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Monday, 28 December 2009

Review: Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires Book1)

Author: Rachel Caine
Release date: 2006
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Vampire Fiction
Target Audience: 12+

Amazon says:
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 come out fighting when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood...

Review:
Glass Houses had a slow start and at first I wondered if I would even be able to force myself to read to the end. However, once I got to around Chapter 4, I began to actually become interested in the story.

The main character - Claire Danvers - is sixteen and studying Sciences at the college in Morganville. She is quite a boring character to read about because she is a brainiac, well-behaved and colourless girl. I guess she lacks flavour and at times I imagined her as a Nancy Drew type.

It is the other characters that she decides to move in with that make the book an interesting read. Shane is goofy, witty and highly likeable. Michael is more mysterious and is the authority figure within the Glass House. Eve is a gothic girl who is loyal and funny. The background to these three characters made compelling reading. I wanted to know why they stayed in Morganville. As soon as Claire meets these three differing personalities, the story takes off and I didn't want to put it down.

Morganville is a fascinating setting which in places had me chilled to the bone. The concept of the town being controlled by the vampires kept me intrigued and I can see that the details of how their society functions will be slowly revealed in the other books in the series. The quality of the writing was somewhat lacking but that didn't put me off once the plot began to race towards the climax.

Overall, I liked Glass Houses. It held my attention and certainly had me hooked. Shane was such a great character that I will read the next book. I hope the other characters rub off on Claire and make her more interesting to follow. Read this if you are a sucker for vampire fiction.

10 comments:

Nina said...

Great review, great book! i love vampire stories, but I feel there are so many books about them that i cannot decide witch one to read and witch one to forget. :)

I like the cover of this book.

prophecygirl said...

I love this series, they just get better and better! Make sure you carry on with it, seriously, they're so worth reading! :)

The Book Bug said...

Fantastic review. I really like this series, I really hope you read the rest of them. I agree with you about Claire. Very dull.

I Want To Read That said...

I really need to read this series - I got half way through this one and although I liked it I put it down to read something else and never picked it up again. The first four books act as a really good nightlight though with their glow in the dark writing! I hope you enjoy the next book more:)

runningforfiction said...

this book sounds good.
definately not the type of book i'd normally read, but i'm interested.
all your fault. :]

Lauren said...

I do like the idea of a college-age character, although what you've said about the protagonist does put me off a little. This one's now a maybe for me. I'll look out for your experience of the next one before deciding.

Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

I have to admit... I am a sucker for vampires... always have been since Lestat. Thanks for your review!

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

They get better as they go along! The first one is probably the hardest one to get in to. For me, I just like them because (a) a little bit older characters and (b) they're fun, quick reads! Thanks for the review!

Michelle said...

Thanks for the review - I picked these up for like .50 cents a piece and was wondering if they were good. Good to know I just have to plow through the first couple of chapters. Thanks!

The Book Owl said...

Good review. I've yet to read this series, but it sounds like I really need to.