Series: The Morganville Vampires, #2
Author: Rachel Caine
Pages: 380 (Mass Market Paperback)
Publisher: NAL Jam
Release Date: April 3, 2007
Claire has her share of challenges. Like being a genius in a school that favors 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 Dead Girls' Dance picks up exactly where Glass Houses ended, which is great since that was some cliffhanger! We immediately learn more about the hilariously, sweet, Shane, who isn't so hilarious or sweet with his crazy, vampire-hunting, biker, father around. In fact, his father causes a whole lot of trouble in his arrival and it's up to Claire to fix it.
"You know, I thought you were a mousy little thing when I first saw you, Claire, but you're not, are you?" "Even a mouse bites."
I think those above quotes perfectly describe Claire in this book. She's in even more trouble than she was in the previous book, and so are her roommates. She's scared, but she's determined to not let the vampires control her life. She still goes to her classes despite the threats she's sure to encounter the moment she steps out the front door. When her roommates aren't able to go out and face the night to try to save themselves, Claire takes it upon herself. Thankfully, she uses her brains and has a cop escort her, but sometimes curiosity gets the best of her and she makes some incredibly rash and stupid decisions.
We get to see a lot more of the vampire world that has taken over Morganville, and it's even more corrupt than at first site. It also becomes less clear who the bad guys are: humans or the vampires? There appears to be monsters on both sides and Claire must face them both. She must also decide who to trust and who can really protect her and her friends.
This was a fast paced addition to the series, and thankfully it didn't end on too big of a cliffhanger. I'm still eager to know what comes next for Claire, Shane, Eve, and Michael though!