Title: Glass Houses
Author: Rachel Caine
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.
WHAT I THOUGHT
If you haven’t already read Morganville Vampires then you may be thinking oh no not another vampire series, you’d be correct that it is NOT another vampire series it is one of the best series around. Claire Danvers is a gifted young woman but she isn’t the Slayer or a half vampire with enhanced strength, she is just a girl on an accelerated learning program with hopes of going to MIT. Excluding the fact that she has a brain with the capacity of a small moon Claire is just your average teen in what becomes a fantastic situation.
We are introduced to her new housemates, Michael the quiet musician, Eve the angry Goth and Shane the loner. The book really shines through with these four central characters and their back and forth you just can’t get enough. After I read through a few of the MV books I wished I lived with Claire and co even with the town’s little issue.
Now onto the town of Morganville, Texas the home of Texas Prairie University and the only town in America run by Vampires. Yep you heard me Vampires and the down and dirty kind, the ones who would rip your throat out as soon as look at them. In Morganville the vampires are in total control and humans must tie themselves to a named vampire to act as a benefactor for them. A less than ideal situation for the humans especially with an unofficial open season on hunting come sundown.
It is how Claire reacts to this shocking secret and how she fights back despite being the girl too young to be at college, despite being the small frail human against a town of vampires and despite being the nerd versus the most popular girl in town. It is this reason as well as the excellent dialogue and great storyline that I recommend Glass Houses and all of Morganville Vampires.