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The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires, Book 2) (edition 2007)

by Rachel Caine

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Title:The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires, Book 2)
Authors:Rachel Caine
Info:NAL Jam (2007), Edition: 1st Printing, Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
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This girl is just insane. I remember how I was when I was a teenage but I don't think I had life threatening situations to contend with on a day to day basis. I feel bad that such a young but brilliant girl has to deal with these. The more and more I read about Morganville the more and more I wonder why in the hell everyone doesn't' just pack it up, get out, and stay out. Why would you want to stay in a Vampire feeding ground when there were so many other places to live. But...if the heroine left the town then we would have no story at all.

I really hated Shane in this book. I had originally though he was a much stronger character than to let his Dad push him around but, I don't know much about father/son dynamics so I could be totally wrong. On that note, I hate Shane's dad too. I mean, I can understand his need for revenge but at the expense of killing his son's friends and people he cares about. Not worth it man. On that note Rachel Caine sure knows how to throw a punch at the reader in this book. She is totally not afraid to torture her characters and it shows in this book. Poor Claire goes through so much in such a short period of time, it is horrifying. I also still hate Monica for the record.

I think the plot was pretty good. it lagged a bit in the middle but it soon picked right back up. I think that I will continue reading this series just to see if poor Claire gets the good karma she has been wracking up since book one. Whew. This book will keep you shocked and on edge, I can guarantee you that.

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  mojo09226 | Nov 12, 2015 |
So this is the second book in the series, and it was just as good as the first. I listened to this book by way of my phone, which is how I’m able to read and sew at the same time. So this time, not only does Claire and the gang have to fight the vampires and Monica and her goon squad, they also have to deal with Shane’s crazy crazy (yes he warranted two crazies) father. I still can’t really stand how immature Claire is, but it does go along with the character being younger than normal for college. I love the series though. My favorite part of the book is what happens to Michael. If you want to know what it is, then you will have to read it. I won’t tell what happens. It is a major part of the story line. Considering the name of the book, the dance is a very very small portion of the story, and not even that important. So I give this book 4 stars. I still like the series a lot. ( )
  nsmith529 | Jun 18, 2015 |
I wanted to read this one because I really enjoyed the characters in the first one and just had to know what would happen with that ending.

This one gives more on the romantic front for the girls and it was nice to get some real clarity there because I was going back and forth, But I really enjoyed it and the romance went into some steamy territory that I really liked.

Claire continues to be a character I admire for her strength as a person, her determination for her education, as well as loyalty to the others in the house. She goes through great lengths in order for their safety and she ends up in some pretty dark places because of it.

We find out a lot more about the founders and their motivations. There are also mixed alliances and people that they thought they could trust that amounts in a lot of action as well as everyone to think a third time about what they are doing and who they are trusting, because in a town where vampires rule, they are already thinking twice of they wouldn't be alive.

This one has a lot of action as well, and it all builds to an ending that left me ready to read the next one right away. No second book syndrome here, it kept me glued by continuing character growth, new twists, the romance, and shocking choices that I've yet to fully grasp the implications of.

Bottom Line: Great second book, dials up the romance. ( )
  brandileigh2003 | Nov 12, 2014 |
I think this book is an ever so slight improvement on the last one. I think it still lacks depth, lacks charm, happens too quickly. But the action is getting better, and bit by bit the villains become more rounded, and we learn more about our ragtag heroes. Claire is still awfully stupid sometimes, but now the other characters acknowledge her foolishness and call her out on it, so perhaps she will mature more later.

This series is sort of a last resort for me, as I'm at a loss for a better series. But it hasn't earned my loyalty yet, and if something better comes along I wouldn't hesitate to abandon it.

The one major point in its favour is its readability- I can easily read these books in one night and stay engaged, though frustrated and slightly annoyed, throughout the story. ( )
  Sweet_Serenity | May 20, 2014 |
Scratch what I said before, these are now definitely better than Twilight. The protagonist is a very likable girl and she can balance her boyfriend and her own life at the same time, who knew it could be done? ( )
  katie1802 | May 10, 2014 |
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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.
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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.

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When Claire Danvers and her equally outcast best friend Eve are invited to the annual Dead Girls' Dance at a fraternity, all hell breaks loose when the living group party with the dead group in a town rampant with bloodthirsty vampires.

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