The Morganville Vampires #1
Release Date: May 26, 2008
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Goodreads Stars: 4
Buy it: Amazon UK
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... - Goodreads
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!