Glass Houses by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #1)
Released: October 3rd, 2006
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Age Group: Young Adult
It's a small college town filled with quirky characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad comes out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows - one that will spill out into the bright light of day.
Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. The popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks on the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero. And Claire really doesn't have the right connections - to the undead who run the town.
When Claire heads off campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Hew 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...
What I loved most about this book was the refreshingly new, yet more traditional take on vampires. In this book vampires are the evil, deadly, dangerous creatures they used to be before Twilight came along and turned them all into ridiculously good-looking gentlemen. The vampires of Morganville used blood and violence to run the town and its residents.
Claire Denver is the protagonist and Caine does a great job of creating a down to earth, easily relatable character in Claire. The three other main characters; Shane, Micheal and Eve; are all very different yet equally amazing and lovable. The relationships formed between these four has been created in such a way that just seems so real and unforced. I love the way they are, in a way, a family and would do anything to protect each other.
I loved the plot of this book. Again, I loved the evil vampires and I also loved the fact that that love interest was not between a human and a paranormal, but two humans; something we don't see too often in YA fiction these days. There were some concepts of this world that were introduced but probably need to be explained in a bit more detail, but I'm sure that comes in later books.
Overall a great story told so well through amazing writing. I can't wait to pick up the next in the series.
rating: 4 stars