Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine

The Dead Girls’ Dance
The Morganville Vampires – Book Two
Rachel Caine
NAL Jam – Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
April 2007
ISBN# 978-0-451-22089-9

Claire Danvers deals with more in her life than your typical sixteen year old, least of which is attending college at such a young age. Morganville is a town controlled by vampires, and can be downright life threatening for a mortal like Claire. With Michael’s ghostly existence during the day and his solid but unable to leave the house night-life, there’s only Claire and Eve to save their friend Shane when he finds himself locked-up. The girls stop by the annual Dead Girls’ Dance to find Sam, the only vampire in town who may be willing to help, and Claire finds her own situation going from bad to worse. As time counts down and dawn approaches, the decisions they make in friendship and love will impact each of their lives, and may very well tear their friendship apart forever.

Shane Collins had an agenda to follow when he arrived in Morganville, but things have changed since he moved into the Glass House. When an unwise phone call brings his father and his biker friends to town, the lives of Shane and his friends become threatened by both sides. With a tragic family history directly linked to the vampires, Shane’s father intends to even the score and has little care for anyone who gets in his way. Caged for his father’s crimes, Shane’s only hope are his friends. If they don’t come through, his life will be forfeit and fair or not, the vampires will have gotten exactly what they wanted.

The Dead Girls’ Dance is the second book in The Morganville Vampires series. At first glance Morganville seems your usual college town, but looks can be deceiving. Ms. Caine has created a fabulously unique storyline where the characters are realistic and the world they work and play in is well-defined. With blossoming romance, non-stop danger and an adventure that never ends, Claire and her friends are thoroughly endearing. This is a delightful urban fantasy series that both teens and adults are sure to love.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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