Glass Houses, Teenage Angst and Vampires.

It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in vampire books – most likely because I over-indulged a while back – but Rachel Caine’s Glass Houses was a page turner. I discovered Rachel Caine’s writing through her Weather Warden series and thought it may be interesting to see what she does with the more traditional vampire genre. Was I in for a surprise…

Claire Danvers is a brainy 16 year old who starts college early, but her parents’ choice of college is not the Ivy League school of her dreams. Instead she is relegated to a college in Morganville, Texas. Determined to succeed regardless, Claire soldiers on but her academic progress is continually interrupted by the ruthless bullying tactics of the girls in her dorm.

In a last ditch effort to make the best of a bad situation, Claire decides to move off campus to the Glass House. Here, surrounded by her new room mates, she feels safe for the first time since the popular girls started persecuting her. Unfortunately this does not last as she finds out that the dorm bullies are not a patch on the real scourge of Morganville, vampires. (cue ominous sounding music).

I did not expect too much from this book when I decided to read it. The recent spate of vampire stories (Twilight etc) has dulled my craving for vampires. However, Caine’s characters are vividly painted and Claire’s concerns touched a chord with me. Before I knew it I was in page turning mode. The action is fast paced and the rest of the occupants of the Glass House are quirky, funny and ever so slightly mysterious. What more could I ask for?

It’s been a while since I attended school, but even so Glass Houses was an entertaining read. I think dark fantasy lovers of all ages will enjoy this one and like me, start looking around for the second book the moment they’ve finished the first.


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