Monday, March 14, 2011
Review of Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Author: Rachel Caine
Published by: Allison & Busby
From Goodreads: 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 recently realized there were a couple of popular series that I had not yet read. One of those series is The Morganville Vampires. I recently won a copy of the third and fourth book in the series from Tiger at All-Consuming Books so I decided to give it a try.
After a couple of chapters in I realized that I read a short story featuring The Morganville Vampires, but otherwise I hadn't heard much about this series other than that people seemed to like it. I have a really hard time reading about people getting bullied so within the first chapter I was already screaming out-loud and almost in tears.
I really felt for Claire as a character. There was nothing particularly special about her character other than that she was super smart, but I wanted to wrap her in a cocoon so nothing bad could happen to her. It seemed that she got targeted from the beginning and now she has to fight for her and her friends lives.
This story showed vampires in a darker version than I'm used to. It was definitely more of the traditional vampires who only come out at night and are scary as heck. The writing and story line weren't spectacular, but it was engaging and really pulled you in.
Overall I enjoyed the novel and I'm going to continue on with the series. I'd give this novel ★★★ and 1/2.