This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Alright, so let's do this hmm? Please excuse my language. I'm sorry let me explain. Girl thinks she's fucking invincible and ignores. And, they proceed to beat the crap out of her. Can you see where I'm going with this? I think you can. Caine, you made Claire sooo intolerable. Ugh, like I can't even care enough about the damn storyline, because Claire irked me way too much.
She kept repeating "I'm not a kid, I'm sixteen! You proved yourself a kid by making so many obvious and dumbass decisions. Supposedly a chick with brains, she sure doesn't use it. I gave this one star for two reasons only and they are: View all 10 comments. The main character is an idiot, and all plot development in the story line requires that you suspend your disbelief about said idiocy.
What makes it hard, though, is that Claire Danvers is branded as a "genius. Claire immediately cheeses off one the "popular" girls, named Monica, who is basically a cross between Joffrey from Game of Thrones and Regina from Mean Girls. She's one of those "mean girls" who hangs out with a clique of her own Claire calls them the Monickettes, which is just one example of her brilliance. She's also a studied psychopath who thinks it's perfectly okay to beat people up, attack them with beakers of acid, and then later set them on fire.
You're probably wondering where the adults are in this book, because that's what I was wondering, but Claire stupidly lies to her parents and her friends about her safety, over and over, and a code of non-interference is built into the rules of Morganville, which is run by vampires, so no adults are ever going to look out for her safety.
View all 12 comments. But, as it turns out I fell really hard for this book. And, instead of sexy bites shared between vampire lovers or, rather, a human AND vamp , we had the scary as shit psycho vampires. Honestly, I was disappointed at first. Who doesn't like a little neck biting action? But as the story progressed, it gave me something Why am I satisfied, you ask? Well, I'll tell you. Instead of sexy neck play between two lovahs, we have a million other things: Mean girls who are actually VERY mean, evil vampires that cause a lot of heroic romantic suspense , not one, but TWO sexy boys, and a cast of four characters that live in a house together, doing everything they can to protect one another.
For me to love books that are To me, that's amazing. I LOVE Evernight-I love the atmosphere, the boy, the main girl most of the time , but sometimes it's a bit lighter and not as intense in the writing area. I love that, but starting this series certainly made my heart pound in ways that are completely out of this world. Oh yeah, I'm running through these vamp series like candy, so, yeah, I'm extremely behind on reviews FYI.
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But, I digress, my point is this: These books are a lot more adult. And are they honestly going to kill off one of my favorite characters brutally? I really can't say Now, okay, I wouldn't be me if I didn't defend my darling males. You've got Shane and Michael. Michael is who everyone seems to like.
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I guess I did, too? But that's only because I let reviews influence me. From the very beginning it's clear that Shane is totally into Claire and he is going to be uber protective of her. He is nothing but sweet and kind and funny from the very beginning-And when things get serious, so does he. I swear, people lol. Michael is great, too, but I don't see the large hype for him???
Other than loving him as a main character-I do, too. I guess I'm just still trying to figure that one out. Not trying to dwell on it. He came a step closer, and his bare feet and sweatpants came into her vision. Or, at least, in a long long time. I just am extremely enamored with how she writes the exchanges-sexy, sweet, swoony, and then there's how she explains the body? I just was very attracted to the way she described something as beautifully simple as kissing.
It's like authors forget how to, you know?? I have very high hopes for, ahem, future endeavors hehe. God this review is so weird. I'm sorry guys-I'm sitting at work and going back and forth between work and writing this sad excuse for a review, so that's likely it. I'd rather post something rather than nothing at all so, well I think a lot of people are missing out on this-Yes, it's silly.
Yes, they get into some crazy situations For more of my reviews, please visit: View all 25 comments. I am absolutely in love with this series! For me, it is a really big shame that i did not find it sooner. There is a lot that i could say about this first book in the series, and believe me i would if i could, but i would probably never stop talking and i would go over the word limit for reviews. First of all the story kicked off to a really good start. It was a thrilling and exciting first chapter.
When i opened the book i saw that the chapters were like pages long. For me, i was really wor I am absolutely in love with this series! For me, i was really worried. It seems that all the books i read that have really long chapters, end up being really long, dull, boring books. It's like a jinx to me.
But this book seems to of broken that pattern. But although they seems long, they were very fast to read.
The is a lot going on in the book, and something excting happens in every chapter How many books have i read and not liked the main character? But in all honesty, Claire is a likable character. They all are really. Sure, she can be stupid at times, but that's just who she is, and it is that, that makes her so realistic and interesting character.
I can see there is going to be a romance somewhere along the line, but it's not in the book as much as some book do. When it's in your face all the time. This book has the romance, but it is off to the side, keeping up with the storyline alongside. It's more about the problem rather then the romance, which don't get me wrong, i love a good romance book as much as the next person, it's just not made a big deal of The storyline is great, the style of writing is wonderful and the characters are loveable!
What's not to love? It ended on a cliffhanger which is really annoying as i don't have the next book s yet, but i will soon.
View all 18 comments. Aug 03, Keryl Raist rated it did not like it Shelves: So let's talk a little about young adult paranormal fiction. Let's talk a little about suspension of disbelief. For the fantasy writer, suspension of disbelief is your best friend. Your job as an author is to do such a good job creating your world so your reader thinks, "Vampires, werewolves, things that go bump in the night, sure, I buy it! Part of what makes good horror an So let's talk a little about young adult paranormal fiction. Part of what makes good horror and good fantasy so compelling is that the non-fantastic parts feel real.
To do this the introduction to your world has to have an internal and consistent logic. It has to make sense. And now to tie this to Glass House. Claire, our main character, is a sixteen-year-old wunderkind, who whipped through high school in two years Although she tells us she got there a year early and ended a year soon, which adds up to three years of high school and two years of middle school, but hey, who's counting?
Oh yeah, Claire, who told us she did it in two years How smart is this girl again? Alas, because her parents are criminally stupid and apparently enjoy setting fire to money they sent her to Texas Prairie University, after allowing her to apply to MIT, Yale, Harvard, and a slew of other high power schools and getting her acceptance letters to said schools. Apparently they want to keep their sixteen-year-old baby close to home, but living in the dorm of a notorious party school. See at this point I'm already out of the story. I did finish high school a year early.
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You can't do that without mommy and daddy's help, which means mom and dad have to be on board with this whole getting a good education thing. And lets wrap this up with this idea: In the modern world, if mom and dad want you close after you've graduated high school, they can do this wonderful thing known as let you live at home and take courses online.
The entire MIT catalog is available online. I'm sure some sort of situation could have been worked out that didn't involve dropping their child in fratland because it's closer to home than MIT. Here's where the discussion of YA comes into play. There's a problem almost all YA books have to deal with: In real life, most kids have the sort of parents who are actually trying to do well by them. In the YA world there are gobs of orphans, boarding schools, and criminally absent parents because they're needed to make the plot work.
So, the author wants a plot where Claire has to deal with human adversaries and supernatural ones. For whatever reason the author wants Claire to be sixteen. Sending her off to college early was an interesting twist on boarding school, and opens the potential for living off campus and getting into more contact with the supernatural baddies. She made Claire super smart because that increases friction with the human baddies.
This book was written around It appears to be set around as well. The level of bullying Claire takes at both high school and college would easily get both institutions sued into bankruptcy. But of course, no one does anything like that, giving Claire the motivation to move out of the dorm, and into her new home with her new roommates. We didn't even get to the vampires, and I already don't believe this story. In fact, unless they're pink and sparkly which I've heard isn't true about this book I believe the vampires more than I do the set up for this book. The entire set up is a series of glowing neon plot devices for the purpose of putting the main character into the situation author wants her in.
There is nothing subtle or elegant about the first few chapters of this book. Nothing that shows any real desire to engage in serious world building on the part of the author. In short, it's lazy, and has done nothing to make me want to learn more about what comes next. And so, Congratulations Glass House! Welcome to your shiny new spot on my Did Not Finish List. View all 7 comments. But now, 4 years later, I still like this when I can't even stand to read the first book of the other two series.
The Morganville Vampires series has its problems. The writing needs a little effort to like and Clair 3. The writing needs a little effort to like and Claire is annoying as hell at the beginning and the 4 main characters are all a kind of immature, hormonal, wrecking ball. Claire is supposed to be this uber-intelligent kid who got accepted in colleges like MIT and Yale at 16 but since her parents wouldn't allow her so far from home she ended up in a "Party-College" in Texas.
All that is good but then Claire starts making all the bad decisions her parents worried about. When she gets bullied and pushed down a flied of stairs which could have left her with a broken neck instead of calling her parents, or going to the police not that it would have done her much good in Morganville but she didn't know that yet , she tries to find somewhere off campus to live. When she goes to the Glass House to interview for the room she meets a bunch of crazy kids and instead of running as fast as she can and calling her parents, she spends the night.
And then despite the fact that a crazy girl actually tried to kill her she goes to school and isn't even particularly careful. TSTL doesn't begin to describe it. But things get better after a point What makes this book special: In a time when vampires are the best thing after Brad Pitt and David Beckam, Rachel Caine avoids the cliche and tried methods and she doesn't romanticize her vampires. Vampires in Morganville are the bad guys, the monsters lurking in the dark. And you know what? Vampires see humans as food and the cattle isn't supposed to fall in love with the wolf.
Don't get me wrong, I love a good Vampire Love Story as much as the next girl but it's nice to have something different once in a while. We have a group of four friends that haven't all slept, kissed, made out with one another and they don't want to. Who everyone is attracted to becomes clear fast and for once not every guy in the neighborhoof is in love with the heroine.
Eve, the actually cool friend, has her guy. Yes, the friend isn't some irrelevant character that isn't as awesome as the heroine. She is just as important and just as awesome.
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There is no slut-shaming. We have the mean-girls, AKA Monica and her friends, and there is much hate going on between them but it has nothing to do with how many guys Monica has been with or how short her skirt is or if she wears too much make-up at school. Claire hates Monica because Monica is a psychopathic bitch who actually tries to kill her, not steal her boyfriend or mock her clothing. So all in all this book is really good. I though of upping the rating to 4 but I know some of the next books deserve it more so I won't.
View all 5 comments. Mar 19, Jim rated it it was ok Shelves: Worst of all, the end is a super cliff hanger, the kind that screams "Read my next book or you're doomed to never know how it turns out. It just wasn't constructed or told very well. Some of the trimmings were truly imaginative, but I doubt I'll look to hard for any other books by her. I was hoping this was an early book, but it seems that she's prolific enough that this is a pen name. Her forte seems to be YA novels, so maybe that's why I don't care for this as much.
If I run across another, I'll probably read it to see if I like it any better, so she didn't completely turn me off. View all 8 comments. Sep 30, Ashley rated it it was ok Shelves: For anyone looking for good, brainless, PG rated vampire fun, this is probably the book for you. The author has a straightforward writing style and tells a straightforward story about an unpopular girl who gets the short end of the stick in a town ruled by vampires, until she makes some oh my god like totally cool and hottt friends.
Yes, "hot" needs three t's--one for each friend. The book has a slightly juvenile tone, which is ironic since the main character--a brainiac who is sixteen years For anyone looking for good, brainless, PG rated vampire fun, this is probably the book for you. The book has a slightly juvenile tone, which is ironic since the main character--a brainiac who is sixteen years old and in college--spends much of the book insisting that she's not a little kid. I feel like a lot of the events weren't really thought out and were there to move the story along without really considering the repercussions.
Except that this book doesn't even go that far. Eventually, I kind of just gave up all hope for at least some bit of realism. Long story short, not all that great for a first book, but I've been told the series gets better, so I'll give the second book a try. Jun 24, Amber rated it really liked it Shelves: I really, really liked this book! I don't know why it took me so long to start reading them, but I can tell you that once you start I also need to mention the other roommate, Eve, who likes the whole Goth thing. Claire Danvers is enrolled in college rearly due to her academic achievements.
She's 16, nearly 17 which she likes to remind people. Her first day of school and she already has gotten herself on the bad side of a nasty, mean girl named Morgan and let me tell you, her character is so well written it makes you want to jump in the book and kick her butt yourself! Claire decides she can't live in the dorms for fear Morgan and her posse will end up killing her so she seeks out a roommate add.
Life starts to get real complicated being in Morganville and the people in the town are on the creapy side. Claire, is a smart and determined little thing and she finds that life is nothing what it seems. She is faced with the ugly truth about life in Morganville and with the help of her new roommates they battle together to stay alive. The writing was easy to follow and didn't lead you astray.
It keeps you in suspense and the story line flows so you get pulled into it. I just love the characters, even the secondary characters. Claire is awesome but I have to say, her two male roommates keep your toes warm. Maybe it's a good thing I jumped on the Morganville band wagon late View all 4 comments. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
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