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.
I liked the first book in the series so I was keen to give the second book a go – the characters were great and the series has a lot of potential so I was excited to see what Caine would do with the next book in the series.
Characters: In The Dead Girls Dance, we’re given an insight into Eve and Shane’s and past, and introduced to Shane’s dad and his friends – a group of bikers who have a very big grudge against the vampires.
Originality: As I said about the first book in the series, it’s very difficult to be completely original with a vampire story these days as they have always been a popular subject, but I love that Caine has went back to the bad-ass side of vampires.
Plot: After surviving their first negative encounter with the vampires, Claire and her friends now have to deal with Shane’s dad who, with Shane’s help, has been plotting for years on how to get revenge on the vampires and end their rule over Morganville. When Shane makes it clear to his dad that he no longer wants to be part of his scheme, this gets the group into a lot of trouble with the gang, as well as still having to deal with Monica and the vampires.
Natasha’s Rating: As I said, I though the Morganville Vampire series had the potential to be a great series. I’m not saying the book isn’t good and I can’t comment on the whole series because I haven’t read them all, and to be honest I don’t think I will, but I just felt the plot wasn’t very well thought through, there are things that are put in the story which can be easily lifted out, giving me the impression that there was no need for Caine to have the series over that many books. Don’t let my review put you off though – there are loads of people out there who have loved this series so, if you fancy the premise give it a go!