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The Morganville Vampires, Volume 1

(The Morganville Vampires #1-2)

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In Rachel Caine's town of Morganville, "there's always a surprise just around every dark corner" - and it usually involves the undead. Now these secrets come to light in the first two books of the Morganville Vampires series, together in one volume.


GLASS HOUSES
Morganville is a small college town in the heart of Texas that has its share of quirky characters - and some evil
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Paperback, Omnibus Edition, 452 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by New American Library
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P.Q. Glisson
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Okay, okay, I realize I give a lot of the books I read five stars, but what can I say, I love every one of them. Maybe it's because I pick really great books or my friends recommend them to me. Either way, I give this one 5 stars as well.
The pretense was not what I expected, in a good way. I expected the vampires to be nice....uh...NO.
I expected the residents in the Glass House to be vampires....uh.....NO.
I expected Claire to have special abilities.....uh.....NO.
I expected Shane to have a deep
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Alex Bennett
Glass Houses

The Morganville Vampires is one of those series that everyone has been obsessing over for years, so I was of course a bit wary to read Glass Houses. I didn’t want to be let down after all of the hype surrounding the series made me so excited to read it. But once I got that final push, I started Glass Houses and as each page was turned, I liked it more and more.

Glass Houses is more what I would consider new adult instead of young adult. Though the main character is only sixteen, the
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Anna
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hannah, ree
So, I was totally srprised by how much I LOVED these books! I checked them out of my library warily because I've been so burned out on vampires after the recent craze in YA books. I didn't read these when they first came out, so I figured I would give them a shot. I am SO GLAD that I did! These books are really funny and smart, they have romance AND action both (LOTS of both!) so they could appeal to many different people. I was surprised how real the characters seemed to me. I like that Claire ...more
Cal (Constant Raving Reviews)
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's YA Reads

4/5 stars.

Okay so this book started off as a 2/5 stars, but slowly reached a 4 stars. That's pretty impressive, but I'm determined to give this series a go as a friend of mine gave all of her copies to me for free.

Claire is the worst protag for the first bit, but finally develops a personality by the second book (I read a '2 in 1' Volume).

I honestly believed Michael was going to be Claire's love interest, so I have a bit of underlying
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Kourtney
I love Rachel Caine! Her books are like brain candy. I
gobble them up and can't get my fill! Perfect beach reads. I love the characters. I can't wait to spend 13 more books with them! I don't understand how I'm so late coming to this series. It's paranormal with vampires in Texas and a brainy girl facing off with all the supernatural I adore! So much happens and I'm always on the edge of my seat holding my breath! And the endings. Cliffhangers that make me grab the next book. The books are smooth
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Marybeth (Manhattan Reader)
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, favorites
I actually never heard of the MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES before, and I picked up this book because, honestly, I liked the cover. It was pretty and a little mysterious and dark and I knew it obviously had something to do with vampires.

I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first and I was glad when I had the first two books in one, because I really did like it. Claire is smart, Eve is funny, Shane is the tough guy, and Michael is basically the head of it all, and they all connect so well together, it
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Mimi-loves-her-books!
Omg!
This book was just so good.
I thought the mortal instruments series was as good as it gets, but I was wrong. The Morganville Vampires is my new favorite series! I am going to start the next book right away!
Matilda
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
one of the first books I ever picked up and still one of my favourite's to this day !
recommended for 11 years and older :)
Michelle  novelsontherun
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
RATING: 4 STARS!!

GLASS HOUSES

I really liked the title of this book, in relation to the story, the first book in the kick vampire butt , series. It had a couple meanings, you will have to read the book to find out.

Who knew having your laundry stolen would turn into 11 titled books , to date. ( Bite Club # 10, releases May 2nd 2011, Last Breath # 11 , releases 1st November 2011)

Claire Danvers, female lead, 16 nearly 17yrs old ( she likes to remind Shane & Michael), has got herself in a
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Misty
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I have to be honest...I didn't like this nearly as much as I had hoped I would. Maybe due to the over-exaggerated hype. The first book was torture really but I didn't want to give up too quickly so I stuck with it to read the 2nd book which was in my opinion better than the 1st but still not mind blowing like I was told it would be. Bummed I didn't like it more but I'm not giving up. I have volume 2 on my shelf so I'll keep going if for no other reason than to see what happens to Shane and ...more
Annabelle
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, pretty good, but I'm not sure I want to continue with this series. There's ten+ books and I don't think I like it enough to put that kind of time into it.
Estrella Gonzalez
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is amazing i absolutely loved it there wasn't any parts were it was boring or made me want to stop reading and i could not put this book down. Claire is a person that people can relate to cause people treated her like a kid but she became very responsible and very helpful to her housemates and got the attention of a lot of vampires and she was bullied a lot for a small thing that she did so she became very popular and wanted by vampires in morgansville.
Justin
Nov 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, own
I pretty much avoid sparkly vampire stories. I’ve never read Twilight, and have not seen the movies. I am only vaguely familiar with Anne Rice’s stuff. I have been “self-sheltered” from fantasy vampire fiction. When I seen that Penguin Books (NAL Trade) was going to do a re-release of Rachel Caine’s The Morganville Vampires in a 2 in 1 format….. I asked for a copy. I wanted to get a feel for this whole area of fantasy I’ve had no clue about. As a reviewer I felt somewhat obligated to at least ...more
Lina
The Morganville vampire series is a group of books that I have heard of very often. While at times my interest did gravitate towards the books from time to time, the story just never seemed to grab me enough to buy it. However, the omnibus edition collecting the first two books was on sale at Wallmart. I couldn't lose unless the book was really bad. Like Once Dead, Twice Shy bad. Thankfully that was the case.

The first two books in the series are called The Glass House and Dead Girl Dance, which
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Whitney
Oh, vampires. It sounds cliche nowadays, doesn't it? Well, this book puts a whole new perspective to vampires. Sure, it has the usual things with them; bloodsucking, burning in sunlight, holy water, crosses, silver, etc. But I thought it was cool how they made a contract with someone that binds them to that vampire forever, or until they say so. They have to abide by their rules, who to marry, when to get married, if you can have children or not. It's pretty intense if you ask moi. I know it's ...more
Morgan F
I wanted to like this one. I really did. It seemed like it was made for me. Morganville? Morgan? You can't ignore the connection. But sadly I was disappointed.

The volume I read was an omnibus of the first two books. I wish I just would've bought the first one. The series is about Claire Danvers, a 16 yr old student living in the college town of Morganville. She moves into the Glass House, but not all her roommates might be living. She soon finds out that Morganville is no ordinary college town,
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Mizuki
The story takes place in a Texas small town Morganville, unbeknownst to outsiders, the town was secretly ran by vampires and humans were treated as second class citizens and bloodbank on two legs. The heroine Claire was a very smart 16 years old girl leaving home to study in an university next to Morganville, only to find herself the easy target of school bullies and worse, she was also being dragged into the troubles between vampires and humans in town. Luckily she wasn’t alone, Claire found ...more
Nazifa
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Yin Chien 인첸
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately attracted by this book. Somehow, I feel connected to the protagonist, Claire Danvers because of her geeky (and a little bit nerdy) style. I'd also like to compliment the cover - it's really eye-catching

Rachel is really good at delivering the story, because she makes me feel the anger, worries and fear of the characters in the story. The characters are well-developed and I can get an exact idea of their personalities. You will find out that you must keep on reading to unravel
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Bethany
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it
So, the only thing that bugged me about this was Eve, who i adored to begin with and then im not clear on if it was the end of the glass house or at the start of dead girls dance she really started to irritate me. I mean okay Eve, you're all head over heels for Michael but you go all bitch on him making comments that are even worse than hitting below the belt, nevermind the fact that its NOT HIS FAULT. Helloo psycho emo goth bitch. I'm hoping she got all that out of her system because if i see ...more
Samantha Dawson
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ohhhh my gosh this book had me pulling out my hair. I don't bash books or authors because I don't have a talent for writing so I read.. But this book was really really really and I mean really lame. If your bored and you don't have anything better to read then pick up this book but if you have something better around you then don't. I got tired of Claire fast. All you hear is about how smart she is blah blah blah. The little kid was always in some kind of trouble or opening her mouth when she ...more
Marcela Alvarado
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Glass House:
Vampires are real, and a lot of them live in Morganville, Texas. Claire Danvers is a sixteen year old college freshmen, and after getting tired of being bullied all the time, she seeks out a place to live off campus, stumbling across the Glass house. In this book, history unravels itself in front Claire and her new roommates, Michael Glass, Eve Rosser, and Shane Collins. This first book of the Morganville Vampires series is definitely an eye catcher and will have you begging more.
The
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Genny
Mar 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
I finished the first half today...(since this book has the first two books combined). It started out a bit slow and rough. I had to make myself keep reading through the first couple of chapters as it took some time to get my bearings in the story, figure out the key characters, and the basic backdrop for the series. But I am glad I did! I am intrigued by the idea of a whole town basically run by vampires, the different factions of vampires, and how a human survives (or doesn't) in this small ...more
Sarena
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
The best thing about this book (these books?) is that it deviates from all the common plot points that are becoming normal parts of so many YA books nowadays--there're no love triangles, a completely different take on vampires, and a dangerously mysterious town with a frightening hierarchy of species. Although Claire is a new type of protagonist, a bookish sixteen-year-old genius who's already a freshman in college, she definitely has pluck and a protective loyalty towards her friends and ...more
Abira
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
The Morganville Vampires Vol. 1 is an interesting vampire story when you compare it to other vampire stories that's out on the market - for example Twilight. I like the plot, the fact that the vampires are the bad ones, and that the pack of human main characters that we're following are quite resourseful.

On the contrairy, I find the love story on the side a bit too cheesy (which is captivated quite well for teenagers though) which doesn't bother me too much. But, the language of Caine is a bit
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Kristy
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires, ya
I feel like it could have been better. Clair's kind of annoying, I want to punch Monica and how is the second part (2nd book) titled the dead girls dance when that stupid frat party was only 1 chapter of the book. I hope they get better or I may have to abandon the series, which I absolutely hate doing.
Razan
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Omfg Claire.....that did not just freaking happen. Omg....I am in total freak-out mode. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO FEEL ABOUT THIS GOD PLEASE SOMEONE JUST HELP ME, I CAN'T EVEN!!!!!!!!!! Thank God I have the second volume.....I'M DYING RIGHT NOW!!!
Tracy
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this series. Only have read the first two but I have just purchased the rest and am ready to go at them.
I wish they would come in the combined versions like the first two did. Oh well.
Maria
Apr 09, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: books-i-own
I have tried back then when I bought the volume to read it and didnt like it that much. I am going to give this another try again in case I missed s8mething the first time!
Kristy
Jun 04, 2010 added it
Shelves: own
I've read the 1st story, but I'm not really motivated to read the next one in the book.....
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