Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Dead Girls' Dance - Rachel Caine

Genre : Fantasy, Young Adults

Series : The Morganville Vampires : Glass Houses, The Dead Girls' Dance

American publisher : NAL Jam : 6,99$

English publisher : Allison & Busby : 6,99£

Good news, girls : Your dates are here!

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 roomate (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.

Bad news, girls : They're dead.
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.

What I think

With this second book, we don't have time to get ver all the excitement from the first one. The action begins from the first line and doesn't stop until the last. But this book is much more interesting than the first, because we learn more about the vampire organization and their history. The characters don't evolve much here, except for Michael. But we learn more about their personal histories and their families.

And we can say that Claire us also a genius to put herself in dangerous situations, and I even wonder how she managed to stay alive for 16 years!

I don't know why, I magine Eve, Shane and Michael older (especially Michael) while they're only 18. Maybe living in a town full of vampires makes you more mature;o) But what gets a little on my nerves is this insistance on Claire's age. Ok, she's 16, and so what?

Theromance between Claire and Shane is quite fun actually, because Shane doesn't want to speed things up, because (hey!) Claire's underage...

I don't want to offense anybody, but this puritanism just makes me smile, especially after reading Rachel Caine's other series, Weather Warden (well ok it's for adults, but all the same!)

The end is again a cliffhanger, but what I appreciate about this series is that the next book starts exactly where the previous one stops : no "one year later" or "three months later", like in most series.

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