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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; 1 edition (April 3 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451220897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451220899
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.8 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #325,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'We suggest dumping Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books and replacing them with the Morganvilles' SFX Magazine

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on Aug. 26 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hold on to your fish-net stockings because the action in THE DEAD GIRLS' DANCE starts on the first page and never lets up. The story begins exactly where the first book in the Morganville Vampire series, GLASS HOUSES, left off. Claire, Eve, and Shane are in shock over what Shane's father and his buddies have done to Michael.

Shane's father has returned to Morganville with one thing in mind: He wants to kill as many vampires as he can, even if he gets killed in the process. After the trauma Shane's family went through with the loss of his sister, and, subsequently, his mother, Shane and his father have cooked up a plan for revenge. Shane's phone call to his father sets the plan in motion and once his father arrives, Shane realizes what a mistake he's made.

The protection Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael have under the Founder is in jeopardy now that Shane's dad is causing problems. If they are thought to be involved in any kind of plan to kill the vampires, their protection will be removed and it will be open season on the occupants of the Glass House -- and believe me, there are plenty of vampires and people in Morganville who want to see them dead. When one of the most powerful vampires in town turns up dead, Shane is accused of the crime and sentenced to death, and it is up to Claire and Eve to find a way to save him.

Readers will enjoy it when Claire's nemesis, Monica, gets a little of what's coming to her when the tables are turned and she is put in the victim role. Also be looking for relationships to blossom over the course of THE DEAD GIRLS' DANCE, both in love and friendship. We also meet a new, likeable character named Sam. He offers aid to Claire and Eve when they are in desperate need of help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tez Miller on Jan. 16 2008
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The copy is misleading: Claire Danvers and Eve Rosser didn't have dates for the Dead Girls' Dance (whose name is also misleading; it was just a fancy-dress boozer). The action starts on the first page: Claire and Eve believe one of their housemates has been murdered, but instead of being dead he's some kind of ghost. College town Morganville is basically run by vampires, a bitchy bunch of people who prove that power corrupts absolutely. But who are the evil ones: the vampires or those seeking them? It's all a bit confusing, but is nonetheless an interesting read. There are some scenes with college girls and guys being lame that I would've cut. We're simply told that Claire is an early-admissions genius, yet we don't get solid proof. Sure, she reads ahead in her texts and likes physics...but this is the same chick who drinks from an opened bottle offered to her by a stranger. You may be familiar with the phrase OMGWTFBBQ, but for me it was an OMGWTFSVH moment. (The <a href="[...]">1bruce1</a> LiveJournal community should educate you.) Drink-spiking! Attempted statutory rape! Dance at a frat house! This is not a bad thing, though, it made me smile. I'll be reading more from this author, and hoping for more OMGWTFSVH moments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on Nov. 2 2010
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I am so glad I decided to try this series. I have just finished this book and have ordered the next 3 and it's going to be awful waiting for them to come in the mail. It's very easy to fall in love with all 4 of the main characters in these books; they all have such a big part in the story. It wouldn't be the same with out any of them. This book was no different from the first as far as suspense goes; maybe this one even had me on the edge of my seat more. The love and friendships are growing, and being tested at the same time.

There are some definite good twists in this book, some good and some bad but all enjoyable to read. I find that this story makes me feel so many different emotions while reading it and I love that. I haven't found a series that I've loved like this since reading books from my favorite authors Stephanie Meyer, Kelley Armstrong, Claudia Gray or Richelle Mead.
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By Isabo on Sept. 19 2014
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How can it be that I like every character in this book but not the main?
Story is great, everything just so close to be great and then there is Claire, our heroine who is so so so! boring I can't stand it.
She has absolutely no charm, spunk, anything.
Every time I read her saying she wants to go homeI find myself grabbing my car keys to drive her, I would carry her if that would do it.
The story and characters in the books was great enough to ignore Claire and just read around her (I skip a lot of text as soon as it's all about her)
I'm interested enough to read the next book to see what happens to the people I am interested in and worry but I'm hoping for a small miracle that somehow Rachel Caine had decided to pep Claire up a little.
Seeing how all the other characters are created I'm fully aware that Claire was made this way on purpose but I just don't get why
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't put it down June 15 2007
By Carol A. Strickland - Published on
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I was lucky enough to pick this up just days after I'd read Glass Houses and had cooled off from facing the unwelcome cliffhanger that topped off what was otherwise a terrific book. As the other reviewers say, this picks up moments later and the action is non-stop until the end -- where we get another cliffhanger, though not QUITE as traumatic. I mean, this one you have to think about for the full scope of the potential trauma to set in.

The characters are getting more dimensional and interesting and the worldbuilding shows how intricate it is, hiding so many mysteries that we want to investigate. I don't usually like vampire novels, but this series has lots of original ideas in it -- and its characters carry them to even higher levels. The cliffhangers are frustrating, but I'm currently writing a series that has its own set so I guess I should welcome this as setting a precedent. Be assured that the basic plot of the book is complete within it; you won't be dissatisfied.

You'll also get some really good scares. Have fun reading it! (And Rachel Caine: WRITE FASTER!!!)
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Paranormal "teen" romance? This series needs a broader market May 12 2007
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I won't summarize. But I would like to say that I am 34 and a big Rachel Caine fan. I believe nothing has been lost in Caine's style or depth of plot development by building a world around a smart teenage girl who happens to live a Texas town controlled by vampires. While the author sticks with most rules of vamp lore (rising at night, age brings control of the thirst, changing a human into vampire is a willful act), she develops a heirarchy and political system that seems to coexist with its environment. Of course, the novel would lose its thrill a minute tension if the co-existance was peaceful. I like the themes that Ms Caine builds into the fabric of the plot- veiled,but not indecipherable. For example, she challenges the notion of survival of the fittest. In Morganville, vamps are at the top of the food chain, but custom dictates they operate as benefactors to the townspeople- they hunt only people (students) they don't know. There are codes and systems and protection that is offered. And of course, there is always a chance to gain audience with the queen if you are brave and clever enough to recognize and hold onto a trump card. There is a timely message about power and the perspective of the underdog- one we don't often hear regarding our foreign policy. Perhaps the teen label is based on the fact that there is very little sexual content, which is not to say there isn't sexual tension. MAN. Rachel Caine does not dumb "it" down for a teen audience- she is true to her voice. You have to admire that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun and Flirty With a Bite June 17 2009
By Tamela Mccann - Published on
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The second book in the Morganville Vampires series picks up almost immediately where the first book left off (and that's a very good thing, as the first closed on a major cliffhanger!). The four roommates find themselves at the mercy of Shane's crazed vampire-hunting father and his gang, and the focus is on Michael, whom Shane's dad has rightly determined isn't alive. But the conclusion is actually wrong, in that Michael is a ghost, not a vampire, and before the other three roomies can intervene, Shane's dad does the unthinkable and offs Michael. From that grim beginning, The Dead Girls' Dance takes off with more drama and danger in the town of Morganville.

There are lots of dangerous situations in Book Two, and a major race against time to save Shane, wrongly accused of killing a vampire and sentenced to death. The reappearance of Amelie gives another dimension to the vampires in that while she's not exactly warm, she's at least a little accessible and helpful. The best addition is Sam, a solitary vampire with ties to Michael; his appearance gives hope that possibly the vampires and the humans of Morganville may eventually be able to live together with a little more trust.

I'm not really sure why this novel is titled The Dead Girls' Dance in that the actual dance is a very, very small portion of the book, and not all that central to the action. That aside, it would be nice to see a book where Claire doesn't spend so much time getting beaten up in some way, and with maybe a bit of personality redemption for Monica. I love how Eve and Claire take charge of the situation and do all they can for their roomie, even putting themselves in grave danger. These novels are very action packed and often a situation will seem to have no positive resolution, keeping me on the edge of my seat and racing through the pages. I like the love stories going on in the background as well, but would hate to see everyone tied up in relationships too quickly.

Book Two is a wild ride that kept me up past my bedtime to finish. I'm excited that I have the next two books in the series here to get to this summer. This is a good, intriguing vampire series that will keep you entertained fully.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Enchanting Review: The Dead Girls' Dance Aug. 14 2008
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THE DEAD GIRLS DANCE {Morganville Vampires Book 2}
Paranormal YA

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Claire is a brilliant college student stuck in Morganville. With possibly no way out...ever. Living with Shane, Michael and new best friend Eve, she is trying to attend college and live a halfway normal life. With vampires running the town, she gets driven to school and tries to lay low at night. Claire is a personable girl with a catty wit that will make you laugh out loud.

In book two of the series, Claire and her friends are all involved with new problems. Branching out from where GLASS HOUSES ended, Shane's dad is in for a visit after Shane called him. His dad is after blood, and it's not the human kind. With a mad man on the loose and killing vampires, everyone is pointing fingers at Claire, Michael, Eve and Shane. Oliver, the vampire manager of Common Grounds, is plotting revenge and is getting help from an unlikely source. Eve also starts a new job at a coffee shop on Claire's college campus. While indulging in coffee and talking to Eve, a college guy named Ian invites the girls to EEK frat houses' Dead Girls Dance. Michael, still not able to leave the house, makes a choice that will not be easily forgotten and will shock all of his friends in the house. When Shane gets into some trouble, because of dear ole dad, Claire and Eve decide to go to the frat party, with a seat-gripping chain of events all the way to the end.

THE DEAD GIRLS DANCE gripped me from page one, just as much, if not more, than the first book in the series. Ms. Caine knows how to get readers interested and keep them hanging on. From the antics of the spoiled-brat Monica to the ending at the frat party, this book is non-stop fun. It flows smoothly and is very hard to predict what's going to happen next. All the characters are well-developed; you can feel their emotions of having to live in this town that's overrun by vampires. THE DEAD GIRLS DANCE is one of the best vampire stories that I have read so far.

Ms. Caine is the author of another series called `The Weather Warden' and some other stand-alone titles. She continues to write books for the `Morganville Vampire' series. Her website, [...] has loads of information on her and her books. She also has a myspace page that includes some wallpaper from the books and a mailing list you can sign up for with the latest information on contests and new releases.

June 2008
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great addition to the series Jan. 1 2009
By Heather - Published on
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I avidly anticipated this book after devouring Glass Houses, the first book in the Morganville Vampires series centering around a town that is run by the undead. While it didn't hook me in as much as the first one had, it is still a thrilling read.

Buffy's Sunnydale definitely has a run for its money when it comes to Morganville--the vampires are much more threatening, devious, and collected, plus there isn't even a Buffy around to protect the humans from being dinner. (Unless a vengeful pack of biker guys counts, that is.) The stakes (no pun intended) are raised higher in this book, Claire and her friends stuck dealing with how to get rid of the said biker guys without getting burned by the vamps--which, for some, can be interpreted quite literally. The story felt stretched out a little bit, but the emotional journey the characters go through makes it well worth reading. My biggest complaint would have to be Monica's character, because even though she's supposed to be Claire's college nemesis, there were a few times where it would have felt more natural to have her display some shades of gray. The series is still thoroughly addicting, this book beginning right where the first left off without any confusion and ending with another cliffhanger that, while not as heart-stopping as the first, still makes you impatient for the next one to see what will happen next.