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The Dead Girls' Dance Mass Market Paperback – April 3, 2007

4.4 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews
Book 2 of 15 in the Morganville Vampires Series

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"A kick-butt heroine who will appeal strongly to fans of Tanya Huff, Kelley Armstrong and Charlaine Harris."

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

  • Series: Morganville Vampires (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Jam (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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4.5/5 stars(RabidReads.com) Second in the Morganville Vampire books, The Dead Girls Dance continues the story of a brilliant sixteen year old girl that has found herself smack in the middle of a hotbed of vampires in her small college town.

Claire may be a nerd, but she’s feisty as they come. She gets involved in all the vampire drama, and does it willingly at times. Her reasoning usually had to do with protecting her friends/roommates. And with this book, you realize her loyalty knows no bounds, even to the detriment of her own self preservation.

After the horrible cliffhanger from the last book, I really wondered how the beginning of this book was going to be handled. I don’t want to give away the ending from last time, so I will just say that the author did just what I thought she would, and I was extremely happy with that. And while we are on the subject of cliffhangers, the ending to this one while a bit shocking, didn’t upset me near as bad as the first book did. It did however make me buy the third, and I am reading it now. These books are incredibly addicting!

Claire is just the best character. She’s smart to her core, but in the end she is really young. The events in the first two books have caused her to grow up more than a little and fast. She’s got her first real boyfriend now, Shane, and she actually lives in the same old house with him and Michael, the owner, and Eve, the pretty goth girl, with a thing for Michael. Michael, Shane,and Eve all grew up together in Morganville, so they have always been aware of the vampires that run the town. That doesn’t make them happy about it though. The villains from the last book are still causing havoc, and now Shane’s vampire killer father has come to town. Havoc is the word here for his dad-or crazy-take your pick.
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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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I wanted to read this one because I really enjoyed the characters in the first one and just had to know what would happen with that ending.

This one gives more on the romantic front for the girls and it was nice to get some real clarity there because I was going back and forth, But I really enjoyed it and the romance went into some steamy territory that I really liked.

Claire continues to be a character I admire for her strength as a person, her determination for her education, as well as loyalty to the others in the house. She goes through great lengths in order for their safety and she ends up in some pretty dark places because of it.

We find out a lot more about the founders and their motivations. There are also mixed alliances and people that they thought they could trust that amounts in a lot of action as well as everyone to think a third time about what they are doing and who they are trusting, because in a town where vampires rule, they are already thinking twice of they wouldn't be alive.

This one has a lot of action as well, and it all builds to an ending that left me ready to read the next one right away. No second book syndrome here, it kept me glued by continuing character growth, new twists, the romance, and shocking choices that I've yet to fully grasp the implications of.

Bottom Line: Great second book, dials up the romance.
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