Thursday, 30 August 2012


The Dead Girls Dance ~ Morganville #2

Rachel Caine

YA Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy/ Vampire

* * * * 4 out of five stars

The Blurb: (Via Goodreads)

"Claire Danvers has her share of challenges---like being a genius in a school that favours beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything.

Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls' Dance and---surprise!---Claire and her equally outcast best friend, Eve, have been invited. When they find out why, all hell is going to break loose. Because this time both the living and the dead are coming out---and everybody's
hungry for blood..."

 My Review:

My first comment has to be; wow to Rachel Caine! How did she come up with such a winning formula?! The Morganville series is totally working for me. It took quite a long time for me to actually pick up the series; mainly as I was so sceptical about the hype around the books.

I think what Ms Caine has done so well, is the depth of her characters. I absolutely love them and was gripped from the start. Each of the main characters (Claire, Eve, Michale and Shane)  feels unique. All four characters have their own voice and style. They each have different levels/dimensions; ones that you like and others that you dislike. It really brings them to life.
As the reader, you share in each of the characters development and journey.
I also love to hate the bad-guys and bullies. For instance, Monica is class 'A' bitch and you can't help but feel "hell-yeah" when Claire gets some shots back at her, and Oliver (vamp in coffee shop) is deliciously evil.

Book one left us shocked, and by the end of book two it left me ready to go out at whatever ridiculous time of night it was to get book three... (I think late-night book shops would be an awesome idea...)
I am still unsure if this series will be able to keep it up though. With twelve books published and #13 (Bitter Blood) set for release in November (and then two more scheduled for release in 2013); I am wondering how much more the series has got going for it?! Seriously, can it keep up the pace? How many ways could this go? Can each storyline be completely different etc?

The story is fast paced and picks up where it left off, I'm dying to go into more detail about my thoughts on the first chapter but it would spoil it for those who haven't started the series.
But it jumps right in and deals with the issues book one left us with and then and takes us on a rescue mission for Shane. Along the way there are both the Vamps and biker dudes to contend with (and these are somehow meaner; at least the Vamps have some rules) and also a house with a bathroom that transports you to some weird study with the head Vampire... Hmm-mm...

There was however a point in the story where I wondered about the time scale. It may have just been how I read it, but there was an awful lot of action packed into what should have been a couple of hours, so that didn't quite work - however, this didn't take away from the enjoyment of the story.

I have to say, for me personally, the books (so far) are easy reading. I wouldn't say that the writing is spectacular *shock* but it flows very well and the voice and style of the charaters are believable.

I also like that there is a "sneak peek" at Eve's diary at the end of the books and we get to see events from her point of view; in this particular instance, it also helped to piece a few things together

Overall, if you are a vampire fan and looking for something that is fast paced and with plenty of action then Morganville is definitely one to get your teeth into... ;0) (Oooooh... Don't roll your eyes like that - I couldn't resist!)


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