[Review] The Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Caine

[rating:4]
Author: Rachel Caine
Series:
 The Morganville Vampires #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Pages: 368
Published: 2007
Source: Review copy from publisher
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First sentence:

It didn’t happen, Claire told herself.
Blurb

Claire has her share of challenges. Like being a genius in a school that favours beauty over brains; homicidal girls in her dorm, and finding out that her college town is overrun with the living dead. On the up side, she has a new boyfriend with a vampire-hunting dad. But when a local fraternity throws the Dead Girls’ Dance, hell is really going to break loose.

Thoughts

So after waiting a month or two to get my hands on books 2 and 3 of the Morganville series because *shock horror* I couldn’t find them in The Works1 and the Royal Mail lost the first 2 copies that were sent out, and when I checked the library somebody had pretty much stolen them2, so I pretty much jumped right into The Dead Girls’ Dance when it turned up, desperate to know what happened after the huge cliffhanger at the end of Glass Houses. I wasn’t disappointed. The book begins pretty much exactly where the last one left off and explains what we need to know to reduce any cliffhanger grumbling, but leaves enough open that we want to read more. And it is very successful at gripping you in.

In Glass Houses we learn that everybody has their secrets. Michael’s are revealed but Shane, Eve, and even the house itself are still a bit of a mystery. They’re awesome, sure, but we don’t know much about their past. The Dead Girls’ Dance introduces us to Shane’s father and we learn about his troubled past, why he had left Morganville and returned, and why he is so closed off. His character gains a lot of depth in this book and only brings us to love him more as we see more of his sweet, caring nature.. and perhaps be just a little bit frustrated by him and his bloody stubbornness, but what is a good character without their flaws after all?

I do notice that every now and then something will happen in the Morganville books, something that the characters supposedly had fixed say, a broken door for example but I can never work out where they found the time to actually get these things fixed, cleaned, and tidied. It’s just a niggling little thing, mind you, as it’s completely overshadowed by how huge the stories and showdowns are. They always feel so epic. There is just so much going on, you get utterly lost in the story of the life of nerdy little Claire Danvers. And whilst all of that is happening, the entire series is kept grounded by these moments of normality in which the characters will be making and eating dinner, or something equally human, and somehow Rachel Caine can make something as plain as that interesting to read.

All in all, The Dead Girls’ Dance is a great follow-up to Glass Houses and I must book bully each and every one of you to pick up this series and give it a chance because it is fantastic and if you haven’t started reading Morganville yet, you’re missing out!

The Morganville Vampires series:

1. Glass Houses
2. The Dead Girls’ Dance
3. Midnight Alley
4. Feast of Fools
5. Lord of Misrule
6. Carpe Corpus
7. Fade Out
8. Kiss Of Death
9. Ghost Town
10. Bite Club
11. Last Breath
12. Black Dawn
13. Bitter Blood
14. Fall of Night
15. Daylighters


  1. for those of you who don’t know, The Works is a cheap book shop and they almost always seem to have Rachel Caine’s books in 

  2. yes, 2 and 3, my luck is really that bad