Saturday, June 22, 2013

Review: Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires #1)

Welcome to Morganville, Texas. Don't stay out after dark.

Glass Houses, by Rachel Caine, is the first novel in the Morganville Vampires series. Morganville is a small college town in Texas filled with quirky and unusual characters. When the sun goes down, the evil awakens. Clare Danvers, a 16-year-old child prodigy, has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation at Texas Prairie University. The populaar girls never let her forget just where she ranks on the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero. And Clare doesn't really have the right (undead) connections to protect herself from hazing that could kill her.

When Claire heads off campus, she discovers an imposing old house where can find a room--a sanctuary--away from her bullies. Her new roommates don't show much interest in her, but they eventually have her back with the town's deepest secrets come crawling out for her. She is warned not to get too curious, but she stumbles upon an ancient treasure that is worth her freedom. When word spreads, the evil lurking around Morganville won't stop until they have her blood. Not even the law enforcement can protect her.

Glass Houses is the debut novel of the Morganville Vampires paranormal teen series. Initially, I had reservations about this novel because the audience is targeted towards teens. Nevertheless, the plot improves impressively in the second half of the novel as the Glass House residents--Michael Glass, Shane Collins, Eve Rosser, Claire Danvers--must battle for their lives as the town's oldest vampires seek to destroy their lives. Furthermore, Michael Glass has a major secret that will eventually reveal itself, forever changing everyone's fate. Although Claire had loftier dreams of transferring to a more selective university such as MIT, the town's secrets inadvertently trap her where she can not leave its borders. It will be interesting in future novels how the Glass House residents manage to survive and maintain some type of sanity in a dangerous town such as Morganville.

Stay tuned for the second novel in the Morganville Vampires series, The Dead Girls' Dance.

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