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The Dead Girls' Dance Mass Market Paperback – April 3, 2007
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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!!!)
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Dead Girls Dance book 2 In The Morganville Vampire Series is a brilliant vampire fantasy in which the sweet and clever Claire Danvers along with her house mates are dancing... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Lorna Francis
A fantastic sequel, I found that I couldn't wait to read it and finished it in an afternoon. New characters come into play and the action just continues. Read morePublished 21 days ago by AmyWeidenaar
This book picks up basically right when the first one stopped. That is a good thing. Overall it isn’t a bad book but my feelings are just so-so with it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by April
These books keep on getting better every time!! Definitely worth the read. I would recommend to everybody that I know!Published 2 months ago by Ashlee
Well it was better than the first book. I think the characters and plot development hit the right spots. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shera (Book Whispers)
When Claire Danvers first got to Morganville the last thing that she was expecting was to get caught up in the towns affairs, however considering she pretty much got chased out of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Atlanta Whitlock
This second volume in the Morganville series packed just as much intense action as the first. Now there is more to worry about than just the vampires in the town. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Myndi
This was the 2nd book of here that I read. It was one of those books you don't want to put down. And was looking forward to read the next book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Barbara Knipe
What I liked:
-Concept. I love the idea behind this series so much, and it could have been a really awesome series. Read more