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.
Claire Danvers has dealt with angry vampires who wanted nothing more than to crush her wind pipe and college frat boys with an unholy agenda and agaisnt all odds she's made it out of it with her life. Now with her life pretty much in the founders hands she finds herself working for the trap-spider--the nuttiest vampire in Morganville. Like Claire needed more chaos in her already chaotic life.
Claire makes a pretty life changing decision at the end of The Dead Girls Dance that is sure to make her life...interesting if not more chaotic. She hasn't yet broken the news to her boyfriend or her house mates that she has essentially signed her life over to Amelia the founder of Morganville. As I've mentioned before about Claire she grows stronger with each book but the thing about her is she's always been strong she just never seemed to realize it. And she isn't strong in the way that she can take down vampires physically but rather its her wits and selfless nature that gets her through her daily life in Morganville.
There has been hints about Myrnin in the first or second book he's referred to as the trap door spider and Claire almost wanders into his clutches. Now she finds herself working for the nutty yet seriously intelligent vampire. I've never liked a nutcase as much as I like Myrnin. The thing about Myrnin is yes he is all sorts of crazy but my gosh is he hilarious. And with each book in the entire series his hilarity just gets better and better.
Shane is the boy that you wish was your boyfriend or if not your boyfriend your best friend--or you know I'd take both. I really love Shane's friendship with Eve. They produce some of the best rants and comebacks. They never fail to make me laugh but behind all the wise cracks you know they care deeply for each other--like brother and sister. Shane and Claire's relationship grows even deeper in this one. That is one of the best thing about Rachel Caine's book--the character development. Whether it's individual characters or relationships they are always growing and it's my favorite thing to read.
Quiet a bit happens in this book between Eve having to deal with her insanely twisted and evil brother Jason to Claire having to deal with Myrnin and trying to find a cure for this sickness that the vampires have. And much more. Not to mention how Rachel Caine leaves us yet again with an ending that has our mouths hanging opening wondering what the heck is going to happen next. You bet you'll find yourself at the bookstore picking up Feast Of Fools because you just have to know what happens next.
Midnight Alley is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me. This series never fails to leave me starry eyed in awe and gasping at the twists and horrors that happen in Morganville. Rachel Caine proves to always impress and with each book the story progresses and the characters grow. I just adore this series and it's one I always go back too because I love it so much. Read it. Love it. Repeat. It's just such an amazing series.