Wednesday, 22 June 2011

The Dead Girls Dance - The Morganville Vampires Book 2

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (7 April 2008)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 074907986X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749079864

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.

After the cliffhanger of Glass Houses I liked the book enough that I desperately wanted to read book 2 to find out what happened to characters I genuinely liked reading about.

Cover: Again this is the re-released cover and is a pretty stand looking for a YA Paranormal Romance.  

Plot:  The book smoothly picks up where the first book left off.  Shane's Dad turns up and saves Claire, Shane and Eve from the vamps and Monica but he uhh...doesn't like Michael much (trying to not much this too spoiler-y).  His Dad wants retribution after his daughter was killed in a fire connected to the vamps and his wife was killed after remembering too much after leaving Morganville and consequently causes more trouble for Claire and her friends meaning they have to fight for their lives...again.

Characters: The majority of characters in this book are the same as in the first.

Claire- Newest member of the Glass House and student, the youngest and smartest...she fights to save her friends even though she physically isn't strong her determination outweighs this.  Romantically linked with Shane.

Shane- A typical guy but when his Dad shows up you see a different side to him, his relationship with his Dad is not an easy one.  He feels for Claire but acts honourably regarding her age even if she might not want him to, as she's 16 and he's slightly older.

Eve- Feels strongly for Michael and her feelings are returned.  She and Claire are good friends.  We get to know a bit more about Eve's past and family life as her creepy younger brother is released from prison and starts bothering her but this isn't concluded and must carry on the third installment Midnight Alley.

Michael- Feels increasingly frustrated at not being able to leave the house when his friends are in trouble and need him and so makes a surprising  decision...

Frank- Shane's violent and bully of a Dad.

Amelie- The Founder of Morganville and the oldest Vampire.  Claire and her friends are under her protection....but for how long?

Oliver- An Old and Powerful Vampire who resents Amelie.

Sam- The youngest Vampire in the world, the vampires don't trust him and humans don't trust vampires full he's lonely and becomes an ally for Claire.

Writing Style:  Again we have Claire's perspective throughout the book and then at the end we get a summary in the form of Eve's Diary which is  nice to not only have a short overview but also to have to from another main character's perspective.

Rating: 4/5 stars, the same as for Glass Houses for the same reasons, overall the plot was good, writing and the characters are funny and at times witty.  Again I would recommend this book for fans of the YA paranormal romance genre but you'd have to have read Glass Houses first for it to make any sense.

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