Book Title: Glass Houses, Morganville Vampire Series
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Signet, Penguin
Release Date: Oct. 3rd 2006
Summary (via IndieBound):
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school’s social scene: somewhere less than zero.
When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new 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.
Claire Danvers is a sixteen-year-old girl who is just starting her freshman year in college in small town Morganville, Texas. She quickly gets thrown into a world that she isn’t prepared for. To start, she quickly gets on the bad side of one of the most popular students on campus, Monica Morelli. However, she could have never foreseen how quickly the feud between them would get so deadly. For her own survival Claire quickly decides that if she can’t leave town then she at least needs to leave the campus dorms and put some distance between her and Monica. Her search leads her to a room for rent off campus. Her new roommates Michael, Shane and Eve could be her saviors and also those that damn her to Morganville’s dirty little secret about those who come out when the sun goes down.
This was one of my favorite novels that I have read in a really long time. My love for this novel centers entirely around the main character, Claire Danvers. The reason for this is that Claire is one of the most unique, strong, female characters that I have read about in quite a while. Claire is a young girl surrounded by powerful, supernatural creatures (vampires) and she holds her own against them. This is significant because there is nothing supernatural about her. She is just very intelligent and it is her ‘smarts’ that make her strong. It is this aspect of the novel that I personally think makes her a great role model for younger girls.