The Dead Girls' Dance (The Morganville Vampires) Library Binding – December 15, 2007
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- Publisher : Paw Prints (December 15, 2007)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1435222385
- ISBN-13 : 978-1435222380
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 1 x 4.25 x 7 inches
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#2,829,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #3,045 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Being a Teen (Books)
- #7,634 in Teen & Young Adult Horror
- #7,646 in Teen & Young Adult Sword & Sorcery Fantasy
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This book however, is really bad. The most offensive thing (spoiler alert) is the scene where the leads are almost the victims of premeditated rape (including drugging one of the girls), by abusive scumbags, and moments later the lead decides their attackers are just misguided. Within three minutes of attempted rape, the lead is holding hands with one of the guys who attempted to assault her, and she's comforting HIM. And the only reason the guys stopped trying to rape the girls is that a monster showed up; not because they had a change of heart. I'm truly horrified that the author would put this in the world for a largely young, female, audience to read. And there are multiple other cases in these books where the lead girls are threatened with sexual assault by various bad guys.
The underage lead also spends a fair amount of time attempting to seduce an adult male, who's considered a good guy because he won't actually sleep with her, he'll stop at just feeling her up (also, legally known as molestation). It's almost as if a creepy guy wrote this book as part of his fantasy world; no joke.
And beyond the creepy, there's just the stupid. The girls in this book make one insanely stupid decision after another. The plot only moves forward because they make obviously terrible choices to put themselves in harm's way. The lead puts herself in front of a person she knows is trying to kill her over and over again, and every time she does, the person attacks her.
So adults, you'll probably hate it (unless you are a creep), parents - do not buy this for you kids (male or female -these characters are terrible role models), and everyone else, you'll just be annoyed.
Claire is in a world of hurt. The Texas town of Morganville is not only run by the vampires but is totally owned by them. And her boyfriend's father and his biker gang think that they can take out several hundred vampires. And her buddy Michael cannot leave his house nor is he around during the daytime.
Claire may be a nerd, but she’s feisty as they come. She gets involved in all the vampire drama, and does it willingly at times. Her reasoning usually had to do with protecting her friends/roommates. And with this book, you realize her loyalty knows no bounds, even to the detriment of her own self preservation.
After the horrible cliffhanger from the last book, I really wondered how the beginning of this book was going to be handled. I don’t want to give away the ending from last time, so I will just say that the author did just what I thought she would, and I was extremely happy with that. And while we are on the subject of cliffhangers, the ending to this one while a bit shocking, didn’t upset me near as bad as the first book did. It did however make me buy the third, and I am reading it now. These books are incredibly addicting!
Claire is just the best character. She’s smart to her core, but in the end she is really young. The events in the first two books have caused her to grow up more than a little and fast. She’s got her first real boyfriend now, Shane, and she actually lives in the same old house with him and Michael, the owner, and Eve, the pretty goth girl, with a thing for Michael. Michael, Shane,and Eve all grew up together in Morganville, so they have always been aware of the vampires that run the town. That doesn’t make them happy about it though. The villains from the last book are still causing havoc, and now Shane’s vampire killer father has come to town. Havoc is the word here for his dad-or crazy-take your pick. His presence causes all kinds of grief for not only Shane, but all of the rest of the main characters as well. Monica is the head of the mean girls in town. Her father is the mayor, and all kinds of horrible, so she comes by it honestly. It doesn’t help that she is psychotic, and has it in for Claire.
So we have a wonderful central character, Claire, surrounded by her three close friends. Their house off campus is surrounded at times with vampires, or police that are owned by vampires. And now with Shane’s father around, things are even worse than in the previous installment. They can’t seem to get a break-especially Claire. I loved seeing her find her strength and it’s all about her friends and keeping them safe. She stands up for what she knows is right to the point of possible death-or worse. The book was extremely well written, and the pace is fast when it needed to be-action, life or death moments-and a bit slower when it needs to be-the blooming romance of Shane and Claire, or the family dinners of the four-so I thought it was just perfect.
The Dead Girl’s Dance refers to a fraternity party held every year on campus. This is Claire first time going to a frat party, and can I just say that after reading this, if you are a college student and get invited to one, well I would really think long and hard before going! It’s not exactly fun in this version!
Highly recommended to urban fantasy fans, paranormal readers, and anyone that just likes a good and exciting YA story. Very entertaining to say the least!
FYI-It’s advertised for ages twelve and up, and I personally would change that to ages 15+.
Top reviews from other countries
This time, the young occupants of the Glass House - Michael, Shane, Eve and Claire - have to deal with Shane's vengeful biker father Frank, who has returned to Morganville with his gang to bring down the vampires who contributed to the destruction of his family. Meanwhile, the household is trying to stay on the right side of the vampire Powers That Be, as well as coping with their jobs, college work and psychopathic peers. And each other, of course, as the Michael-Eve and Claire-Shane romances simmer away nicely in the background...
It took me longer to get into 'The Dead Girls' Dance' than 'Glass Houses', perhaps because the four main characters are more fragmented from each other, and there is just so much going on. It felt like things were moving very quickly, but I didn't always engage with it all. Like an action movie where you switch off a bit through some of the fight scenes, until it comes back down to earth for a moment and you start paying attention again. In fact, reading these books I can see them running through my head like a movie - I think they'd make great films. I thought the characters of Eve, Claire and Amelie really came to life in this book, and I look forward to seeing how they and the other characters grow and develop over the rest of the series. The final verdict? A good little read, but not as gripping as 'Glass Houses'. The Morganville equivalent of 'New Moon', perhaps?
The characters get fleshed out further, and new details about Morganville and it's past are revealed.
An excellent book.
Trigger Warning: Contains a scene of attempted rape.