Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Rachel Caine

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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.


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.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—College should be an exciting time, but for brainy 16-year-old Claire Danvers that's too mild a word. Due to advanced placement, Claire can start college early, but her parents refuse to allow her to go to the distant Ivy League school of her dreams. She goes to Texas Prairie University where she is tormented by the popular girls—but that's the least of her worries. Morganville, home of the university, is also home to vampires and vampire hunters. Claire finds protection from the horrors of the town in the Glass House with three fellow outcasts, Goth girl Eve, rebellious Shane, and Michael, who disappears during the day. Claire falls for Shane and would do anything to protect her friends, including facing down bloodthirsty vampires and dangerous bikers. Rachel Caine's first two books (Penguin, 2006, 2007) in the series flesh out the characters and the setting, allowing listeners to really visualize the town. These suspenseful titles are filled with violence, language, and sensual situations. Cynthia Holloway's narration has a supernatural quality that is perfectly suited to the story, and she does a nice job of switching between characters and capturing the changes in Claire as she grows more mature and confident. Older teens will fall under Caine's spell as she weaves together scary moments with romantic situations, which are at times overly descriptive, but not graphic. Those looking for books like Twilight, but with more bite, will enjoy this series.—Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY

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Turtleback Books
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Morganville Vampires Series , #1
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4.25(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.75(d)
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12 - 17 Years

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Rachel Caine lives in Fort Worth, TX.

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Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 889 reviews.
TheTexanBella More than 1 year ago
I just finished the series this morning and i thought i was amazing!!! I read each of the books in a day, it was that good! It about this girl named Claire thats moves to Morganville for college. Once she is there she gets into some mishap's and decides to move into Glass's House. In this house she meets Eve, Micheal, and Shane. But as she soon finds out that this city isn't what it seems to appear. Soon she finds out that this city is full of Vampires and runs into some trouble's on the way. This book is filled with action and romance. This is a amzing book for teenagers who loved the Twilight Saga, House of Night Series, Blue Blood Series, Vampire Kisses Series, Evernight Series, The Vampire Academy Series, The Vampire Diaries Series and Wicked Lovely Series. Trust me if you loved any of these series then you will love this one to!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I enjoy all types of urban fantast novels, I was intrigued that this title was approved for 'young adult' of which I am not, but decided to check it out because I thought it could be a fun read. It's a fast read, but I would neither call it 'fun' nor up there in my list of choices to recommend to young adult women. The protagonist, Claire, starts out strong enough: She's 16 and in college due to her mega-smarts. However, Claire gets to college and is immediately beat up several times by the Popular Mean Girl clique. *Actually* beat-up. Does Claire ever get her revenge? Or use her smarts to outwit the baddies and meanies? NO. Not once. NEVER. Claire and all her friends are victimized over and over and they never seem to win. It's depressing to read a book where the good guys never win and evil perpetually triumphs. I tried to read the second book in this series, and got through about 50 pages of it before I couldn't take it anymore. This book does not feature strong female characters, just characters who are good at sucking it up and taking it while they get the physical and mental toaster beat-down. PASS on this series!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Sixteen year old teen prodigy Claire Danvers is a freshman at college. Monica of the in-crowd constantly picks on Claire to the point that her bullying almost kills the teenager. Claire decides to find an off campus apartment and answers an ad referring an old gothic style home in Morganville. The three roommates reluctantly accept Claire though they are concerned with her age. Most of the college town is under the control and protection of vampires, but not the house where Claire or her roomies.------------ Their house contains powerful protection wards, but none of them can hide inside this abode all day. When Claire returns to classes, Monica attacks her and sends her vampire friends after the teen and her roommates. Shane hates Monica and with Michael unavailable during daylight to keep Claire safe, he vows to do so. Eve also wants to protect Claire. Sick of hers fears and acting the wimp, Claire searches for the tome that the vampires seek in hopes that this book will keep her and her roomies safe.------------- Rachel Caine, author of the Weather Warden series, has provided a rousing horror thriller that adds a new dimension to the vampire mythos. The protagonist is a young determined heroine who the audience will admire and root for as she swallows her trepidations to insure her friend and roomies are safe. The key to this fine tale is her plausible reactions to living in a town run by vampires that make going to college in the Caine universe quite an experience. GLASS HOUSES is an electrifying enthralling coming of age supernatural tale.------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine was the best book I have read for years. Glass Houses is about Claire Danvers, a 16-year old (almost seventeen!) girl going to college at Texas Praire University (TPU) in Morganville, Texas for early admission. Claire is brainy, not mean. When Monica Morrell, the Mayor's daughter, and her Monickettes picks on Claire, Claire has had enough. She is moving out of the dorms, not really sure where she is going to live. Then she finds the Glass House. Michael isn't really into letting an underage in the house, but Claire had cash. Soon enough Claire befriends Michael Glass, Eve Rosser, and Shane Collins, and the town's secret unfolds. Vampires. A town ran by vampires. This book was hard to put down! Rachel Caine is my new favorite author and I am in love that she has signed on to write 15 books instead of the original 12. The Morganville Vampires series has changed my life. It's been a huge part of teenage reading years and I'd recommend it to any fool of the street!! YOU. MUST. READ.
LoveTriangle3 More than 1 year ago
Looking for a fun new take on vampires? I love reading supernatural books so finding a series with an interesting plot line was awesome.....I can't wait for book 11!
Mysterious-Muse More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't going to read this series because of the negative reviews, but I'm glad that I picked it up. The plot is good and interesting, but what makes the novel great for me is the characters. I love Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael. For me the characters make the story what it is and I would suggest that you give it a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love authers that can make my creative mind visualy see everything going on with the stories and this series will do just that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. It is hilarious and for older teens and adults.
vampfan75 More than 1 year ago
Competition for Twilight! I enjoyed this series and was so excited to get my hands on the next one. Can't wait till book seven comes out.
BANCHEE_READS More than 1 year ago
Glass Houses isn't without its faults; Claire is very lucky very often, and her reluctance to deal with Amelie is naive. The supernatural aspect tied to Morganville itself doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but then again, this is a paranormal novel so that can be excused. Caine gives her characters a strong sense of realism, even though a few secondary characters come off as over-the-top. That said, I am hooked enough to go straight into the second book in order to find out just how several threads left hanging will be resolved. This one's sure to appeal to all young adults interested in the paranormal. The first book in Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series, Glass Houses, focuses on Claire Danvers, a sixteen year old genius who is early-admitted to college at Texas Prairie University. Claire's a misfit in more ways than one, and when she inadvertantly makes THE popular girl look foolish in front of her clique of friends, Claire becomes the vicious target of Monica Morrell. After several bruises and threats, Claire realizes she can no longer live in the dorm and seeks a room through an ad. And though the three roomies already living in The Glass House have reservations about taking on an underage roommate, they decide to give Claire a chance at safety for at least a month. Problems over, right? Oh, did I forget to mention the vampires that run the town? The storyline in Glass Houses is very dark, and things don't get better as the novel moves along. Claire, for all her youth and innocence, figures things out pretty quickly, and her crush on Shane, one of her roommates, is sweet yet tentative. There is a lot of hiding, running, and some violence; like some other reviewers, I have to say that Monica and her gang were far more vicious than the vampires. Claire's relationships with the goth Eve and the ghost Michael solidify quickly, and even if her parents arrive to order her home, it's pretty easy to see that Claire's coming into her own. The story ends on a major, major cliffhanger; of course I'm quite glad I happen to already have book two ready and waiting.
Night_Dreamer More than 1 year ago
When I read Twilight, it got me wanting to read other vampire books. Some were great, and others were wasting time, when I could be reading other great vampire books. This book was a little disturbing in the begining and I was thinking, I know whats going to happen. She is going to turn into a vampire and kill the evil- Monica girl who beat her up. But, that wasnt what happened. It was an amazing read, and I dont want to spoil anything for anyone, who might want to read this, but IT IS worth your time. It has lots of vampies, action, friendship, and love for those who are looking for that vampire romance in every book. It will have you driving to the store at high speeds to buy the sequels!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. It was full of surprises and suspense. i Highly recomend it to anyone who loves to read and anyone who is just in love with vampires!
Ash_Knight More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite vampire novels, since it doesn't center around vampires. A great vampire novel that makes humans the main attraction of the story. This book is Great, since it shows people going through actual problems, like facing College and bullies, dealing relationships, popular girls, and bloodsucking fiends(well more or less actual). It gives vampires back their place in history as bloodsucking, night loving, burning up in the sunlight, creatures. Rachel Caine makes an amazing story, with unforgetable and vivid characters to bring out a story that puts you on the edge of your seat, and keeps you there until the last page. And personally, what I love, is the way Caine leaves you with a cliffhanger after every story. It just makes you want to know what will happen next, at any cost.
kaygingerr More than 1 year ago
While you're sitting at home, do you want to be burdened with vampires roaming around? Well that's how Claire felt when she moved to the college location. What she didn't know was just around the corner, was many more things to discover. Claire felt lonely in Morganville, in a house with all strangers. They turned out to be just that, strange. When she finds out that her friend, Michael Glass, is actually a spirit, while some of her other friends are vampires, life changes, but not always for the good. As the house begins to burn, she's just beginning to imagine what wonders before her. This book is an excellent read, with many twists and turns. With the feud with the vampires, many people would be very intrigued while reading the Morganville Vampire collections. Thinking about it now, the book is still amazing. Vampires are very hot nowadays, and this tale is a recognizable read! If you don't read this, you're missing out on a great story. A fantastic manuscript with an epilogue to keep you wanting more. The more of them you read, the more you will want to keep going. I think everyone should read this book.
duchessbyday More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a whim, and I don't regret it in the least. It was a great book, every chapter keeps you interested. Wonderful. Now I have to read Dead Girls' Dance. :]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i read this book and loved it. i would recommend it to everyone. its an unforgettable book. its a good replacement for the twilight saga
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! I love the relationships between Claire and her roommates. The characters were well developed. I finished this book in one day and quickly started on book 2 the next day! If you love vampires, action, and romance then you'll love this series.
mary_123 More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe how amazing this book is. The way it ends you just HAVE to buy the next one. I know I am. It had the right amount of violence, friendship, and love. A lot of things happen between Monica (and her posse)and Claire. Shane (my favorite character) was always there protecting her. Don't think about it, buy it. You won't regret it.
sj11 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. No, it's more than amazing .... come to think of it I don't think there are words to describe this book. I got the series for Christmas and I finished this one the next day. These books will capture you and will put you in the front seat of the Morganville Texas Rollercoaster. I really liked reading some of Eve's part at the end too. I love Shane. (Don't tell Edward) If you love vampires and excitment then this book is perfect for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Glass Houses' offers a unique twist on the classic 'us vs. them' anti-vamp scene. Marketed as a young adult read, it certainly does play to its suggested reader-base, but it's a fun enough romp on the light side of dark that the non-teen can enjoy it. Oddball geek-girl Claire Danvers is stuck in popular bitch-queen's dorm -- which sounds to YA readers like fodder for a horror novel right there. But her crummy college town manages to take things a step futher -- the small city is also home base for legions of bloodsucker evil vampires, which sets a scene for an adrenaline-packed thrill ride of a book -- the thrills hitting when you're least expecting them. Luckily, Claire manages to team up with three 'rebels' -- human teenagers who, like herself, shun the vamps' control on the town. What ensues? Chaos, naturally, and chaos of the good kind we love in the horror genre. Caine creates an all-out fun world for her average-but-really-not characters to play and suffer in, and those same characters' personalities are believable. In the process of creating 'new and original' vampire lore (so difficult in this day and age to find), the author manages to make her settings -- both on and off campus -- feel alive and realistic. I would warn readers that it ends on a cliffhanger, but otherwise, it's an enjoyable romp on the paranormal side of college.
DLMonica More than 1 year ago
Easy read, interesting, involves college students, vampires and ghosts, keeps you wondering what will happen next! Story is different! Nice book to cozy up on a cold winter gloomy day!!!
vampreader54 More than 1 year ago
This is not by any means going to make it onto my top ten. It was a very young read. I was expecting a young adult book but I could very well see 12ish girls reading this and enjoying it. I was at a loss for something interesting. The story opens up into freshman (college) hazing that goes a little too far. You would think that would make for a fairly good opener but it really fell short in most aspects. There were some good points in this book. Michael's situation is interesting and the Glass House itself has an interesting past but other than that I was left wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glass House is a great book.
bookfreak67 More than 1 year ago
I really needed something to read and I wanted something vampire-ish, something funny, a bit scary and a little romance. this book gave all those things! This book has something for every one. If your not that into vamp books you can still get into it. Its mostly about Claire and her friends trying to live in a town that is ruled by vampires, if that sounds boring its really not, not only do they have vampire enemes but human to! every book in the Series, Morganville Vampires will leave you hungery for more! the 7th book is coming out november I can't wait! dont stop and think about reading it, just do it!
craftychick More than 1 year ago
Although I liked this book and liked some of the alterior thoughts on the paranormal world of ghosts and vampires, the books wasn't as enjoyable as other series I love. There is quite a bit of violence for being young adult. Not that I am a prude, but I just thought some parts were over the top withough being believable. I will continue to read the series, but I have low expectations for how much I will enjoy the rest of it.