Book Review: Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine


glass housesFrom the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

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. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?



My Review:

Holy Moses, I forgot how good the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine is. It’s been about 8 years since I first picked up the book, so it was like reading it for the first time. I’m so excited to be reading these again!

Glass Houses is about a unique (and slightly scary) little town, in Texas, called Morganville. The main character, Claire, is a 16-year-old genius, who just moved to Morganville to attend college. Unfortunately for Claire, she ticked off the wrong people, and is now being bullied and potentially having her murder planned out. So, Claire leaves Campus to go stay at the Glass House with the other main characters in the story, Shane, Eve, and Michael.

After moving into the Glass House, Claire learns that Morganville is run by vampires and all the humans are fresh meat unless they are “protected” by the vampires. Poor Claire, and the rest of her housemates, are unprotected and must fend for themselves. At the same time, Claire must figure out a way to save her friends, stop the bullying, and be able to attend college without the fear of being murdered by the psycho teenage human disaster who has it out for her.

Glass Houses is full of action and suspense from moment one. There’s never a boring beat or a page to skim over. It’s simply just perfection. I’m not kidding when I say that you need to go get all of these books at once. Trust me, you’ll binge them all in just a couple weeks.

My heart is with all of the characters in Morganville. This was one of those series that I was first introduced to, so all of them play a special role for me. You know? They’re extra special. What I love most about all of the characters is that they all have their own unique personalities and traits. If the book didn’t mention who was talking, you’d figure it out. Shane would be the sarcastic jerk; Claire would be timid and shy. Eve would be in your face, but a little fearful; and Michael would be quiet, but strong. They’re all so unique, and Morganville wouldn’t be the same without any of them.

Obviously, Morganville is about vampires. I know what you’re thinking. Vampires are out. In a sense, I guess. I think we all really chalk that up to the Twilight faze. I’ve never really thought that vampires are out. I mean….some of my favorites books and series are about vampires. The Morganville Vampires series, though, is a bit different than the typical vampire faze. While they’re obviously vampire book, they have a much different feel to them. Keep in mind, as well, that the main characters are humans. There’s just a really cool, weird vibe that this series has going for it.

If I had to choose a slightly negative thing to say about Morganville, I guess I would say that it is a bit on the young side. I’m not talking middle grade young. It’s definitely target to teenagers and young adults, but it is a little young feeling. That might bother some people. It’s never really bothered me, but I could see why someone would be put off by it.

Overall, I loved this book. I’m going to rate it a 4, because I know that some of the other books in the series are way better than the first book. I’m not going to rate it a 3, though, because this book was super good! Seriously, if you haven’t read the Morganville Vampires series…just go do it!