This is a review of “Glass Houses” by Rachel Caine. It is book 1 in the Morganville Vampires Series.
Claire Danvers is really smart. She’s made it to college at the age of 16 (and a half), but it’s not the school of her dreams. Not by a long shot. Claire really wants to go someplace like Caltech or MIT or Yale, but her parents won’t let her live that far away at her age. So she’s stuck in Morganville at Texas Prairie University (TPEeeew). And it’s horrible. Oh, the classes are fine, but her dorm life isn’t. She is the victim of Monica Morrell, bitch from hell. What she does to Claire seems like hazing, but after Claire makes her look dumb in front of others, Monica turns deadly. For real. After stealing her laundry, she pushes her down the stairs, leaving a badly injured Claire on her own.
Claire decides that she’s not safe on Campus anymore and calls around, looking for somewhere to live. And that’s how she finds the Glass House. She is tentatively accepted by the occupants (she’s underage and that’s a worry) but she soon settles in. There’s goth Eve, cute Shane and mysterious Michael. Eve lets Claire in on a secret. Morganville is run by vampires. Claire thinks Eve is loony at first. But then she meets a vampire, and he’s even creepier than Monica the psycho. It turns out that in order to live safely in Morganville you need Protection (and I’m not talking about condoms). Families have vampire patrons that offer them protection in return for blood. No-one in the Glass House has Protection anymore, though the house itself does.
Claire seems to have awful luck. As well as being on Monica’s bad side, she appears to have made the vampy shit-list too. Shane makes a deal to keep her safe (for now). But Claire can’t let him endanger himself like that, so she sets out to find something of value that may enable her to broker a deal. And it turns out that there is something that the vamps want. Badly. Can Claire find it and save Shane and herself? And what’s the go with Michael? He only ever seems to be around at night…
I really liked this book, and I am glad that I have the next one here to sink my teeth into immediately, as it ended on a cliffhanger. I enjoyed Eve’s diary at the end, where Eve summarises things and adds to the story with her own perspective.
“That’s kind of a leap, but the Russian judge gave you a nine point five for style, so OK.”
“Run first, mourn later.”
“I’m currently between majors.”