Review: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

, by Kt Clapsadl

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Morganville Vampires #1

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. 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'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

Clarie really just can't catch a break socially. Shes is a genius literally, and started college as a freshman even though she is only 16 making her target number one for bullying. Claire knows she has made a mistake when she makes the "leader" of the nasty girls look stupid. As the brutal bullying gets worse, Claire knows it's only a matter of time until they finally kill her. When she answers an add for an open room to be a roommate in a house with three others, she is desperate. However, she quickly realizes nothing is as it seems, not her new roommates nor the strange town. For parents that refused to send her far away in fear of her safety, they sure made a bad decision to send her to the creepy town of Morganville. 

Wow, I really love Claire's character. She is very strong, but she doesn't realize it. Her determination to not quit is amazing. I mean what normal sixteen year old girl is going to have the determination to continue to go to class even though it more than likely could end up in her death? At any point she could have called her parents to get her out of there but she never even once thought of it. Claire becomes even more determined to stay after she gets her roommates tied up in her mess and she sets out to fix things. For a girl way over her head she keeps her cool very well and I find that extremely admirable.

Ah, yes I now distinctly remember all of the cliff hangers at the end of each book of Caine's Weather Warden series. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the ending of this book was a cliffhanger as well. If this series is like the Weather Warden books, I would recommend always having the next book ready so the shocking endings won't last long. I would hate to be stuck with one of these endings and have to wait to get the next book.

All in all this is a pretty decent start to the series. At times things did seem to move a little slow, but since it didn't happen too often, it wasn't a big deal. I am eager to see where things go in the next book. I also hope to see the "bad" characters become more substantial. In this book they are talked about as such threats, but I just didn't feel they were completely fleshed out enough to be truly menacing. If you enjoy a quick urban fantasy read, then this is the book for you.


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Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, Book 1)

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