Monday, 28 December 2009
Review: Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires Book1)
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...
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.