Glass Houses - The Morganville Vampires Book One by Rachel Caine
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Release Date: October 2006
Age Range: YA
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 schools social scene: somewhere less than zero. And Claire really doesn't have the right connections--to the undead that run the town.
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. . . .
When it comes to a good vampire book--I'm there! Vampires are and have always been a unhealthy (but not creepy) obsession of mine.
In this first book of a nine book series, your introduced to Claire Danvers. A simple, extremely smart sixteen year old girl who has started college a couple of years earlier than others would. She has her run in with the bully/most popular girl in school named Monica, who makes her life hell. Having enough of the tormenting she was receiving, Claire finds a room to rent off campus in the Glass House. That's where all the fun begins.
Without saying too much--I wouldn't want to spoil the fun for the rest of you--Claire is befriended by the three new roommates and trusted enough to tell of the towns secrets; that vampires rule everyone and everything.
Claire is a sweet and believable character with an innocence so well written by Rachel, you truly feel for her. Her friendship with Eve, Michael and Shane (the roomies) is a friendship that is easy to believe. Eve is fun and so far out there you just love reading about her. Michael and Shane, even though fictional characters, are so easily loved--and dare I say it--wanted!
The plot is original and exciting. Rachel Caine not only knows how to use her imagination, but she writes wonderfully. Everything is believable--even the vampires. I’m looking forward to finishing this series, and starting her other ones.