Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, Book 1) Review
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I haven’t been excited about many vampire novels lately, but Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series changed that in a hot minute. I think it’s because these vampires are evil, or at least bad, and the heroine is not in love with one of them.

In Glass Houses, the first book in the series, sixteen-year-old Claire Danvers moves to Morganville to attend school at Texas Prairie University. She’s extremely smart, and she loves subjects like physics, which makes her think of herself as a brainiac mutant freak—and it also makes not-so-smart girls like Monica Morrell hate her. After Monica pushes her down a flight of stairs, Claire decides that it’s best to move out of the dorms. She ends up at Glass House in a peculiar section of the town, where she rents a room from the mysterious Michael Glass and his eccentric roommates, Shane Collins, a totally hot slacker, and Eve Rosser, the resident Goth girl.

At first, Claire doesn’t believe that vampires exist—least of all own the town—not until she’s almost charmed by one and encounters his fangs. She doesn’t own a protection bracelet, so she’s fair game after dark. The only thing she can do is find something that the vampires want to trade in exchange for protection, but she’d better find it quick before the vampires close in.

Creepy—and with pulse-pounding scenes of dire escapes—Glass Houses will keep you glued to the pages, unable to stop reading even for a second. A perfect combination of action and character-driven plot makes this an even better read than your normal teenage vampire novel. The teens are smart and sexy, and the vampires are scary and bad—with just a few exceptions to add drama and intrigue to the plot.

You will fall head-over-hills in love with Claire Danvers. In the beginning, she’s so fragile, scared, and alone, and you’ll just want to beat up on anyone who hurts her. But she also possesses bravery and strength, and she does what she has to do to protect herself and her new friends. She uses her high intelligence to solve problems—and that alone is a refreshing change from heroines who use mostly their physical strength to bring down the evil ones. And, thank goodness, Claire Danvers is nothing like Bella Swan of Twilight fame. Claire is absolutely loveable!

Tired of all the vampire/teen love drama? Then pick up a copy of Glass Houses, the first book in the Morganville Vampires series. I promise that it’s different—and it won’t disappoint.

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