So after waiting a month or two to get my hands on books 2 and 3 of the Morganville series because *shock horror* I couldn't find them in The Works (fSo after waiting a month or two to get my hands on books 2 and 3 of the Morganville series because *shock horror* I couldn't find them in The Works (for those of you who don't know, The Works is a cheap book shop and they almost always seem to have Rachel Caine's books in) and the Royal Mail lost the first 2 copies that were sent out, and when I checked the library somebody had pretty much stolen them (yes, 2 and 3, my luck is really that bad), so I pretty much jumped right into The Dead Girls' Dance when it turned up, desperate to know what happened after the huge cliffhanger at the end of Glass Houses. I wasn't disappointed. The book begins pretty much exactly where the last one left off and explains what we need to know to reduce any cliffhanger grumbling, but leaves enough open that we want to read more. And it is very successful at gripping you in.
In Glass Houses we learn that everybody has their secrets. Michael's are revealed but Shane, Eve, and even the house itself are still a bit of a mystery. They're awesome, sure, but we don't know much about their past. The Dead Girls' Dance introduces us to Shane's father and we learn about his troubled past, why he had left Morganville and returned, and why he is so closed off. His character gains a lot of depth in this book and only brings us to love him more as we see more of his sweet, caring nature.. and perhaps be just a little bit frustrated by him and his bloody stubbornness, but what is a good character without their flaws after all?
I do notice that every now and then something will happen in the Morganville books, something that the characters supposedly had fixed say, a broken door for example but I can never work out where they found the time to actually get these things fixed, cleaned, and tidied. It's just a niggling little thing, mind you, as it's completely overshadowed by how huge the stories and showdowns are. They always feel so epic. There is just so much going on, you get utterly lost in the story of the life of nerdy little Claire Danvers. And whilst all of that is happening, the entire series is kept grounded by these moments of normality in which the characters will be making and eating dinner, or something equally human, and somehow Rachel Caine can make something as plain as that interesting to read.
All in all, The Dead Girls' Dance is a great follow-up to Glass Houses and I must book bully each and every one of you to pick up this series and give it a chance because it is fantastic and if you haven't started reading Morganville yet, you're missing out!...more
I didn’t think it was possible but I enjoyed Midnight Alley even more than the first two books in the Morganville series. I have heard from a lot of pI didn’t think it was possible but I enjoyed Midnight Alley even more than the first two books in the Morganville series. I have heard from a lot of people that Midnight Alley was the one that made them really love Morganville and while I can certainly see where they are coming from, that was not the case for me as such because Glass Houses managed that, Midnight Alley just introduced new levels and new characters which really stirred it up a whole lot more and I loved that.
This is the book in which we meet Myrnin, an ancient and dangerous vampire who is a little bit crazy, and a fantastic character with more knowledge than he knows what to do with. He holds so many secrets which aren’t even touched upon in this book and for me, he makes the whole series just a little more interesting. I adore Myrnin. He has to be my favourite character.
The Dead Girls’ Dance left open a lot of loose threads which Midnight Alley picked up and continued on with, exploring further the events from Dead Girls’ Dance and looking at the characters’ reactions.
Claire herself has been growing and maturing as a person and a character since moving into the Glass House with Michael, Eve, and Shane and that is definitely much more palpable in Midnight Alley, but the amount of stupid decisions she makes that get her into trouble grow more and more as well. Despite the constant groaning over the way Claire deals with things, she is a very sympathetic character and a heroine you can get behind because she is such a normal, if insanely clever, girl who has been thrown into a situation that she didn’t have much choice in. She’s learning that the world is cruel, and not as black and white as it might seem at first glance.
Some of the vampires come across as being evil or bad, some actually seem pretty decent, and some of the humans are clearly rotten eggs as well. It’s much less straightforward than Glass Houses was in regards to who to trust and the more it delves into its’ various complications, the more I love it. Black and white is boring and Rachel Caine is far from being boring!
Morganville’s series flow is absolutely fantastic. Whereas some series will be choppy and jump forward in time between books, Morganville can, and in my opinion should, be read as one big novel rather than lots of separate titles. Just make sure you have book 4, Feast of Fools, lined up because Midnight Alley has a pretty huge cliffhanger. Perhaps bigger than any so far in this series. These books are just like candy, you won’t want to stop here....more
The first thing I want to talk about is the cover of Crave. Despite the girl on the front looking nothing likOriginally published on Once Upon A Time.
The first thing I want to talk about is the cover of Crave. Despite the girl on the front looking nothing like the image I have in my head of Savannah, and it being (let’s face it) a fairly generic young adult paranormal romance cover, I adore it. I know the UK cover (pictured) isn’t too different from the US edition but I just find those subtle differences enough to make it a stand out cover. The red and black is a nice contrast and the red leaves around the edges are foil embossed. It’s lovely.
As for the novel itself, I really enjoyed it. I was quite pleasantly surprised by Crave as I didn’t expect anything entirely different from any other young adult paranormal romance, and I suppose in a lot of ways it wasn’t, but the writing style pulled it up into a world of its’ own and I loved it. It is most definitely a gripping read and I adored the witchy elements in The Clann, and also Savannah’s half-witch, half-vampire genetic heritage. It’s a lot of fun discovering everything as Savannah does.
There are a lot of rather “meh” reviews around for Crave and because I’d seen so many, I had been put off a little from trying it for myself, and I suppose the issues these others have pointed out were present, however, I enjoyed it a lot and I may have missed out on a great read. My issues were with Savannah herself. The two perspective story telling method which varied between Savannah and Tristan’s viewpoints worked really well. They gave us a look into each character’s mind as we follow the developing romance between the two of them. Tristen I liked a lot as a character, but Savannah is one of those female characters that just doesn’t seem to have her head screwed on quite right. I kept wanting to shout at my book and tell her to just talk to people. Voice her issues, opinions, and everything inbetween because not doing so does nothing but cause more problems than it solves, whatever it is that she wants. Saying that, she isn’t an unloveable character and I did want to see her happy.
All in all I was pretty sad when I had to put Crave down as I was enjoying it thoroughly and I look forward to the next in the trilogy. If you’re into young adult paranormal romance, I highly recommend you check this one out....more