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

From 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. 

I have heard great things about the Morganville Vampire series but have not picked it up until now.  I enjoyed Glass Houses...I wouldn't say that I loved it, but I did enjoy it.  I often have a hard time really getting into 'first in a series' novels and I think that was the problem here.  There is so much world-building that the action can seem slow at times. 

The part where Claire learns that Morganville is run by vampires was oddly anticlimactic.  I don't know, I guess I just expected more out of Claire.  My other problem with the book is that Claire was so blasted stubborn.  She refuses to deal with the threats against her in a reasonable manner, ie: leaving town.  Instead she lies to her parents and everyone else, ignores the danger, and bullheadedly keeps trying to go to college.  There were times when I wanted to reach through my Nook and slap her silly!  Of course, I had to remember that she is only 16 years old and her brainiac status does not guarantee maturity.  

Anyway, I will keep reading this series, but so far, it's not one of my favorites.  I did like the romance between two sets of characters and the twist at the end.
Just One Gripe: 
Claire's stubbornness was really frustrating for me. 

The Best Thing About This Book: 
I like the premise behind vampires running the town.

Appropriate for a younger audience: 

Characters: 2/5
Plot: 2/5
Setting/Imagery: 3/5
Originality: 3/5
Ending: 3/5
Total Score:  13/25


  1. I've always wanted to read this series as wel. Would you say they're YA?

  2. I love this series and I do think it gets better. There is always a cliffhanger at the end of the books though, so if you continue on, always make sure you have the next book...

  3. Seems that vampires are everywhere these days. Still my favorite is Damon... absolutely Damon.

  4. I've had this one in my TBR pile for a while, just haven't gotten to it.


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