October 3, 2006 by Allison & Busby
Paperback, 348 Pages
Paperback, 348 Pages
Welcome to Morganville, Texas. Just don't stay out after dark.
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero. 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 if Vampires ran a town? Could you survive? Could you look the other way? A mix of gloom and doom splashed with some sunlight Glass Houses was a very entertaining read. With its “CW” young feel the characters and plot are very well written and likeable with their quirks and shortcomings, each has a past, baggage, and hidden secrets.
Claire is scary smart in academics, lacks brains in the common sense area but she is a very likeable character. Claire is one of those prodigy kids with a brain like Einstein. At sixteen she is already headed off for college. Inexperienced and alone, she discovers the girls in her dorm are not only beautiful but psychotic to boot. Crazy classmates, sinister cops, and other threats lurk in a town where vampires make the rules and unwary humans are there for the taking. It’s not too smart to be the only one in Morganville who doesn’t know the town’s secrets- and that’s where Claire finds herself.
I think the scariest aspect of this book was the issue with bullies. Although Claire doesn't deal with ordinary bullies (hers are certifiably insane and completely controlled by vampires) the overall feel is the same. One girl picked out to be humiliated, taunted endlessly and tortured on a daily basis. Some scenes in the book when these girls are ganging up on Claire seriously made my stomach nauseous. I have to give kudos to Claire though, she doesn’t just take it -she fights back- scared out of her mind, through the tears she sticks up for herself and never lets Monica (the ring leader) get the last word. Bravery aside Claire should have done the smart thing and called her parents to get her the heck outta there, but then we’d have no kick butt story, so she chooses the latter- moves out of the dorm.
She rents a room at The Glass House where she meets Michael, Eve and Shane, all older but all in the loop on the towns naughty’s. Together these four form friendships and a little romance that help them protect Claire and find the one thing the Vampires want- the only thing that could change everything.
This was my first Rachel Caine book and I am left very pleased.The swift pace of the book kept me reading until the last page non-stop! The ending has the biggest cliff-hanger that will leave you breathless.....I just ordered Dead Girls Dance......
4/5 YA Vampires