Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Review: The Dead Girls Dance by Rachel Caine

The Dead Girls Dance by Rachel Caine

UK Publication Date: 2008
Publisher: Allison & Busby Limited
Series: The Morganville Vampires #2
Format: Paperback
Pages: 380
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 4 out of 5

Claire Danvers has had her share of challenges - like being a genius in a school that favours beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm and, above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with blood-sucking fiends. On the plus side, so far Claire and her friends have managed to survive getting on the wrong side of some of Morganville VIPs... Vampire Important Persons. But their temporary peace is in danger of collapsing, thanks to the arrival of her new boyfriend's scary father and his vampire-fighting supporters.

The Dead Girls' Dance is action packed from start to finish.  It starts a few minutes after the shocking climax of Glass Houses, with Michael dead and Shane's dad, Frank, looking to cause as much trouble as he can for Shane, Claire and Eve.

All of the characters in this book have started to grow on me, especially Claire. In Glass Houses I found Claire to be a bit whiny, but in this book Claire has really started to mature and we witness Claire taking a more active role in helping both her friends and the vampires.

The developing romance between Claire and Shane is written in a way that doesn't make it take over the book.  You can really feel the tension and passion growing that really helps when Shane is faced with his own mortality.

The vampires in this book are proper vampires. They burn when exposed to sunlight, although older ones seem have developed an immunity to it.

Although I found the ending a little bit bland I did enjoy reading Eve's Diary, which Rachel Caine included in this book, as it gave more insight Eve's character as well as events that weren't really touched upon in the main story.

Overall The Dead Girls' Dance is a riveting read and I highly recommend it to fans of vampire fiction.

Waiting On Wednesday #5

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.  Here are the books that I am most look forward to reading.

Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
UK Publication Date: 6 December 2011
Publisher: Walker
Pages: 512
Format: Paperback
Series Title: The Infernal Devices
Series Number: Book 2

Synopsis from

Love and lies can corrupt even the purest heart... In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, while her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will - the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers to who she is and what she was born to do? As their search for the truth leads the three friends into peril, Tessa's heart is increasingly torn, especially when one of their own betrays them.
My Thoughts:

Even tho I still haven't read Clockwork Angel, its been in my TBR pile since it was released, I can not wait to get my hands on this one.

Title: Until I Die
Author: Amy Plum
UK Publication Date: 3 May 2012
Publisher: Atom
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Series Title: Die For Me
Series Number: Book 2
Synopsis from (may contain spoilers)

Kate has chosen to leave the comfort and safety of her human life in order to join Vincent in the dangerous supernatural world he inhabits. For his part, he has sworn to go against his very nature and resist the repeated deaths that are his fate as a revenant – even though it will bring him immeasurable suffering. Desperate to help him, Kate's search for answers takes her from the glamorous streets of Paris to the city's squalid underbelly. But when she stumbles across a secret that could help to overthrow their enemies for ever, Kate unwittingly puts everyone she loves at risk. And puts herself in the midst of an ancient and deadly war, not as a bystander...but as a target.<
My Thoughts:

Again I haven't read the first book in this series but this one sounds amazing. I know they say don't judge a book by its cover, but this cover is beautiful. I can not wait to read this and the first one.

So thats my Waiting On Wednesday. What are you most looking forward to reading in the new year.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Teaser Tuesday #7

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teaser!
Here's my teaser:

Claire heard someone yell outside the room, and Amelie whipped around so quickly that she was a blur, then moved...and something hit the marble pillar next to where she'd been and exploded with a sharp popping sound.
A bottle. Claire smelt gas, and then heard a thick, whooshing sound.

~ page 180. The Dead Girls Dance by Rachel Caine