Series: The Morganville Vampires, #1
Author: Rachel Caine
Pages: 239 (Paperback)
Publisher: NAL Jam
Release Date: October 3, 2006
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 remember reading the first couple of chapters of this on Amazon several years ago, but then I got distracted by Twilight. Now I've finally read the whole book, and I have to say I'm quite impressed!
Claire is a great protagonist! She's super smart, starting college at 16 (so did I!), and is a complete outcast for it. She's tormented by the girls in her dorm, led by the utterly vicious Monica. Vicious is probably an understatement though; that girl is psychotic! The rest of the cast is great and entertaining as well. Eve is gothic, and spunky, and I adored her! I want her to be my friend! Shane is goofy and fun, but very sweet and protective when the situation requires. Now, Michael is very intriguing. He has some secrets and I found them fascinating. He's not what I was expecting.
In fact, Glass Houses wasn't what I was expecting at all. I figured that I would enjoy it, but I ended up really enjoying it! I love the set up of having a small town corrupted by vampires, with some humans under protection and some not. What the author came up with for when a vampire fails to change someone was really interesting, too. This book keeps a relatively fast pace, so there's never a dull moment as Claire and Co. try to stay on the good side of the Morganville Vampires.
I'm very happy to have found another series to give me my vampire fix! I just wish I had the second book, since damn that cliffhanger!