by Rachel Caine
Paperback Edition – Read July 15, 2012
Cost: $6.99 (As of This Post)
Length: 256 pages
Official Description: (This is book 2 of the Morganville Vampires series)
IClaire 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.
This book felt shorter than it should have or maybe I just wanted it to keep going. I’m just glad this book didn’t end like the last one. However “Dead Girl’s Dance” did pick up right where “Glass Houses” left of which is nice. There are some tense moments at the beginning because we did leave off with Shane’s dad killing Michael in Glass Houses so now we’re continuing that story and continuing on with the repercussions of Shane’s dad and biker gang being in Morganville. So the dead girls’ dance was not the main focal point, BUT important things do occur there; and for parents reading reviews for their kids, you should know that this book does involve drug talk/use but it’s not portrayed in a happy “YEAH DRUGS” light or it’s just mentioned in passing and girls do need to be aware of negative interactions with loser boys. I always recommend that if you’re going to tell you’re kids what to read or not to it’s best just to read it for yourself. Anyway there were some unexpected events that occurred at the dance and of course throughout the book. I think the pacing was great in this book and it’s starts off running then slows to jogging, sprints a little and the ending isn’t as intense as the last book. I really need to look in to Rachel Caine’s adult series just to see if the voice she uses is similar. Oh one thing I also like about this series is that it’s not redundant we don’t have explanations that sums up the whole last book and I really appreciate that, it leaves so much more room for the actual story.
“I’m old, girl. Gonna die of something. Might as well be chocolate.”