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Glass Houses

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Author: Rachel Caine

Genre: Sci-fi & Fantasy
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780749079512
Rights: UK & Comm ex Can ex ANZ
Pub. Date: 26th May 2008

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Voted the NUMBER ONE MOST POPULAR book with children in 2013

Book 1 in the New York Times and UK Bestselling Morganville Vampire series

Welcome to Morganville. 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 come out fighting when the town`s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

Fun, fast-paced and utterly addictive, this is the first book in this bestselling teen vampire series. A must-read for all Twilight fans!


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'This book was one big pleasant surprise... It’s quirky, it’s fun, it’s fast-paced, and it’s even a little haunting and sad in parts, and it includes some excellent twists I did not see coming...I loved every second of it and devoured it in a day...It takes a lot to impress me in fiction but Glass Houses managed it...And the characters! Oh I fell in love with all of them... I recommend you give Morganville a try if you haven’t yet...and it is definitely worth paying full price for. This is not your average teen vampire series, it has a great story with loveable characters and is thoroughly enjoyable.'Once Upon a Time Blog

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'I LOVE this book. I LOVE this series. I LOVE vampires...I assure you, this is a book worth reading.'Gripped Into Books

'We’d suggest dumping Stephenie Meyer’s vapid Twilight books and replacing them with these.'SFX Magazine

'I genuinely enjoyed reading Glass Houses. I was annoyed when I had to close the book and realised that I should have bought the second one too...you know, just to know what happens next!This is a cracking good read aimed at the urban fantasy young adult market. I am sure, however, that everyone who’s read Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series would enjoy reading this... It keeps the vampire genre fresh and fun because the lore is being re-invented and re-worked. Although there are elements of romance (how can there not be with two such lovely sounding hotties) it does not turn into anything remotely obsessive or weird, which seems to be the way a lot of other YA novels are going. It is kept light and sexy, with no scenes I would be uncomfortable to read out loud to a class of pupils and parents... Highly recommended, especially if you buy the UK covers as they glow in the dark!'My Favourite Books Blog

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I never knew anything about the morganville series until I found the fisrt 5 books in a charity shop. I bought them to try them out. I read the first book Glass Houses and fell in love. My favourite character is Claire as she is going through alot and she about the same age as me lol. I love anything to do with vampires as im a huge fans. I then read book 2 and I loved how Rachel shows their emotions just right so it's not boring. I loved that so now im on chapter 4 in book 3. I can't put it down I love and I take the book everywhere so if I have a moment where im bored in a car ride I will pull it out an read it. I love it. I have book 4 and book5 then I will buy the rest I love them xxxxxEmma Hughes

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l have just read the first book and l am hooked from the start and can't wait to read the rest in the collection. l am in for a treat!Pam Cowley, Liverpool

If you liked this book your in for a massive treat! Rachel has loads more Morganville books - and they just get better and better, it's not the typical hopeless and doomed love vampire books, nor the fast paced blood sucking action packed thrillers. Rachel has combined the two so delicately to create a master-piece of friendship, love, life, oh & vampires, ha! This is the start of an amazing series & the best buy of books by far! xxxCara Joanne, Leamington Spa

What a fantastic book! Couldn't put it down! Five stars!!! Bought all other books before finishing this one as i knew i couldn't last long with out reading them! The characters work very well together. Can't wait until book 11 comes out! Bring on Nov 2011!!Debbie

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine is the first instalment of the Morganville Vampires series. It is a book which grips the reader right from the beginning and once you have been hooked you are unable to put the book down. Glass Houses centres on the life of High School student Claire Danvers who feels out of place as she has been put ahead two years in school. She is constantly tormented by the most popular girl in school, Monica Morrel and the schoolgirls that she so strongly influences. Her life is terrible until she applies for a spare room in Glass House, meets her new roommates and finds out the truth about Morganville, a town in Texas. It’s a town run by vampires that cannot wait for fresh blood – hers. Having been almost killed by Monica and her minions she cannot handle things anymore, therefore goes to see her potential roommates after seeing their notice in the dormitories. The interview goes well and she gets the room out of sympathy; it turns out that all her new roommates have secrets of their own which slowly unravel throughout the book. Together with Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have to beat the vampires at their own game to try and gain themselves Protection. The book has a level of fantasy in it but that is balanced by the reality of the bullying. There is also an uncertainty about who can be trusted. There are many people trying not only to stop them but kill them as well as they try to overcome the vampires. The language was accessible for the target audience. The story flows well and not too much detail is given away at any one point in the book. The stories which circulate are not delivered in one go but are slowly revealed. I prefer this way of writing and think that this technique works well. As soon as I had read the first chapter I was gripped and intrigued to know how the book would unfold. Having read and loved the Twilight Saga I already had my own perception of vampires and this book created a new image it is also one of the very few books which I adore more than them.Laura Rochford, Minster in Thanet, Kent

Glass Houses is the first book in the Morganville series and is about a girl named Claire, who moves to Morganville in an advanced collage placement, but has to move out of her dorm when she becomes enemies with gorgeous and popular Monica Morell. Claire comes across an add in the paper advertising the Glass House and goes to have a look. Then things get strange. It’s an interesting take on the very popular subject of vampires and is guaranteed to keep any person who reads it on the edge of the seat in suspense and excitement. Glass Houses is aimed at Young Adults, but anyone who reads it will love it instantly. With fantasy, romance and vampires - what more could you want? This book covers lots of teenage issues like falling in love for the first time, moving away from home, making new friends finding out who you want to be friends with and what sort of person you want to be. When I was reading Glass Houses it was like I could feel the excitement and curiosity bubbling up inside me, I loved the cliff hanger at the end which is unusual because I normally find them quite annoying, I was so amazed by Glass Houses it made me want to jump up and get the second one. I would recommend it to anybody because it’s such a fantastic book. It’s not just for young adults and I can guarantee that anyone who reads it will love it. Forget the Twilight saga; Glass Houses and the rest of the series are the best vampire books I have ever read. Rachel Caine did a fabulous job.Kate Warrior, Corby Business Academy

We loved the first so much that we bought the rest of the series. Thank you for introducing us to this fab series.Lisa Barrett, Lincolnshire

Glass Houses for me was all the teen books I have read, about the angst of growing up and fitting in and how in an instant you can be deemed geeky, slight the top girl and be thrown into nightmare time. Bullying at its worst is shown here, Monica being the utimate in vicious at times almost soap opera like in her nastiness. The story began properly for me when Claire the victim at this point moves to the Glass House and discover that Morgansville is run by vampires. Not the seducing dark mysterious figures, but ruthless, controlling fiends who are cold almost like the "Mob" but also no worse than the girls who are cruel too. I love the character of Claire, she is smart, funny and by the end of the story very brave, its a coming of age in the bizarrest setting. Her friends are hilarious and make the story very entertaining Shane the male tottie of the piece, Eve with her optimism and Michael who is almost fatherly but still young an sexy too. I was completely swept up in the story , caught out by a few neat surprises and despite it being a teen fiction serial enough adult nuances to keep me hooked., I particularly was left almost groaning as it ends on a real cliffhanger that makes Eastenders "Duf Dufs" look tame. A great exciting beginning to what I believe will be a good series, full of twists and turns and answering the questions I was left with in the first part.Jo Bryan, Peterborough

Kiss of Life… or Death? Claire Danvers is a sixteen year old girl who moves to Morganville TPU. Once there Claire finds herself being bullied by Monica, an evil malicious girl who makes Claire’s life on campus a living hell. For this reason alone Claire moves off campus and finds herself at the door of the Glass House where she meets her new housemates to be – Eve, Michael and Shane. I though Glass Houses was a really awesome book. I enjoyed every last word of it. My favourite part of the book was the kiss shared between Claire and Shane. The writing in this part was so intense and passionate that it made me feel like I was Claire, and that I was the one kissing Shane. It made me feel the way Claire did – like there was light streaming through me! But for every good point there is always a bad, and for me I wasn’t particularly fond of the part of the story where Claire found out that Michael wasn’t all he seemed to be and that Oliver was involved in the reasons why. If I had to give Glass Houses a rating out of five stars it would definitely be a five. The plot was much better than Twilight and I haven’t been able to come across a better book since!Lauren B (Year 9), Sirius Academy, Hull

Peer pressure sucks…..so do vampires Claire Danvers is a geeky teenager who just wanted a wonderful college education. She moved to Morganville to get away from her messy life in a small town. At sixteen Claire is the youngest college students around. Her life was fine until a mean bully called Monica chose Claire to be her new target. Finally, Claire had enough and got in a cab and escaped from her TPU dorm and applied for a room in a house share. The house was a glamorous yet creepy, old mansion; think Gone With The Wind meets The Munsters. In the house lives Shane, Michael, and Eve; an awesome Goth. What Claire doesn’t know (but soon finds out) is that Morganville is full of vampires… Real, blood sucking vampires. You’re safe… just don’t go out after dark. I loved Glass Houses because, well, it was about vampires, and I think we are entering a new era in vampire stories. At the beginning of the book the storyline seemed pretty slow. In my opinion I would have preferred the book to be written in first person narrative as I felt that I couldn’t get into Claire’s shoes and feel what she’s feeling. I wasn’t sure that I would like Glass Houses but I’m really glad I read on. About half way through I found that I couldn’t put the book down! I got pretty addicted and couldn’t wait for the end. As a massive vampire fan I would totally recommend this book. Welcome to Morganville… Just don’t stay out after dark!!Natalie L (Year 9), Sirius Academy, Hull

People in Glass Houses shouldn’t throw stones.... Claire Danvers is 16. She moved to Morganville, Texas from a small town to start to college early. She was hoping to make a fresh start; to get away from her old life but unfortunately things don’t turn out the way she had hoped... Early on in her new school life Claire has a run in with Monica and her posse. These bullies make her life MISERABLE and the worst part is they share her dorm. Things get so bad that Claire finally decides to move away from campus into a big, old, creepy house. There she meets her new housemates Shane, Michael and Eve who live in Glass House as well. Shane and Eve are fine with the idea of Claire moving in but Michael, the owner of the house, is weary to allow Claire to move in because she is quite a lot younger and might cause trouble. Claire thought TPU was bad, but that was before she knew Morganville was infested with vampires. Vampires who are desperate for blood.... At the beginning of GLASS HOUSES I wasn’t sure it was my type of book. It started slowly but further on into the book the story became really interesting and I got into it. I especially took to the characters because I can relate to the type of people that Rachel Caine has created as I have met people like that before. Whilst I was reading the book I felt in tune with Claire’s character. I think Claire’s thoughts and feelings are typical of most teenage girls. The only negative point I can make is that I would have liked some werewolf or similar mythical character involvement. For fantasy/vampire fans I think Glass Houses a great book especially for teenage readers although I could see adults reading this book Too. All in all I think the book was amazing.Chloe Y (Year 9), Sirius Academy, Hull

Wow! Just utterly wow! I was reading Twilight but when I picked up this I stopped reading Twilight at once because I was so hooked on it. It is a sort of real life book but with vampires, strange eh? Written by Rachel Caine, Claire,15, goes to university early, however this isn't really a good thing. She quickly gets bullied by a girl called Monica. She runs off and goes to live in a giant house. There she learns about how the town is run by vampires. They are really strong but they have one weakness, a book. Claire has to find this book before the vampires get there but no one has ever been able to find it. Claire has to find it with her new found friends or she dies! This book is so good because it has real life situations such as peer pressure but with the added fantasy part of the vampire it makes it incredible. Also it is so good because of the way the author adds the vampire theme to make it seem real. This book is the best read of this year (2010) and last year (2009). So a piece of advice to everyone out there; READ the Morganvilles and DUMP Twilight. Will Claire do it? All we know is that her life really does SUCK!!!Daniel George (Year 9), Wellsway School, Bristol

Glass Houses is a young, gothic book. Full of teenage angst, life threatening drama and just pure boyish stupidity. Claire Danvers, a young, vulnerable girl who’s thrown into the university life really does prove that brains are better than beauty. From the start where Claire flips Morganville upside down to the very end Rachel Caine manages to keep her readers on tenterhooks; with girl’s constantly babbling minds, crossings with creep-outs, intimidating vampires and a full scale fight between humans and vampires there is never a dull page! With clever insights to the teenage mind Caine has managed to correctly grasp how teens or young adults live, therefore making Glass Houses true and humorous which is a reading rarity. Glass Houses is also an intricate balance between intelligence and action which makes the book not all blood and gore, but not snoreville either. This balance makes the book appealing, captivating and all in all addictive! There’s no complicated, over-the-top vampire history or completely unbelievable plot, it’s simply vampires and humans in a town, which leaves plenty to the imagination of the reader. All in all Glass Houses is an exceptional and absolutely enticing read with an edge! A must read!Jade Marshall, Corby Business Academy

Move over Twilight... there's a new Vampire story in town. In Glass House a new girl Claire is bullied and beaten but the worst thing of all ... hunted! When Monica Morganville decides she doesn’t like the new nerd that has come on her turf, she decides to scare her of but Claire isn't that type of girl and has other ideas. So instead of running like she really wanted to Claire moves out of her dorm into a strange house full of dark secrets. Feeling shaken and a little battered she begins to do something that shocks even herself... she makes friends. So with Eve , Shane and Michel behind her Clair doesn’t think she can go wrong until she barks up the wrong tree and gets tagged by Brandon a crazed vampire that wants to please his master and bring her down. Clair accidently stumbles onto something that makes all their lives go upside down, you wouldn't believe the twists and turns this story takes. So with secrets untold and friendships tested will the group be able to pull through? Find out in the first book of the Morganville series. Praise for Rachel Cain an author that makes books come to life, with amazing believable characters that are sewn together in an original idea, that has unexpected twists it is completely un-putdownable and will stay with you forever.Ara-Jade Cursons, Corby Business Academy

Glass Houses is an amazing book written by Rachel Caine. It is a story of a girl, Claire Danvers, who is sent to college in the small town of Morganville by her parents.Molly Laban (Year 9), Wellsway School, Bristol

Glass Houses is really good book! It is about Vampires who live in a small village and follows the story of one girl in particular. When the sun goes down, bad comes out. It is a really good book and I would recommend it to anyone. Good luck with the book.Gabrielle Tees (Year 8), Wellsway School, Bristol

Claire is 16 and is a geek, honestly! She is a year above all the other kids her age and is the youngest at college. But there are certain things that you should and should not do when you are new and are youngest at a school. Never upstage the popular kids and never embarrass them or make them look stupid. But Claire does just that and Monica makes her pay for it. Being slapped and shoved down the stairs doesn't seem too bad but it's enough to make Claire begin to look for somewhere else to stay. Then she finds Glass House where Eve, Michael and Shane live. Michael, the landlord of the house...and is quite fit too, allows Claire to stay. The college is looking for Claire and are unusually worried about her being missing. But you can't be too careful with Vampires ruling the town now, can you?Shona Capener (Year 8), Wellsway School, Bristol

Claire Danvers went to college in Morganville because she had had a tough life back in the home town where she lived previously. She thought she was moving to a better life but Morganville was not what she had expected. Being only sixteen, she was younger than every on else. At first this did not seem to bother her but after a while being young, and therefore a constant target for bullies, really dragged her down. To escape from her nemesis Monica, Claire moved off campus into a big old house. This is when things in Morganville started to become strange… The story takes a while to get going but you soon get really hooked and can’t put the book down. I didn’t like the opening of the story because the writer throws you into the story without much background and you don’t really know what the story is about. I found all the characters to be so believable and you can understand were Rachel Caine is coming from when writing their parts. I recommend Glass Houses to you all - it is very good indeed!Chloe L (Year 9), Sirius Academy, Hull

I absolutely love Rachel Caine’s books! I’ve read them all and can see exactly why she’s fast becoming one of the most popular teenage fiction authors in the world. Any fans of Stephenie Meyer or P.C Cast would adore them.Kelly Roud

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