Review of Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Welcome to Morganville, Texas. Just don't stay out after dark. College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero. 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.

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I avoided this book for a while, thinking it was going to be just another rubbish money grabber that came out after Twilight. Thankfully I was pleasantly surprised, this book is awesome! Claire is an instantly likeable character, which many reader's can relate to - she leaves home for the first time experiences life in a dorm room and mucks up, leading to her being viciously attacked by Monica, the psycho Queen Bee. No pushing and shoving - Claire gets black eyes, knives are drawn, acid is poured...
I've read a few reviews that say that the violence is too much. I never once even thought this when reading the book. I even saw one review that said the Vampires were too evil (don't be scared readers, the Vampires do bite people in this. Although there isn't an description of it)!
The world of Morganville is very believable, having a Vampiric government may seem a little unbelievable ('why doesn't the rest of the world know about this?') but there is an explanation given. The Vampires seem to have a food chain - each have their own master, right to the top. Obviously, the oldest Vampire has no master and owns the Town. Michael was my favourite character in this, he has his own secret which is very unique and a brilliant addition to this amazing story.

5/5

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