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The Dead Girls' Dance - Rachel Caine
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The Dead Girls' Dance - Rachel Caine
Advantages: fast paced vampire thriller, which is well written and very engaging.
Disadvantages: A little PG, but it doesn't matter too much.
I recently picked up Rachel Caine's series, the Morganville Vampires, for a bargainous £3 for 6 books from the Book People as a little treat for myself for my birthday. I had read a few great reviews about the series, and after reading the first book, Glass Houses, I realised that this was a series that was well written and a little addictive.
'The Dead Girls' Dance' is book two in the series, and the action picks up pretty much immediately after Glass Houses finishes. I recommend reading Glass Houses first so you are familiar with the main characters as the action picks up quickly and it would be pretty confusing otherwise.
This series fits quite nicely into the Young Adult genre, however I do tend to feel that this series is a little more risque than something like Twilight. There is more violence, and more sexual tension running through the plot, though the relationships between the characters is still a little PG - for example, reference to taking the relationship to second base. A bit of an American term there.
The main characters are the same as the first book in the series. Claire Danvers, a 16 year old in college, is left in a predicament when her boyfriend Shane is taking into custody. This would be bad enough in any town, but in Morganville which is run by vampires, Shane is being held in a cage above the town square, and they have till dawn to save him before he will be killed.
Claire works with her housemates, Michael (the half vampire and half ghost) and Eve (the goth girl who works as a waitress in the coffee shop) to save him.
The plot in this story is well written. The action flows quickly and nicely from one scene to the next and covering just a few days in time. The tension is pretty intense, as the girls face a race against time to save Shane and also rescue Claire's mortal enemy Monica before dawn breaks. Morganville is a pretty fearful place at night, with vampires prowling the street, and most people would avoid going out, but in this case, Shane's life really does depend on it.
There were some nice little plot twists that I didn't see coming, and although the relationships are fairly PG there is a lot of passion underneath the surface that kept me reading.
As in Glass Houses, there was a diary excerpt from Eve's diary at the end of the novel. This showed events slightly differently from what we had seen in the novel as it was from Claire's perspective. I understood now why Shane ended up being in custody, which had not been entirely clear to me from reading the story alone. It also padded out a bit more the character of Eve's younger brother, Jason. I am predicting he will be a more important character in book 3 of the series, though I will have to read it to find out.
My impression of this book is it is an involving read. Aimed at the young adult market, it is a bit tamer than it could be, but as an adult I still appreciated the plot and got a lot out of the novel. It is a highly involving and engaging series, and I can't help but recommend it. I enjoy filling in round the plot in my head with where I think it should or will go, and find the pace is enough to keep me engaged till the end. I can't wait to see what happens to Claire next, because this one left a nice cliffhanger for me to want more.
Summary: I wouldn't want to live in Morganville.