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Review: “Glass Houses,” Rachel Caine

May 3, 2011
Review: “Glass Houses,” Rachel CaineGlass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1)
Written by Rachel Caine
Published October, 2006 by NAL
248 pages
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Vampires
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five-stars

From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

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’m re-reading this series in preperation for my meeting with Rachel Caine this week (tomorrow – eek!) and I couldn’t be more happier to dive back into the world of Morganville. Seriously, this series is painstakingly good. If, like me, you’re sick of vampires, be sure to check this one out before you give up on the genre all together. You won’t be disappointed!

I first read Glass Houses back in 2007 and was immediately hooked with both the story and Rachel Caine’s work in general. It’s safe to say that she’s become a favourite since then and she never disappoints. Her world in Morganville is rich and vibrant, spooky and unsettling, funny and dark. The characters will immediately make you fall in love, and you’ll love their witty and realistic interactions with one another.

It’s clear from the first book that Morganville isn’t what it seems. It’s also clear that Rachel Caine has put an immense amount of effort into creating this world, working in lavish histories, myth and lore and whatever else is critical for a best-selling series. The characters you’re meant to hate are pure evil and Rachel doesn’t hold back showing you the town’s darkside.

Although I do like our main heroine, Claire Danvers, my favourite characters in this series would have to be Eve and Michael. Eve is such a developed character and I can picture her and her outfits so clearly in my head when she bursts onto the scene, it’s the same with Michael and his veneer of cool, calm and collected. Readers will be wanting to move into the Glass House straight away, no doubt.

I will advise you, though, if you’re picking up Glass Houses for the first time, you will have to also get the second, The Dead Girl’s Dance. Why? Well there’s a shocker of a cliffhanger at the end of this one that will have you gasping for more. Take it from me!

All in all, Rachel Caine’s Morganville series is a stunner. It never fails to deliver and I highly recommend it to anyone who’s willing to check it out!

Recommended to: Fans of vampires won’t be disappointed, neither will those tiring of the genre. Morganville is fresh, dangerous and exhilirating where the vampires are the bad guys!

About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, an American writer of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, and horror novels. Conrad also publishes media tie-in novels as Julie Fortune. Rachel Caine has been writing and publishing novels and short stories since 1991. She is a former professional musician who has the distinction of having played with such musical legends as Henry Mancini, Peter Nero and John Williams.

5 Comments

  • Reply Marg May 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I meet her on Saturday! I know that this trip is all about the Morganville books, but I really love the Weather Warden series, so will be getting one of those books signed

  • Reply Gina May 4, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Fantastic review! I love this series. Shane’s my favorite character, he is such a cutie.
    I remember when I first read this and had to wait a whole month for the second one to come into my library- I ended up buying them all because waiting was just torture.

  • Reply Elodie May 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I can’t wait to start reading this series !! =)
    Thanks for the review ;)

  • Reply Ladybug May 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I have to agree, don’t pick up Glass Houses without the second installment close at hand :) Great review!

  • Reply Kylie1403 May 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Great Review sweets!

    I am reading the series now and LOVING IT (and I meet her on Thursday *giddy)

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