Completion Date: June 2007
Pages: 256
Publication Year: 2007
Purchased in 2007
Book Two in the Morganville Vampires series.

Reason for Reading: Sequel to Glass Houses.
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 theDead Girls' Dance, hell is really going to break loose.
It is a good thing I finally got around to reviewing this book. It reminded me that book three in the series comes out later this year and I do not have it on my list of books I am looking forward to.

This series is not exactly the most challenging series I am reading, but it is enjoyable. I read a few paranormal series here and there, but I am mostly moving away from that genre. There are only a few authors that I am looking forward to seeing what happens next with. This series is one of them. This book had a better ending than the last one, though, when the last one ended I was very impatient for book two because it had a majorly bad ending, in the sense that I wanted to know what happened next! This one, I of course want to read the next book in the series, but it is not a strong need.

Claire has a lot going on in her life. She's a genius, so she went to college early, but her parents would not let her go to a top of the line one because they wanted her to stay close to home. As a result, the school that she is attending is more interested in looks than grades. That does not matter, though, because she spends the majority of the book caught up in vampire drama, so there is often a reason why she cannot go to school. She a boyfriend in this book, and I kept having to remind myself that this is a teen book, so boyfriend and girlfriend is not necessarily going to go very far, especially since she is a minor.

Her other roommates have a relationship as well, and it gets pretty interesting during the course of this book. I cannot share because it would give away spoilers from the previous book. Let's just say that their relationship gets more and more complicated as time goes on. Claire's boyfriends dad is the cause of most of the excitement in this book. He is determined to kill all the vampires because they were responsible for his daughter and wives death. He does not take no for an answer, and he is hell-bent on revenge.

Claire is a typical teen caught up in a very strange situation. She is not the most popular kid at school, far from it, but she gets invited to the Dead Girls' Dance, and then everything in the book takes a drastic change for the worse. The mayor and most of the police force are under the rule of the vampires, so it is a question of who the quartet can trust to get them out of harms way safely.

Parting Thoughts: I find some of Claire's attributes annoying at times, sort of like I find Bella annoying in the Twilight series from time to time. I think it is the age, as they are both around the same one. This book was enjoyable, and I look forward to the next one.


I read this book a while back and I was of the same mind. I enjoyed it. It was not the most stimulating read but it was interesting. But I am liking them.

I liked it, but didn't think it was a very "believable" world. I prefer her Weather Wardens series - or at least I did, until she started ending her books with cliffhangers...

kris: They are just fun reads when you need something a bit different. I am glad they come out mass-market right away, I wouldn't want to read them in hardcover...

li: I haven't read the Weather Warden series yet.

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