Glass Houses – Rachel Caine

The book is written from the point of view of a 16 year old girl named Claire. She is a kind of genius, and is already in college and it is a hard time for her. Claire is small and made an enemy of the wrong girl from the start. And all she did was make the girl look stupid in front of her friends. This girls name is Monica and she is the Mayor’s daughter, but that’s not all she is.

See, in the town of Morganville, there are vampires. They are known about by everyone, and either you have Protection….or well…you are cattle. It’s kind of creepy how normal people still live in town, of their own free will. They have Protection from whatever vampire and they pay taxes, of a sort. It’s like a blood tax. They have to donate blood every month and pretty much keep quiet about the vampires. Simple. Oh, and there’s a curfew. If you are out past it, then you are advertising that you are not safe and are fair game.

Well, Claire, after a seriously wretched round with Monica decides she needs to find another place to live, off campus. Because going home to mom and dad just isn’t an option for her. She winds up calling a few places and finally settles on one that sounds nice.

She gets to house, and pretty much has a breakdown, which is when Eve shows up. She is a total goth chick, and she gets excited about the thought that Claire is there to look at the house. Takes her inside, where Eve introduces Claire to Shane and gives her a rundown of the place. Shane and Eve like her, but say that it up to Michael for the final say, since it is Michael’s house, only he is not around at the moment.

So, Eve shows her the bedroom that would be hers and tells her to at least lay down, that she looks like a wreck. Claire, is surprised and near tears at how big the room is and how nice Eve is. She soon falls asleep, and wakes after about 12 hours of sleep to hear the sound of guitar music.

Following the sound, she sees Michael (or who she assumes is Michael since she hasn’t met him) sitting on the couch and playing softly. When he notices her, he studies her for a moment and says no, she can’t stay. This starts to throw Claire into a panic. She can’t leave! Monica will kill her if she goes back. And she pleads with Michael to get him to understand. A kind of truce is made, she can stay at the Glass House only for a couple weeks, until she can find a new place.

The next morning, she goes downstairs and finds Eve and Shane making breakfast and bantering back and forth. Shane seems a little surprised that Claire is still in residence. But, gets over it. They are all messing around when they hear someone at the door. Eve and Shane quickly shove Claire into the pantry which has a hidden door in the back and hide her. Claire sits there and listens to someone come in and ask questions about how many people live in the house and where is Michael and if they have seen this girl and shows them a picture of Claire. They tell him no, and they guy is super suspicious, he opens the pantry and looks around, not seeing the hidden door. Finally, he leaves and they let Claire out of the closet. None to happy with how the situation has just turned very bad.

All in all, I really liked this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one! I literally read this book in one day. It was a fast and easy read. Plus, it kept me wanting to know what happened next. There was always something new. So many twists in the plot. And OMG, the ending? TOTAL cliff-hanger! Makes me glad that this series already has a few books out in it, so I don’t have to wait months for the next one

So, thank you for the recommendation! Awesome book, and I am glad that I picked it up.

Until next time….Happy Reading!!

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3 responses to “Glass Houses – Rachel Caine

  1. Therese

    I’ve read the first four books in the series, so I think you’ll like it. But I don’t know, after a while I started wishing Claire would start liking the other guy.

    • I haven’t started the second book yet, but from this first one, it looks like Shane & Claire and Eve & Michael. Is there another guy who comes into play? Or do you think Claire is better with Michael?

  2. Therese

    I’d prefer her with Michael, but I don’t think that’s the direction the author’s going to take. I think it’s because he’s a more charismatic character.

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