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All Claire Danvers wanted was to go off to college like any other teenager. At
sixteen she was always going to have a hard time fitting in and her parents
insistence she attends the local Texas Prairie University in the small town of
Morganville rather than an Ivy League school doesn't help. But when Claire gets
on the wrong side of her dorm's Queen Bee she finds herself battered and
bruised...and looking for a new place to live. She ends up at the off-campus
Glass House and quickly begins to realise that there's a lot more to some of
Morganville's residents than meets the eye.
I'm a big fan of Rachel
Caine's Weather Warden novels so I was excited to see how she would handle a
young adult series and I must say I wasn't disappointed. The plot is clever and
well developed, and the world of Morganville is well thought-out. The idea of a
town ran by vampires was one of the things that caught my attention about the
book and was impressively well done.
The book is a bit slow to start and
it took me a while to really get into it, but once the tension starts to build
it gradually builds more and more until the heartstopping climax. By the time I
got to the end of the book I couldn't read fast enough, and then there's a
massive cliffhanger at the end! It isn't a "bad" cliffhanger and the book can be
read by itself but it leads directly into the following book so I'd recommend
having it accessible if possible.
I was a little worried I wouldn't be
able to sympathise with Claire as at sixteen she is a lot younger than me, but I
really like her. She's brainy and over the course of the book develops some
serious backbone which is not only impressive for a character of that age but
also written in a realistic manner. I also really identified with her need to
prove her independence no matter what the risk involved.
I also love the
supporting characters. Claire moves into the Glass House with the mysterious
Michael, cute Shane and goth Eve. All three are really well developed with their
own complex backstories, parts of which are revealed here while other parts are
only hinted at. I loved Eve's attitude and how she quickly became best friends
with Claire. At the end of the book there is also a sneak peek at Eve's journal
and I loved seeing some of the events of the book from a new
All in all, this was a great read and I can't wait for The Dead Girls' Dance.
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