Glass Houses: Morganville Vampires #1 by Rachel Caine
Read by Cynthia Holloway
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?
I was looking for something short to listen to and found this gem in my audio book folder. I’m not sure how long it has been there, but I’m sorry that I didn’t listen to it earlier. I’m not a huge fan of vampire books, I’m more of a werwolf girl, but I picked this one up solely because of the author being Rachel Caine. I have so enjoyed her Great Library series that I wanted to try out some of her other books.
The whole premiss of this book is great, a college town ruled over by vampires and no one in the outside world is the wiser. The vampires that we meet are a pretty nasty bunch, but I like that they stick to the classic version of the rules. You need to invite them into your home. most can only come out at night or those that can be awake during the day need to stay indoors and way from windows. I’m kind of old school when it comes to vampires, and I like them sexy but with the ability to mesmerize and control your emotions/mind.
I really liked Claire as a character. She is smart and sensible and very math and science oriented. Even though she relies on science to interpret her world she is not afraid to accept things she can see with her own eyes, like fangs, when they present themselves. She also is able to take control of her situation in the dorm by leaving and finding a new place to live. I liked her sarcastic humor even when the mean girls who drive her out are threatening her.
Her three new house mates are an eclectic bunch. I’m not sure we really needed both of the guys to be super hot looking, but that is YA for you. I liked Michael, he is the practical and cautious owner of the house. He doesn’t want Claire to live there because of his age, but he relents when he sees how desperate she is and why she needs somewhere else to live. Shane is the hot head in the bunch, but super protective of his roommates and eventually of Claire as well. There is a budding romance between these two which was sweet and charming. Eve was the most fun, she is a goth, but she is tough and does not hold back when it is needed. She is also out to protect Claire and help her with her problems.
The overall plot of the story is intriguing. I really liked learning how the vampires control everyone and how the town functions. Some of it is gruesome, like how they pay taxes, but some of it was very interesting. I found it interesting that the college was able to survive under these circumstances. Claire’s problems with the mean girls in her dorm escalates beyond her control and flows over into her home life. Intermixed with some sweet scenes with Michael, Shane and even Eve there is some action and terror. Overall a nice mix of sweet and crazy.
Cynthia Holloway does an out standing narration. She has a good crisp voice for Claire whose point of view tells the story, but she manages the other characters well, especially the vampires making them sound sexy but menacing at the same time. I did not realize this was such a long series, 14 books, when I decided to listen, but I have the next two loaded and ready to go. If the first book is any indication, I am in for a pretty wild ride.