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Glass Houses Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2006
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About the Author
- Publisher : NAL Jam Books (January 1, 2006)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451219945
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451219947
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : HL650L
- Grade level : 9 and up
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #322,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Claire is a teenage nerd, brilliant, and although too young to be in college, has started her freshman year away from home. She lives in a dorm, but as with her high school years, she has become the object of bullying by the mean girls in her dorm. These girl take the definition of mean to new levels-like stratosphere levels. After a group tries their hardest to kill her(and almost succeeds)she goes looking for a place off campus to live. This is how she ends up living at Glass House, an old home inhabited by Eve, a goth girl, Michael a musician that sleeps all day, and Shane, an out of work, but super fun guy. They take her in knowing she has problems back on campus, also knowing that she’s going to be a real problem for them.
Morganville isn’t your typical small college town by a long shot. Here, the vampires rule the town, and people are prey-unless they are protected. Nobody in Glass House is protected so things heat up fast. Claire manages to get involved in so many bad aspects of the town and seems to almost be the catalyst for things to ramp up between the residents of Glass House and the vampires of Morganville. I wondered at times how they managed to survive prior to Claire’s arrival. And actually one of them does have a major secret concerning that.
I enjoyed this one so much that I immediately bought the next in the series and have already read it, and started the third-in a three day period. Yes, there are something like fifteen books in this series, and it’s pretty daunting, but right now I am happy with reading how ever many I can. Series like this makes me wish there were more hours in the day to read. I saw on Amazon that the age group for this book starts at twelve and I have to say REALLY? to that, because of sexual thoughts and things like one of the girls dressing sexy(garters, thong) to hit on the guy she likes-call me old fashioned, but I think the age group should be more like 15+-just my opinion of course. And that’s not even touching on the amount of violence.
Great characters, unique premise, non-stop action and/or humor, this read had all that and more. There’s romance, and scary life and death moments, and I thought it was perfect for any Urban Fantasy fan or PNR readers for that matter, although it’s lighter on the romance. Just a word of caution, it does have the dreaded cliffhanger and I am usually not a fan. However, I forgave it, because the next book was there ready for me to buy. If you love paranormal reads and haven’t tried this, I highly recommend it. As in, You really need to read these!
I was not disappointed. Rachel Caine is a great writer, who grabs your attention on page 1 and keeps you engaged through to the end.
If you like books that are about real life with vampires and mystery thrown in, you won't be disappointed.
Claire is a 16 year old college freshman, who though she is book smart, she has a few lessons to learn about street smarts. When she is beaten and thrown down the steps at her dorm house, she knows she has to find a way out of the dorm.
Determined to find a new home, she stubbles upon Glass house and finds three new best friends. Moving into the house doesn't save her from the abuse of the college gang who are determined to hurt and maybe kill her, but it does make her happier, until she finds she has some new enemies in town. Her horror doubles when she finds the town of Morganvile is ran by vampires, and they don't like her or her new friends.
Book one is the introduction to a fight, which nearly ends their days in earth, but a fight that only vampires, ghosts and a few twists and turns can end with one fight down and a new one starting.
Can't wait to get started on book two.
I enjoyed this a lot. Claire is a brainiac who has never really fit in but the roommates she befriends make her feel like she belongs. I cant wait to read more in this series, had a couple of surprises with the plot I did not expect.
The series begins with young Claire and her desperate search for safety in a town she gradually learns has more and more things to be afraid of than she’d realized. She also makes the strangest, amazing friends and even finds her first kiss!
Read the book...vampires, crazy people, a grail like search and a house that protects you beyond the grave! What more could you want in a book?
Ah, a vampire murder mystery series based in Texas, sweet ! I am wondering if Morganville is suppose to be Huntville, Texas ??? Sixteen year old Claire Danvers is starting college in a small town and things go wrong almost immediately.
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I loved this book. The characters are great. The world-building is well done with a lot of hints at how much is left unsaid at the fringes. The story was well paced and seemingly quick to read.
Yup. This is the sort of book/series that I can easily binge read. So I am. As I write this, I am already into chapter 2 of the next book.
Okay, so how do my thoughts now compare to how I felt about this book back then? I've changed a lot in the past few years, and I have to say that my feelings towards Glass Houses shocked me. I still feel exactly the same now as I did the first time I read it!
Sure, if you think about it too much then you'll find a lot of flaws. A lot. But it's a fun, light book and exactly what I needed to keep me out of a reading funk after I finished reading 1984.
Claire, the main character, is not a favourite of mine. Caine tries to go for the "innocent little girlie" hing that used to be oh-so-popular back in the day. We still see that a bit now, but I think the scales have tipped towards sassy and badass now. That being said, Claire does her best to help her friends, and she really cares for them, and that's an admirable trait to have.
I wasn't pleased with how quickly Claire accepts the existence of vampires. It was far too easy. There was no real struggle at all, and I think the book could have benefited from a bit more of that. Especially since there's a lot of talk about how intelligent Claire is, and how she's a woman of science. I expected more disbelief, and upon re-reading I still can't quite believe how fast she is to accept that Morganville is run by vampires.
As for the romance, yes, I am still shipping the OT3 that is Shane, Claire, and Michael. Claire has bundles of chemistry with both guys, and, for once, I actually like good guy Michael. Surprising, I know.
Overall I'm really glad I got the chance to re-read this, and I'm looking forward to getting back into this series and seeing where these characters go. I remember a couple of things in the next books about Shane's storyline, so that should be lots of fun! And I'll probably cry. I hope I don't take such a long break between books this time around, though!
What makes it more enjoyable than many others in the genre, especially those aimed at older readers, is the likeability of the central characters. Despite the remarks above, yes, an adult man can enjoy it too: it avoids the sometimes excessive gore, sex, and pretension of the more heavyweight books. Being a vampire book it's obviously gory, and has some slightly lustful moments, but there are also some rather charming romantic scenes, and all is balanced out by good humour and nicely clear-cut characters. You like the good guys and detest the bad guys: all is as it should be.
The only thing that irked me rather was that while it is fairly self-contained, the ending does pretty well require you to get the next book in the series if you want to find what's going on, which is a technique I find somewhat annoying. Obviously not a problem if you like the books, but irritating otherwise.
To sum up, don't expect Ann Rice, but do expect a comfortable, undemanding read.
I must say, when I started the book I expected teen paranormal fluff, and I was very pleasantly surprised. The world of the Morganville Vampires drew me right into the story from the very beginning, and Caine has placed her own twist on vampire legend and the vampire novel. The tenants of the Glass House are both engaging and sympathetic, the villains are deliciously dastardly, and Claire's voice - though the novel is written in the third person - is appealing in its naivety, honesty and humour. Unusually, I never once got to a certain point and thought, 'Right, I need a break from this," or "Okay, okay, let's get back to the good stuff already!" It was fast paced and gripping, and the story flowed well, never getting bogged down in trivia or unnecessary plot sidelines. I finished it by dinner time and needless to say, I'm very pleased to have the rest of the series waiting for me! Highly recommended for fans of YA paranormal fiction.
Her life is in danger after annoying the wrong person with her cleverness (well she can't help it if Monica's thick can she?), she gets desparate & manages to secure a room for a couple of nights from some older kids, from there things just slowy spin out of control, & Claire will do anything to keep her friends safe, but it might not be quite enough.
Personally the ending was superb & left on a very clever cliff hanger - the suspense & action ratchet up to an almost intolerable level - fantastc writing - you really have to buy the next one. But I did find some areas lacked substance & depth of character before getting to the end, that's why it's not a four or five star for me. I'm sure the series will continue to improve, looking forward to it.
Three & half stars, have ordered the next one The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires)