The Dead Girls' Dance - Rachel Caine

This is the second book in the Morganville Vampire series.  
Claire and the gang have barely had to time to regroup since we last saw them at the end of the last book.  Disturbing the little bit of peace they managed to gain just hours before, Shane's dad and his gang of bikers show up determined to take revenge on the vampires that destroyed their family.  In addition to this major problem, Claire still has to go to school and deal with the bullies.  Aside from the threats to their lives, on the back burner, there are also budding romances between Eve and Michael and Claire and Shane.  As we delve deeper into the secrets of Morganville, things get a lot more dangerous as the residents of the Glass House continue their fight to stay alive in a town full of vampires. 

This book literally picks up where the last one left off and we are instantly thrown into the action.  I am so grateful that I didn't have to sit through chapters of recap, like in some other books.  Though I liked the first one better, I still enjoyed this book.  At times, the story lost some of it's original believability but the action was appreciated.  This isn't a long book, at 256 pages,  but there is a lot happening.  As I anticipated, we learn more about the town, its politics, and its fanged residents.  I still find Morganville and it's characters intriguing.  

There were a couple of things about this continuation that I did not like.  It is mainly around Shane's storyline with his dad.  I liked that we got some insight into his past but he seemed to go from wanting to take down the vampires to wanting to get along with them very suddenly.  I know if vampires or anyone were the cause of a death(s) in my family, then it would take a lot longer for me to "come around." So, Claire has taken his spot as my favorite character. I don't know why but I just really like her despite her definite flaws.  I have also warmed up to Eve, although in this one she becomes a cry baby, but that's understandable.  I'm still sympathetic towards Michael but I don't really like or dislike him.  That being said, I do like what he contributes to the story. 

All in all, this was a good book and an okay follow-up to Glass Houses.  I didn't get that same I've-got-to-read-the-next-one-now feeling I got after the first one.  There wasn't a huge cliffhanger at the end of this one but we were left with some unanswered questions.  Sure, I'll read the next one.  I'm just not as excited about it. 

4 out of 5 STARS

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