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Midnight Alley (The Morganville Vampires #3)

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When Claire Danvers learned that her college town was run by vampires, she did what any intelligent, self-preserving freshman would do: She applied for a transfer and stocked up on garlic. The transfer is no longer an option, but that garlic may come in handy.
Mass Market Paperback, 245 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Signet
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The Holy Terror
I don't want to read this series anymore but I want to know what happens. Sort of a conundrum, huh? My main problem: I don't care what happens to any of the kids. They're whiny, annoying, poorly developed, and they do really stupid things. Claire, the supposed genius, does the dumbest thing anyone can do; she reveals to the villain that she figured out it was them killing people while she's STUCK IN A MOVING CAR ALONE WITH THEM!!! Sorry. Had to get that out. Claire needs to watch some horror mov...more
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
4 Time For A Day Off Stars



How much trouble could a 16 year old, almost 17, girl get into? When you live in Morganville the answer isn't reassuring as Claire Danvers has come to realise. It seems that since the moment she stepped into town trouble have a way of finding her and now that she has signed her life over to Amelie she can't escape getting even more entangled with the city's vampires.

Claire has some tough things to work through. Amelie has her working in some uber-secret stuff that she c...more
Alkyoni

Better than the previous two, in my humble opinion. More world building, some new faces, more information, some character growth…

After three books, I am giving up on trying to decide how I feel about the characters. I just accept them the way they are and you know what? Now that I’m writing things down, they feel like real life people. There is no perfect character. So, I’m done complaining.

Claire: There are days that I love her, there are days that she gets on my nerves. I try to keep in mind...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Fans of Morganville Vampires rejoice! We finally got a book that lives up to this series potential. Or at least gets very close to it. Which is cool.

I really love this series and it pains me to give these books less than five stars. Morganville Vamps can do five stars easily. It just doesn’t work too hard to reach that for some reason unknown to me yet.

I never felt like continuing a series after giving the first book three stars. Never. That means that I found the series meh. Meh doesn’t want me...more
Amber
4.5 Stars!!! Wow, another awesome addition to The Morganville Vampires series. Once again, the author picks right up where the previous book left off. Here's one of my favorite quotes from this book...

"What is that, some freak-ass Goth idea of romantic suicide? You turning into a fang-banger?" (Shane to Eve)

There's a big secret that Amelie has told to Claire and she is to tell NO ONE! Throughout this installment Claire is faced with a duty Amelie has required her to work on and it is a scary cha...more
Lexie
Spoilers for book 1 (Glass Houses) and book 2 (Dead Girl's Dance).

Since I'm assuming y'all read Book 2 by now I can freely say that I hated how Shane acted throughout much of the book. I understand that he was under pressure and that he was mentally, physically and emotionally beaten down by his dad, but I'm not sure that excuses all of his jackass behavior. Unfortunately if I thought he would improve in this book I was obviously mental. His attitude in general is horrific for much of the book a...more
Natalie
First Impressions: Once again, this book was better than the previous one. It's easily my favorite in the series so far. In Midnight Alley, we get to see more development of the characters (especially the vampires!) as well as the results of the big decision Claire makes at the end of Book 2, The Dead Girls' Dance.

What about Midnight Alley made it better than the first two? Overall, I enjoyed the plot a lot more. I think Rachel Caine shows off her creativity in this book, more so than she has be...more
Arlene
Midnight Alley is the third installment of the Morganville Vampire series, and so far my favorite. The series continues to be fast paced as it tosses murder and mayhem into the storyline from all angles when you least expect it. As a reader, I was captivated by the events and intrigued with the plot as new secrets were revealed and additional vampire lore was unfolded. The characters continue to draw my attention, and they grow on me more and more with every book.

In this book, Claire must face t...more
Myvampfiction
review by Saluki

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*

The third book in the Morganville Vampires series picks up where book two left off. One thing that you need to know about the Morganville series is that they aren't stand alone books, so if you haven't read the first two books in the series, this one won't make much sense. If you need a refresher, check out SarahBella's review of The Dead Girls' Dance. Also, don't forget to read our interview with the series author, Rachel Caine. When we last sa...more
Krys

So, three books in now and I am still loving The Morganville Vampire books. However, I need a break.

In Midnight Alley Rachel Caine has done some interesting things to her characters. Michael (spoiler) has become a Vampire, Shane (spoiler) is having difficulty accepting him thanks to his bigoted Father’s crusade against the undead, Eve (spoiler) is avoiding her psychotic brother, and Claire (spoiler) has accepted Amelie’s protection. Besides that… oh gods, the twists and turns in this book! Most...more
Nic
Another amazing book in a incredible series.

Rachel Caine is such a clever writer. There are so many twists and turns that you never see coming. There is also plenty of moments in this book that make you laugh.

The characters again are strong, funny and very loyal to each other despite it all. Although Shane was a bit of jerk at times in this book but it looked like he was coming back to his old self by the end. And how can you forget the introduction of Myrnin, he is a intersting character and I...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
So let us begin, as I normally do, with a plot summary.... and I've deleted this a few times because my openers were a bit snarky – but the plot of this book was a problem to me.

Stuff happened. There are EVENTS. Random stuff happening, but they're not really linked as a plot. There's no coherent whole and, in some ways, Claire feels completely dropped into storylines that don't concern or involve her. There's a lot happening that doesn't advance the plot, storylines kind of limping along without...more
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
Jeez! Can't these people ever not almost die in every book?! And no more parties for you guys!

There are always multiple storylines in each book, but they always eventually tie in together.

Myrnin might be batshit insane, but I love that guy. I so want to see more of him.

Of course, this book involves more secret keeping. While sometimes, Claire really has no choice but to keep a secret or die, I do wish she would open her mouth at times. They all keep getting put in danger.

And now, at the end of...more
Ta§chima Cullen
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I have not had so much trouble finishing a VAMPIRE book in my life. I mean the story in the beginning leaves a lot to be desired, and it only starts getting good AT THE VERY END. The only parts I could say I really enjoyed where the parts where Myrnin, the vampire tutor, appeared. Now he was interesting.

Another thing is I have a big problem with Shane. For being the main characters boyfriend, I think she can do a lot better. He is just not that interes...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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LegallyBarb
I was going to rate this one a little lower than the first two, and I'm not entirely sure why - perhaps because I think that a 35 year old woman's 4 and 5 star books should incorporate more than young adult vampire series?!?!?! Probably! What I loved about this book is that it is a fast, enjoyable, spunky read, with funny and lovable characters, and a great story. I love the way this one went more in depth into the history of the town and the trials and tribulations of the vampires. I love how t...more
Madelyn Grey
Mar 17, 2011 Madelyn Grey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ages 13+ For those who want a YA vampire novel that doesn't romanticize the vampire mythos.
Book three of the Morganville Vampires series is another fantastic addition to the series. Clever, adventurous, and a little sexy, this installment kicks the series up to a whole new level of impressiveness.

Claire is now Protected by Amelie, the Founder of Morganville. Claire soon finds out, however, that "Protected" is just a flowery word for "owned." The bracelet, the contract, makes Claire Amelie's property, and the vampire queen already has a few ideas how to put her strengths to good use.

Un...more
Ian
Damn Jam it––– Damn Jam it––– Damn Jam it–––
Damn Jam it––– Damn Jam it––– Damn Jam it–––
Damn Jam it––– Damn Jam it––– Damn Jam it–––

...Jam it!

More to come later.

So...three quarters of the way through the third book in the series the main character finally does something. Oh wait, no she didn't do anything.

The series centers around Clare, Shane, Michael and Eve. A lot of things happen to them but what they do is mostly make bad decisions and complain.

OK, I'm not the intended market...these bo...more
Danielle
What an infuriating series! I still like the setting, there are some intriguing secondary characters I would love to follow for a while, still interested by the meta-plot - and she's added an interesting wrinkle in this one - but merciful heavens, those main characters! They are so ANNOYING. They do the darndest things, kids. Shane gets a medal for becoming almost as irritating as Claire. And actually, Claire wasn't quite as irritating as she was in the first two books, but I still found there w...more
Rachel ♥Reads Ravenously♥
Still only 3 stars for these books. This book not a 4 because Shane needs to get his crap together.
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

Claire has signed the contract with Amelie and is trying to keep it hidden from her friends. However this gets harder as she is ordered to work with Myrnin, a brilliant but insane scientist. Meanwhile bodies kept turning up around the Glass house and Eve’s crazy brother has just got out of prison. This is an action-packed book with excellent characters such as Myrnin, Claire and Shane. I would recommend Midnight All...more
Ivana Ciglar

Suspense, crime, fantasy and a dash of romance !

Superb sequel to an invigorating series...


This is a third installment in The Morganville Vampires Series and is meant for the young adult audience but it is a great treat for adults as well.

This novel can be read as a stand alone but it is much better to read it in a proper order because each novel adds something extra to the story and the characters slowly develop their personalities and grow with time.

Also, once you grow attached to the character...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
This series gets better for me the more I read on. Caine is a smart author, continuing to develop an intricate backstory for a town ruled by the vampire class.

This is no sappy PNR, but rather a tongue-in-cheek UF in which the main character develops from a spineless child into a fierce contender willing to go toe to toe with the vamps to keep her friends safe.
Cassandra
Oh man I so did not love this book like I did the others. So disappointing. I will continue to read the series because I love the characters and hopefully the next ones will be just as good as the previous ones before Midnight Alley. Ahh *sigh* heres to hoping!
Lauren
What an infuriating series! I swear, with every book, by the time I finish - I am either A) raging inside because all I can think is WHAT THE FUCK??? or B) rolling my eyes & silently beating myself up, wondering - Why do I hate myself so much that I continue to torture myself with this ridiculous bullshit???

I think this series has great potential. It's why I keep coming back. But in Dead Girl's Dance, I was already bored with the direction things seemed to be headed and I almost put Midnight...more
Lin
I should be used to the cliffhangers here, but yes, again big cliff hanger warning.

I'm not really sure what the plot was in this book. Lots of things happened, but it wasn't book shaped.

Still I seem to be addicted to these books even if I don't know why.

Finally something comes about from Claire's supersmartness, other than the whole being too young at uni thing which has gotten really old already (anyone fancy some time travel awesomeness to bring her up to the rest of the gangs age?) Amelie wan...more
Elysium
3,5 stars

Claire has now pledged herself to Amelie, the founder of Morganville, but is scared to tell her friends knowing they will get mad. Something is happening to the vampires and Amelie needs Claire’s help to solve it. She sends Claire as a pupil to Myrnin, who is old and half-crazy with periods of lucidity.

I have to say that I hate these evil cliffhangers! It’s so wrong to end every book like that…

The book pretty much starts where the last one ended and now Claire is pledged to Amelie but...more
Ashlie
Finally Claire has found someone whose genius matches and goes beyond, slightly, that of her own. I really like Myrnin. His character definitely ups the ante because you never know what the heck he's going to do, or if his manic state really is just that. I still never understand what side he's playing for, and it seems as thought he will be the one to tip the scales of power in Morganville, eventually, if not just now.

Shane is still Claire's boyfriend, and his father is still bat-poop crazy, w...more
Angie
The deeper I get into the secret workings of Morganville, the more I love it! Claire's contract with Amelie came with a lot more baggage than Claire thought. Not only is she under Amelie's protection, but she's earned a place in the in-crowd (kind of), and gotten herself an apprenticeship with a not-so-stable scientist vampire, Myrnin. Myrnin reminds me a lot of the Mad Hatter, with his mismatched clothes and tendency towards madness. He was a great addition to the Morganville cast.

Tensions are...more
Kt
It seems trouble and Claire and her friends go hand in hand. When Claire signed the contract she really wasn't sure what she was getting herself into. When she is assigned to study with an absolutely brilliant vampire named Myrnin, she thinks it could be a good opportunity until she realizes just how ill he is. She has no choice but to do what the founder asks even though it could mean her life. Meanwhile Micheal is being targeted for assassination since he is the newest vampire. As if that wasn...more
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“But that quickly faded, and he frowned. "You're bleeding," he said. "What happened?"
Claire sighed and held up her wrist to show him the bandage. "Man, you would be so embarrassed if I said it was something else." Michael looked blank. "I'm a girl, Michael, it could have been all natural, you know. Tampons?”
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