BFTA Review: Rachel Caine – Glass Houses


Title: Glass Houses
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: Morganville Vampires #1
New American Library (Penguin)
Rating: 4/5
Read for: 2011 Wish I’d Read That Challenge

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 read Glass Houses earlier this month, and I’m just now getting around to writing the review (bad me!).

I really enjoyed the book. Claire is just a young girl, younger than her peers because she entered college a year or so earlier than most, and is picked on by the rich girls of the town. Desperate to get out of a situation which nearly kills her (and which local cops are uninterested in doing anything about), Claire goes in search of a new place to stay, and comes across the Glass House, where she finds good friends and good food.

The vampires in the novel are definitely not Twilight-esque, despite the ravings on the cover of the omnibus that fans of Twilight will love the Morganville Vampires series. While I can understand the reference (young adult books focusing on vampires), the similarities are few and far between, and the Morganville series is much better.

None of the characters really rubbed me the wrong way, unless they were supposed to. Monica’s blatant uncaring personality and ability to get away with anything was truly disturbing, especially considering she isn’t one of the undead.

I really enjoyed this book, and I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the omnibus, The Dead Girls’ Dance.

Originally posted 27 January 2011.


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