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Glass Houses



Light, fluffy vampire series big on fun, small on plot.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Overall, the book is positive with its focus on a young college student finding her voice among a dangerous mix of mean girls and undead evil. Solid friendships develop in the strange, supernatural surroundings.

Positive role models

Some positive characters, including one who is learning to speak up and stand up for herself, and some solidly evil ones, who seem to exist only to torment others.


This is a vampire story, so there's an expected degree of violence and intimidation including "disappearances" and threats of bites. Some of the most disturbing aspects of the violence comes not from vampires, but from mean girls targeting a smaller, less popular girl. They push her down the stairs, threaten to kill her, and make dangerous attempts to "pay her back" for a perceived slight.


There's more sexual tension than actual sex. Some mild crushes and intoxicating, dangerous vampires with bloodthirsty -- yet hot -- advances.


Mild name-calling like "dork," "loser," and a few gateway swears like "hell."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A teen drinks beer.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book is heavy on the vampire lore, with some related vampire violence. There's also some mean girl-type violence, with one girl nearly being killed. Much of the violence happens without real consequences.

What's the story?

Claire Danvers finds herself stuck in a small Texas college town attending classes until her parents decide she's mature enough (at 16) to move on to one of the bigger universities she is dying to attend. Funny enough, dying is on Claire's mind a lot these days as she discovers the small town of Morganville is full of vampires and plain old mean girls who are set on making her life miserable, at least as miserable as they can before they end it. She finds friendship and safety with her new roommates, but her presence puts them in danger, too. What power does she have over the horrors that run the town?

Is it any good?


Author Rachel Caine does a great job of creating a sympathetic hero out of quiet and meek Claire, and we fall in love with her roommates almost as fast as she does. The backdrop of the novel -- vampires that run a town and the rules they have set forth -- would be worrisome enough, but add mean girls who like destruction and have a taste for blood on their own, and readers will spend half their time wondering why Claire doesn't get out of this town the first chance she gets.

As the rules of the town are laid out and more mysteries are revealed, kids will find themselves wanting Claire to stay at least long enough to figure out all the secrets. This is a great book for reluctant readers and teens who can't get enough of the fantasy vampire/witch/wizard genres. It's no Twilight, but it's not half bad.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about vampires. Why are vampire stories so popular right now? What do you find appealing? Which stories most interest you: traditional stories, or ones that focus on teens and young adults?

  • How are relationships and friendships key to the story?

  • Michael is hiding a big secret; what is he afraid of? How does that affect his relationship with Eve and Shane?

Book details

Author:Rachel Caine
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Penguin Group
Publication date:October 3, 2006
Number of pages:256
Publisher's recommended age(s):12 - 17

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Kid, 12 years old April 6, 2010

Must read

Absolutely fantastic set of books. The series at the moment goes like this: Glass Houses, Dead Girl's Dance, Midnight Alley, Feast Of Fools, Lord Of Misrule, Carpe Corpus, and Fade Out. The 8th book of the series, Kiss Of Death, is soon to be released.
Teen, 16 years old Written byMolvyn January 1, 2013

Morganville is great

Really good book. The plots get better later in the series but the first book is enough to get you hooked to read more. Morganville is one of my favourite vampire book series.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bycharlie lou September 4, 2009
i absolutly loved this book, couldnt put it down. if u havent gt 1 go out and gt it now! also the sequels r just as good


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