Series: Morganville Vampires #2
Publisher: NAL on April 3, 2007
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Claire Danvers has her share of challenges---like being a genius in a school that favors 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.
“‘Want to play baseball?’ she asked. Shane’s eyes opened, and he stopped stroking her hair. ‘What?’ ‘First base,’ she said. ‘You’re already there.’ ‘I’m not running the bases.’ ‘Well, you could at least steal second.’ ‘Jeez, Claire. I used to distract myself with sports stats at times like these, but now you’ve gone and ruined it.'”
“It didn’t happen, Claire told herself.”
My Musings: Like the previous novel, Rachel Caine has written a beautiful novel about Claire’s life in Morganville, Texas. In this installment, we follow Claire through a series of events, including Shane’s vampire hunter dad coming to town, Michael changing, The Dead Girls’ Dance, dealing with Amelie and Oliver, and Shane’s trouble that he always seems to be getting into.
The plot of this novel, I can honestly say, was face paced and action filled. There was something new every chapter–a new event, a body found, etc. There was absolutely no lack of adventure at any time within this novel. There are subplots that assist in keeping this breakneck pace as well. However, the events were very organized, and they happened in a way to where one built off the other, resulting in a huge climax that will keep you gaping!
I loved the characters, just as I did in the first novel. I think i feel even more in love with Shane, to be honest! He’s protective and sweet and a little bit of a jerk, but he really cares for his friends and would do anything for them! Claire was, of course, an extremely strong female protagonist. She dives head first into almost everything, but not recklessly; she’s calculated in most everything. She rings one of my favorite all time female characters. The romance within the novel was a nice touch. I loved seeing the interactions between Shane and Claire, and Michael and Eve. They have such different personalities that it was refreshing to read.
The Dead Girls’ Dance was a great, short read that will keep you wanting more. I cannot wait to continue to watch Claire, Shane, Michael, and Eve’s adventures during their time in Morganville.