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

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

by Rachel Caine

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ISBN-13: 9780451220899
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Series: Morganville Vampires Series , #2
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 133,389
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).

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The Dead Girls' Dance (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 614 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.
DebbieMcCauley on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is the second book in the Morganville Vampires series. It follows on from the cliff-hanger in the first book when Claire Danvers discovers that her college town is full of vampires. Her flatmate Michael is dead, killed by the biker gang who stormed into the Glass House in the final chapter of Morganville Vampires. Their leader is unfortunately flatmate Shane¿s father and has come back to town seeking revenge on the vampires for killing his daughter and wife. He mistakenly took Michael for a vampire instead of the ghost he really is. Flatmates Shane, Claire and Eve are distraught and frantically try to find solutions to their problems. Amelie, the leader of all vampires, seems to offer conditional support but the situation is volatile. Lots of action but the date-rape drug and attempted rape of Claire is handled in what seems a frivolous manner. Not too bad overall.
Melanie_McCullough on LibraryThing 8 months ago
What can I say except that I wish someone had told me sooner how awesome these books were? I read both Glass Houses (Book 1) and The Dead Girls' Dance (Book #2) in a single sitting. They are quick and fun and oh so fantastic. Glass Houses ends with a MAJOR cliffhanger and I think if I hadn't had the second book right there in my hands, I would've died. Waiting must have been unbearable for readers who've been with this series since the beginning.The Dead Girls' Dance picks up exactly where Glass Houses ends and continues the story. Shane's dad is causing all sorts of trouble and we get to learn a lot more about Shane, who btw, I LOVE. For me, whether or not I am going to adore a book or series comes down to the love interest. And Shane? Well, he's perfect for me. Protective, loyal, and just the perfect amount of smart ass.Claire seems to come into her own in book 2 as well. She's fiercer, more determined and I think I like her even more than I did in Glass Houses.All in all, a wonderful follow up to Glass Houses. The action and suspense is amazing. I couldn't flip the pages fast enough and now that I'm done, I'm really sad that I don't have the other, what? 10 Books? Wow. There's a reason there are so many of these books and a reason they're so popular. They're awesome. And if you're like me, and you haven't read them before, you should pick them up. Like, now.
halo776 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In the first Morganville Vampires book, we were constantly reminded that Claire is super-smart, a 16-year-old girl who graduated high school early and could have gotten into any Ivy League college of her choice, but is stuck at TPU because her parents want her to go to a small-town school until she's older. Book 2 finds us in Morganville, watching the Glass House residents (Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael) caught between two sides in a war--Shane's dad and biker gang (a group of bloodthirsty vampire hungers)and the Morganville vampires. All the old villains are here: Oliver, Monica, and Brandon. Amidst all the action and tension, what gave me a splitting headache was Claire herself. This girl is on a suicide mission in this book. She shows an amazing lack of forethought, planning, and good judgment. Her housemates and other bystanders are frequently called in to save her from herself. At some point, it gets old. I'm wondering if the Glass Housemates should sacrifice her on the altar of stupidity in the next book and create a new, more mature lead character. However, what keeps this series going is the action, and Rachel Claire has given us a healthy helping of it in The Dead Girls' Dance. We even get to see a little more of Sam, a vampire I could read an entire series about. I hope to see him in the third book.
miyurose on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book picks up exactly where the first left off. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. It¿s good if you¿ve read the first book recently, because it means no waiting! But if it¿s been over two years (like with me), it leaves you a bit disoriented until you can get up to speed again. I actually wonder if these first two books were actually just one that the author was forced to split in two.But, once you do get up to speed again, this is a decent little book. Claire and her roommates really only want one thing ¿ to be left in peace. But Shane¿s father has other ideas, and once the vampires find out his plans, someone has to pay. I like the group of roommates, though Claire does tend to get on my nerves a bit. She makes some really stupid decisions. I do have to give her a little benefit of the doubt. Just because you¿re smart doesn¿t necessarily mean you have common sense. (I might just know this from experience.)Overall, I think this is a good series. I¿m interested in seeing where it is going. Maybe this time I won¿t wait two years to read the next one.
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Not as awesome the second time through, and not nearly as good as the first Morganville Vampires book. But still, it's pretty darn awesome.
Allizabeth on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Just like her fist book in the Morganville Vampires series, Rachel Caine has kept this series flowing into an all new chapter. It was even better than the first novel and I am already reading the third. The Morganville Vampires are my guilty pleasure!!!!
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Fun and fast, but not quite as satisfying as the first book. Plus side, more Amelie. Minus, Shane doesn't get to do much besides act like an idiot.
bookluvrmindy on LibraryThing 8 months ago
WOW! I could not put this book down! Really good.
irunsjh on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I enjoyed this book. I like the direction Rachel Caine has taken Claire and the residents of Glass House. I think she could have done a better job or wrapping up story lines, Eve's brother mainly. Of course she could be leaving these trails for future books in the series, which I am looking forward to reading. Overall a nice fluffy read, when I did not want anything to taxing. A recommendation from me.
jennclack on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I loved the progression of Claire's story in this book. The characters got closer and more of Morganville's story comes out.
PattyLouise on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Ok¿of course this very sly sneaky author made it totally impossible for me to move on to any other book in this enticing mysterious and down right teaser way in which she ended Glass Houses. I didn¿t really think that I was that into this series¿but¿I am. I will be spending the next two weeks in Morganville. ( SIGH ) These books are written in such a way that you literally gulp down every page. They are exciting and there is enough danger in them to give you goosebumps. Claire is just a poor but academically advanced 16 year old who is stuck at the university in Morganville. In the first book she has major bullying issues with another popular girl named Monica. Really puts the mean in mean girl Monica. Claire, in desperation, moves out of the dorm and into a house called the Glass House¿where her roomies cannot believe that she is sort of innocent about the fact that there are many many vampires in Morganville. She also learns that the owner of the house ( Michael ) is a ghost part of the time and can never leave the house and all this is due to a very VIP vamp named Oliver and Michael has a best friend Shane with major issues and another roomie named Eve¿sort of a Goth freak with her own set of issues. On to Book 2¿.and Claire is smack dab in the midst of her boyfriend and his abusive father and the fact that bad bad stuff is happening and Claire is the only one who can save everyone¿in a nutshell. There are good cops and bad cops¿of course the bad cops are vampires. There are scary scary houses and tunnels and OMG¿a fraternity party that is one of the scariest scenes in the entire book. The series so far¿is total scary fun and very well written. I am anxious to see what adventures Claire, Shane, Michael , Eve and even Oliver have in Book 3¿and at the rate I am reading these that would be this time tomorrow¿
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Claire Danvers is dealing with more of the issues created by living in a town controlled by vampires and working her way through being in the middle of several of the factions in the town. There's a lot of involved politics in the book and some interesting people.It's been a while since I read it but I do remember that it was interesting enough that I want to read the next in the series but not so interesting that I feel an urge to hunt up the next book in a hurry.
nmhale on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A fun and quick read, about a precocious girl who goes to college early (at the age of 16!), forced into a community college in a small town that her parents chose, and discovers that a devious secret lurks beneath the facade: vampires. Morganville uses various rules and manipulations, not to mention the sometimes necessary brute force of the vampires, to keep their strange town out of the radar, and they try to keep their college in the dark, thereby providing some extra fodder for the vamps when they decide that a certain student is expendable. Claire, our heroine, breaks through the barrier between town and campus when she moves in to the Glass House to escape the torments of dorm life. In this second novel of the series, Claire has already lived through her first major battle with the powerful vampires of the town (I'm sure there are many more to come), is dating Shane, one of the two hot boys who already lived in the Glass House, knows that the other hottie, Michael, is a strange half ghost / half boy / botched vampire attempt, and is becoming close friends with Eve, the goth girl who also lives there. We pick up right where the first novel left off (what a horrible cliff hanger!) and soon learn that Michael isn't really dead. Yay! Other problems are afoot, however. Shane's dad is in town, a crew of unsavory biker thugs in tow, and he's determined to kill vampires. A lot of them.If word gets out that Shane is involved with vampire homicide, no matter if it's indirect, then Amelie (head honcho vamp) will remove her protection from the Glass House, which is the only thing keeping the four of them safe from some of the other angry vamps in town. To make matters worse, Shane tries to stop his dad and ends up getting caught and blamed for his crime, and the only ones who want to save him are Claire, Eve, and Michael. This installment is very similar to the first in the series. Cute guys galore, humor, some surprisingly violent behaviors - there's a reason this is young adult fic, romance, last minute escapes, and, of course, lots of vampires. One thing I like about this series is that the vamps are spooky and supernatural without being overly occult or at all demonic. It's dark, but not too dark. I do think that this book is a little heavier than the first. Two rape attempts in one novel? Eeesh. Hopefully we have a break from those in the next one. Nonetheless, almost as much fun as the first book, I'm definitely sticking with this series for those times when I need a fluff read with a little kick.
Jacey25 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Dead Girls Dance was yet another fantastic installment in the Morganville series that absolutely gripped me and pulled me through the book. I may have been slightly more fond of the first book but only slightly (and first books are always usually best anyways). Claire is still very very good at raising more trouble than her group can handle but so are her friends. This book picks up right where the cliffhanger of book 1 left off and the tension and problems continue all the way through. There is a surprise (I could see it coming though) in store for one of group of four as well. I really love this series and .... um I think it's better than the Twilight series IMO- it's way more to my taste (more drama/tension/action less love & longing). Highly Reccomended