Glass Houses

glass housesTitle: Glass Houses
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: NAL Jam
Publication Date: Oct 2006
Classification: YA Novel

Summary from Goodreads:

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. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?

 

My Thoughts:

There are so many series out there in the YA world that it can be hard to keep up with all of them. This is an older series that I believe just wrapped up at the end of 2013 so now is the best time to start it because I could read all of the books in a row without having to wait for a publication date to release the newest one. Plus everyone seems to rave about how they love this series and that it is well worth reading.

When I started this book I was having a really hard time getting into the story. I felt that Claire was a bit silly to be honest. I wasn’t sure how she was going to rise up to accept a world full of vampires and other paranormal things. She just seemed a bit silly and a bit clueless if you ask me and I really don’t like my main characters to be unappealing to me. I did want to give the book a fair chance though so I decided to keep reading in the hopes that the book would get better as time went on. The book did get a little better once Claire finds her way to the Glass house and is able to make some new friends. In all the ways I thought Claire was too young and stupid I loved Eve, Shane, and Michael for the slightly older and more mature view point they all added to the story. Once you get past the first 60 or so pages of this book I feel the real storyline starts to come together at a fast pace and it starts to become interesting. I liked learning all of the different aspects of this paranormal world. Sure it is vampires and that has been done so many times before it is exhausting but each author has their own world to create and can make these creatures any way that they want.

I not only enjoyed the vampires but I also thought it was interesting that a town full of humans were willing to stay in such an environment when they knew what was going on! I felt the town should have just left and then the vampires would have no one to rule over but then I guess they would have just found more and more towns to take over if everyone left. I just thought the entire dynamic of the town was interesting and I did like watching as Claire grew stronger and more able to handle everything that was thrown at her.  The ending was action packed and while I didn’t love this book I am interested in continuing on with this series to see if Claire can grow even more and turn into the type of heroine that I enjoy reading about. So here is to the hope that the second book moves the character development along even more for our main character and that the vampires come up with more spooky ways to shock the towns people.

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Comments

  1. This sounds like a potentially interesting series. I will be curious to see how you enjoy the later books.

  2. Ive never heard of this one, though ive heard good things about Caine. I’m glad you liked Glass House despite a lack of initial connection!

  3. Yeah, I re-read this recently–the series has been so popular for so long that I thought it deserved another shot–but it was kind of MEH for me too. I look forward to seeing what you think about the second book. Maybe the series gets better :)

  4. I quite love this series – I need to catch up on the last 3 in the series though.

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