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About the Author

Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).
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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Jam (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451220897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451220899
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Caine is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the bestselling Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, and the new upcoming Revivalist series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and until very recently continued to carry on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Strickland on June 15, 2007
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I was lucky enough to pick this up just days after I'd read Glass Houses and had cooled off from facing the unwelcome cliffhanger that topped off what was otherwise a terrific book. As the other reviewers say, this picks up moments later and the action is non-stop until the end -- where we get another cliffhanger, though not QUITE as traumatic. I mean, this one you have to think about for the full scope of the potential trauma to set in.

The characters are getting more dimensional and interesting and the worldbuilding shows how intricate it is, hiding so many mysteries that we want to investigate. I don't usually like vampire novels, but this series has lots of original ideas in it -- and its characters carry them to even higher levels. The cliffhangers are frustrating, but I'm currently writing a series that has its own set so I guess I should welcome this as setting a precedent. Be assured that the basic plot of the book is complete within it; you won't be dissatisfied.

You'll also get some really good scares. Have fun reading it! (And Rachel Caine: WRITE FASTER!!!)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. T. Wilcoxon on January 16, 2011
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I bought the first 3 books in this series on a friends on suggestion. I was happy I did because the first book ends in a cliffhanger and the second book picks right up. In the first book, I thought the series was off to a great start but this book takes a turn for the worse.

First the good - the continued development of Michael, Eve, and the vampire Amelee were all good. The introduction of new characters like Sam, Gramma, and the "neutral cops" added some interest. I wanted to learn more about what made the "trap door vampire" so different and hope we get to meet and learn more in future books. The book is action packed and fast moving. And that is about all the praise I can give.

Now for the bad - the story is full of contradictions and plot holes. Not small plot holes but those big enough to drive a truck through. The development of both Shane and Claire is almost non-existent and when it is there, it is horrible. And while not an issue for me, I would warn that this book has detailed account of sexual molestation and attempted gang rape...definitely not appropriate for younger teens.

I sure you want some specifics so this is my SPOILER warning:
- Shane has been plotting with his father to take out vampires so when in trouble in the first book he calls for re-enforcements. His father shows up with 2 other guys but through out the book there are atleast 7 other bikers. If Shane called for help, why would his father hide or leave over half the help?
- Michael has powers and through those powers, he and Shane easil threw a vampire and countless police officers out of the house in the first book. Shane's dad shows up with two bikers and in the first few pages beat Shane and kill Michael without even breaking a sweat.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 12, 2007
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I won't summarize. But I would like to say that I am 34 and a big Rachel Caine fan. I believe nothing has been lost in Caine's style or depth of plot development by building a world around a smart teenage girl who happens to live a Texas town controlled by vampires. While the author sticks with most rules of vamp lore (rising at night, age brings control of the thirst, changing a human into vampire is a willful act), she develops a heirarchy and political system that seems to coexist with its environment. Of course, the novel would lose its thrill a minute tension if the co-existance was peaceful. I like the themes that Ms Caine builds into the fabric of the plot- veiled,but not indecipherable. For example, she challenges the notion of survival of the fittest. In Morganville, vamps are at the top of the food chain, but custom dictates they operate as benefactors to the townspeople- they hunt only people (students) they don't know. There are codes and systems and protection that is offered. And of course, there is always a chance to gain audience with the queen if you are brave and clever enough to recognize and hold onto a trump card. There is a timely message about power and the perspective of the underdog- one we don't often hear regarding our foreign policy. Perhaps the teen label is based on the fact that there is very little sexual content, which is not to say there isn't sexual tension. MAN. Rachel Caine does not dumb "it" down for a teen audience- she is true to her voice. You have to admire that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 17, 2009
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The second book in the Morganville Vampires series picks up almost immediately where the first book left off (and that's a very good thing, as the first closed on a major cliffhanger!). The four roommates find themselves at the mercy of Shane's crazed vampire-hunting father and his gang, and the focus is on Michael, whom Shane's dad has rightly determined isn't alive. But the conclusion is actually wrong, in that Michael is a ghost, not a vampire, and before the other three roomies can intervene, Shane's dad does the unthinkable and offs Michael. From that grim beginning, The Dead Girls' Dance takes off with more drama and danger in the town of Morganville.

There are lots of dangerous situations in Book Two, and a major race against time to save Shane, wrongly accused of killing a vampire and sentenced to death. The reappearance of Amelie gives another dimension to the vampires in that while she's not exactly warm, she's at least a little accessible and helpful. The best addition is Sam, a solitary vampire with ties to Michael; his appearance gives hope that possibly the vampires and the humans of Morganville may eventually be able to live together with a little more trust.

I'm not really sure why this novel is titled The Dead Girls' Dance in that the actual dance is a very, very small portion of the book, and not all that central to the action. That aside, it would be nice to see a book where Claire doesn't spend so much time getting beaten up in some way, and with maybe a bit of personality redemption for Monica. I love how Eve and Claire take charge of the situation and do all they can for their roomie, even putting themselves in grave danger.
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