Monday, February 27, 2012

Morganville Vampires: Glass Houses & The Dead Girls Dance

The Morganville Vampires #1&2

Author: Rachel Caine
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: New American Library (a division of Penguin Group)
Release Date: November 2009
Genre: YA/ Paranormal > Vampires
Pages: 239 pages & 380 pages

Glass Houses
The Glass Houses
Morganville is a small college town in the heart of Texas that has its share of quirky characters-and some evil ones too. When student Claire Danvers moves off campus into one of Morganville's oldest houses, She finds that her 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.

I first picked up this book for its cover. Plus it was 2 books in one SCORE!! It just drew my attention. Then I read the first page and in that instant I was hooked. It is like you become Claire and you feel everything the way she feels. Rachel Caine did a amazing job at making this series feel completely real. Like I could drive to Morganville, Texas and see and be in Claire's world.

The plot of the story is written and seen so well. When Claire meets the roommates she will be living with right off the bat you root for them and want to know more, the book draws you in and is a real page turner. You fear the things they fear. The author is also very good at leaving you guessing. When she doubts the vampires and thinks her roommates are playing with her, she soon finds herself in trouble and in need of help, with the mean girl in town after her and trying to be a adult for her parents, she is stuck with trying to fix the problems and only finds more to come.

She soon finds her friends in trouble because of her being there, instead of running away back home she sucks it up and looks for the object the vamps have been looking for for centuries. Everything from there becomes worse and crates more problems for Claire. She trust in the wrong person and eventually her and her friends figure out how to clean up this mess.

A lot of people are most likely thinking oh no not another vampire series, but this is so unique and different there is nothing you should worry about. It is well worth the buy and at most stores it is on sale. I love this series and am always excited when a new one comes out.

The Dead Girls Dance

Claire Danvers has her share of challenges-like living among creatures of the night. On the upside, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend. Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls' Dance and-surprise!-Claire and her equally outcast friend have been invited. When they find out why, all hell breaks loose, because this time both the living and the dead are ready to tear up the night.

This is the second book in the series (is combined with the first in some stores), I have to say that the more you read these books the more you become addicted. Instead of getting tired of the story you become indulged, you get one step further into that world learning more about the characters Shane, Eve and Michael.

The new information the roommates have and the protection on their house from Amelie puts them in the clear...or so they think. Soon after the chaos is over, more begins. Monica is still after her and Oliver is furious with the whole thing. Then in comes Shane's father and makes things stressful for the group. Creating more problems. Shane gets blamed and punished for murdering a vampire (crazy right), and has 2 days before he dies.

So it is up to Claire and Eve to fix this since Michael can do nothing about it (Ghost can't leave their homes). When time is almost about to run out they confide in a unlikely friend Sam the youngest Vampire in the entire world. Only hes at the frats yearly dead girls dance. Luckily Claire got invited by a a pledge and has their way in. Only Shane's dad has a different plan. Its like just when you think the ball is in their hands everything turns around. Almost being killed and having a vamp as their friend is just the beginning of their problems....but at least they got each other...right???

Can Eve and Michael figure out where their relationship will lead them, and will Shane and Claire ever get the chance to find out what their feeling are?? Only time will tell, if the time hasn't run out already..

What I absolutely love about this series is it all takes places in a short amount of time and they seem to always make it through in the end even though things change and the people grow. Well I hope I didn't give to much away on my 1st blog..

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