Caine, R. (2006). Glass houses: The Morganville vampires (1st ed.). New York, NY: NAL Jam. ISBN-13: 978-0451219947. Paperback. $6.29.
Annotation: Clare Danvers is sixteen and going to college, but doesn’t know that Morganville, Texas is a town run by vampires. When Clare discovers what the vampires have been looking for, she has to find a way to make herself indispensable in order to survive.
Who lives in Morganville, Texas? Well, it’s hard to find on a map, impossible actually, but it’s close enough to Claire’s hometown since she’s going to the college there. At fifteen, Claire knows she’s off the charts book smart, but maybe she isn’t cut out to live on her own yet. After getting in an altercation with the Mayor’s daughter, Claire looks for somewhere else to live. That somewhere happens to be the Glass House. But something is starting to bother Claire about Morganville. The residents are nice, but lack Southern charm; Some of them she only sees at certain times of the day…or night. What Claire doesn’t realize is that Vampires don’t hide here in Morganville, they run the town and the humans who live there. The vampires think they are on top until they need help…from Claire. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, and in Morganville, Texas everyone is armed to the teeth and Claire doesn’t know who to trust.
The Morganville Vampire series has fifteen books, not including short stories and novellas. If you need a teen that likes “Horror” with a Supernatural vibe or if you need something for reluctant readers, this is a great series for them. The books are short, but still, have mystery and action along with great character development in the timeframe. It has some romance, but it isn’t blind love and it takes place over fifteen books. This series allows relationships to grow without insta-love between people. The complicated dynamic between the humans and vampires or even the different personalities is well developed, in my opinion, and doesn’t glamorize humans or the immortal “others”. Since Glass houses is so short, if a teen doesn’t like it, it doesn’t feel like a waste of time, and it is cheaper to buy than some other series even though the series is large. I would suggest getting a copy from the library first just to see if you like the series before committing to buying it because I know vampires aren’t necessarily everyone’s favorite topic. Hopefully, it’ll catch more readers!
Awards: There were no awards given for the first in this series, but later versions did win some 🙂
Here is a link to the Goodreads page for Glass Houses and Rachel Caine’s Fan Page on Facebook. She is super kind and usually responds back to you if you ever have any questions! There is also an author hosted website called Morganville the Series, which has a lot of extras and you can interact with other fans and the author!
There was actually a fan sponsored YouTube series and author and production company created! I loved it, but I love the books.