Glass Houses was quite easy to sit down and read. I found it enjoyable, entertaining and event filled with some action, suspense and a touch of romanc...moreGlass Houses was quite easy to sit down and read. I found it enjoyable, entertaining and event filled with some action, suspense and a touch of romance. The house was well described and easily pictured when Claire first drove up to it. And throughout the book, I pictured the rooms, staircase and entry with ease. Rachel Caine described the surroundings very well and I found myself easily looking around the streets of Morganville and seeing it's "heads down" human pedestrians !
Claire Danvers is not quite 17 and wants to live a life of a more mature person - though her academics proves she is much smarter than your average 16 y/o, even smarter than 19 y/o - her social skills are still slightly juvenile......more along the lines of naive. She just needs to be given a chance - because clearly living in the dorm is just NOT good for her health - she'll probably end up dead from the likes of Monica Morrell and her "Monickettes" !
And what a piece of work Monica is.........she's down right violent and has it bad to seek revenge on Claire for humiliating her in front of some admirers. Her loyal minions are no better.
Eve, the innocent goth, befriends Claire when she comes looking for somewhere to live after a nasty Monica Moment! Eve lives with Shane and Michael in a very large house. Things just aren't what they seem to Claire and she starts noticing odd things.....not just about her new roommates - but about the residents of Morganville.
Michael Glass owns and lives in the house that Claire has moved into. There's something different about him - can't say too much there as it's a pretty good twist!! Now Micheal is one of the possible "teams" you'll be picking in this series!!! He sounds rather scrummy......but so does his other roommate Shane....and Shane's the one with the rebel streak in him. And yes.......I always fall for the rebels!!!!
Shane just has a something about him in this book that says to me......"yep this ones trouble but geez he's delicious!!".
Overall, Glass Houses is definitely a good start to The Morganville Vampire Series and has me intrigued and enjoying it to definitely want more! The characters did need a bit more depth in this book, but as the story developed, we are learning more and more about each of the four main characters from the house.
Those on the outside - well there's a good mix of good and bad and as per Monica and the dastardly Brandon - there's certainly the downright vicious, nasty and rotten ones!
Well Rachel didn't let me down with Book 2!! The Dead Girls' Dance is packed with more action, suspense, a touch more sexy and is also picking up spee...moreWell Rachel didn't let me down with Book 2!! The Dead Girls' Dance is packed with more action, suspense, a touch more sexy and is also picking up speed.
We learn a lot more about Shane in this book. Though the lead is still Claire, the book focuses a lot on opening up Shane's world - both past and present. His psychotic father returns to Morganville with a severely sinister plan to seek revenge for the deaths of his daughter and wife......and he seems to not care if he loses his son in the process (either living or dead as a loss!).
Claire steps up and matures a touch - in the name of survival......and LOVE!!! She is braver, more daring and sometimes cunning in her actions. She has learnt a lot in her short time at Glass House and I am sure there is still a lot to come her way. The passion for Shane intensifies and as a 16 yo she is learning a lot about inner feelings......as well as a society with vampires!!!
Eve has some surprising moments. The goth girl with what I thought was a tough interior as well as exterior shows us just how much an emotional roller coaster she rides daily. One minute strapping some handmade stakes and crosses to herself and the next a ball of crying mush!!!
Micheal, Michael, Michael.....!!! He is one troubled spirit/ghost/half human thingy!!! He makes a huge decision about his future (after a huge OMG moment at the hands of Frank Collins).... I don't blame him for what he has done - he really had no other choice - and I did kind of pick up what might happen before I read it.
Monica rears her pretty "ugly" head along with her Monickettes - Gina and Jennifer. I do have to wonder if Jennifer will be taking a different side further in the series. She seems to be caught up with Monica but has a conscience - which we know that Monica is missing!!
Amelie and Oliver......two waring senior vampire entities!!! Who will win in the end? The power struggle between the two will no doubt have some severe casualties.
Well.....I must head off now and sink into the couch and devour MIDNIGHT ALLEY - Book Three of THE MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES.
Ok...... So I had quite a few people tell me..."You have to read the Wicked Lovely Series. It's great and you wont be disappointed". So after reading...moreOk...... So I had quite a few people tell me..."You have to read the Wicked Lovely Series. It's great and you wont be disappointed". So after reading through a lot of other books in my book stack, I decided it was time to give it a go. I am very fortunate to have an awesome friend who bought me the first 3 books of the series for my birthday (Thanks Twinny!!).
Away I went, sinking my eyeballs into book 1 - Wicked Lovely. WOW!!! Melissa Marr can certainly create an amazing faerie world. Getting your head around the rules, laws and hierarchy of faerie courts is continual throughout the whole book and sometimes feels as if it is taking over the story. The characters are a wonderful mix of smexi, ruthless, tough and generally lovable.
And then there is Keenan........Summer Court "kingling"! Some may love him.... I loathe him. Seth is a modern day (& pierced) knight in shining armour who I longed to read more about.
By the end of the book I was screaming out for more Seth and wanting to banish Keenan to the Dark Court to be punished..... As long as you persevere with the faerie knowledge bestowed upon you as a reader, you will have begun to read a very magical and creatively written series of books.(less)
Well this series just keeps getting better and better !!
Claire has pledged her allegiance with the Founder Amelie. Is this is a good thing?? Read the...moreWell this series just keeps getting better and better !!
Claire has pledged her allegiance with the Founder Amelie. Is this is a good thing?? Read the book and ye shall find out!! She is faced with more and more obstacles and dilemmas as the pages are turned. More than the usual trials and tribulations of a "nearly" 17 year old girl. Things hot up with Shane - but will he be the rogue lad of his reputation and give Claire what she thinks she wants? Could she be making a huge mistake? Or will he be honorable?
Michael has chosen his only possible option of survival - but at what cost? Eve and Claire have come to terms with his decision to be a vampire but Shane is having a hard time of it. This is a big hurdle that all in the Glass House must learn to overcome or risk losing their bond forever.
In this book we are introduced to Myrnin.....a very old, wise, knowledge and completely insane vampire. He is aligned with Amelie and she has commanded that Claire be tutored by Myrnin in the art of alchemy. Hmmmm..... somethings not quite right with this picture......Myrnin is the crazy Jekyll and Hyde of the vampire world which can only mean trouble for poor Claire. As if she hasn't got enough to deal with just by living in Morganville and now being Amelie's personal pet!
But wait.....Monica now wants to be bff's with Claire! Well we know that can't be for real!!
We learn a lot more about our characters' backgrounds in this installment.
Poor Eve gets to add further torment to her life when her very dangerous and troubled brother Jason Rosser is let out of jail.....and is on the hunt for Eve!
In Midnight Alley, the introduction of Myrnin is just fantastic. He has become by far, my favourite character. There is sooo much to him and you can tell that Rachel Caine would have had a heap of fun writing his character into the storyline. He is so unpredictable that anything can happen....especially when you don't need it to!!! But just whose side is he really on?
And yes......we are left on a cliff hanger with the introduction of a new player.....one that I think will shake Morganville to it's foundations.
Ink Exchange certainly delved further into the intricate world of faerie. A huge increase in knowledge of faerie courts was achieved in this book. Hig...moreInk Exchange certainly delved further into the intricate world of faerie. A huge increase in knowledge of faerie courts was achieved in this book. Highly enjoyable sequel to Wicked Lovely and has shaped the storyline for further advancement in following books Fragile Eternity and Radiant Shadows. Some may find the faerie knowledge base difficult to get their heads around (I have heard this comment numerous times from fellow readers)as it is not a brief background provided. The workings within each Court ways heavily on all decisions made in their world and for humans. Humans are of course quite inconsequential to faeries though. Poor Leslie gets involved and sucked into the Dark Courts world. Niall becomes "the man" in her salvation - if you can call it that. Keenan once again provides us with more reasons to dislike the spoilt brat of a Summer King. Ash, well I can feel her slowly slipping away from humanity and her original reality. It would be a shame to have a Summer Queen lose her independance to the conniving ways of her manipulative King.(less)
Opal Cowan.....could there be any other with such bad luck for disaster??? Danger, evil and disaster follow her everywhere....not to mention an amazin...moreOpal Cowan.....could there be any other with such bad luck for disaster??? Danger, evil and disaster follow her everywhere....not to mention an amazing level of self-pity harboured by our lead character!! Or should that be huge chip on the shoulder? Either way, it all adds up to make Storm Glass a very entertaining read.
So yes, we have some action, adventure, danger and of course a love triangle. Though as per her life....will Opal choose the easy option of Ulrick - One Trick Wonder .....or fight against her inner doubt machine and explore the mysterious option of Kade - Stormdancer!
Kade comes with his own demons and needs to deal with them before he will let another love into his life. He is still learning to cope with the loss of his very close sister Kaya - a fellow Stormdancer.
Ulrick......didn't like him when first introduced....didn't like when he got to the Keep.....don't like him at the end of the book! There's just something a little spineless and almost creepy about Ulrick. Without pin pointing one single item about him, he just didn't get me excited at the prospect of him being Opals choice in love - it would just be settling for what she had in front of her.
Devlen.....he's so bad and mean and nasty and yet there's something that just screams out "I have a conscience and my actions really do bother me!!" He is very skilled in the art of pressure points....not that you would want him near you with how he uses that skill. He can twist every situation to suit himself and make those around him look guilty. He's also a Daviian Warper delving in Blood Magic and this means only a greater amount of disaster for poor dear Opal! Can Devlen make up the fourth corner and give us a love square???
The world of glass making in this story is wonderful. A time when magic and glass combine to create the equivalent to a mobile phone, albeit in the shape of animal! Our modern technology was woven into a medieval time and I found this quite enjoyable.
I did find myself rather frustrated with Opal as the lead - so much potential but a darn good shake up to strengthen her own self worth. Maybe she will listen to Kade and be strong! Regardless to the frustration I enjoyed Storm Glass and have gone on to it's sequel Sea Glass - thankfully no waiting involved!!