Book: Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires Book One)
Author: Rachel Caine
“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. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?” – Goodreads
I bought this novel at a used bookstore in my hometown. For years I’ve seen various books from this series in this little store (and others) but didn’t want to get heavily involved in another vampire series. I mean Twilight and Vampire Academy (and subsequently Bloodlines) had already taken over my life previously. I didn’t want to be that girl that hopped onto every vampire romance series just because it was very in at the moment. So I resisted.
Then, a few weeks ago, I was perusing the shelves of this favorite bookstore of mine (after sadly finding out that it will be closing in a few months) and came across the series again. I had to dig for a minute to find the first one (they were stacked out of order on a table), and after about half an hour of deliberation talked myself into buying it. I figured, why not? The vampire craze is over; it’s a short book; what harm can come from at least trying it?
So, a couple of days later after I finished the book I was currently reading (The Oresteian Trilogy) I dove in. I didn’t read reviews beforehand because I didn’t want to walk into it biased. And let me tell you, that was a good idea. Half of the reviews I read after the fact were terrible. So many people hate the series, but on the flip side of that so many people love it. It’s very hit or miss which happens a lot with this genre.
And without further adieu:
Personally, I side with the people that love it. Not necessarily for the quality of the writing but for the uniqueness of the plot. It’s unlike any other young adult vampire novel I’ve read so far.
As for the quality of the writing, I”m assuming it get’s better in the following novels. That’s usually what happens with a series of books. Take the Harry Potter series for example. When I read the first book, I honestly didn’t understand why everyone was so obsessed with it. It was mediocre writing at best, in my opinion. But the further you get in the series, the quality of the books increases. I’m hoping that’s what happens with this series. I’ts not terrible writing; it’s certainly not the worst I’ve ever read. It was good enough to hold my attention but not enough to WOW me.
What really got me was the plot. If you’re expecting some typical “human falls in love a vampire and has to decide if they want to be turned or not” plot line, you’re looking in the wrong place. I’m not going to give any spoilers, but lets just say it’s a different vampiric world than the fiction community is used to. Who the vampires are and how they operate is intriguing. And the plot twist at the end will have your head reeling and have you waiting on the edge for the next book.
All in all, I give it 3.5/5 stars. Better quality writing would have bumped it up to 4 stars. But the characters are all unique with their own complex back story that I can’t wait to delve more into in the following books.