Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires – Book 1) by Rachel Caine

20121223-003908.jpgBook Synopsis:
Pages 239 | Published 2006
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.

Review: 5 stars

“Run first,’ Shane said. ‘Mourn later.’
It was the perfect motto for Morganville.
― Rachel Caine, Glass Houses

20121223-010811.jpgI wish life was like a good book, better yet a Rachel Caine book. I am seriously cursing the Gods as to why they haven’t revealed her genius to me before. Purely so that I could have worshiped this book in the right and so clearly necessary way.

You may think that you know vampires, that their story has been written a thousand times over. That they can be distant but heart warming, fierce but forgiving…well traditionally vampires are blood suckers who won’t think twice about love when you could be their next meal. There not nice. And they don’t want to be your boyfriend. Cue The Morganville Vampires. Finally a book that actually portrays vampires as they are meant to be! Purely fictional of course, but oh so dangerous.

What about characters? Well who doesn’t love a realistic main character. Someone who is easy to relate to and whom you wish were your friend. Claire has this incredible depth to her. Although she does start off as sort of the typical winy and flawed girl you soon realize that she is so much more. Then you have the gothic fire cracker Eve, the hot guy Shane, and the mysterious Michael. All up, this fantastic four make an amazing family unit which I would die to be a part of…purely because of Shane.

Here’s a taste of the whimsical world of Shane Collins:

“Hell”, Shane spit in disgust. “I can’t hit a girl. Here, Claire. You hit her” He tossed her the bat.”
― Rachel Caine, Glass Houses

“Damn, Claire. Warn a guy before you do a face-plant on the floor next time. I could have looked all heroic and caught you or something”
― Rachel Caine, Glass Houses

….do you see my point about wanting to be sucked into this book….it should be pretty clear.

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The story moves at a great pace, where events occur in a logical fashion. Instead of curling up with a vampire and getting all down and sweaty, it’s ok to be scared of them. As they will kill you. I could honestly rant and rave about this book until the end of time, but unless you read it you won’t understand Caine’s sheer brilliance.

Her writing is phenomenal. It is done with such care to detail, with a touch of humor, and a heart racing swig of romance. If you enjoy books with mystery twisted in intrigue pick up this book. You won’t regret it. And you won’t be able to stop thinking about it…I promise!

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