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Midnight Alley (Morganville Vampires, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2007

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The series that "adds a new dimension to the vampire mythos."

"An electrifying, enthralling coming-of-age supernatural tale."

"A rousing horror thriller...a young determined heroine whom the audience will admire and root for."

"Rachel Caine brings her brilliant ability to blend witty dialogue, engaging characters, and an intriguing plot."

"A solid, utterly compelling story that you will find addictive and hypnotic. If Rachel Caine is not on your auto-buy list, put her there immediately, if not sooner."

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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Jam; Later Printing edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451222385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451222381
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Kyle VINE VOICE on October 3, 2007
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"Midnight Alley" is the third novel in the Morganville Vampires series. While the series is written for young adults, it's a great read for older fantasy fans, too. While you can read "Midnight Alley" without reading the two prior novels, it's fascinating to see how each novel builds on each other developing complex characters and storylines.

If you've not read a "Morganville Vampires" novel yet, I'll bring you up to speed. Claire Danvers is a brilliant young woman who graduated from high school early. Instead of sending her away to faraway MIT as Claire herself had wanted, her parents sent her to Morganville, Texas and TPU--Texas Plains University.

Claire quickly learned that only the strong survive in the womens' dorm. While she's brilliant, she's not so smart in learning who not to mess with and she manages to anger Monica Morrell, who pushes her down the stairs.

Realizing she's not going to live if she stays on campus, she seeks a place to hide and finds it in the Glass House. (Also the title of the first book in the series) Three other people live there: Michael Glass, a mysterious young man, Shane Collins, a rebel, and Eve, a goth girl. They initially do not want to take Claire in since she's underage, but do so to keep her safe--and she stays.

Claire learns from them that Morganville is run by vampires. TPU is essentially a blood bank for their use and a certain number of students are 'disposable'. Claire has to walk a very thin line not to become part of that group--particularly since Monica Morrell's father is the mayor and they're one of the most influential non-vamp families in town.
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This third book in the Morganville Vampires series begins where the second left off. Claire Danvers had signed a contract pledging herself to Amelie in return for the protection of those she cares for. Amelie is the town's Founder. She is the oldest, scariest vampire of all. Claire now wears a Patron bracelet.

Claire still resides in Glass House with Eve, Michael, and Shane. Michael and Shane are still buds, but there is some major friction between them now. Then there is Claire's archenemy, Monica Morell. Claire detects the strange scent of oddity, of something rotten, when Monica starts showing up and begins acting as though she wants to become one of Claire's closest friends.

Amelie demands Claire become an apprentice to an ancient vampire and begins some private lessons in his secluded home. Claire will soon discover why.

**** Holy bloodsuckers! Author Rachel Caine delights with this installment of the M.V. series. Readers will actually find out HOW and WHY the town of Morganville even exists. As I watched various characters turn from friend to enemy (within seconds) and the darker side of college life emerge, I detected flavors of P.N. Elrod and R.L. Stine. I can't help but wonder if the stories by Elrod and/or Stine had somehow inspired Caine as she began writing this series. Each installment had many hidden surprises that kept me on the edge of my seat. The only major down side is that each book left me hanging, like an old Batman show. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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For Claire Danvers to be so smart, she it quite possibly the dumbest person I have ever read about. I mean the decisions she makes are clearly the wrong decisions yet she just jumps head first into making them. Yes, you can argue that she's only 16 and new to Morganville and living without her parent's influence, but really that's not an excuse. when I was sixteen I wasn't nearly as clueless as the author made Claire out to be. I honestly don't know how she makes it through the books without dieing.

Besides that little cunundrum I thought the book was good, but completely predictable. At this point the vampires have become two dimensional, which is a disappointment because the concept is quite interesting.
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It's business as usual. Murder and mayhem abound in Morganville and the Glass House residents are up to their ears in trouble. If vampire politics weren't enough, the four roommates now face in-fighting and trust issues with each other.

Caine introduced Myrnin, the most compelling Morganville vampire to date. His characterization is a work of genius, he both moved me and terrified me, got under my skin as the other Morganville vampires haven't managed to do. The scene in Chapter 12 where he barely allows Claire to flee his lair chilled me even as his misfortunes brought a lump to my throat. Myrnin's "retirement" is a heartbreaking relief. In Myrnin's characterization, Caine painted astonishing dichotomy and raised the stakes Claire holds in utilizing her talents to assist Morganville's monster population. Vampires may be the baddies, but I honestly don't want Myrnin to end his days entombed alive, separated from all the knowledge and learning he's earned over his lifetime.

Another reviewer cited "Midnight Alley" as "filler" in the series. The novel is filler as far as fleshing out Shane, Michael, and Eve. Michael's still holding my interest, but Shane seems more and more so "Mr. Wrong" for Claire his scenes are starting to bother me. He never seems to do much of anything beyond initiating arguments or fistfights and telling everybody else why their decisions and choices are wrong. I'm not liking him a bit. The novel threw table scraps concerning Eve's bad blood with her family, particularly her presumably psychotic brother, Jason. I didn't complete the read feeling I'd found out anything nifty or new about the Glass House residents, and that disappointed me.
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