The Dead Girl’s Dance by Rachel Caine
Read by Cynthia Holloway
Summary from GoodReads:
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.
I really don’t like it when the summary doesn’t match the actual story, but I am lousy at writing them which is why I rely on Goodreads. This summary makes it sound like the frat party is super important to the overall plot and it really isn’t, except maybe as a warning about taking drinks from boys you don’t know well. The party could have been omitted and it wouldn’t have changed the story much. The motorcyclists on the cover were a much bigger part of the story but barely mentioned in the summary. Hmm, well it reads well as a whole and does make you interested in picking up the book maybe, so there is that.
This second installment in this series wasn’t quite as riveting as the first, but was still hard to put down. Lots of different things happen in this story, some good, but a lot of bad as well. We get a lot more history about the vampires in Morganville and about their rivalries and issues. We also meet more of the humans who work for them and some who try to remain neutral and help the humans who run a fowl of the vampires. Which Claire and her friends manage to do a lot.
On top of all the vampires that this group of teens need to fight off, we still have the group of college girls lead by Monica being vicious and cruel, even when Claire tries to help them and then there is the motorcycle gang/vampires killers lead by Shane’s dad. That is a lot for our small band of heroes, but they do it with maybe not grace but snarky comments and a great deal of respect and love for one another.
Claire does some growing up in this book, but she continues to get herself into situations that someone as smart as she is shouldn’t. Sometimes it is her naïveté, she is only sixteen, but there were times when I was like really? that is the choice you are going with? Her crush on Shane is sweet though and I have to respect Shane’s efforts not to get involved with her and to put the brakes on when it is needed, but even he gives into her eventually.
Eve is a great character, she is also smart and savvy and sometimes lets her mouth get in the way of doing what is smart, but she is a good and loyal friend who will give up everything to help her friends. Her relationship with Michael heats up a little in this book. Michael continues to be my favorite character, and he is usually the one to keep calm in dangerous situations. I am not sure I agree with the major decision he makes in this book, but I certainly understand it. I’m also not sure that what happened with him could really happen? But hey, I’m willing to go along with it.
The audiobook continues to be delightful. I like Cynthia’s voice and the way she tells the story. I don’t know if she does all of the books but she is on for the next one, which will be good.
I am definitely picking up at least the next book in the series. As I’ve said before I’m not a huge vampire fan, but so far this series has kept me interested for at least one more.