Series: Morganville Vampires #1
Publisher: NAL on October 3, 2006
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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. Will she be able to face the town's terror or will she drown like everyone else?
“’Claire. Wake up.’ She blinked and realized that her head was on Shane’s shoulder, and Michael was nowhere to be seen. Her first thought was, Oh my God, am I drooling? Her second was that she hadn’t realized she was so close to him, snuggled in. Her third was that although Michael’s part of the couch was empty, Shane hadn’t moved away. And he was watching her with warm, friendly eyes. Oh. Oh, wow, that was nice.”
Favorite Character: Claire. She’s so smartly sarcastic, it’s hard not to love her. see?
“’You’re kind of a psycho. I get that.’ ‘I might be,’ Monica agreed, and gave her a slow, strange smile. ‘You’re one smart little freak. Now run away, smart little freak, before I change my mind and stick you in one of these old suitcases for some architect to find a hundred years from now.’ Claire blinked. ‘Archaeologist.’ Monica’s eyes turned winter cold. ‘Oh, you’d better start running away now.’”
“On the day Claire became a member of the Glass House, somebody stole her laundry.”
My Musings: The reason I picked up this book is because I’ve heard great things about this series. I’d heard about Shane and all his hot boy glory, and about all the action of the life in Morganville, Texas. I have to say, this book was exceptionally good, and I was in no way let down. Glass Houses follows Claire Danvers as she lives life as a sixteen year old in college. Of course, sadly, she ends up on the wrong side of the school’s queen bee. But in Morganville, that doesn’t mean the typical teasing and shunning that Claire is used to. Because Morganville is run by vampires and the ones they Protect; and Claire is not Protected, and is targeted by the mayor’s daughter. That could only mean trouble.
And trouble it was indeed. After Claire is attacked, beat, and pushed down the stairs, she decides that enough is enough, and seeks a new place to live. She eventually ends up at the Glass House with sweet and oddly mature Michael Glass, troubled and hilarious Shane Collins, and gothic but friendly Eve Rosser. This is where her adventures begin.
Glass Houses had a plot that kept me intrigued; which is a good thing, because I’ve been sick and haven’t wanted to do much of anything. This novel helped me pass the time. The plot was far from boring at all. There was adventure and danger, and it kept my heart pounding for the characters.
That being said, I also immensely enjoyed the characters. Each of them had such a distinct personality, but they all were easy to relate to. Michael was the big brother that I want. He looks out for Shane, Claire, and Eve. He’s sweet, reliable, and protective, and he wants more than anything to keep his friend safe. He’s predicament is quite sad, and I feel really bad for him. Eve was the best friend that a girl could meet. Although she dressed extremely gothic, she’s really just a sweet girl that’s been through a lot. She was quirky, a little easy to scare, and fun and I really enjoyed her relationship with Claire. Claire was amongst my favorites in the novel. I admired her intellect (from one over achiever to another!) and I admire her courage and drive to stay in Morganville when given the chance to leave. She grew and matured past her age of sixteen within this story, and it was beautiful to see. And Shane. Shane was an interesting character—he was nice and protective, yet somewhat closed off. He was hilarious, and he always had me cracking up. I was truly sorry for what happened to him in the past, but it shaped him into a young man that any girl (Lucky Claire!) would be honored to have.
Glass Houses really entertained me. It was a great short read, and I cannot wait to dive into the second installment of the Morganville Vampires series.