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Author: Rachel Caine / Format: Paperback / Genre: Children's Fantasy & Magical Realism /Title: Glass Houses / ISBN 13: 9780749079512 / ISBN 10: 0749079512 / 288 Pages / Book is published 2008-05-26 by Allison & Busby / Alternative title: Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires Book 1 / Alternative ISBN 10: 0749079517

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      17.10.2013 18:49
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      Totally shallow. I didn't enjoy it and would rather read Twilight again.

      Today I am going to review the novel Glass Houses by Rachel Caine.

      Shopper's appeal
      I picked this book up at a charity shop. I had never heard of it before but the book's outer appearance was very appealing! I like to read teen novels from time to time and I do like vampire stories now and then, so I thought this might be a nice, easy-going read. Since it wasn't too expensive, I didn't feel like I was risking anything. ;) A few weeks later I finally found the time to start reading...


      The plot
      Glass Houses is about Claire Danvers, a girl of sixteen who attends Texas Prairie University in Morganville. Claire is incredibly excited about going away from home for school and living her own life. But her dream of independent living soon shatters under the cruel treatment of classmate Monica Morrell, who is the school's diva and has made it her favourite activity to bully Claire. When Monica pushes Claire and really hurts her, Claire decides against seeking help from a grown-up and instead starts planning to live off-campus.
      At the same time, the inhabitants of a shared house coined the "Glass House" seek a new housemate. When Claire seeks them, they quickly decide against her because she is too young, but let her stay to rest for a while when they notice her injuries and the state she is in. Punky housemate Eve quickly becomes Claire's big-sister-type friend, explaining to the younger girl how thinks work in Morganville. Claire thinks Eve is a bit crazy when the punk girl explains to her that Morganville is controlled by vampire clans. She realizes how serious Eve's fear of the bloodsuckers is when Claire mentions the name of bully Monica Morrell and Eve explains to her that Monica's family is a wealthy one, protected by a famous vampire clan.
      But there also some weird things going on within the Glass House. Inhabitant Michael Glass' constant disappearances during the day have mysterious reasons that Claire has to find out about.
      When Claire finally does get in trouble with one of Morganville's vampires, Glass House-inhabitant Sean, who seems to have a soft spot for Claire, suggests a deal to said vampire. He will regulary give him blood to spare Claire. The only way out of this deal is to find an old, special vampire book. If Claire and her new friends could find it, they could trade their way out of their problems and spare Sean the danger of giving himself to the vampire.


      My opinion
      Oh dear, where do I start? I read the Twilight series and didn't really love them, and still I will say that "Glass Houses" does in no way match with Twilight.
      I am sorry to put it so bluntly, but this novel was utter trash of the young adult book section to me. I was hoping for an entertaining read and at no point did I expect a high class novel, but this wasn't even mildly entertaining. Everything about the book annoyed me.
      Claire is a character I could hardly develop any sympathy for. She is a little goody-two-shoes who constantly tries to learn for school, even if people are trying to kill her. Of what use that is supposed be when it seems like she almost completely quits going to school I don't know.
      At first it is fairly understandable that Claire does not immediately turn to her parents when the bullying problems occur. But when Claire can no longer attend classes, her life is threatened and she has nowhere to live, I simply can not understand why she does not leave Morganville. As Eve's explanations make clear, you can leave Morganville and merely use your memories of all vampire-related problems. Sadly, that is just one of the pretty lousy explanations for the vampire issue vs. reality problems in the book.
      It is also hard to follow why the inhabitants of the Glass House are ready to risk their lives for Claire within a short time of meeting her when the whole thing could have been avoided by just sending her back to her parents. You can drive a bus through these plot holes!
      The only thing I liked were the descriptions of the whole atmosphere in the Glass House. The eery, slightly lethargic living there was interesting and nice to imagine. It was also interesting how Claire meets the other characters, but that's it.


      The price
      You can get this novel for £5.75 at Amazon.co.uk.


      Conclusion
      I didn't enjoy this book and was very disappointed. I don't recommend it at all and I am very surprised by all the good ratings it got. Twilight is defenitely better - and if you want some serious vampires, turn to Anne Rice. Even as a teen, I wouldn't have enjoyed this novel.

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        30.06.2012 18:16
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        A light look at life with vampires. Young adult fiction at its best.

        'Glass Houses' is the first book in a series written by Rachel Caine set in the fictional town of Morganville. This book is one of many that have appeared in recent years featuring the theme of vampires, however, it is rare that I am inspired to read one of the books in this genre. I have seen reviews rating this series highly, so when I saw a recent offer of 6 books in the series for just £3 from the book people website, I decided that I should give the series a try. After all, that is only 50p a book, and an absolute bargain.

        The book features a 16 year old girl called Claire Danvers. She is a bright girl who has entered the University system a couple of years earlier than her peers. Her parents made her go to a fairly local University in Morganville rather than a more prestigious college. Within weeks she runs into trouble with a gang of popular girls who throw out her clothes, and physically attack her, leaving it unsafe to stay at her all-girls dormitory. Fearing for her safety, she responds to an advert for a room mate off campus at a house called Glass houses. There, she is made aware of Morganville's biggest secret - it is run by a group of Vampires, and the local taxation system for locals is a monthly blood donation.

        Claire's life immediately becomes a lot different as she forms a close relationship with the other residents of the house, Eve, Shane and Michael. Strangely, life is a bit safer for her now she is no longer on her own and they are all looking out for each other.

        I quite liked the story involved in this novel. The idea of a girl with a very scientific brain as the main character really appealed to me as it reminded me of myself a little as I've always been a bit of a geek, and she was a sweet vulnerable character. You have also the interesting sub-plots of what brought the residents of Glass House together, and each has their own little secrets.

        Because it is a young adult book, the relationships are a little PG compared to adult fiction. This is recommended for age 15 plus, and I felt it had a little more substance for me than the main relationship in Stephanie Meyer's Twilight.

        The plot built up to an interesting conclusion, and there was plenty of open ended material to be picked up upon in the next book of the series. I really enjoyed the last bit of the book which was a chapter in the form of diary entries written by Eve. The book is mostly from Claire's viewpoint, so I found it interesting to see it from the slightly older perspective as Eve is a very different character to Claire.

        Overall, I know the genre gets a bit of stick because everyone seems to be jumping on the supernatural bandwagon these days, but I found this story well paced and interesting, and it was certainly worth my time to read it. It didn't make me hold my breath with excitement like The Hunger Games, but I will read part two next as I am eager to continue. This was a fairly quick read with 360 pages but in quite a large font and wide spacing. Ideal for a light bit of reading without taxing my brain matter too much.

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          03.01.2012 23:24
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          pick it up and give it a try, you wont be sorry

          Welcome to Morganville, a small town in Texas where everyone fears the dark.

          Claire danvers, a 16 (nearly 17) year old girl who is outstandingly clever. Having just left home and gone to tpu college in the small town on Morganville ( 2 years ahead of her peers) she quickly discovers that its not all fun and games being away from home. After making enemies with one of the most popular and scary girls in Morganville she gets beaten up and thrown down some stairs with a warning. SHE WILL GET WHATS COMING TO HER.
          Realising that she has 2 choices either move out of the doors or end up dead, she finds an ad in the paper for a housemate. Taking a taxi to the house with alot of doubts she meets with one of the house mates outside, Eve Rosser.
          Eve takes pity on Claire and is happy for her to move in, however the house owner Michael is very reluctant to have an underage girl in the house. Michael ( the smartest and most resposible housemate) gives her a month to find somewhere else and then move out, but nothing ever goes to plan in Morganville.

          Claire quickly finds out just how scary Morganville actually is, threatened by vampires and humans, nearly gets killed a number of times and having to find the one thing the vampires want most, to get her housemate Shane out of a very sticky situation.

          ****MY THOUGHTS****

          I normally wait until my wife has read books and wait for her reactions about them before reading them myself but i must say that i really enjoyed this book and the series that follow. To say it is a teen book it still appeals to the older generation.
          I enjoyed following the main character Claire around as she faces some of the most difficult battles of her life as well as the start of her romance with another one of the min characters. Rachel Caine has really made the characters come to life in this book and really draws you into the story. Also finishing the book the way she has, it makes you pick the second book up just to know what happens.

          I have seen at least 3 different covers for this book but i must say i like the black cover with the very attractive woman on the front and all the books that follow (a total of 11 so far) also follow in line with this cover. The 300+ pages are easy to read and it doesnt make you think that your reading a huge book, infact i read this book overnight because i couldnt put it down without knowing what was going to happen and why.

          Ive had to shop around to buy the rest of the books because not all places sell them and some that do are very expensive. The best place i have found is wh smiths and they are selling between £5.00 and £9.00.

          I really think you should give this book a try because not only will you love the charaters you will love the story too and it is a breath of fresh air ready about some bad ass vampires rather than the twinkly ones that fall in love with an innocent girl.

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          30.12.2011 21:33
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          a fantastic read, very easy to follow and understand.

          I have always been a fan of vampire novels and have read a number of books by many different authors, normally by recommendation from a friend however when i saw this book on amazon i reluctently brought it having not read any of the authors previous work and without recommendation. After reading the first couple of chapters i was fulling engrossed in the story and was unable to put the book down.
          Rachel Caine has really brought the characters to life in this book and the amount of detail into the characters and the different venues in the story it really draws you in and takes you right into the book along side the characters and into morganville.
          To say it is written for teens, it is just as enjoyable for adults and as the story follows on thoughout the 11 published books so far, you always know where you are because there is no gaps between the books.
          The amount of emotions this book takes you though is undiscribable. you will have to read the book yourself to discover the different emotions this one book will give you.
          The story line is very easy to understand and follow, the way the author has wrote the language it appeals to all ages. she has not only applied very sophisticated language there is also 'slag' in there aswell.
          A very good book by a very talented author and because of this series of books i will be looking into other things Rachel Caine has written and i will be buying book 12 as soon as it has been released

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            01.11.2011 17:46
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            A very good teen novel!!!

            I am a 21 year old female student, who loves a good vampire novel! I have read the twilight series by Stephanie Meyer and felt intrigued by the aspects of vampire novels. I found the first book of this series in the local library under teen novels but was not put out by the age range recommended! After reading the first chapter I was hooked on the storyline and found the way it was written easy to read yet kept the reader intrigued!! The simple language makes it easy to understand why the book is considered to be a teenage novel, yet I think that the storyline, which continues throughout the series, is complex and exciting enough to keep an adult audience entertained for hours. I now have bought all the books in the series, up to book 11 and am awaiting release of the latest later this month!! Well worth a read!!

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              25.10.2011 21:49

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              Buy this book, theres no two sides to it if you like vampires

              This is a truly great book, if youre bored by the whole Twilight and Vampire diaries concept this is the series for you. The characters in this book were great with Claire being scared and mousy at the start before growing into a true protagonist by the end. Shane being the fighter of the group who hates vampires and is able to think on his feet. Eve being a cheerful gothic girl who has so many witty comebacks and sarcastic remarks I had to put the book down a few times to cry from laughter but has a darker side due to a rough time growing up (I think I may actually be in love with her after reading the book) And Michael being a former musician who likes to sleep days (hes not a vamp though, I wont spoil it here) Rachel Caine struck gold with the characters when she wrote this, even some of the vamps are great characters, Amelie is the icy queen of Morganville. Brandon is a vampire who was formerly near the top of the hierarchy but was forced down by a new vampire coming to town, Glass Houses has everything you could want in a book, humour, suspence, betrayal, romance and a huge surprise at the end that shocked me a lot. I tried rereading Twilight a few weeks ago and found it really stale compared to this, the whole series should be more popular as they are all very good.

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              12.08.2011 20:34
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              A great start to the Morganville saga

              Glass Houses - Rachel Caine

              I have been a fantasy novel fan for many years and have read a wide range of books on this genre. One particular type of story I find myself drawn to is vampire novels, and so when looking for a new set of books to read, I came across 'Glass Houses' by Rachel Caine. I have not read any of this authors previous work, though as the set was already well established with ten books of the set already out, and armed with a recommendation for the set by a friend, I decided to go ahead and purchase the first book. Unfortunately, the second book was not available in the shop so I had to order the second one online which meant a wait between finishing the first and starting the second which, as I came to realize, was actually very annoying!


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              WELCOME TO MORGANVILLE
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              "Peer Pressure Sucks. So do vampires"

              A/N: Glass Houses is the first book in the Morganville Vampires collection.

              Morganville is a small town filled with unusual characters, and when the sun goes down, these characters emerge in force. There is an evil which lurks in every shadow, and soon, the inhabitants of Morganville realize that even the light of day will not protect them for long.

              Claire Danvers has always loved learning and has always been ahead of her peer group in high school, leading to many a day in which was hell on earth to her. When she passes her exams a year early, she looks forward to going away to college, yet her over-protective parents insist on a small college not too far away which is where she finds herself now; Morganville. She moves in to the dingiest dorm on campus and attends all her classes, though her intelligence is not met with excitement by many other students in the college, and soon she manages to get on the wrong side of the meanest girl there, causing her life to once again turn upside-down, leaving her fearing for her life.

              After a particularly aggressive meeting with the girls, Claire finds a house a few miles away from campus which is being advertised for a new room mate. Unsure of whether she is making the right decision, Claire takes a taxi and heads over to an unusual house where she meets three potential room mates, and soon she realizes that each room mate holds a secret of their own, and the biggest secret is about to dawn on Claire; Vampires are real and they are living in Morganville.

              As Claire gets to know her new room mates, tries to attend classes whilst avoiding the mean girls, and attempts to reassure her overly worried parents that everything is fine, she learns more about Morganville and its secrets and finds herself in more trouble than she had ever imagined, and has to work out who or what she can trust before she finds herself on the menu.


              I do admit, the synopsis reads in a very similar way to many other vampire novels, and this aspect did cause me to pause before purchasing the book as I did not wish to read a novel which was like every other, and whilst there are a number of similarities to other books, the whole feel to this book is very different.

              I believe that this book is part of the young adult range, though it is also suitable for older adults like myself who are wanting a simple and relaxing read. The genre is of light horror, though like many young adult books of this kind, I certainly did not find myself hiding behind a cushion to read.

              As already mentioned, I was not familiar with this author or her style, though I found the book extremely easy to get in to as the flow was very relaxed and inviting. On the back cover, a review by SFX Magazine mentions the Twilight books, and I did wonder whether I would be looking at a similar style to that of Meyer's, though I was very happy to find out that it was very different indeed. I did feel that, at times, the flow was a little too quick and thus, became a little disjointed, though the action within the pages made it easy to overlook these small negatives.

              Moving along to the storyline, which of course is one of the most important things in a book, I have to say that I really enjoyed it, and was actually quite surprised. Although I was able to fall into the story very easily, I would not say that I took to it straight away. It is not an overly new concept by any means, and I can see similarities between this story and other stories I have read, though that is certainly not to say that there is not any original ideas. Yes, there are vampires. Yes, there is a college of sorts. Yes, we see the main characters in a bid for their lives. Though Yes, there is something different about this story. I can not quite put my finger on it, though it did not take too long before I felt as though the book could not be put down. There was something happening on almost every single page, though it did not seem overcrowded at all. I do admit, at some points the action did feel a little strained as though the author wanted to fit as much in as possible, though once again, this was easily overlooked as it only lasted a brief time each time it happened. Due to the amount of action within the pages, the pace did feel quite fast though the language is simple (without being young) and so it was easy to keep up.

              I have mixed feelings about the characters within this story and the way that they are written. On the whole, the characters are very well thought out and each has their own distinct personalities. I was able to empathize and relate to many of them, and also felt drawn to a couple which is usual within a good book, though one thing I felt every character lacked was a basic background. We were given a miniscule history of the main character, though nothing really to go on at all, and everything we learn about these characters is happening there and then in the present. Whilst this works to a degree, I do feel that a little more about the characters would have been useful in making the characters better rounded. As this book is part of a large series (ten books so far), I am hoping that we find out more about the characters in future books, and perhaps the reason that there was a lack of information may become clear through reading the rest of the series.

              The language within the book is very self-contained and mainly suitable for younger readers, though there is a couple of choice words near the end of the book which actually came as quite a surprise and stood out to be a little out-of-place. Other than this, though, the language and phrasing is easy to follow and relaxing to read.

              There are no real topical issues within this book unless you count vampires and vampire cults as an issue (which some might!). Of course, along with this genre, you would expect death to be on the cards, though this is covered in the fantasy genre more so than the real life aspect and so does not feel 'real' in many senses, apart from real to the story itself.

              One thing which I find very important in a book is the ending. A story can be written perfectly, though if the ending is wrong, then it gives me a really terrible feel to the whole book, almost as though I feel my time was wasted reading it, even if I did enjoy the rest of the story.

              So how does the ending of this book compare?

              The fast pace, constant action continues right up until the very end, and although something is happening on every single page, I was still left guessing as to where the ending would take me. It was almost as though I had not taken chance to breathe before I reached the ending and I felt rather exhausted from taking in everything which happened. I partially expected it to slow down a little to round the story up, though the fast pace action, as mentioned, just kept going.

              Although the story was rounded up to a degree, it also felt as though it had not quite finished, and that there should be a few more pages in the story. This, though, was not a bad thing as it really made me want to go out straight away and purchase the second installment, which I have!

              The story was 348 pages long with a surprising addition to the end which read almost like a different take on the main story. It was not an epilogue, though seemed as though it was attempting to take on that form in some small way, though instead of adding an extra bit on to the end of the story line, it took it back to the beginning almost, and covered certain points from another characters point of view. I do not think I can really say that this part was an asset to the story, especially as it seemed very out of place, though it was a unique way to round that last part off, and the very last page of this 'epilogue' gave some insight as to what we may expect in the next book, which simply added to the excitement.


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              Glass Houses was a fantastic beginning to what seems like a promising set of books. The story was not overly unique, though there was something compelling about the contents of the pages and added its own twist to a familiar genre. It is certainly not without its flaws, though these can be overlooked quite easily as once the story gets going, you really get sucked into the pages and I found myself unwilling to put the book down. I can not quite put my finger on just why this book appealed to me so strongly, and perhaps by reading the following books I may have an answer, though I would certainly recommend this book to those who love this type of story. I have already bought the next lot of books in the set and am looking forward to seeing where this story will go as it ended with a lot of possibilities.

              Glass Houses is, in the main, a tame horror fantasy book which is an international best seller. It is listed as a young adult read, though I personally found it very compelling a read and I have long since left my teen years!

              The RRP on this book is £6.99 which is an average and very reasonable price for such a great book, though as with many books these days (especially those which have been out a while!) there are many ways of getting your hands on a book for much less. Amazon have this book for £3.77, though if you have 'The Works' shop near you, do what I did! Each book of the series (except the second one as they seem to always be out of that one!) is priced at an amazing £1.99, and to place the cherry on the top, they have the deal of three for £5 which is really great, especially as there are so many books in this series and I guarantee that if you like these sorts of books then you will certainly want to keep reading!

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                31.07.2011 14:06
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                Fantastic series

                This series is just incredible - funny, action-packed, romantic and thought-provoking, with more than a hint of vampire antics! The heroine Claire (who is a complete geek - yay!) and her friends Eve, Michael and Shane set off on various adventures and to protect themselves from the evil vampires that run the town they live in, Morganville. It may start the series in the setting of a university dorm, but it soon takes a turn for the crazy as you meet some excellent characters and more unusual ideas for how vampires would rule your town if they had the chance. This is light but enjoyable reading that had me hooked - and ten books later the series is still as compelling as ever. Totally different to Twilight and with a refreshing cast of unlikely heroes and heroines, this book is full of twists, turns and complete surprises that will keep you turning the pages, then reaching for the next book in the series!

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                  Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. Truely a 5 star read!

                  Meet Claire Danvers, an extremely gifted 16 year old who leaves home to start her first year at university, two years ahead of her peers. Her dream is to go to an Ivy League school such as Harvard or MIT but as she is still so young her parents refuse to let her live so far away from home and instead agree that she can enroll at Texas Prairie University (TPU) in the town of Morganville until she turns 18.

                  However, the college experience doesn't turn out as Claire had hoped, thanks to Monica Morrell. Monica and her group of friends are the popular girls on campus that seem to rule the roost. Get on the wrong side of Monica and you'll definitely know about it. Unfortunately this is exactly what Claire did and Monica takes an instant dislike to Claire and after giving her a good beating and pushing her down some stairs, she promises Claire that she will get what is coming to her.

                  Scared and alone, Claire knows that if she stays in the dorms on campus, it is likely she will be dead by morning. Thankfully, she comes across an advert for a room to rent off campus in the town of Morganville. Beaten and bruised Claire gets a taxi to the address of the house advertised and this is where she meets Eve Rosser, one of the occupants of the Glass House.

                  The Glass House already has three residents; Michael Glass, Shane Collins and of course Eve but they have a spare room and another resident makes the bills a little easier to manage. Eve takes pity on Claire and invites her in and the pair hit it off, however the boys aren't so keen on Claire staying. But things change and Claire begins to learn all about the secrets of Morganville and the fact that it is no ordinary town. In Morganville humans are the slave race and the Vampires are in charge.

                  ***My thoughts***

                  I am a big fan of Twilight and the Vampire Diaries and it was these that first sparked my interest in vampire books. However, this book is different. Although sometimes the Vampires may appear nice, don't be fooled. They will charm you into doing whatever they want if they get the chance but there are no good Vampires in Morganville, so don't read this book expecting any Vampire/Human romance.

                  Claire is obviousy the main character in the book and in the beginning I felt extremely sorry for her as things really don't seem to be going her way. She's stuck at a college she doesn't want to be at, living in a dorm full of people older than her that just want to party, when all Claire wants to do is study. Her situation with Monica makes things a million times worse and had it have been me in that situation I would have ran home crying and refused to go back. But Claire's education means the world to her and she has a stubborn streak and a reluctance to quit. In the beginning, Claire appers, understandably, quite weak but as her knowledge of the town and her confidence grows, her character becomes brave and strong.

                  My favourite character in the book is Shane. Both he and Michael are depicted as being attractive young guys and Shane is the cheeky one of the two whereas Michael is sensible and responsible and without a doubt, the one in charge in the Glass House. Despite this, the author has been incredibly accurate with the way in which she writes about the boys, they both love playing Xbox games and sleeping in and between them can only cook one thing. Typical, teenage boys. The guys get on really well together, despite being opposites in their characteristics. Michael comes across as very adult, he gives all things a great deal of consideration and in the beginning, refused to let Claire move into the Glass House for her own safety, but he soon gave in and let her stay. He clearly cares a great deal about everyone that lives in the house. Where as Shane has a very tough guy persona and to begin with shows very little emotion. However, something quite unexpected (in m opinion anyway) happens later on in the book which shows that Shane does have a soft side after all. Both Shane and Michael have secrets of their own which isn't suprising when you have lived in a town like Morganville all your life.

                  Eve is also a great character. The books quickly explains that her Goth like style is not favoured by the Vampires as they feel that she is mocking them by dressing in such a manner. Eve works in the local coffee shop Common Grounds, which is a place where both Vampires and Humans can go and not be in danger, once in Common Grounds there is a truce between the two races, so Eve comes into contact with a lot of vampires on a daily basis. As I mentioned previously, Claire and Eve really hit it off and become great friends despite being so different. I get the feeling that Eve also has some secrets of her own, however nothing is revealed in this book so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next books in the series.

                  I think that because this book differs from the usual Vampire/Human romance, I was left not really knowing what to expect. The book is full of action, drama, romance and tragedy with a little humor thown in so I really do think that this book has everything needed for a great story.

                  Rachel Caine has written this book in a manner that is so easy to read and the story line flows beautifully. Despite being quite a small book compared to those I usually read, it only had 348 pages (with a little added extra at the end) it had the perfect balance of everything and I cannot say this booked lacked in any way. At the end of the book is an extract from Eve's diary, which I think is a lovely little addition as the majority of the book is written from Claire's point of view so this just gives you the opportunity to see it through someone else's eyes.

                  Overall I think that this is a fangtastic (get it?) YA book that I thoroughly enjoyed and I would recommend reading to anyone.

                  Glass Houses is the first book in the Morganville Vampires series and I think there are 11 books in total. Amazingly, The Works are currently selling these books for £1.99 each or 3 for £5 so go and grab yourself a bargain!! :)

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                    I have read a great deal of vampire books over the last couple of years, and after the about 10, you tend to find that they start to get quite repetitive, and very much like every other vampire book out there.
                    So I always get really excited when I find a book that is completely fresh and original, which is what this book certainly is.

                    This is the story of the Glass house, A seemingly ordinary house that resides in the town of Morganville.
                    The story's central character is a 16 year old girl called Claire Danvers, she's an extremly intelligent girl which meant that she finished high school early, so her parents sent her to college in Morganville.
                    Everything for Claire seems to be going brilliant and her future is very promising, until she meets Monica Morrell.
                    Monica and her little group are the cool group and they bully anyone who isn't perfect like them, Claire is no exception.
                    Claire's used to the bit of bullying from school but this is by far the worst, there's something about Monica that suggests that no matter what she does, she would get away with it.
                    Which leads to Claire leaving the dorms at college and seeking refuge elsewhere.
                    She happens upon Glass house and it's three residents: Eve, Shane and Michael.
                    They all take Claire under their wings and soon they become great friends.

                    As Claire gets to know her new town, she realises that all is not as it seems, what with the wierd 'all people must be at home by sunset' rule and the cars driving around with dark tinted windows.
                    As Claire discovers the towns dark secret she starts to worry about her own safety and that of her new housemates.

                    Although she's about to find out that it's not just the town that has secrets, her housemates are all keeping secrets close to their chests.
                    Claire soon realises that she's got to grow up fast and become tough because once you enter Morganville, you'll never leave.

                    Within the first few pages I was hooked which rarely happens for me, The first few chapters of the book don't even mention vampires but I did really like the character of Claire, she's not a very complex character in that she doesn't have a heavy backstory, which I find that in vampire stories the main character always has a troubled past, but Claire is just sweet, naive young girl who's been forced into a situation where she's had to grow up fast in order to look after herself and those around her.

                    The whole vampire element is so original, I enjoyed that they had to live in peace alongside the human residents, but obviously it doesn't always work out that way as they can't fight there true nature, which is what makes the story exciting.
                    The fact that I was second guessing all the way through the book was brilliant for me, I enjoy stories where you think you know who the bad guys are and what the ending is going to be, but then the plot goes in a completely different direction and your left feeling shocked and amazed.
                    This book has plenty of that for me, which made it a great book in my eyes.

                    I must mention that this book is aimed at younger readers, i'd say from the ages 14 and up.
                    Although it is meant for younger readers I still enjoyed it at the age of 27, It's sort of like the twilight books in that way, in that they were aimed at younger readers but teenagers and adults enjoy them.

                    I bought this book at The Works bookshop and It was on the offer of 3 for 5 pounds, (so I bought the next 2 in the series too.)

                    A highly enjoyable book, that i'd recommend to any vampire fan.

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                      16.03.2011 17:40
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                      A really good vampire book.

                      I have a real penchant for vampire books and films in whatever form they may come (any of you who has read my reviews before may well already know this fact!), so as my self and my sister have managed to collect a fantastic selection between us, we are now deliberately buying each other books that we would actually want to read afterwards (method in our madness you see!), with this particular book being one my sister got for me for my birthday, and is waiting to read (better get on with this review then!).

                      The book I will now review is - "Glass houses by Rachel Caine".

                      Claire Danvers had trouble at high school, this in part due to her being so incredibly clever, so much so she has started college a year early, trouble is though she didn't get to go to the college of her choice, but due to her age her parents thought it wise to send her to one just a few miles away, in Morganville.

                      Things don't seem much different to school though as she is facing the same problems with bullying, though the girl who is the ring leader here is much meaner and seems much more serious that she wants to really hurt Claire, kill her even!

                      After a particularly bad incident in her dorm room she decides she is going to have to get away before Monica really hurts her, so goes in look of outside digs, though Morganville is a very strange place to be, so when she bumps into Eve who states there is a room to rent at her digs, takes Claire under her wing.

                      She is soon told tales of the residents of Morganville by her new roommates, though isn't sure whether to believe them, I mean come on there is no such thing as vampires surely?!

                      This is quite different to many of the vampire books I have read before, as Claire has the same reaction to being told she is in the middle of a vampire nest as I would have....yeah right!

                      The threat of vampires is almost like an urban legend for much of the book, with Claire being ore concerned with not getting hurt by Monica, though once you work out the protection that some of the vampires offer to humans in exchange for blood, you will certainly realise how Monica became so powerful in her circles.

                      Throughout the book you get a real sense of fear, almost waiting for the boogie monster to jump from behind the door, though when it inevitably does it feels wrong somehow, though is due to a betrayal of trust via one of the main characters.

                      Each character is quite complex in their own right, with each one of the them having a deep secret they are hiding from one another, but I do get the feeling the characters, particularly Eve has many more secrets to unfold, though through later books in the series.

                      I have to say I did enjoy this very much, though I have always been a vampire fan I do occasionally find they get a bit samey in content, so find that I am ok as long as I read something different in between books, with this I was itching to get onto the next book, though unfortunately have to wait to go and get from our local "the works" store, though this is available via www.amazon.co.uk for a few pounds.

                      This is however very similar to the Twilight books, but only due to both of them being aimed at the teenager market, though it doesn't seem that these have quite taken off in the same way.

                      There is a bit of bad language in the books, but not much sexual content, more the feelings that you remember getting as a teenager towards a fit guy, so more lust than action!

                      This really is a well worthwhile book to get stuck into, with the next book being on my shopping list! Recommended!

                      Thanks for reading x

                      ISBN - 978-0-7490-7951-2

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                        Morganville; a place where the undead walk amongst the living. Read on as the secrets unfold........

                        Claire Danvers is forced to move out of the campus dorms after managing to get on the bad side of the most popular girl at the university; Monica Morrel. However, what Claire is about to learn about the town makes facing Monica seem like a walk in the park. Claire stumbles across a house where the current Occupants; Michael Glass, Eve Rosser and Shane Collins are looking for a new house mate. Michael is reluctant to let Claire stay because of her age as she is only 16. However, after Eve convinces him that it will be ok, Michael agrees for a trial stay. Claire is extremely bright for her age and eventually she catches on that something is not right in the house................ Is Micheal who he says he is? Why doesn't he ever leave the house? Why does he not appear during the day? Claire finds out and unleashes a web of secrets in the town of morganville. This book is the first of 9 that are currently released in the series. As all of the secrets of the night unfold, Claire gets deeper into the tangled web of what Morganville is. The humans walk amongst the vampires but these books go a lot deeper. This first book of the series captures the imagination and it's one of those books that you just cannot put down. When you get to the end, you will be wanting to read more. This is vampire fiction at it's best and Rachel Caine does an excellent job of creating the foundation for a captivating story of mystery, adventure, friendship, love and the undead! I would highly recommend this book.

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                          10.08.2010 21:14
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                          A brilliant start to a series - I loved this book!

                          Claire Danvers has moved to Morganville to attend the Texas Prairie University (also known as TPEwww). However, she manages to upset the meanest girl at school, who then starts to torment Claire. Things go too far though when Claire gets pushed down a flight of stairs and ends up badly injured. She moves off campus into the Glass House in an attempt to escape the girls that are hurting her. It is here we meet her new roommates and friends, Eve, Shane and Michael.
                          Whilst living at the Glass House, Claire discovers that Morganville is run by vampires and that her life is in danger - Monica, the girl that she has upset at school, is friends with the vampires and now they are after her too. The only way for Claire to stay safe is to find something that the vampires really want and use it to bargain with them for Protection.
                          I found Morganville to be a fascinating place. The idea that a town could be run by vampires is an amazing premise for a book. The inter-vampire politics and vampire/human politics that are explained really help the reader to understand how the town works. It appeared to me that humans were only allowed to live in the town to satisfy the vampires needs.
                          The storyline surrounding Michael is really interesting too. When Claire first meets him, and finds out that Michael is never seen during the day, I assumed (probably like most people) that he is a vampire. I was nowhere near the truth in this assumption and I thought this was a great twist in the story.
                          I also really liked the budding romance between Claire and Shane. He is very protective of Claire, and he is called in to protect her several times when things start to get dangerous, but at the same time is incredibly sweet and caring towards her. I hope that this is a storyline that is followed up in the rest of the series.
                          The end of the book is amazing - a complete cliffhanger - and I can't wait to read the next book in the series; The Dead Girls' Dance. Overall, I loved this book as it was different to the other vampire novels I have read. I would definitely recommend this book to everybody.

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                          19.07.2010 20:57
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                          Glass houses is a introduction to Morganville that will leave you wanting more

                          Welcome to the world of Morganville the town where vampires and humans live together and this time unlike twilight the humans know who walk amongst them. After enjoying the Stephanie Meyers Twilight series so much I did not think I would find another vampire story that would me draw me in so much. I had the first 3 of these series (there are currently 8 with number 9 out soon) brought for me as a gift and would probably not have brought them myself if I had seen them in the shop. After reading this one I am hooked.

                          The story.....
                          The story follows Claire Denvars who is 16 and moves to Morganville college only to find she is bullied by the not so pleasant Monica after one to many run ins Claire decides to look for somewhere else to live and this is where she ends up at the glass house enter - Micheal, Shane and Eve they are all slightly older than Claire and live together in Micheals house. Micheal sleeps all day only appearing at night, Shane plays Zombie killing games on the xbox and Eve is a goth who works at the local coffee shop, the rules of Morganville are if you are protected by the vampires then you wear there bracelet these 3 do not.

                          The book introduces you to the town of Morganville and hooked me in straight away the books are aimed at teens as I found out when I went hunting for the 4th one in the library however I am 26 and couldn't put it down. The book is easy to read the characters are pretty accurate to teenagers playing video games, drinking, being interested in the opposite sex and its a good introduction to the series. Its full of twists and turns as the secrets of Morganville unfold. I have recommended this book to friends who are in their thirtys who have also became hooked so I would definatley say these books are not just for teenagers.

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                            25.06.2010 14:16
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                            Amazing series of books

                            Claire Danvers is 16 and incredibly clever. So clever that she got early acceptance into college, including MIT. Having lead quite a sheltered life, Claire's parents don't think that it's a good idea for her to be so far from home only being 16 so they sent her to Morganville, which isn't that far away. Claire isn't happy about it but doesn't really have much of a choice.

                            Not only is Claire at a college she didn't want to go to but she's also being bullied by Monica and her popular friends. Bullying would be putting it lightly actually. Monica and her friends really don't like Claire and end up pushing her down some stairs, warning her that she is in deep trouble later that night. Not wanting to find out of Monica is going to stand by her words, Claire heads off to seek off campus accommodation, even though it isn't really allowed.

                            Glass House is looking for a fourth housemate. Claire heads over to the house, not really knowing what to expect but when she gets there, she finds an old, mansion looking building which is pretty creepy. The only girl living there, Eve, finds her outside and invites her to come look around but lets her know that it is Michael that makes the decisions. Eve and Shane (one of the other housemates) have no problems with letting her stay but Michael doesn't think it's a good idea. He doesn't want anyone underage living there, knowing that it could cause trouble over anything else but after hearing about Claire's problems at the dorms, he can't help but say yes.

                            Claire thought she had it as bad as it could get at the dorms but then her new housemates tell her what is really going on around town. Morganville is a vampire town and they're everywhere. Her friends have some secrets of their own though and are going to have to pull together if they intend to stay alive in a town where anything could happen.

                            What I thought!
                            I was lucky enough to find books #1-8 in this series in The Works the other week in their 3 for £5 offer. When I first heard about these books, I wasn't that bothered about reading them in all honesty but when I saw how cheap they were, I couldn't resist. Each book was at least £5 on Amazon so I was saving myself a hell of a lot of money.

                            So many times I have read about supernatural beings that were actually the good guys. Not this time. There are no Edward Cullens in Morganville that's for sure. These vampires, although following the rules of the town, are pretty badass and have everyone, humans included, running around after them. The vampires try to use everything that they have to get what they want which means charm and creepy smiles. Sometimes this does make some of them seem like good guys but I wouldn't be too quick to believe them. After all, it just isn't in their nature to be nice is it?

                            Claire was easy to like. The book started off explaining the situation with her and Monica and I couldn't help but feel extremely sorry for her. Everyone else at the college is older than her and a lot more experienced in life so Claire had a lot to contend with to begin with. Also, no one likes a show off do they? It was quite strange to me that Claire loved studying so much though and was determined to continue going to her classes, no matter what was going on around her. I guess that is all she has ever known though with her parents seeming quite controlling over her schooling. Claire does start off quite the weak character but her new found friends seem to bring something more out of her which isn't fully expanded on in this book. I can see that through the other books in this series, Claire's character is going to go through a lot of changes.

                            The other people living at Glass House made this book for me. Shane is your typical tough guy. Gorgeous and strong but fun at the same time. The way that Rachel Caine writes these teenagers is so unbelievably true. The guys especially. Shane and Michael are quite obviously very into girls, playing on their X Box, shooting zombies and drinking when they get the chance. Never have I read such believable teenagers in a book of this genre. Shane doesn't really show any signs of emotion to begin with but as the story develops, something more comes out in him and we get to see what he's really like. Michael is quite the opposite to begin with. It's clear that he cares when Claire comes to the house because he doesn't want her there, to protect her but being the big softy that he is, he says yes anyway. Michael also has secrets that come out quite quickly.

                            Eve really made me laugh. In a town run by vampires, she goes around dressing like a goth, pretty much rubbing it in their faces, which isn't something that she really cares about. Eve is the tough girl with nerves of steel when it comes to the vampires and it was great to see her stand up to Michael and Shane when she didn't agree with what they were saying or doing. I was also really glad to see Claire gain a real friend in Eve, despite the fact that they were so different.

                            While these four main characters were amazing, they didn't all get much development. As I've said before though, there are 8 books in this series so far, with more to come so no doubt we will get to see many different things happen and change within them all.

                            I know I said that the characters made this book but the story was also fantastic. There's mystery, secrets, action, excitement and a little romance. The size of this book is quite average compared to others in the genre but it packed in so much more, without being overdone. I could never guess what was going to happen next and I could never see things coming, especially what happens with Michael. Due to the amount of action, I think that this would be suitable for both guys and girls, unlike others which seem to be more focuses on the romance side of things.

                            I really enjoyed reading Eve's diary at the end of the book. Quite a few books in this genre have taken to telling a story from two different people's points of view but this was done in an entirely different way. Instead of changing the way the story was written, the diary adds a little something extra to what was already a great book. With so much going on, I couldn't help but wonder what everyone else was thinking or feeling so at least this way, I got a small amount of what I wanted.

                            Rachel Caine writes a fantastic YA novel but doesn't write it so that it doesn't appeal to anyone else. I'm 24 and loved it. The ending was left at a pretty big cliffhanger but luckily, I had the next book ready and waiting for me, which I picked up immediately. This is by far, the best big series in YA novels that I have ever read. Unfortunately, the books do have to be read in order or you will have no idea what is going on at all. I cant believe I waited to read these books because now I cant put them down. I've read books #1-6 in three days and hopefully will have finished the next two soon.

                            More Morganville reviews coming soon...If I can pull myself away from the other books!

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