Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Glass Houses by Rachel CaineGlass Houses by Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: May 26, 2008
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

It’s a small college town filled with quirky characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad comes out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows—one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. The popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks on the school’s social scene: somewhere less than zero. And Claire really doesn’t have the right connections—to the undead who run the town.

When Claire heads off campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Hew 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...

On the day Claire became a member of the Glass House, somebody stole her laundry.
I first read Glass Houses about three years ago, when I was coming down from the dreaded Twilight phase and wanting more vampires. Or maybe I wanted real vampires, not the sparkly fairy kind. I had been meaning to re-read the first three books in this series for a while, since I have another six of the books on my TBR shelf, but I never found the time. If you’re a book blogger, you know how it is. Then the Booktube-a-thon came around, and one of the challenges was to re-read a book, and this one seemed like the best choice!

Okay, so how do my thoughts now compare to how I felt about this book back then? I’ve changed a lot in the past few years, and I have to say that my feelings towards Glass Houses shocked me. I still feel exactly the same now as I did the first time I read it!
Sure, if you think about it too much then you’ll find a lot of flaws. A lot. But it’s a fun, light book and exactly what I needed to keep me out of a reading funk after I finished reading 1984.
Claire, the main character, is not a favourite of mine. Caine tries to go for the “innocent little girlie” hing that used to be oh-so-popular back in the day. We still see that a bit now, but I think the scales have tipped towards sassy and badass now. That being said, Claire does her best to help her friends, and she really cares for them, and that’s an admirable trait to have.
I wasn’t pleased with how quickly Claire accepts the existence of vampires. It was far too easy. There was no real struggle at all, and I think the book could have benefited from a bit more of that. Especially since there’s a lot of talk about how intelligent Claire is, and how she’s a woman of science. I expected more disbelief, and upon re-reading I still can’t quite believe how fast she is to accept that Morganville is run by vampires.
As for the romance, yes, I am still shipping the OT3 that is Shane, Claire, and Michael. Claire has bundles of chemistry with both guys, and, for once, I actually like good guy Michael. Surprising, I know.
Overall I’m really glad I got the chance to re-read this, and I’m looking forward to getting back into this series and seeing where these characters go. I remember a couple of things in the next books about Shane’s storyline, so that should be lots of fun! And I’ll probably cry. I hope I don’t take such a long break between books this time around, though!
No one I know has actually reviewed this book, as far as I can tell. If you have, then feel free to send me a tweet!
Oh, no, I’m just kidding!

12 comments on “Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

  1. yaescapefromreality August 2, 2013 1:28 pm

    I actually read the first two books recently (and reviewed them) and I really enjoyed them. They’re fun, fast reads and I really liked the premise with the vampires being in charge of the town, which is different (although not as different now with The Immortal Rules). They definitely read more like a TV show to me given what happens in each book and how each book ends. ~Pam

    • Amber (Books of Amber) August 18, 2013 11:32 am

      I still haven’t read The Immortal Rules, although the vampires-in-charge thing reminds me a little of The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda.

  2. Mel@Thedailyprophecy August 2, 2013 8:59 pm

    I always hate it when the MC accepts vampires like it’s nothing special, but sometimes I wonders if the author does it to keep the pace fast? I always like re-reading books, especially when you feel the same about them the second/third/whatever time :)

    • Amber (Books of Amber) August 18, 2013 11:35 am

      Right?! Or any supernatural creature, really. If I discovered vampires or werewolves were a real thing I’d be freaking the eff out. Not so much with ghosts, since I am a Supernatural fan after all.

  3. booktravelsromance August 3, 2013 1:03 am

    I love this series, it’s fun and very easy to fall in the Morganville universe with each new book. Claire is of course my favorite, but the first book was not my favorite. Things get better. And the final book is being released later this year, so we can say goodbye to all those story.

    • Amber (Books of Amber) August 18, 2013 11:36 am

      I agree, it’s such an easy read! Great for if you’re in a funk and just want something light. There’s no way I’m going to be able to catch up with this series before the final book is released, but I’m kind of glad it’s ending when it is. This way, I can read without pressure!

  4. Princess Ash August 3, 2013 1:35 pm

    How have I gone on all this time not knowing you had a booktube channel? xD

    I popped on over because I love this series to pieces. And I just want to say I can’t wait for you to get back into the whole thing :)

  5. Christina August 6, 2013 3:22 pm

    Oh man, I had that vampire phase about 6 years ago, and I read so many horrid books. However, I remember this series as being a bit better than some of the others. I’d sort of like to start over and actually finish the series, but there are so many books in the series and so little free time. Glad you still liked it. OT3? What does that stand for? I was all about Shane/Claire, I think. Very Michael/Maria.

    • Amber (Books of Amber) August 18, 2013 11:38 am

      OT3 is like OTP but with three people. You know, when you just can’t choose.

      I would say that my vampire phase was awful, but the only two series that stand out as such are Twilight and The House of Night. And I stopped reading the latter two books in :’) Even then, I could tell they were a pile of crap.

  6. Samantha Stewart August 7, 2013 10:20 pm

    I love this series so much! Definitely my favourite vampire series.
    I’m all about Shane/Claire! I love Eve/Michael too much to ship Michael with Claire.
    I can’t wait for you to get back into the series and see what you think of the next book :)

    • Amber (Books of Amber) August 18, 2013 11:39 am

      I can’t wait either! I’ve forgotten most of the plot points from the second and third books because I read them so quickly. I hope to continue soon 😀

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