College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. 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'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.
Rachel Caine is honestly one of my favorite authors of all time. I’m shocked and immensely impressed that she can fit so much action and characterization and just general amazing-ness into one very small book.
Glass Houses never once dragged, or lacked in characters, or really anything bad. My only complaint is that it was too short! Haha. At least there are several more books after it. I really enjoyed this book.
Claire is such a well-rounded girl. She’s smart, occasionally sassy, and just all around cool. I would want a best friend like Claire. And Eve is great too, always with some smart-ass comment.
And let me tell you about the boys.
Michael was every kind of sexy you could imagine, in a very “I-am-drop-dead-sexy-but-I-don’t-know-it” sort of way. He’s a dreamy blond haired guitarist with some mad skills, and he’s sweet and caring as well. And hot.
And then Shane!
WOO! I need more Shane in my life. I really do. I loved him to no freaking end. He’s my favorite character. He’s so funny and hot, and just generally…… hot. Haha.
The writing was great, the pacing of the plot was amazing, and there were so many things packed in their that you wouldn’t think could fit into only one book. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone!...more
Swoon is a dark and twisted tale about a girl with powers that she can’t quite control. These powers get her, and the rest of the town, into quite a bSwoon is a dark and twisted tale about a girl with powers that she can’t quite control. These powers get her, and the rest of the town, into quite a bit of trouble when she gives life to a ghost who was determined to get revenge on those who wronged him centuries ago. In the chaos and insanity that ensues, Dice finds herself dangerously drawn to her all-too handsome accidental creation.
This was one of those books that will only have two extremes of reactions: total love, or utter hate. With a book dealing with the kind of things that Swoon deals with, there really is no in-between. I personally loved it. It was breathtakingly, extraordinarily amazing. Much different that other paranormal books out there, Swoon will have you swooning.
Nina Malkin wrote in an interesting and lyrical way while still managing to capture the mindset of teenage girl. Dice’s voice flowed, creating a vivid and realistic narrative movie in my mind as I read. Even with the more mature elements, Nina handled them nicely by glossing over them and wording them in a, erm, gentler way.
As always, characters make or break a novel. And there is much controversy over Sin. Is he a jaded man whose pain and loss have spurred him to do these things? Or is truly off his rocker insane? How could anyone love, or even like a psycho like that? Well, that’s the beauty of this novel. It’s up to your own interpretation how you handle Sin. I will say that I personally loved him. Even though he had did have moments of frightening craziness, he also had all-too seductive moments, as well as heart-wrenchingly sad ones. Dice was strong and level-headed most of the time, trying to do damage control. But even she was lost to the seductive charms of Sin. Somehow, though, she managed to keep it all together. She was an endearing heroine, multi-faceted, and relatable.
I recommend Swoon to anyone looking for a thrilling and exhilarating, yet dark and alluring paranormal romance. I give this novel 4 out of 5 stars. ...more
When I finished Glass Houses, I immediately scooped up The Dead Girls’ Dance and retreated back into Morganville. Rachel Caine has this was of seamlesWhen I finished Glass Houses, I immediately scooped up The Dead Girls’ Dance and retreated back into Morganville. Rachel Caine has this was of seamlessly tying together each of her novels that makes it feel as if it’s all one giant book. Each one begins where the other ends, which is great, because that eliminates the needless recaps most other books seem to have.
Claire is still that smart girl that goes around trying-- and most of the time succeeding-- to save everyone she cares about. The entire novel she maintains a mixture of courage and fear, which really made it easy for me to sympathize with her. She gets closer to her roommates Eve and Michael, too, and the three of them are working together to keep each other alive. I also loved where Claire and Shane were heading in this novel. They really are perfect for each other.
Which brings me to Shane. This is really his novel. His psychotic dad comes into the picture, hell-bent on killing every vampire in Morganville because of what happened to Shane’s mother. The whole ordeal gives us some more insight into Shane’s past, and also who he is as a person. His loyalties are also tested, when he’s forced to choose between his abusive, insane father, or saving his friends. Shane is most definitely my favorite character out of them all. He seems to be the most complex…. And the fact that he’s completely hot and a total badass doesn’t hurt either.
New characters are introduced, like Shane’s father and the Vamp Hunting Biker Gang o’ Doom. And then you have even more creeps like Eve’s brother Jason, who is equally as insane as Vigilante Vamp Dad, except in a much weirder, he’s-gonna-rape-me-omg way. Needless to say, I didn’t like Jason. Then there are total sweetheart like Sam Glass, who is Michael’s grandfather and also a vampire. I really want to see more of Sam.
And while we’re on the subject of Michael… LOVED him. The whole story around him, and his sun-rise disappearing act was so unique and interesting. It definitely added to the plot and even saved their butts at one point. Michael and Eve are quite possibly the cutest thing in the world. Another favorite aspect of this story.
Rachel Caine is easily my favorite author. I find that her novels get less recognition than they deserve. Every single page of The Dead Girls’ Dance had action and mystery, and since it’s such a small novel, I finished it in about 2 hours flat. The Morganville Vampires series is definitely one of my favorites and one of the first vampire books I recommend to anyone wanting a fresh, unique, and all-round awesome take on vampires.
When other girls wanted to be princesses or ballerinas, Raven wanted to be a nAuthor: Ellen Schreiber
Publisher: HarperTrophy (July 26, 2005)
When other girls wanted to be princesses or ballerinas, Raven wanted to be a night-walking bloodsucker…
Raven lives in “Dullsville” where nothing ever happens…Until now.
The mansion on top of Benson Hill has been empty and boarded up for years. But a new family has moved in. A family that never ventures out during the day. Who are these creepy people—especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town gossip possibly be true? Are they vampires?
Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander’s loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.
In this light, enjoyable read, Ellen Schreiber reinvents the classic vampire in Alexander. He can’t go out in the sunlight, he has an aversion to garlic, and he has no reflection. But he is also almost human in the way he acts towards Raven, and in his emotions. He’s an extremely talented artist with soulful black eyes and a loving, almost vulnerable air to him. Much different than your average “Edward Cullen” vampire.
This book is full of cookie-cutter stereotypes. You have your meek best friend/sidekick; the popular jock who acts snarky and rude, but secretly is in love with the protagonist; creepy butler who looks almost skeletal and has a name like Jameson; and of course your typical Goth Girl—combat boots, an affinity for black, and a love of vampires. She immediately falls for her “Gothic Guy” (did NOT see that one coming) and he is smitten with her as well.
But for all is predictability, I enjoyed this book more than most of the others in its genre. It was funny and just an all around amazing read. 5 stars....more