Saturday, June 4, 2011
Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, #1) by Rachel Caine, Book Review
From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.
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 rated this book five out of five fangs (teeheehee!) because it is literally an amazing book. I absolutely loved this book. I had gotten numerous recommendations to read the series and when I got some cash, I bought volumes 1-3, books 1-6. I decided to review each of them individually because they are, indeed, all their own. Okay, so, let's start...the protagonist, Claire Danvers, is a like a baby lamb wandering out from the herd in the debut novel of the series. Claire is merely sixteen-years-old when she receives an early admission to Texas Prairie University where she encounters bullying, prejudice, and hate. Claire is a normal, average, plain Jane but she has a genius IQ and is picked on by her peers, especially Monica Morrell, the classic pretty, blonde, and popular Mean Girl. And, of course, what would a mean girl be without her two faithful cohorts, Jennifer and Gina. When push comes to shove and Claire takes a 'mysterious fall' down a flight of stairs, she searches for a way to escape the pain of bullying and abuse, so Claire turns to the classifieds ads and sees that a room at the oldest house, The Glass House, is for rent. Claire jumps at the chance, but hesitantly approaches because of her intense anxiety, pressure, and shyness. Claire meets with Michael Glass, the owner of the house, whom agrees to let her stay for a month or two until she can find somewhere else safe, but instead she ends up taking up a permanent residence at the house. In this novel, Claire encounters mean human bullies, dark, evil, blood-sucking creatures of the night.
Despite the insane popularity of vampires, Rachel Caine is definitely unique. She managed to create a magickal world of vampires while classically honoring the roots of the undead while adding her own contemporary twist to the cold bloods.
Caine is such a lovely, wondrous woman and you can tell that, with certainty, from her writing. She creates such a creative cast of characters and manages to write neatly and with assurance. Caine had the obvious joy of writing about the journey of four best friends: Claire Danvers, college freshman and human consort to Amelie, the vampire Founder and part-time shrink to Myrnin, a slightly manic-depressive vamp; Eve Rosser, a punk-goth chick who doesn't take shit from anybody and will stand up and fight for her freedom(s); Michael Glass (human-turned ghost-turned vampire); and last but not least...Shane Collins. *sigh* Shane, Shane, Shane...wow. What words can express how yummy-licious (yes, I just said yummy-licious) Shane is. Hmmm, well, imagine a blonde shaggy haired surfer/skater dude who loves video games (and chili hot dogs. :P).
If you haven't read Glass Houses yet, then go out to a bookstore near you and BUY IT (and the sequel...The Dead Girls' Dance...)