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Morganville Vampires #01: Glass Houses (edition 2006)

by Rachel Caine

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Title:Morganville Vampires #01: Glass Houses
Authors:Rachel Caine
Info:NAL Jam (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
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I am truly enjoying this series much more than Twilight. If you are curious it is worth your time. ( )
  whybehave2002 | Feb 4, 2015 |
Easy read. Very good story. Love the characters. Many twists and turns that keep the story interesting. Will definitely read book two! I will definitely consider reading all fifteen books to this series. A part of me wishes that it's an adult series and not young adult. ( )
  gagirl101 | Jan 29, 2015 |
Thoroughly enjoyed!!! ( )
  Kuddlez74 | Dec 1, 2014 |
I know this series has been out for awhile now but I just sat down and started to read it because I got Ghost Town in the mail for review (yes when that happens I read the WHOLE series) and I needed to get the background, at nine books in you kinda have to read from the beginning.

I love that Claire is a fighter and I definitely though that Clare would have gone for Michael instead of uh....someone else, I really did. I hate Monica (even though I was shocked at first every time I read her name) she was a very evil villain, the kind you just want to kill off.

I enjoyed this new (or well older but new to me) twist on a vampire YA. I also love the inclusion of the house, it's lore, and the extra-ness in one of the roommates. I also loved that they stood and fought with her, it was one of those wriggly happy moments of reading. I am continuing on to book two and I can't wait to keep reading more by this author.

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  mojo09226 | Nov 21, 2014 |
Glass Houses is one of those books that you read through in a single night. It's fun, fast-paced, and a light read. The story appears to be another new-girl-at-school-meets-the-mean-girls, at least in the first couple of chapters. Except, the mean girls are way too mean, as in mean enough to kill the new girl, and a strong streak of underlying menace makes the reader sense that things are not what they seem in Morganville. The story is narrated in third person, but from the perspective of the new girl, Claire Danvers. Not only is she just starting college, but she is underage, having finished high school in two years. When she inadvertently made popular girl Monica look stupid in front of her friends, she draws the pretty girl's wrath. Still, Claire is puzzled by the virulence of the bullying, and when Monica pushes her down the stairs and leaves with a parting threat about more to come at night, Claire realizes that her best alternative is to find a safer place to live than in the dorms.

She casts about for anything reasonable, and finally finds a notice requesting a roommate at a place called the Glass House. When Claire arrives, she is sure no college kids would be interested in her as a potential roommate, but Eve, one of the Glass House residents, practically forces her inside. Eve insists that Claire is the most normal person to apply, and probably also feels sympathy for the visibly bruised young girl. Claire soon meets Eve's other roommates, Shane and Michael, two extremely hot boys a couple years older than Claire. Michael is unwilling to let someone so young live with them, but when they find out her nemesis is Monica Morrell, they give her a few days of sanctuary. They also inform Claire about Morganville's secret, which the reader has already deduced, even if the book cover hasn't given it away: Morganville is ruled by vampires. Monica is protected by her family's vampire, Brandon, one of the nastier ones of the bunch. Claire thinks everyone is crazy, until she has the proof of fangs presented in her face.

Problems with Monica only deepen, and Claire's new roommates grow increasingly protective. Despite the many terrors mounting around her, Claire refuses to back down. When she returns to school, though, she is greeted by one of Monica's minions pouring acid down her back, and is taken to the hospital. Shane watches over her, filled with regret, since he was escorting Claire to keep her safe and he didn't see the girl in time to prevent the attack. Since he can't reach the mysterious Michael, he takes matters in his own hands. Shane makes a deal with Brandon to give Claire some protection. The other three are furious with his self-sacrifice, and are determined to find a way out. When Eve reveals to Claire that the vampires are searching for a special book, something they want more than Brandon wants Shane's blood, the gang work out a plot to find or recreate the desired tome. Their scheme brings them into conflict with a dangerous and powerful vampire, and might be the death of them all.

The setting is original and quite fun. As I wrote at the beginning, the book exerts a hold on the reader's attention that is liable to keep her awake far past her bed time. The plot is packed with action. And vampires. I am partial to a certain kind of vampire story. I like the vampires to be dangerous and dark, but also exciting. It doesn't hurt if a few of them are sexy. I want the vampires to be complex, not all of them bad, but not all of them good. I definitely don't like brutal, evil vampire stories. This novel exactly captured my wishes for depicting a secret society of vampires. In addition, the author merged the supernatural with a school story, which was a fun twist. Also, the romance is good, actually great, but still appropriate for a younger audience. As to the downside of the book, the writing is a bit clumsy at times. Details like Eve asking Claire her name when she referred to her by it just a page earlier jumped out at me as examples of sloppy writing. Still, considering the easy-read nature of the book, I was able to overlook these flaws and just enjoy the story. This is certainly a series I will be exploring further. ( )
  nmhale | Nov 14, 2014 |
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College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. 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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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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In Morganville, Texas, a town where evil terrorizes the streets under the cover of darkness, Claire Danvers, who has had enough of her current dorm situation, moves off campus and discovers that her new roommates are vampires.

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