Claire Danvers has her share of challenges---like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything.
Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls' Dance and---surprise!---Claire and her equally outcast best friend, Eve, have been invited. When they find out why, all hell is going to break loose. Because this time both the living and the dead are coming out---and everybody's hungry for blood.
If Claire thought being beat up by queen bee of Morganville was her worst problem she soon realizes that Monica and her Monicaettes are hardly the worst thing in Morganville...
Claire Danvers grows so much in this series. Even from book one to two there is a difference in her. She's an intelligent girl and she notices things that not everyone does. Her intelligence and wit often help her get out of some sticky situations--which her and her roommates often find themselves in. Claire is a very small girl and many often mistake her smallness for weakness when actually Claire is a tough one. Sure, she can't always get out of things on her own but when determined enough she can kick ass until the cavalry comes.
There's a new character introduced in The Dead Girls Dance who I instantly adored. Sam Glass--Michael's vampire grandfather. There is something so sweet and tender about Sam. But don't think he can't turn into a vicious dude because he can and he shows that side of him at the frat party that goes haywire. But the thing about Sam is he doesn't let that side out unless absolutely necessary and those guys definitely deserved to see some Sam Glass scary vampireness. Pretty much Sam Glass swooped me off my feet. Who wouldn't fall for Sam and his red hair?
Speaking of new character's Shane's father shows up in Morganville and lets just say he causes some chaos. I disliked Shane's father so much. He's a cold, heartless and cruel man. Sure, he's lost his family but what right did he have to treat Shane the way he did? He wins worst father of the year award for sure.
You find some things out with Michael in the first book and the end of Glass Houses leaves you're heart racing as you are left hanging wondering what the outcome for Michael will be. I wasn't shocked with the outcome that Michael's life took. It seemed the only option really unless he decided to just stick it out--which didn't seem likely since you could see just how hard it was for him. It made me curious how things would go with Eve and their brewing relationship after the decision he made that changed his life completely.
Shane and Claire will always be one of my favorite YA couples. One because their relationship is so real and flawed. They aren't perfect they face struggles and obstacles all the time--Claire's age being one of them. I really loved and respected Shane for never letting things cross the line between the two of them no matter how much they both wanted it. It showed just how much he not only liked Claire but respected her.
Rachel Caine's writing is so engrossing and from page one the story is fast paced and once you finish a chapter you must start the next because there is always something happening. You just have to know what is going to go down next and before you know it you're done with the book. And of course you are left wanting more. I don't know how Rachel Caine does it but with each book the story is always moving and things are always brewing. She's a genius! And having meet her and seeing just how truly awesome she is it makes me love her books even more.
The Dead Girls Dance is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me. I am in love with all the characters in this book even the bad guys! *cough* Oliver *cough* If you haven't picked up Glass Houses yet go buy it and make sure to pick up book two because you will want it ASAP after finishing the first book!