Audiobook Review: Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine

Posted July 1, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 21 Comments

Audiobook Review: Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel CaineSource: Kindle Purchase, Library Borrowed

Format: Audiobook

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Narrator: Cynthia Holloway
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins

Date Read: June 2013

Genre: Paranormal, YA

It’s a small college town filled with quirky characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad comes out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows—one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. The popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks on the school’s social scene: somewhere less than zero. And Claire really doesn’t have the right connections—to the undead who run the town.

When Claire heads off campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Hew 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..

More Information:
Publisher: Signet, Tantor
Series: The Morganville Vampires #1

Also by this author: Ill Wind, Working Stiff, Heat Stroke, Undone, CarniePunk

My Thoughts on


Read in June, 2013

Read/Listened for Fun (Kindle/Library Book)
Originally Read in 2010/Listened in 2013
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25

Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall Rating)

(Original Review written in 2010)

What I Loved: Glass Houses has Claire which was such a unique character for a YA Novel. A teenager put into college with advanced placement. She has her 16 yr old moments but she is smart, that shines through much of the time. Shane, Micheal, and Eve round out a great cast of friends for her. The story was also fantastic–Rachel created a world that was believable (I grew up in small town nowhere TX and simply could believe this place would exist) and intriguing.

What I Liked: Morganville had all the things most towns do but how it ran was gently woven into the story. I really liked the scene where they set down and went over the rules of vampires. I thought it was really well down and something that Claire would definitely do to figure out how to get out of her mess.

Complaints: The Monikettes represent the thing I don’t like about YA novels–not because they are mean and nasty (bad guys should be) but because they were HS petty and little things set them off. Which would have been fine but they were in college. That is just my thing though and they did not overwhelm the story.

Why I gave it a 4: Really I enjoyed it and will be continuing on the story to see what happens to the merry band of 4! Especially after the ending ARGH!

Who I would recommend it too: This is great for YA PNR readers and I would say PNR readers that liked the Vampire Academy.

Additional Thoughts 2013

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Cynthia Holloway / Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins

Listening to the audio on the reread was the way to go. I am a pretty big fan of Cynthia Holloway so I knew I would like the audio. I was warned that somewhere along the way the narrator will change but for now I will bask in Cynthia’s timing and emotion. I will also try not to get to attached to her narration.

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21 responses to “Audiobook Review: Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine

  1. I have subscribed again, and hope to get your blog emails again. I’ve missed your blog!
    Thanks for this review, I have this series on my shelves and plan on reading it someday. Glad you liked it, even though it is YA.

  2. I’m doing my first go thru with Holloway on audio. She is great, but there is something distracting or annoying about the inner-dialogue or snarkiness in the audio. not sure I can quite put my finger on it.

  3. Jennifer

    I think this is one I tried to read (and had gotten from the library), but became disinterested and it expired. It could be that I wasn’t in the mood, because the premise does sound great and like something I would be interested in. Good review, I like the format, simple and quick!

  4. I loved this series so far and it’s huge, but the final book is set to release later this year, so the end is near. Claire is perfect and for me the first books were the best because of POV. But Rachel really did a great job creating this series, so many twists and turns.

  5. This is another series I’ve been told several times to read. I agree with you about what you don’t like about YA. The pettiness. I’m glad it doesn’t overwhelm. So need to read this book before the series gets made. 🙂

  6. I have yet to try this series even though I want to, I might just have to do it on audio as well. I love small town books so I know I will enjoy that aspect. Hey, your feeds aren’t showing up on Bloglovin, not that I am surprised considering all the problems I had. I noticed when I checked that there were four options for your blog, is there a right one I should be following? I can put in you touch with one of the top tech support gals if you need help. She was great helping me.

  7. I LOVE Claire’s smarts! Plus, watching her grow as the series progresses makes my day. She’s such a little mouse in the beginning and before you know it she’s neck deep in vampire politics and she’s standing up to BIG SCARY THINGS!

    Yay for smart girls!

  8. YEAH FELICIA!!!! Look at you giving this YA series a try. WOO HOO! I really enjoy these books, but I need to start from the beginning and get caught up. I got all the way to book 5 and then got distracted and now there’s like 14 or something in this series and I fail at life. I remember all the books pretty much ending in cliffhangers though (at least the early ones I read), so it’s best to have the next book on hand!

    • They have cliffies! I am ok with it since I can grab the next one if I need too. I am listening to Working Stiff today (one of her adult series) but I am going to stick with Morganville. I like the lead character!