Thursday, January 15, 2009

Don't Read this Book!


Do NOT read Glass Houses, Book 1 of the Morganville Vampires, series by Rachel Caine.

Unless you're prepared to buy all five books currently available in the series and lock yourself away, neglect your house, your kids, your husband--and just read, read, read until you're done.

Because it was that good. And if you're thinking you can read just one book at a time, think again. This is the Lays of vampire stories--and each book ends with a killer cliff-hanger.

But to back up a bit. . . My sister has been bugging me to find her a "book like Twilight" for ages now. And there isn't one. Not really. But I've been reading vampire books off and on for months now and while some of them are good, most of them have way to much swearing, violence and sex. Bluh.

But this series is pretty good. Oh wait. I said that already, didn't I?

Okay, this is how good it was--I started reading Glass Houses (book 1) on Friday after work. Finished at about 11:00 p.m.

Do you want to know how Glass Houses ends? Yes, you do. It ends with one of the main characters two seconds away from having a knife plunged into his heart! Not fair at all. (Unless, of course, you have a Kindle and you can immediately order book two and start reading it in less than a minute!) (Message to DH: Thank you, thank you, thank you--I love my Kindle!)

Okay. So. Main character is Claire, who is sixteen, extra smart and ready to go off to college. Her parents won't let her go to MIT or Yale because they are too far away and she is too young. They send her to a small college nearby, thinking it will be better for her. What they don't know, but Claire soon discovers, is the town is ruled by vampires. And the college is ruled by a snotty girl named Monica, who pushes Claire down the stairs and threatens to kill her. Claire moves out of the dorm and into a house with two guys and another girl--and the vampire fun begins.

While Twilight is a romance with some suspense and adventure thrown in, the Morganville Vampires series is suspense and adventure with some romance thrown in. I actually like that better. There is some slight swearing. Some violence (it is a vampire story, after all) but it's not too explicit. There's no sex, but there is very descriptive kissing (I just skip a paragraph or two).

I read all five books between Friday and Monday. Book #6 comes out in June. Rachel Caine also writes the Weather Warden series but I'm not even going to go there until I have a full weekend with nothing to do.


Rebecca Talley said...

So I finally finished Twilight. I'm probably the last person on earth to have finished it. I'm not sure I like vampire books, but the ones you describe sound good.

How's the bookstore? I've heard even more good things about it.

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ali said...

Sweet! Thanks for the recommendation Karlene!

Anna Maria Junus said...

You know, just when I thought vampires were dying, Stephenie Meyer starts it up again.

So it sounds like when I'm done with the Twilight series, I'll have to look at this.

Hmmm, maybe I should go watch Buffy.

Suan said...

perfect... i can't wait to read them!!! that's what i will choose as the office goddess book of the month for february... they better have them on sony ereader site :)

Josi said...

I'll put this on my list to read after I've finished all the whitney books--my kids would probably like this one too. Thanks Karlene.

Tristi Pinkston said...

So, if the Twilight books are the only vampire books I've read, and I haven't ever really been into vampires until Twilight, will I like these books?

Karlene said...

Tristi, you get an unequivocal maybe. Depends on what it was you liked about Twilight. If it was the strong romance and Edward, you won't like these as well because there's less romance here. (But there is some, plenty for me.) If you liked the vampire intrigue and the writing style, then you're probably going to like these as well.

Julie Wright said...

Thanks for a great review!!

Jen said...

It sounds really interesting! I didn't care for Twilight, because it was simply a romance with a backdrop of vampires. I think I might like this one better too.

Melanie Goldmund said...

I just got this book because of your recommendation and wow! I literally couldn't stop reading! Now I'll have to get all the others in the series, too. Talk about suspense! Thanks for alerting me to this. :-)