Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Publication Date: May 26th 2008
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Paperback, 348 pages
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...
OMG!I really didn't expect to like this book so much!Surely Morganville Vampires is a series with a certain hype but i didn't know what to expect of this book,plus,i didn't read any reviews before reading it which turned out to be a really good thing!Having not read i single review i avoided any even minor spoilers and that made me like this book even more because of the many unexpected turns in the plot.Most of the things weren't obvious and i found myself constantly turning the pages to see what happened next.
I liked every single character in this book.Though Claire is the main heroine,all of the surrounding characters are fairly good developed,at least as much as a first POV narration allows.I loved both Shane and Michael so much that at points i couldn't decide who was sexier...Claire is a fantastic character.She is smart,she's self dependent and she doesn't think that everything evolves around her.Granted,she's insecure at times,but who teenager isn't?
And i really enjoyed the sence of companionship this book has.It has been some time since i encountered a company where everyone really cares about each other.
The plot of this book is really good and engaging.It's full of action but not really overstreched scenes where the reader is tired or bored.Rachel Caine knows exactly where to end one scene end begin a new one.The romance is seizling although not the main focus of the story,something i also liked very much.My only complaint is the ending...I understand the need of a cliffhanger ending but not when it's done so obviously deliberatelly.The last chapter felt like it belonged to the next book or that it needed a few more lines at least.Fortunately,i immediatelly started the next book and my impression was that the last chapter was in fact the first one in the next book.I don't know ifi t's just me (and believe me i do like cliffhangers) but i felt that the ending was abrupt just to leave you wondering...
To sum it up,Morganville Vampires is a series any YA fiction fan should read.It's fresh, full of surprises and an utterly engaging read!