new vampire read? Tired of waiting for True Blood to return and patiently waiting for the next new Vampire Diaries episode? Well, give Glass Houses a try if you want a smart, exciting new series. Glass Houses is the first book in the Morganville Vampire series. I had heard good things about it. But, to be honest, I wasn’t rushing out to read it because I thought it might not have enough action and romance for a girl like me. I was pleasantly surprised in that Glass Houses has lots of action, and lots of vampires. As far as romance goes, it’s a bit tame (the main character is only 16 years-old) but the romance is there, and you can tell that love is going to blossom throughout the series.

Claire Danvers starts out as a weak, timid girl who gets bullied by the popular girls at her college. And these girls give the original ‘mean girls’ a run for their money. They are not only verbally aggressive, but they physically torture Claire as well. To be honest, it’s a bit hard to read at times. But once Claire moves into the Glass house and becomes friends with Eve, Shane, and Michael- she begins to find her own true strength and purpose.

Claire is a smart and witty character. And her blossoming romance with Shane is fun and exciting to read as it develops throughout the novel. As mentioned earlier, Glass Houses does not lack in action and the reader is taken on an adventure ride with Claire into the town of Morganville and the world of vampires.

Ms. Caine does an exceptional job drawing richly detailed characters. She makes you care about these young people and what happens to them. Our lead character, Claire, begins to find her authentic self throughout the novel and the reader grows with her as her eyes are opened to a world in which monsters are real and evil really does exist. Glass Houses is a fast-paced book with plenty of intrigue and teen angst to keep you turning the pages.

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