Monday, 11 July 2011

Midnight Alley- Morganville Vampires Book 3 by Rachel Caine

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; paperback / softback edition (5 Sep 2008)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0749079223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749079222
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.

So again this book picks up from where Book 2: The Dead Girls Dance left off.

Cover:  This is one of my favourite Morganville Vampires re-released covers.  The black with the copper/orange is really striking and matches her hair, as well as her piercing bright green eyes.

Plot: Claire has now pledged herself to Amelie, in order for her protection she's now effectively owned by Amelie.  When Amelie orders her to study under Myrnin, an incredibly old scholarly vampire, to discover a cure for a top secret disease gradually killing the vampire race, she must.  As well as avoiding Eve's psycho/stalker/killer younger brother who seems to have taken a shine to Claire.  There's also Michael and Shane coping with Michael 'transition' and the consequences it's brought.  The book ends with two big surprises and off course a cliff hanger to lead on to book four Feast of Fools.


Claire- Is getting used to life in Morganville and you can see her start to progress from scared little Claire to a much braver character- especially for the sake of her friends.

Shane- Is finding accepting Michael's new state difficult because of what the vampire's have done to his family.

Michael- Is happy that he's finally free to leave the house and persue playing his music in public but is torn up about hurting Shane.

Eve- Like Shane she is getting used to Michael being a vampire as well as having to cope with her psycho brother being back in her life.

Amelie- Is getting desperate to find a cure for the strange disease that in approximately 10 years will affect all the vampires.  Only her, Sam, Myrnin and now Claire know.

Myrnin- An extremely old and knowledgeable vampire.  Claire has been ordered to be his apprentice but one moment he's coherent and kind but the next he wants to eat her.

Jason- Eve's evil younger brother.  Behaves threateningly towards Claire. Is he responsible for the dead girls that keep showing up?

Writing Style: Rachel Caine really paces the book well, a very quick and enjoyable read.  Again this is from Claire's point of view and I was disappointed because in this book at the end there was no Eve's diary, which had been in the first two books.

Rating: 4/5 stars.  Again this won't really make much sense unless you have read the first two books in the series but I really recommend the series from what I have read so far, it's for anyone that likes YA paranormal novels and romance.  

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