“I went into this novel expecting it to be a rehash of the same tired vampire story I've read countless times. I was pleasantly surprised when I actually found myself enjoying it.
What I liked most about this take on vampires was how structured they were. There was an order to everything the vampires did, and savvy humans worked within that order to meet their own ends. I also thought the author did a great job writing believable friendships between the four teenagers. Their interactions were my favorite parts of the book.
This book also does a great job in addressing bullying and its effects on the bullied and the bystanders. That plot felt very realistic, despite the paranormal elements.
My biggest complaint is with the giant cliffhanger at the end of the book. I also don't think it was necessary for the main character to be 16. Everything could have easily been explained by other means (overprotective parents, sheltered upbringing, etc.). I honestly kept forgetting how young she was until it was mentioned within the story.
Overall, Glass Houses is a light, easy paranormal novel. Recommended for fans of the genre.”
“Claire is the perfect student with her good grades and she got into college in Morganville ,Texas, when she's only 16. Snooty, perfect Monica makes life in the dorms miserable for Claire. But when she moves in with Michael, Shane, and Eve, she learns some terrifying secrets about Morganville that will chill you to the bone. Claire thinks she's safe but in Morganville no one who's unclaimed is safe. This book is full of secrets and mysteries .
“Pretty disappointing. I don't like being negative about books, but I really feel like I wasted my time reading this.
I was excited about this because I heard it had a badass heroine, but Claire (the main character) makes pretty stupid decisions and should sort out her priorities. A character is not a genius just because they pick going to classes over staying alive. I didn't really care for the other characters either and some parts were supposed to be romantic but didn't really manage it. I thought the overall plot was rather ridiculous and predictable, as well as the "plot twist" near the end.
Something I really missed was the 'Vampire' part of this book. There was little to no mythology explained. The vampires are supposed to be the big bad but everything they try ends up failing and they're outsmarted by 18-year-olds all the time. This doesn't mean that the 18-year-olds are smart. It just shows how unimpressive the vampires are.
I'm sorry to say this because I would've loved finding a new series to latch on to, but I'm definitely not reading the rest of this series.”
“Full Review will be on my blog soon!”Fyre.Katz wrote this review Sunday, September 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting idea. I've always heard great things about this series and I've been wanting to read it for ages. Now I've never been a huge vampire fan even though I have read Twilight and the House of Night novels and I think that this is a pretty good vampire book as vampire books go.
I'm interested to see what will happen next. ”
“Apparently you really can't read enough vampire books, who knew going to college could be so dangerous? And the cliffhanger ending... UGH!”Danielle Benich wrote this review Monday, July 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I haven't been much for Young Adult novels of this particular type for awhile now, but I thought what the heck it has to be better than the other mainstream vampire series that will go unnamed here. I devoured this book in one sitting while I was on the greyhound bus going from Indiana to California (the bus trip was multiple days the book however was finished in one day of that trip).
Caine, whose real name is Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, creates a new world of vampires that is engaging in a way that I haven't seen from the genre in awhile. She makes the vampires in charge of this singular town and creates a mystery as to why others cannot remember aspects of the town upon their exit. This made for a rather fun first read of the multiple book series.
We are introduced to the main characters relatively quickly in the book, which is always nice since sometimes it can feel like an author takes their sweet time to make you aware of the big names. Someone may get introduced in chapter twelve in another series book, but here it is like "these are the big names for at least a few books", which was nice. You could also tell that it was a series because there are several moments where you go "I bet that comes back later". It made it feel like I was part of an ongoing world instead of just reading a one and done novel. Often I don't like feeling like I have to read more books than the one currently in my hands, but here it felt natural and right. I reached the final page of this book WANTING there to be more instead of being thankful I reached the ending and that it was enjoyable. I was saying, "Okay more and what happens to such and such character next..." I don't normally say that. I didn't even say that in the Sookie Stackhouse book that I read.
This was engaging on an important fun level that many books have lost touch with. Often, as readers it appears we want to have really deep meaningful books to read. We want it to be literary masterpieces, but I state right now I find I enjoy the books that are not considered masterpieces so much better because they provide enjoyment over substance. I would rather leave a book feeling that I have went on a journey with characters I like and want to see again than to read a book where I feel like I am dragged through the coals to get to the ending. Glass Houses never felt like I was dragged along, but felt like an enjoyable ride! What if other writers understood that a book should be enjoyable like Caine does? I think we would all have better reading experiences.
All of her characters are richly layered with secrets. You can tell from the first moment any character is introduced that something is not being said about them regardless of their importance in the series. To naturally have that with each character is rare. While this is a multiple book series commitment it is one that I am going to be taking on over the next several months between other reading I am doing as well because I feel that it will be well worth it based on this first book of the series.”
“This first novel in Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires was an excellent introduction to the characters. I liked Claire Danvers, Eve, and Michael, but Shane is going to have to grow on me over time.”Jaz P wrote this review Wednesday, May 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“AWESOME”Wolfy wrote this review Saturday, May 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Clair Danvers, 16 year old college freshman. Too smart for her own good. On the wrong side of the wrong person, she moves out of her dorm & into a house with 3 people. But all is not what it seems. Morganville isn’t quite college town it’s run by vampires. And even those in power aren’t out in the open.
A cute start to a series.