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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Caine

The Dead Girls’ Dance (The Morganville Vampires Book 2) by Rachel Caine
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (238 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Claire has her share of challenges. Like being a genius in a school that favors 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.

What happens when there is a dance involving lots of college age men and you’re invited? You do The Dead Girls’ Dance.

I like a good vampire story. I want action, adventure, and a healthy dose of fangs. This story supplied all three. The characters were engaging and helped buoy what could be a heavy plotline. Ms. Caine writes the characters like they are my close friends. Even the antagonists have their moments when I really enjoyed them.

Claire is an interesting heroine. She’s smart and sassy in a situation where most high school girls would be more inclined to party. Although I was a bit bored by her constant ability to save the day, I enjoyed seeing her grow as a person. I also liked seeing the interaction with Shane as well. There is something deep happening and I can’t wait to see what.

The secondary characters make this book a memorable read. Eve and Michael have a little vamp/human romance blooming and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds. Monica, the town snobby girl, was my favorite. She’s in all kinds of trouble and she’s not exactly the type to bring home to mother, but I got the feeling there was so much more going on with her and that’s what drew me in.

One note, this is a series best read in order. Each book has ended with a cliff-hanger and each makes sense when you know what’s going on prior. That said, you can, as I did, read them out of order and still find them enjoyable. And yes, the ending for this one will leave you breathless!

If you want to read a story that will have you begging for more, then you need to read The Dead Girls’ Dance. I give it 4 suns!

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