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Review: Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Caine

Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine

Title: Dead Girls' Dance
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires, #2
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: NAL (Imprint of Penguin)
Date Published: August 3rd, 2007
Edition: eBook
Rating:

Claire Danvers has her share of challenges—like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything.

Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls’ Dance and—surprise!—Claire and her equally outcast best friend, Eve, have been invited. When they find out why, all hell is going to break loose. Because this time both the living and the dead are coming out—and everybody’s hungry for blood.

My Review:

Dead Girls’ Dance picks up right after Glass Houses, quite literally. With the cliffhanger Glass Houses leaves us with, it’s only right that we get to see what happens! But thankfully Dead Girls’ Dance doesn’t leave us hanging quite as much (a little, but not as dramatically lol).

I enjoyed the second book in this series almost as much as the first one, only because the first one had some discovering what this world was all about and that’s always half the fun with a first-in-series. But Rachel Caine doesn’t disappoint and keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entirety of the book. I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally be sucked into a young adult series again. So many of them seem like carbon copies that I was getting a bit bored with the genre (with the exception of new releases from my already-favorite series’), but this one renews my faith in young adult books a bit (even if it is an older-ish series).

Without giving too much away this book follows the aftermath of some choices made by the gang in the first book and leads them into even murkier waters before it’s through. It’s a fun ride with lots of twists and turns.

The only thing I don’t entirely like is the romance between Shane and Claire. Not necessarily because she’s sixteen, I mean he’s only eighteen so it doesn’t seem that bad. But mostly because I don’t really feel any chemistry between them so it feels like a forced romance (by the author) to me. To me, the books would be just as fun even without their little “romantic” side story, but that’s just me.

Aside from that, I’m finding the world pretty interesting — a town run by vampires practically set apart from the rest of the world lends to some unexpected rules and standards. The characters are pretty good. I don’t love Claire, the main character, but she’s gotten better since the beginning of the first book. I do really like Michael and Eve the most, and Shane seems to be a good guy. Mostly I find the vampires in this world fascinating with all their politics.

So this is definitely a series I’ll be continuing. From the Goodreads ratings, it looks like they only get better, so I’m definitely on board with that. I’d recommend this to anyone who loves the paranormal. It’s considered young adult, but has more of an adult urban fantasy feel to it to me, not quite adult, but the same kind of vibe. Fun series overall though.

4 Hearts
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July Random Reads (32): Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise

Random Reads

Hey everyone! Thanks for coming back to participate in Random Reads this month!

Last month I picked and read Briar Rose by Jane Yolen. I finished it and it was okay, not a favorite though. You can read my review for it here. I still need to finish my Random Read for April though, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. I did start it and got about halfway through but I need to find the motivation to finish it this month.


In short, Random Reads is a meme where we pick a random book from our shelf to read within the month. Feel free to do more than one per month, but since a lot of people have a lot of books to read each month, only one is “required” for the meme. I’m on Goodreads so I’m using a combination of the sorting feature and Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Want to join in on Random Reads?

It’s easy…

  1. If you’re on Goodreads enable sorting to your to-read shelf (you should see numbers next to each book now).
  2. Go to Random.org and type in the Min as 1 and the Max as how many ever books are on your to-read shelf. Or you can enter a smaller number as the Max in order to always pick books that have been on your TBR shelf for longer.
  3. Scroll down to the book matching the number Random.org picks.
  4. Link up to your Random Reads post (below). If you choose more than one book per month, be sure to put a number by your name in the list so it doesn’t look like a duplicate.
  5. Read and be merry. :)

If you’re not on Goodreads just pick a random book from your list in whatever way you want to do it. You can use the method I used above or even just close your eyes and point randomly at a book on your bookshelf if you want (spin the bottle style). lol


Now onto this month’s Random Read! This month Random.org chose…

July 2014 Random Reads- Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise

#35 on my to-read (own) list, Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise, and it’s been on my to-read list since November 13, 2010.

I’m still liking keeping my max to 100 in order to pick older books. I’ll probably keep doing that.

I can honestly say though that I’m not looking forward to this read. The few chick lit books I’ve read I have not really been fans of at all. I probably should’ve just flat out deleted it from my list and picked a new book for this month. But, I’m not ready to completely give up on the genre altogether. I mean, I do love chick flicks, so you’d think I would like these kinds of books. But I guess they are different to read than to watch. Anyways, we’ll see. I’m not promising I’ll get all the way through it, but I’ll give it a try.

Random Reads Buttons

Here is the meme button you can use and it’s copy/paste code:

Random Reads

Or you can use the longer “banner” version I used in this post instead:

Random Reads

Link to Your Random Reads Meme

 

Review: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Title: Glass Houses
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires, #1
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: NAL (Imprint of Penguin)
Date Published: October 3rd, 2006
Edition: eBook
Rating:

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?

My Review:

Glass Houses is a book about a girl named Claire who, at sixteen, is super smart and just starting her freshman year at college because of graduating early. But, things aren’t that simple. Because Claire’s parents don’t want her going off to a big college until she’s a little older, they send her to Morganville, Texas — and there’s more to Morganville than first meets the eye.

After being pretty brutally harassed at school by some other girls she makes the decision to find off-campus housing. From there the story really begins, introducing some fun and colorful characters who are Claire’s only hope for surviving this crazy town.

I really liked this! When I picked it up I wasn’t really in the mood for a Young Adult book. After having just read Written in Red by Anne Bishop, I was really hoping to pick up another adult Urban Fantasy. But I wanted something now and had some limited choices from my library’s digital loan site. Thankfully Glass Houses didn’t entirely feel like a Young Adult book but had more of an adult Urban Fantasy feel to it which I liked. The entire story didn’t revolve around a guy (but yes, there was one, of course), and the threats presented were actually pretty daunting. So it’s really a good book for those who aren’t fans of YA or fans that are (like I said, a good in-between — but not New Adult necessarily).

Anyways, something about Glass Houses really grabbed me and sucked me in from the start. I don’t think it was the main character Claire so much as the story and mystery surrounding Morganville. I liked Claire alright after a little while, but at first she kind of seemed a little bit bland and weak. But she grew some backbone before the end of the book and I appreciated witnessing that happen.

I can’t say it’s a five star read because I just read a five star book and it doesn’t quite come up to par with that one, but it was really good! I can’t argue with a book that doesn’t let me put it down. I hope the story stays just as interesting in the books to come though and that my entire interest in it wasn’t blown when finding out all the mysteries Morganville had hiding under the rug. We’ll have to see…I’m on to the next one! :)

4.5 Hearts
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