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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Book Review: Midnight Alley (The Morganville Vampires #3) by Rachel Caine

Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires
Number in Series: 3
Format: Audiobook
Time: 8 hrs. and 49 mins
Narrator: Cynthia Halloway
Release Date: October 2, 2007
(audiobook September 8, 2009)
Publisher: NAL Jam
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy








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Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

Now Claire has pledged herself to Amelie, the most powerful vampire in town. The protection her contract secures does little to reassure those closest to Claire. All of a sudden, people are turning up dead, a stalker resurfaces from her past, and an ancient bloodsucker extends a chilling invitation for private lessons in his secluded home. To what end, Claire will soon discover---and it will give a terrifying new meaning to night school.




     Midnight Alley is the third installment to the wildly popular Morganville Vampire series and just like the last book, it was pretty amazing. With the way The Dead Girls’ Dance ended, I knew I was going to be in for quite an adventure in this book and I was right. This book was full of everything we love about the series, fun characters, lots of action and crazy vampires.

     We start off a little after where book 2 ended. Since there was quite a bit of sacrificing in The Dead Girls’ Dance, everyone is still trying to adjusting most to Michael’s change. After getting tired of being trapped in a house he couldn’t escape and not being able to save his friends, Michael becomes Morganville’s newest vampire. So the housemates are all trying to be comfortable with having a vampire under their roof. But most of all, Shane is trying to deal with it. He knows it is Michael, but he only sees the vampire and this puts quite the strain in the Glass House. But with that going on, Claire doesn’t think it best to tell them of her secret. She has signed on to become Amelie’s “patron”. Amelie is the founder of Morganville, the oldest vampire, and she is crazy scary. Things really kick off when Amelie contacts Claire for her first mission and it is something that could help the city of Morganville, but could destroy those around Claire.

     I really loved this book. The more I go, the better these books seem to be. You know these guys will get into trouble. But it gets more and more intense by the page. This book was full of surprises. But one surprise that I actually didn’t like was Monica’s ass kissing. Since Claire is attached to Morganville’s most powerful vampire, Amelie, Monica does her best to kiss up to Claire which in turn will get into Amelie’s good favor. But I love that this book shows Claire maturing more and she doesn’t immediately fall for Monica’s bullshit. Although I must admit, she had me going. But I love that Claire gives Monica a little taste of medicine more than once in this book.

     One thing that made me upset was Shane attitude towards Michael. They have been best friends forever and Michael hasn’t done anything wrong. Yet Shane is determined to hate Michael. He has a hard accepting he is still his best friend; he is nothing like the vampires who helped kill his mom and sister. There was a bit of suspense here because it made Shane even more unpredictable. Out of all the housemates, he is the one who does things before he thinks about them. So it was interesting to see if what he would do now that Michael is the new vampire in town.

     But my favorite and the most important character in this book was Myrnin. Myrnin is the mission Amelie wants Claire to understand. There is a secret about the vampires in Morganville, that only the vampires know about and now Claire. Due to Claire’s smarts, Amelie has chosen Claire to help Myrnin with a problem that will affect them all. Myrnin is a very old vampire who was turned at a young age. This was another audiobook I got from the library and we know Myrnin was young, but Ms. Halloway did a great job at making him sound cultured. He may look young, but he has been around so long, he is defined. It was a nice contrast, he is young, but yet he is old. Thing is Myrnin is a bit schizophrenic. He has moments of lucidity and that is when he and Claire get the most done and actually begin some sort of a friendship. But when he loses himself, he can be very frightening and angry. He tries his best to keep away from others when he knows he is slipping (has his own cage), but it doesn’t always work that way. This is something we find out when we learn about his other assistants (shivers). But out of this entire book, the most interesting parts of this book were them together and the things they learn from each other. We find that Claire is actually trying to help Myrnin get his mind back which has some interesting turnouts for them both and others outside of their lab.

     We get another appearance from Eve’s gross and scary wannabe vampire brother Jason. At first I thought he was starved for attention, but this book really got into his madness. At Monica’s “Exclusive Only” party, things take quite a turn. It was from here, I was really on the edge of my seat. Things take place that lead to some drastic events that left my mouth hanging wide open. 

     Overall, my review will not do this book justice. It was just amazing. So much going on with all these great characters and the situations they always seem to be in the middle of. I love how Caine has a knack for endings that leave me in a state between awe and “Holy Shit!” I have one more chapter to go in book 4, Feast of Fools. I started it the moment I finished this. I couldn’t wait, not with an ending like that. If you haven’t started this series yet, again I urge you to pick it up. But please don’t start it in the middle, you can’t pick up just any one. You will be lost quickly. Great characters, great plots and WTF endings, how can you resist?



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*This book belongs to the following challenges*
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011
Parajunkee's View Vampire Challenge 2011

4 comments:

  1. I've heard a lot about this series and since you are still enjoying it on the 3rd one I might need to take the time to check out book one. I think your review did it justice just fine! Great review Diana. :-D

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  2. Happy I did it justice hon, thank you. I am really loving this series for sure. I am almost done with book 4 as we speak. So I should have the review up by this weekend. Book 5 already in library queue. So happy this is on your TBR list. Thanks hon.

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  3. @Kristin - Oh yes they are! Thanks hon :)

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