Publisher: New American Library
Date published: November 2009
Reviewed by Pam
Obtained from publisher
In GLASS HOUSES, Claire Danvers moves to Texas and finds Morganville University is not what she’d imagined, as there is evil at work on and off campus. When Monica Morrell and her followers try to kill her, she moves off campus into one of the towns oldest houses. Claire’s parents aren’t sure their little girl should stay, especially with the temptation of the very hot Shane. Her life changes for ever, as she learns some deep dark secrets from the three other house mates, especially about Michael who disappears every day. Eve and Shane also have a history, lots of baggage, and their own unique way of dealing with problems. Claire might be smart, but she’s a baby compared to Michael, Eve and Shane, when vampires come calling.
GLASS HOUSES is the first book in the series and I didn’t want to put it down. It has it all, psychotic classmates, sinister cops, and other threats, in a town where vampires make the rules and unwary humans are there for the taking. The background of the town has been intricately built, with believable, fascinating characters that you can easily relate to. As they run from potential disasters and blood sucking vamps, Claire still tries to attend classes despite the very real fear factor in the scary parts, which is set off by the humor, making the book very entertaining and a definite page turner. The cliff-hanger ending came as a shock, making this reviewer happy she had the 2nd book in the series inside the covers.
In THE DEAD GIRLS DANCE, Claire becomes scary smart, but she also shows her inexperience when dealing with vampires. Learning more about the nasty goings on under the surface, along with her housemates she has to figure out how to survive and keep her friends safe. As if classes, term papers, and after school jobs weren't enough on her plate, she along with her housemates could end up being a meal or burnt alive for not keeping out of the vampires business. Claire's tribulations and will to survive into adulthood are interesting, because she isn't dealing with ordinary bullies, hers are certifiably insane. The characters are pushed to the limit and you think things can't get any worse, they do but they also become heroes doing their best to save their friends.
THE DEAD GIRLS DANCE is the second book in the series, and is another roll-a-coaster ride.
The new characters are interesting and multi-dimensional, and the guys are hilarious when they're being guys. The pace is a get-up-and-go one, when the bikers along with Shane’s scary dad, come to shake up the town. There are numerous plot threads that weren’t all resolved, but this is a series and I’m hooked. The Vampires have become more aggressive and some are now the fiend kind, but Sam is quirky and likeable, not the type to go on a bloodsucking rampage. The problems in town aren't a pretty sight, but Claire, Eve and the guys, are determined to kick butt. This is a great series with a good mix of villains versus the good guys.
THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF THIS BOOK. THIS IS AN OBJECTIVE UNBIASED REVIEW