The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires Series #2)

The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires Series #2)

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by Rachel Caine, Cynthia Holloway
     
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—College should be an exciting time, but for brainy 16-year-old Claire Danvers that's too mild a word. Due to advanced placement, Claire can start college early, but her parents refuse to allow her to go to the distant Ivy League school of her dreams. She goes to Texas Prairie University where she is tormented by the popular girls—but that's the least of her worries. Morganville, home of the university, is also home to vampires and vampire hunters. Claire finds protection from the horrors of the town in the Glass House with three fellow outcasts, Goth girl Eve, rebellious Shane, and Michael, who disappears during the day. Claire falls for Shane and would do anything to protect her friends, including facing down bloodthirsty vampires and dangerous bikers. Rachel Caine's first two books (Penguin, 2006, 2007) in the series flesh out the characters and the setting, allowing listeners to really visualize the town. These suspenseful titles are filled with violence, language, and sensual situations. Cynthia Holloway's narration has a supernatural quality that is perfectly suited to the story, and she does a nice job of switching between characters and capturing the changes in Claire as she grows more mature and confident. Older teens will fall under Caine's spell as she weaves together scary moments with romantic situations, which are at times overly descriptive, but not graphic. Those looking for books like Twilight, but with more bite, will enjoy this series.—Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400141913
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Morganville Vampires Series , #2
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Rachel Caine lives in Fort Worth, TX.

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The Dead Girls' Dance (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 586 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hold on to your fish-net stockings because the action in THE DEAD GIRLS' DANCE starts on the first page and never lets up. The story begins exactly where the first book in the Morganville Vampire series, GLASS HOUSES, left off. Claire, Eve, and Shane are in shock over what Shane's father and his buddies have done to Michael. Shane's father has returned to Morganville with one thing in mind: He wants to kill as many vampires as he can, even if he gets killed in the process. After the trauma Shane's family went through with the loss of his sister, and, subsequently, his mother, Shane and his father have cooked up a plan for revenge. Shane's phone call to his father sets the plan in motion and once his father arrives, Shane realizes what a mistake he's made. The protection Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael have under the Founder is in jeopardy now that Shane's dad is causing problems. If they are thought to be involved in any kind of plan to kill the vampires, their protection will be removed and it will be open season on the occupants of the Glass House -- and believe me, there are plenty of vampires and people in Morganville who want to see them dead. When one of the most powerful vampires in town turns up dead, Shane is accused of the crime and sentenced to death, and it is up to Claire and Eve to find a way to save him. Readers will enjoy it when Claire's nemesis, Monica, gets a little of what's coming to her when the tables are turned and she is put in the victim role. Also be looking for relationships to blossom over the course of THE DEAD GIRLS' DANCE, both in love and friendship. We also meet a new, likeable character named Sam. He offers aid to Claire and Eve when they are in desperate need of help. The only drawback with this book is that it isn't a stand-alone story. In order to understand the reasoning behind much of the action it would be better to read the first book in the series, GLASS HOUSES. However, in my opinion, this isn't a major drawback at all since it leads you to another great book by Rachel Caine. THE DEAD GIRLS' DANCE is one of the best books I've read, and the shocking ending will leave you panting and begging for the next installment. **Reviewed by: Karin Perry
JanesJustice More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all the books in the Morganville Vamp series. This book was a good mix of real life (spiked drinks, college) and vamp life. I have enjoyed the series so much that I've forward the books to friends and family. It is an interesting and fun read.
Carriebear More than 1 year ago
Rachel Caine has something going. I love the Morganville series so far. I have read Glass House (Book1) and The Dead Girls Dance (Book2) and enjoyed each the same. Each book has a new and interesting twist. Just when you think things are working out , something else stirs up. Can't wait to get the rest of the series.
x_thatonegirl_x More than 1 year ago
Just went and picked up the rest of the series after reading book one yesterday. Dead Girl's Dance did not disappoint, it was even better than the first. The only problem is pacing yourself so you don't go through the whole series in 5 days. From the first page to the last it was edgy, suspenseful, sweet, romantic and well written. The main characters are all interesting and likeable.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
This particular breed of vampire novel might not be for me... there seems to be a lot of emotional turmoil, but not much else going on. The redeemable qualities are the characters and the overall feel of the story. My opinions aside, I've heard from many vampire lovers that this is their favorite series, so it is definitely still worth your time! If you liked this one, you will also like the "Vampire Academy" by Richelle Mead, "Wicked Lovely" by Melissa Marr, and "Marked" by P.C. and Kristin Cast.
pacluvr04 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of the series and I absolutely love it. All the main characters are great and they are good reads, quick reads as well but still good, I highly recommend this entire series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this series. Caine really capture the essence of a young mind and the challenges of growing up quickly. Claire is faced yet again with the ongoing challenges found in her new town. No spoilers here :) You will want to read them all :)
vampires4rachelcaine More than 1 year ago
the dead girls dance is the second in the morganville vampires series, the only thing i have to say about this book is that it lives up to, and goes beyond the first! if you have read the first two or are just picking this one up buy them all at once and save yourself time, and stress. trust me on this i speak from exsperence.
Evangeline_Pierce More than 1 year ago
The Dead Girls Dance is a flawless continuation of Glass Houses. With the combination of the residents of the Glass House and the house itself there is an unstoppable force in Morganville. The Dead Girls dance is action packed and suspenseful. Rachel Caine does an amazing job guiding you through the twists and turns in the life of Claire Danvers and her newly formed friends. With alliances being formed and deals being made all over town things are growing to a head in this small Texas town and the reader is left on the edge of their seat wounding with each turn of the page what direction that trouble will come from. Fantastic read!
Mona90 More than 1 year ago
The Dead Girls Dance was a little more thrilling and fast paced then the first book, Glass Houses. Claire is a lot stronger and Eve shows a feisty side that was not seen in Glass Houses. This book will really have you hooked to the climbing thrill of events. The Vamps seem to be more alive in this one!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Hold on to your fish-net stockings because the action in THE DEAD GIRLS' DANCE starts on the first page and never lets up. The story begins exactly where the first book in the Morganville Vampire series, GLASS HOUSES, left off. Claire, Eve, and Shane are in shock over what Shane's father and his buddies have done to Michael.

Shane's father has returned to Morganville with one thing in mind: He wants to kill as many vampires as he can, even if he gets killed in the process. After the trauma Shane's family went through with the loss of his sister, and, subsequently, his mother, Shane and his father have cooked up a plan for revenge. Shane's phone call to his father sets the plan in motion and once his father arrives, Shane realizes what a mistake he's made.

The protection Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael have under the Founder is in jeopardy now that Shane's dad is causing problems. If they are thought to be involved in any kind of plan to kill the vampires, their protection will be removed and it will be open season on the occupants of the Glass House -- and believe me, there are plenty of vampires and people in Morganville who want to see them dead. When one of the most powerful vampires in town turns up dead, Shane is accused of the crime and sentenced to death, and it is up to Claire and Eve to find a way to save him.

Readers will enjoy it when Claire's nemesis, Monica, gets a little of what's coming to her when the tables are turned and she is put in the victim role. Also be looking for relationships to blossom over the course of THE DEAD GIRLS' DANCE, both in love and friendship. We also meet a new, likeable character named Sam. He offers aid to Claire and Eve when they are in desperate need of help.

The only drawback with this book is that it isn't a stand-alone story. In order to understand the reasoning behind much of the action it would be better to read the first book in the series, GLASS HOUSES. However, in my opinion, this isn't a major drawback at all since it leads you to another great book by Rachel Caine. THE DEAD GIRLS' DANCE is one of the best books I've read, and the shocking ending will leave you panting and begging for the next installment.
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
This second volume in the Morganville series packed just as much intense action as the first. Now there is more to worry about than just the vampires in the town. Claire, in what's become her usual way, is rushing around trying to save the day for everyone. Michael is struggling with what he is and how much that prevents him from helping. Eve falls apart a bit and then goes to extremes. We do see more of Oliver, and Amelie and we meet a new and very important vampire who I predict will be a major part of the series from here on in. As with the first book, they narrowly escape with their lives and just when you think it's all over, we get a new dilemma at the end of the book and leave with a cliffhanger. Rest easy though readers, the cliffhanger in this book was not nearly as dramatic as the one at the end of Glass Houses. Definitely a series I will continue to read, and if you like vampire books, you should too!
Nicole Smith More than 1 year ago
So this is the second book in the series, and it was just as good as the first. I listened to this book by way of my phone, which is how I’m able to read and sew at the same time. So this time, not only does Claire and the gang have to fight the vampires and Monica and her goon squad, they also have to deal with Shane’s crazy crazy (yes he warranted two crazies) father. I still can’t really stand how immature Claire is, but it does go along with the character being younger than normal for college. I love the series though. My favorite part of the book is what happens to Michael. If you want to know what it is, then you will have to read it. I won’t tell what happens. It is a major part of the story line. Considering the name of the book, the dance is a very very small portion of the story, and not even that important. So I give this book 4 stars. I still like the series a lot.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I wanted to read this one because I really enjoyed the characters in the first one and just had to know what would happen with that ending.      This one gives more on the romantic front for the girls and it was nice to get some real clarity there because I was going back and forth, But I really enjoyed it and the romance went into some steamy territory that I really liked.     Claire continues to be a character I admire for her strength as a person, her determination for her education, as well as loyalty to the others in the house. She goes through great lengths in order for their safety and she ends up in some pretty dark places because of it.     We find out a lot more about the founders and their motivations. There are also mixed alliances and people that they thought they could trust that amounts in a lot of action as well as everyone to think a third time about what they are doing and who they are trusting, because in a town where vampires rule, they are already thinking twice of they wouldn't be alive.     This one has a lot of action as well, and it all builds to an ending that left me ready to read the next one right away. No second book syndrome here, it kept me glued by continuing character growth, new twists, the romance, and shocking choices that I've yet to fully grasp the implications of.  Bottom Line: Great second book, dials up the romance. 
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Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
I was immensely looking forward to reading this book, and I very much enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. Compared to the first book, it wasn’t as exciting. There was a lot of action and mystery in the first book, and for me it felt as though The Dead Girls Dance focused only on the romance between Claire and Shane, and not much else happened. I’m not all for the I’ll-give-up-my-life-for-you-even-though-I’ve-only-known-you-a-little-over-two-weeks romance. Sorry. That sort of romance is not believable and just not my thing. This book definitely also lacked that wow factor that got me so hooked on the first book. I already have books three and four lined up, but if the pace doesn’t pick up soon, I probably won’t waste my time on the rest of this series, which would be disappointing for me because I REALLY LOVED Glass Houses. 
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Mrs_Siler More than 1 year ago
Great read! I just love this series!