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The Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Caine

The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires, Book 2)Despite having gained the Founder of Morganville’s unofficial protection for herself and her friends, Claire Danvers know that the danger will never pass because the Founder’s protection came with a price—never leaving the borders of Morganville. And—surprise, surprise—danger has a way of seeking out the residents of the Glass House. It starts with the vampire hating motorcycle gang and rapidly progresses downhill from there. Time is running out and the stakes are even higher now that multiple lives are on the line—including one boy who Claire has realized she can’t live without. Claire may now be well versed in vampire lore, but nothing can prepare her for the unlikeliest human-vampire alliances—and their retributions.

Caine does not disappoint with this second installment in the Morganville Vampires series. The novelty of the mystery of Morganville has not quite worn off yet, but even better, new outside threats present themselves to make things more interesting. Caine proves herself a talented writer through the way everything in the story connects one way or another. Discovering all these surprising connections is part of what makes reading the story so much fun. I’ve already established that the exciting plot has only gotten better in the continuation of the Morganville Vampires series, and I’m glad to say that this was mirrored by character development as well. In The Dead Girls’ Dance, the reader learns much more about each of the main characters, particularly their pasts. This as well as several developing romances made the characters more likable and realistic. Though there isn’t a major cliffhanger at the end of the novel as there was in its prequel Glass Houses, I still can’t wait to read the rest of the Morganville Vampires series.

The Morganville Vampires series will be enjoyed by fans of Firespell by Chloe Neill, the City of Bones trilogy by Cassandra Clare, and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

Rating: 4.5

Review copy from publisher Penguin

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