Thursday, February 25, 2010

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Series: The Morganville Vampires book 1
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 248
Book Source:  Contest win from Teens Read & Write

Welcome to Morganville Texas.
Don't stay out after dark.

This was a really quick, fun read and whilst it may not have technically ticked all the boxes I enjoyed it immensely. It's engaging, dark and tense, kind of 'Mean Girls' meets supernatural world.

Claire is a 16 year old brainiac attending college in Morganville Texas, a small town where vampires rule the roost, and there's nothing 'nice' about these vamps. When Claire gets on the wrong side of Monica, queen bitch bee of college, and her life is threatened she desperately seeks off-campus housing at the Glass House. Owned by the mysterious Michael Glass, Claire's other roomies include Eve, a rebellious goth with a caring nature and sarcastic, funny-guy Shane; a highly entertaining mix.

Most of the humans in Morganville have a vampire patron meaning they're protected, but the teens of Glass House are different, they're unprotected by choice and hence ... fair game. Claire and her friends make a deal with the devil to give themselves any chance of survival in 'creepyville' and what follows is a page-turning ride. Just when you think you've got the plot all pegged, Michael's reveal was a tingly surprise.

I have it on good authority from Hannah @ Changing My Definition of Life that this is a series worth continuing on with and she'd know. Hannah read the entire series in a Rachel Caine read-a-fest one week and loved them! Thanks to the cliffhanger ending in Glass Houses and Hannah's enthusiasm I'll be ordering, not just the next book, The Dead Girl's Dance, but as many as I can afford :-)

Visit Rachel Caine's website to find out more about the Morganville Vampire series and her other work.

This month on The Eclectic Reader one lucky reader can win The Iron King OR Ecstasy Unveiled OR Captive of Sin. Check this blog post for details. International entrants welcome.


  1. Hm, I have heard good things, but you didn't see overly excited so dunno

  2. I love the Weather Warden series, but haven't read any of these! One day I will do so.

  3. I have this one too. I shall dig it out. It sounds so good.

  4. This is another vampire story that I'm looking forward to read. I'm not sure why is it hard to find this series in Malaysia. You can see Twilight everywhere but this one is no where to be found.

    Hope you enjoyed the sequel of this book! Will be waiting for your review on that one =)

  5. Hi Teddyree!

    I've read a couple of shorts in the Morganville Vampire Series, but I haven't read one of the full length novels yet! I know, Doh! I'll do some scoping around to see if I can find this one. About a year about, I almost bought the whole series, and talk myself out of it, lol. I don't even remember why. Silly me!

    Dottie :)

  6. I have this whole series, so far - but I have yet to even read the first, yes I am a bit nuts - I love the synopsis' and your review was awesome I need to pick up this series soon! :)

  7. I keep hearing these wonderful things about this series, but I am wondering if I should try this one first or the Vampire Academy. :)

  8. love the review. I've been thinking that I really need to participate in the Waiting on Wednesday meme soon to mention the next book in the series since it's being released in April *eee!* I am so excited about it too!

    Glad you enjoyed the book!

  9. I absolutely love this series!
    I'm glad you liked it!!!

  10. Although I LOVE this series, I actually didn't enjoy this book much at all. So, even though you did, I can promise you that it gets 1000x better in Dead Girl's Dance!

  11. I enjoyed the first one and was planning on reading the rest but of course I got sidetracked by other books!!!! Fun review!

  12. Ahh... something for me here! I am sure I will love this one.

    Great review!

    I hope u r feeling better!! :)

  13. Another vampire series for me to read! I hope you enjoy the sequels just as much as Glass Houses. I'm adding it to my TBR list. :)

  14. This sounds good. I do not read a lot of Urban Fantasy..... but like to dabble outside my genre walls because you just never know what could be out there! This one looks like it could be one that I would enjoy. I really did like Mean Girls.... :)

  15. I've read most of Caine's Weather Warden books and liked them a lot. This one sounds like it would be good too, thanks!


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