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.

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