Review – Glass Houses
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  • July 18, 2010

Well, it only took five years of working in the Young Adult section in a book store and I finally got to Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampire series. So what if book nine is coming out this year. I was never one to jump headlong onto the “Oh my god, you have to read this!!!” bandwagon. I mean, it’s not like I haven’t read Rachel Caine before (I have), and it’s not like I don’t totally adore her Weather Warden books (I do!). Seriously, waiting that much time to read something. Me? Never.

However, I did. And I’m an idiot. T’is true.

Claire Danvers is 16, a total book nerdling genius who has chosen to attend college early, much to her parents reluctance. A lot can happen to a young girl with no parental supervision. For instance take Claire’s dorm mate Monica, who beats her up and throw her down the stairs in the first few pages of the book. Claire made Monica look stupid. Well, Monica made Monica look stupid. Claire was just the catalyst. Now, threats have been made, and Claire is frightened to return to the dorm. So she does what any intrepid young ingenue would in her situation; she packs a few belongings, answers a newspaper ad, and finds a new place to live in – the Glass House, belonging to one shut in night owl, Michael Glass.

In Glass House Claire finds a peaceful surrounding unfamiliar to her. She bonds almost instantly with goth princess Eve and has her attention sparked by devil-may-care playboy Shane, who regards her as the little sister he lost. All is fine and good except for one thing – in Morganville if you piss off the protected you piss off the protection… and in this case Monica is the former and the Vampires running the show are the latter.

Poor Claire. All she wanted to do was attend several advanced placement classes, study all hours, and lug around a small metric ton of books… and now she’s got Vampires after her. What’s a plain and nerdy girl to do?

Like I said, I adore Rachel Caine. She’s fun in all the right ways. I immediately felt kinship with Claire and company, found myself wanting to bond with Eve over dark, angsty poetry, and longing to challenge Shane to an all night video game battle. The book is fun, and yet it explores many complex theme; displacement, yearning, bullying, learning to stand up for yourself, friendship, fear… I could go on. Caine is usually good about structuring very fun, very different books. This book is no exception to that rule. I will definitely read more of these. They remind me that Vampire books don’t all have to be riddled with drama and dripping in sexual angst. They can be quirky and campy too.

I’m giving this a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Not perfect, but who cares. I’m reading the next one, so there. That says something.

– BP

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Twisted Book Junkie

2010-07-18 21:59:52 Reply

Yet another book I just got on my Nook!

Great review! I can’t wait to read thi book/series.