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Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine
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Midnight Alley

by Rachel Caine

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Anche con questo terzo volume, Rachel Caine si riconferma senza il minimo dubbio un'autrice di talento e in grado di creare una saga urban fantasy per giovani adulti (young adult) di tutto rispetto. Godibilissima anche per chi, come la sottoscritta, adolescente non lo è più da un pezzo, Il Vicolo dei Segreti continua ad affascinare e intrigare il lettore senza sosta.

Vecchi e nuovi personaggi si amalgamano alla perfezione e anzi, se è possibile, i vecchi riescono ad acquisire sempre maggiore maturità e equilibrio, se ovviamente escludiamo le crisi iniziali di Shane per la nuova natura di Michael. Michael, da sempre il controllore e protettore degli abitanti della casa, riveste perfettamente il ruolo di baby vampiro, con il suo carattere pacato, riflessivo ma sicuro di sé. Non perde mai la calma e raramente lascia trasparire le proprie emozioni, celate dietro una leggera indolenza che affascina e tiene sul chi vive il lettore per tutto il romanzo come la dolcezza con la quale tratta Claire, l'amore per Eve e gli sprazzi di insicurezza che mostra nei confronti dell'astioso Shane, che non ha nessuna intenzione di accettare la sua nuova esistenza.

Personaggio principale come sempre è Claire che, questa volta, ha la supremazia assoluta rispetto agli altri 3 co-protagonisti che ricoprono tutti ruoli marginali ma comunque non dimenticati nè superficiali. Claire, infatti, si ritrova ad essere proprietà di Amelie, con la quale nel precedente libro ha stipulato un contratto (per una vita, la sua vita) in cambio della protezione dei suoi tre migliori ed unici amici. La maturità sfoggiata da Claire in questo terzo romanzo è tutt'altro che da sottovalutare visto che Amelie, come prima cosa, la spedisce dritta drittra fra le braccia - metaforicamente parlando - dell'essere più instabile e pericoloso di Morganville: Myrnin.

Myrnin è infatti il nuovo personaggio della saga che finisce immediatamente per monopolizzare l'attenzione di Claire e del lettore che si ritrova a partecipare alle lezioni private di alchimia che Myrnin è stato incaricato di dare a Claire da Amelie. Myrnin, però, è un vampiro un po' particolare, la sua psiche è molto labile e la sua mente continua a giocargli brutti scherzi; ecco perchè ha bisogno della brillante e sagace mente di Claire. Sarà compito suo scoprire come salvare Morganville ma la domanda è: vorrà Claire salvare la città che la tiene, che LI tiene tutti prigionieri?

Come sempre la capacità di Rachel Caine di mostrarci la natura di un personaggio, per poi ribaltarla completamente fra un colpo di scena e l'altro, è grande. Prima fra tutti è Amelie che suscita sospetto e sconcerto: ma a questa vampira interessa minimamente di qualcuno? Perchè sembra serbare dell'interesse per Claire e poi, dopo pochi istanti, muta completamente il suo comportamento?

Un romanzo scritto, come sempre, con uno stile semplice, intrigante e molto "veloce". Le scene si susseguono con un ritmo serrato al punto che l'autrice sembra preferire l'azione immediata a qualunque forma di descrizione. I suoi personaggi non ci "dicono" mai cosa hanno intenzione di fare, essi si buttano a capofitto nelle situazione e noi con loro.

Fra i misteri svelati di Morganville, gli intrecci sentimentali di amore/amicizia dei nostri protagonisti, i nuovi personaggi dall'aria poco raccomandabile e i nuovi misteri che si stringono intorno a Claire e la sua famosa "missione", Il Vicolo Segreto sembra essere uno dei romanzi più importarti dell'intera saga, una sorta di colpo di boa. A questo punto non ci resta che attendere, con ansia crescente, il seguito e cosa, alla fine, Claire ha deciso di fare. Salverà Morganville? ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
3,5 stars

Claire has now pledged herself to Amelie, the founder of Morganville, but is scared to tell her friends knowing they will get mad. Something is happening to the vampires and Amelie needs Claire’s help to solve it. She sends Claire as a pupil to Myrnin, who is old and half-crazy with periods of lucidity.

I have to say that I hate these evil cliffhangers! It’s so wrong to end every book like that…

The book pretty much starts where the last one ended and now Claire is pledged to Amelie but is afraid to tell her friends because she knows they’ll get mad. Especially Shane who is still trying to come to terms with the fact that Michael is a vampire. Shane doesn’t trust Michael anymore and honestly it’s getting old very soon. I mean they’ve been best friends for ages and now that Michael is a vampire everything suddenly changes? It’s not like he wanted it and is killing half the city.
But I like Shane and Claire together and it’s nice to see they move forward slowly.

How Claire always manages to get herself into these situations where she need to be saved is beyond me. And once again she finds herself in party where everything doesn’t go as planned. I understand she’s polite and all but enough. Monica threw her down the stairs and what else and she’s still being polite to her. Enough is enough.

We meet new vampire Myrnin to whom Amelie sends Claire. I liked Myrnin who’s half-crazy and only has periods of lucidity. His mood swings made him unpredictable and dangerous but he was nice between those.

We also meet Eve’s brother Jason again who’s apparently killing girls but no one seems to do anything about it. I really want to learn what’s his deal and I think he is hiding something.

Another enjoyable read from Caine. These are fairly quick reads but entertaining. ( )
  Elysianfield | Nov 16, 2016 |
I am really enjoying this series. All the aspects of living in a world with vampires is so different in this series than most of the others of its genre. We learn in this book that perhaps the vampires aren't so all powerful after all. Claire makes some mistakes again and her decision from the previous book comes into play quite a bit. I struggled a lot with Shane's attitude toward Michael...it's not that I don't get why he might act like that, I think it's more than I've come to expect better from him. We still have to deal with Monica and we still have to deal with Oliver, although those dealings are different now, again because of the choice Claire made in the last book. And once again, in what's become the style of this series, we end with a cliffhanger that will either leave your mouth gaping, or having you screaming at an inanimate object! Be warned! ( )
  MynTop | Apr 8, 2016 |
A great third installment of the Morganville Vampire series. We learn a bit more about the vamps and meet a few new characters that complicate Claire's life. Caine always ends these books with a teaser of what's to come, and it looks like the next one is gonna be a good one, too! ( )
  chessakat | Feb 5, 2016 |
As I siad in my last review poor Claire can't just catch a freaking break. It keeps piling up, more and more crap for her to deal with. I feel so bad for her. Claire is like Anita Blake's less gun happy younger sister. Having to be best friends with the vampires even through they keep trying to kill her. I can't say I am to pleased with the deal she makes with the founder but, I can see the necessity, some people will go to any length to protect the people they love. Also, would someone just kill Eve's crazy brother already, jeeze, can't be that difficult, he is human (for the moment).


I think the fact that the founder was going to give Claire off as food was also very uncool. I think she made a bad decision that will effect the dynamic between Claire and herself for books to come. I also with Oliver wasn't such a bad guy. I like his character and could totally add him as a fav if it weren't for the whole Micheal thing, of course. I don't know how much longer I will be able to take the action packed, never stopping, pace of this series but I will continue reading until I need a break. Pretty heart wrenching, shocking, and leaves you needing to know what will happen next!


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  rosetyper9 | Nov 12, 2015 |
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For the people who got me through my own personal Morganville years: Elizabeth Sandlin, Andy Sealy, Mona Fluitt, Bruce Tinsley, Luis Hernandez, Gary Wiley, Scott Chase, Marsha McNeill, Rachel Scarborough, and many more who made the days bright. Also to the memory of sitting next to Stevie Ray Vaughn, hearing him make magic when few people were even listening. Fot the people who are getting me through these Morganville years: Cat Conrad, Kelley Walters, Maria Stair, Katy Hendricks, Claire Wilkins and Baby Griff, Becky Rocha, Laurie Andrews, and her lovely girls, PN Elrod, Jackie Leaf, Bill Leaf, Joanne Madge, Irene Ferris, Ter Matthies, the Alphas, ORAC, Douglas Joseph, Sharon Sams and her son Boardman, Ann Jackson and her son Trey, and literally too many LiveJournal and MySpace friends to even list. Every one of them a special, undeserved gift. And to Charles Armitage and Kevin Cleary, for making Morganville an even more exciting place.
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Claire Danvers's college town may be run by vampires but a truce between the living and the dead made things relatively safe. For a while. Now people are turning up dead, a psycho is stalking her, and an ancient bloodsucker has proposed private mentoring. To what end, Claire will find out. And it's giving night school a whole new meaning.
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Claire Danvers's college town may be run by vampires but a truce between the living and the dead made things relatively safe. For a while. Now people are turning up dead, a psycho is stalking her, and an ancient bloodsucker has proposed private mentoring. To what end, Claire will find out. And it's giving night school a whole new meaning.

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When she pledges herself to Amelie, the most powerful vampire in town, Claire is faced with a past stalker, murder, and an ancient bloodsucker who extends a chilling invitation for private lessons in his secluded home.

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