Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires #2) by Rachel Caine

I have been really enjoying reading the Morganville Vampires Series.  They are long enough to be great and short enough that I can read them in one evening or so.  It really helps me feel accomplished when I have been such a slow reader lately.  Here is the cover and blurb from the second book in the series, Dead Girls' Dance:

Claire Danvers has her share of challenges---like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything.

Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls' Dance and---surprise!---Claire and her equally outcast best friend, Eve, have been invited. When they find out why, all hell is going to break loose. Because this time both the living and the dead are coming out---and everybody's hungry for blood.
Dead Girls' Dance focuses on Claire but you also see how Eve, Michael and Shane deal (or don't really) with life in Morganville.  Shane's dad is a really rough character to read.  You feel bad for his loss but his willingness to ignore collateral damage is hard to ignore.  Monica and her friends are still psychopaths.  There is little worth anything about them as yet.  Claire is becoming even more entrenched in the world of Morganville and it is easy to forget how young she is sometimes.  I also like to see how she works with Michael and Eve.  She and Eve seem to take turns supporting one another.  Eve is strong but she sometimes gets weighed down by it all.  Claire helps her through it and vice versa.  Michael and Claire are close after the first book.  They share secrets and work together to keep the house and their friends safe.  I will warn that there are events in this book that can trigger folks if date rape drugs and attempted rape are triggers for them.

You can find out more about Rachel Caine and her work on her website.  There is a website for the series as well as a Tumblr and you can click here to find it on Goodreads.  Rachel Caine can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.  The Dead Girls' Dance earns 4 Fairies for great book that you can not put down.

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