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Review: “The Dead Girls’ Dance,” Rachel Caine

May 6, 2011
Review: “The Dead Girls’ Dance,” Rachel CaineThe Dead Girls' Danceby Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #2
Published by NAL on April, 2007
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Vampires
Pages: 238

Claire has her share of challenges. Like being a genius in a school that favours 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.

The second book in The Morganville Vampires series is just as good as the first – if not better! As I continue on with my re-read of this series this month, I’m so glad my love for this series and Rachel Caine’s writing hasn’t wavered over the years!

If anything, Dead Girls’ Dance is better than it’s predecessor, Glass Houses. The relationships between the characters are already established and that makes way for more drama, danger and action in Morganville and the Glass House! Those who know me know that I’m particularly partial to the characters of Eve Rosser and Michael Glass, but that’s not to say I don’t like the other characters, too – I do!

The second novel in the series has a particularly good storyline, involving Shane’s vampire-slaying biker gang and his personal vendetta against the Morganville administration. Shane’s past is unearthed, as well as a little bit of Eve’s, and we’re able to see the characters as they’re meant to be seen – as incredibly developed and ‘real’. Rachel Caine does a fantastic job at working her characters!

Vampire politics and the way things work around Morganville are also explained further in this book. We also really get to meet Monica’s dad, the mayor, and see how he operates things around the town and just how much influence their family has as humans among the vamps. The tension his high and some risky choices are made!

Although I have read this book before, and knew the twists and turns that were coming, I couldn’t help but remember just how gripping the last few chapters were upon my first read. This series has never yet let me down in terms of climactic endings and resolutions. There are also a few loose ends, but just enough to make you keep reading the series without pulling out your hair! In my experience, none of these books feels unecessary and drawn out.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – read this series if you haven’t given it a shot before! It’s stood the test of time for me as one of my favourites and I’m always happy to persuade other people to read it!

Recommended to: Fans of vampires will enjoy this series, as well as new readers and fans of the first novel.

About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, an American writer of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, and horror novels. Conrad also publishes media tie-in novels as Julie Fortune. Rachel Caine has been writing and publishing novels and short stories since 1991. She is a former professional musician who has the distinction of having played with such musical legends as Henry Mancini, Peter Nero and John Williams.


  • Reply Kylie1403 May 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I LOVE this review and have been LOVING this series :D

  • Reply Caitlin May 6, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Good review, I really liked the early books in this series but I’ve gone off it recently. I should give it another shot.

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