Review: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Source: Borrowed
Publisher: 
NAL Jam
Series:
 The Morganville Vampires  #1
Edition:
Paperback, 324 Pages 
Genre:
 YA Paranormal Fantasy
Purchase: 
Amazon / Barnes & Noble*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5

Welcome to Morganville, Texas. 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. 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….

As with most young adult vampire fiction I had my doubts about how this was going to stand up to the hype surrounding it. Surprisingly this is one of the few that do live up to it. It’s nice change of pace to the “vampires are hot! turn me” crap that is all over the place, don’t get me wrong I adore the creatures and have since I was little but it gets old when they are always tortured souls looking for the perfect match in some whiny human girl.

The main character is likeable as are Eve, Shane, and Micheal. It’s also nice that they main character isn’t in high school so the maturity level is up a bit, and there is a whole lot less teen drama. I have a feeling that too much of Eve is a bad thing though, but we shall see in the next book.  I love the concept of the town of Morganville, the college, and their system that they have going on. I thought that was really unique.  The plot promises a lot and I really hate the fact that it left off on such an epic cliffhanger, I’ll definitely try to find the second one because I simply MUST know what happens.

I would definitely recommend this series to those who enjoy vampire fiction, as well as young adult fans. I would not let younger teens read this though, as there are few moments that are a little on the mature side. It’s nothing terrible but it’s enough that I wouldn’t let a 12 or 13 year old read it.

4 stars

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