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Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Review: Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires Book 2)

Author: Rachel Caine
Release date: 2007
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Vampire Fiction
Target Audience: 12+

Morganville Vampire Book 1: Glass Houses. My review here.

Book 2 Dead Girls' Dance - Amazon says:
Claire has her share of challenges. Like being a genius in a school that favours beauty over brains; homicidal girls in her dorm, and finding out that her college town is overrun with the living dead. On the up side, she has a new boyfriend with a vampire-hunting dad. But when a local fraternity throws the Dead Girls' Dance, hell is really going to break loose.

I started The Dead Girls' Dance almost immediately after finishing Glass Houses. I read it in one sitting of about three and half hours. It was so easy to arrive right back in Morganville as this book starts where the first book ended. The transition is seemless and so I was absorbed from the very first page this time.

I will try to limit any spoilers but if you want to be left completely in the dark, please do not read any further.

Shane's father is hellbent on avenging the death of his daughter Alyssa. He takes on the roll of the villain in The Dead Girls' Dance and is portrayed as a brutal and tortured man. Shane is locked in an inner battle of loyalty to his father versus loyalty to his friends. In this book we find out more about Shane's traumatic past and his reasons for returning to Morganville.

Claire maintains her role of child saviour as she crusades to save nearly everybody's backside in one way or another. Naturally her annoying naivity meant she has to be rescued at least once. Her irritating innocence was not as grating in this book and I like where the Shane/Claire romance is heading. He is definitely my favourite character. 

We meet Sam a new and most interesting character who I found rather adorable really. I hope we find out more about him in the other books. We also meet Jason who is perhaps at the opposite end of the spectrum on the likeability scale. He was a dark shadow in this book but I get the sense that there is more frightening episodes to come from him. I shudder to think of him. I don't like people who lurk in alleyways. They give me the heebie-jeebies.

The plot raced quickly along and although at time certain things were not always clear, it still had me hooked. Overall, this series is already growing on me. It is just so easy to read. It requires no effort. The characters are well developed and on the whole compelling. I really enjoyed The Dead Girls' Dance and have ordered Midnight Alley from the town library. This series definitely has something. Thanks to Jenny @ Wondrous Reads, Chloe @ The Book Bug and Carla @ The Crooked Shelf for encouraging me to read these.


The Book Bug said...

I'm really glad you like them. This is my favourite one in the series. Sam is awesome. Great review! :)

prophecygirl said...

I loved this one 'cause I'm a big Sam fan! I'm so glad you're continuing with the series, it's one of my favourites :)

Nina said...

Becky, you got an award at my blog!


Book Monster said...

Ahh I love the Morganville vampire series!! Dead girls dance is by far the best book in the series.

Lauren said...

*So* added to my wishlist. It sounds like this is a series worth getting into, and I have to admit to choking on my hot chocolate re: your opinions on people who lurk in alleyways. (With which I agree wholeheartedly).

Thanks for the review!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

You have an award at my blog.

J. Kaye said...

I have got to get this one downloaded on my MP3. Loved book one...can't wait for more.

Charlotte (The Book on the Hill) said...

I had to read 1 and 3 of the series but never got to read the second one... Sounds good ! And like Lauren, your 'heebie-jeebies' seriously cracked me up ! :)

Lea said...

I haven't read any of the books in this series, but maybe I should! Your review makes it sound like a great series, :)

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Nice review! I love Shane too, and definitely liked the Shane/Claire romance. Glad you're enjoying the series and hope you like book 3! :)

And, eh, I'm sorry that my answer to your question about Going Too Far was sort of iffy. You have me thinking I should go back and edit me review, lol. But that's a good thing. Thanks for getting me thinking!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oooo it sounds good.