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Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – October 3, 2006
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"You'll never watch the Weather Channel the same way again." -- Jim Butcher
"A kick-butt heroine who will appeal strongly to fans of Tanya Huff, Kelley Armstrong and Charlaine Harris."
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This is my first book by this author and I could only put it down with difficulty (as opposed to the second book in the series, which I absolutely could not put down at all). The background of the town and vamps has been intricately built, with fascinating characters on all sides. Claire, the lead, is especially interesting and multi-dimensional (and I hope someone points her towards birth control real soon because she's gonna need it).
There is a real fear factor in the scary parts, real humor in the funny parts, and the guys are hilarious when they're being guys. The pace is get-up-and-go (2nd book even more so). All in all, tremendously entertaining.
The only sore spot was the sudden cliffhanger at the end, which (disregard the "look ahead" excerpt at the end of the book) is speedily dealt with in ch. 1 of Part 2. It almost made me NOT buy volume 2 after I'd determined that I wanted more of this author, but I bought it and am darned glad I did. Beware: volume 2 also has its own cliffhanger as well as numerous plot threads that need to be resolved fairly quickly. But that's what series are all about, right?
Buy this book! I don't like many vampire books, but this one is a winner.
Glass Houses had strengths and weaknesses. When a clique of psychotic popular girls is decidedly scarier and far more vicious than the vampires controlling the city, something doesn't seem right. In this, the first installment of a series, the vampires were, unfortunately, very much one dimensional, and aside from Amelie, uninteresting.
Caine did a better job with the heroes. Claire, Eve, Michael and Shane had distinct personalities, a good mixture of maturity and immaturity and enough quirks to make them seem real and likeable. I cared about them, and that drew me into the story.
This was the first book I've read by Rachel Caine, and while I had problems with a few of the characterizations, I found enough to like in this story to want to check out some of her other books.
Some may be tempted to compare this one to her Weather Wardens books, but that's a big mistake. Each should be read on its own merits, keeping in mind it IS a whole different world and the rules are different. Were I in the right age group for this book I'd likely go nuts over it and be craving another one ASAP. As an adult I'm still nuts over it, but for different reasons.
The characters, especially the brainy, courageous Claire, are very well drawn and likeable for their quirks and shortcomings. Each has a history, baggage, and a unique way of dealing with problems. Young Claire is scary smart in some things, inexperienced in others, and attending college in Morganville, Texas, which has nasty goings on under the surface. Psychotic classmates, sinister cops, and other threats abound in a town where vampires make the rules and unwary humans are there for the taking.
Caine has gone all out on the "What if vampires (the e-vul, bloodsucking, barely controlled fiend kind) designed and ran a town?" It ain't a pretty sight, but it's a page-turning read as Claire and her housemates figure out how to survive. As if classes, term papers, and after school jobs weren't enough on a freshman's plate, the freshman could end up being the meal on that plate!
Think Veronica Mars crossed with Buffy, throw in a gallon of espresso shots to pitch things into high gear and that's what you'll find in Glass Houses. Just like the real world, this one isn't a fair place, and it can get very dark indeed, but you can get past that and thrive if you want it enough and have the support of good friends.
The other plus is the swift, effortless pace of well-executed writing.Read more ›
As I'm sure many reviewers have said, Claire has to be one dumbest leads ever. I don't understand why she insists on going to class when her life is at stake, or why she keeps mouthing off to the resident cliché "queen bee with a heart of vitriol," Monica. I thought Claire was supposed to be some sort of genius, or at least smart. Where are her priorities, her sense of self-preservation?** You could argue that she's trying to stand up for herself or not give her enemies the satisfaction of seeing her cower in fear, but really, she just seems like a moron. The risks far outweigh these lofty principles, which she doesn't seem to consider anyway. She just can't seem to curb her idiotic impulses. No one with a lick of sense loves college or fears professors enough to attend classes when their life is in serious danger. Come on now.
Also, she is pathetically self-deprecating. I didn't really pity or sympathize, so much as I wished she would grow a backbone. "It sucked to be smart, because this was where it got you." Thanks for another cliché, Rachel Caine. As if anyone with a brain is a freak who gets verbally and physically abused on a regular basis. As if there is always the "hot" rich girl with her posse of airheads and jocks to smack them down. Please.
"What normal girl loved physics? Abnormal ones. Ones who were not ever going to be hot. And face it, being hot? That was what life was all about."
I honestly can't find the words to express my disgust without resorting to profanity.
But this is getting awfully long, so I'll move on.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love this series and have even read it more than once and it keeps getting better each time!Published 12 days ago by Ashlee
Could not put it down. It is exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I have recommended it to our school library to purchase.Published 24 days ago by Annette Gray
It is ok, but it wanders around and doesn't really have a solid plot. For an independent teenager, she doesn't seem very able to stand up for herself.Published 3 months ago by Laura Meissner
“Run first,” Shane said. “Mourn later.”
It's always risky when you go back and reread a book. Especially when it's been a long while. Read more
This isn't your typical Teenage Vampire series. It's just not. The cover of my copy of the book says that fans of Twilight should pick this up... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Myndi
Claire Danvers at sixteen year old who has just started her freshman year at college. When some girls in her dorm go too far and attack Claire she fears for her life and decides... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carrie G.