Review: The Morganville Vampires (#1,2,3) by Rachel Caine

The Morganville Vampires

1. Glass Houses

2. The Dead Girl’s Dance

3. Midnight Alley

by Rachel Caine

Morganville is a small town filled with unusual characters – when the sun goes down, the bad come out. In Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the shadows – one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

For Claire Danvers, high school was hell, but college may be murder. It was bad enough that she got on the wrong side of Monica, the meanest of the school’s mean girls, but now she’s got three new roommates, who all have secrets of their own. And the biggest secret of all isn’t really a secret, except from Claire: Morganville is run by vampires, and they are hungry for fresh blood…

This series is aimed at young adults, and is based around Claire’s first year in a new town at a new college. She is an early entry student at college so is much younger than the other college students, but is also much smarter and brighter than them. She manages to stay in the on campus dorm for about a month before it all goes pear shaped and she makes arch enemies of Monica and gang. In desperation she flees and finds The Glass House, where she then stays and we meet Michael, Shane and Eve. This is where the series really starts. Most of the teen topics are covered, drinking, drugs, sex, relationships…Rachel is very careful in the way that she touches on these delicate years and subjects and doesn’t introduce anything that is too intense or out of control (apart from the fact that the town is run by vampires!)

I really enjoyed reading the first 3 books in this series, it is an incredibly easy and entertaining read, and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to any teen to read. It is anticipated that it will be a 12 book series (Book 10 The Bite Club has just been released in May 2011), so it will keep Young Adults reading and absorbed for awhile. You will find that at the end of each book there is an intriguing lead in to the next book, begging the reader to continue reading…

Published by Penguin Books

Recommended Retail Price $16.99 (paperback)

Recommended Age:15+

My Rating: 4.5/5

As a side mention I went to a talk by Rachel Caine and she is an amazing speaker, if you ever get the opportunity to see her in action then do yourself a favour and make the effort to go. (I’m on the left and Rachel is on the right)


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