Series: Morganville Vampires #3
Publisher: NAL on October 2, 2007
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Morganville is such a nice place to live... And die. If you don’t mind that sort of thing.
When Claire Danvers learnt that her college town was run by vampires, she did what any intelligent, self-preserving student would do: she applied for a transfer and stocked up on garlic. The transfer is no longer an option, but that garlic may come in handy.
Now Claire has pledged herself to Amelie, the most powerful vampire in town. The protection her contract secures does little to reassure her friends. All of a sudden, people are turning up dead, a stalker resurfaces from Claire’s past, and an ancient bloodsucker extends a chilling invitation for private lessons in his secluded home.
“‘I like the sound of that, crashing Monica’s party,’ he glanced at Michael, then quickly away. ‘What about you? That break some kind of vampire rules or something?’
‘Blow me Shane.’
‘Boys,’ Eve said primly. ‘Language. Minor at the table.’
‘Well,’ Shane said, ‘I wasn’t actually planning to do it.’
Claire rolled her eyes. ‘Not like it’s the first time I’ve heard it. Or said it.’
‘You shouldn’t say it,’ Michael said, all seriousness. ‘No, I mean it. Girls should say ‘eat me’ not ‘blow me’. Wouldn’t recommend ‘bite me’ though. Not around here.'”
“Parents have some kind of sin radar, Claire thought.”
My Musings: Again, Caine has wooed me with an enchanting story about life in Morganville, Texas. Like the previous novels, Caine’s writing is descriptive and realistic, even when writing about a world of her imagination. The plot, characters, and adventure were extremely fun to read along with. Something I like, and have noticed about this series, is that there is not an overall prolonged plot. Each installment has its own story line, a different adventure that our favorite foursome embark on.
The plot in this novel was fast paced, similar to the others in the series. The world building present helps us keep building a better idea about the type of place that Morganville is. I loved discovering new things that were not in the previous novels. It kept me engaged with new discoveries instead of dwelling on the previous ones.
The characters, like always, wee amazing. I loved the way that Michael acts like a protector over Eve, Claire, and Shane, even if Shane doesn’t want it. That being said, I love seeing the new reactions between Shane and Michael since what happened to Michael. It’s a bit strange seeing them argue as compared to the first novel, but it is refreshing in regard to it being more realistic. However, I hope that they are able to overcome their differences very soon!
I also liked seeing more of other characters, like Sam and Myrnin. It’s interesting about what is happening with the vampires, and I hope that Claire can solve the mysterious puzzle. However, what confuses me is Oliver. Is he evil? Is he just bad? Those are the questions that I will be asking myself when I finish this review and start the next book!
Midnight Alley was a adventurous third installment. I hope that Caine keeps up the fantastic story building!