Saturday, November 7, 2009

Review - Midnight Alley (Morganville Vampires 3) by Rachel Caine

Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine
Buy at:  Amazon UK - Bookdepository

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Pages: 384

Rec for people who love: Buffy - aka action with a laugh and some love.

Summary: Morganville is such a nice place to live...and die. If you don't mind that sort of thing. When Claire Danvers learnt that her college town was run by vampires, she did what any intelligent, self-preserving student 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. Now Claire has pledged herself to Amelie, the most powerful vampire in town. The protection her contract secures does little to reassure her friends. All of a sudden, people are turning up dead, a stalker resurfaces from Claire's past, and an ancient bloodsucker extends a chilling invitation for private lessons in his secluded home.

Thoughts: This series just goes from awesome to awesome.

Yet again, Caine delivers.  This book is my favourite in the series (at least books 1-5).
In MA, she gets right down to business - dealing with Micheal's new vampireness, the implications of Claire's contract and adds even more new twists along the way.  Yet again, Claire is put through the ringer - and it changes her.  Don't get me wrong, she is still the Claire we all love to love, but she does a fair bit of growing up in this book.

As for her relationship with Shane, gosh.  It just gets better and better.  It is hard to find a pairing where rooting for both sides just comes naturally - where you look at both sides of the relationship - but with Shane and Claire, it comes easy.  It is quite a feat.

What makes this as my favourite in the series is the exploration of Claire's intellect.  Her education, and what she does with it, is pushed way past Hermione-like expectations.  And let's just say her interaction with her new teacher is... Mindblowing.

Another thing I loved was how Caine dealt with the ever rising number of secrets that Claire is forced to keep.  She hates keeping them, but knowing she has no choice, she does a really good job with giving vague answers.  A definite change from the girl in the first book.

Caine also delves into the mythology behind Morganville - something that had been lacking in the first two books.  Let's just say it is more interesting than she had let on!

This book kept me up all night - again.  So try to set aside a good chunk of time before you get started!

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