Glass Houses – Morganville Vampires #1 by Rachel Caine


On the day Claire became a member of the Glass House, somebody stole her laundry.

I think it can be safely said, being thirtysomething and male, I am not in this books target demographic. But, then again, I was hardly in the Twilight Saga’s either, and I enjoyed that series. So, there I was a week off of work and looking for some light reading, I thought what the heck, I’d give it a go. And you know what? I enjoyed this one too!

Claire Danvers is not having a great college experience, fast tracked there in the first place, her age and intelligence soon gets her on the wrong side of the popular (but dim) clique. When a fight, forces her out of her dorm and off-campus in Morganville, she ends up renting a room  at The Glass House. where she meets and quickly makes friends with the other three residents, Eve Rosser, Shane Collins, and Michael Glass.

All three are also teenagers (although slightly older than Clare) and work together to protect Clare from her tormentors.

Clare soon learns there is much more to Morganville than meets the eye, the town it turns out is run by vampires, and you are only safe if you have their protection. Clare, does not.

Claire’s plight, is soon intertwined with a developing  feud between the town’s vampires, and the house mates soon learn more about the town, and it’s leaders as they battle to protect themselves.

Oh, and one of the house mates is hiding a secret of their own, it turns out that he/she is not quite what they claim to be.

What can I say, I’m a sucker (oh, cut the groaning 😉 ) for fun characters and a good dynamic between friends in my reading and the residents of the Glass House, certainly are and have that. The plot while not overly complex, serves the story well, and lays down some decent groundwork for the rest of  the series, and I shall certainly be picking up the next in the series (not least because the book ends on an unnecessary – but never-the-less very effective cliff-hanger.)

A good fun read.

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9 thoughts on “Glass Houses – Morganville Vampires #1 by Rachel Caine

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  • February 9 at 4:52 am

    Terrific review! I’m really interested in giving this series a go. I’ve read some of Caine’s Weather Warden series and they are lots of fun – urban fantasy, but instead of focusing on supernatural types like vamps/weres it is about people who are in charge of controlling the weather – oh and there are Djinn too 🙂

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    • February 10 at 9:09 am

      They sound cool, might just give them a go at some point. 🙂

  • February 7 at 2:03 am

    I have enjoyed the other Rachel Caine books I have read a lot, and I own this one, but I just haven’t managed to read it yet! I will…..eventually!

    Marg´s last blog post: On my way to a DNF!

  • February 6 at 1:54 am

    Great review!! I enjoyed reading this book too…now I need to read the rest of the series because I won book #6 from a contest a few weeks ago 🙂

    • February 6 at 11:00 am

      Yep it was a lot of fun. I’m reading the second one now, and it’s pretty good as well. 😀

  • February 6 at 1:52 am

    I’ve had this one on my wishlist for a little while now. Sounds really good. I think I’ve been bitten by the young adult vampire craze (I know, hilarious pun, isn’t it?) Will check this out!

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    • February 6 at 11:02 am

      Nothing at all wrong with a good pun! 😀 Hope you enjoy it once you get to it! 😀

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