Publisher - Allison and Busby Publication Date - 5th September 2008 Paperback - 384 pages Genre - Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Source - Purchased
Rating - 5 out of 5: I really liked it.
Reviewed by - Chrissie
Book Info - 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.
My Thoughts - ***It is impossible to write this review without giving away some spoilers for events in the previous books in this series. If you have not read the other books please read this review with caution***
For me, this has to be my favourite book in the series so far. I love all of
the housemates and find them all likeable and relateable. What I really like
about this installment of this series is the impact that is caused by Michael
becoming a vampire in Dead Girls’ Dance. It brings more complexity to the
relationships between himself and Claire, Eve and Shane. Shane finds it very
hard to accept that his best friend is now a vampire and this leads to a lot of
testosterone-fuelled fighting between the two boys. Although at times I felt
like I wanted to bang their heads together to knock a bit of sense into them
both, it also shows how much Shane truly cares for Michael and how difficult he
is finding the transition. Michael’s new life as a vampire, along with some
other things, also helps Claire to come to some realisations about the world she
lives in as she realises that the lines between good and evil are quite often
not very clear at all. She has always believed that vampires are the bad guys
but how can this be the case when one of her best friends is a vampire? And
this belief is further shattered when Eve’s brother (a human, so supposedly one
of the good guys) starts hurting young women in Morganville.
But Claire is the same old Claire that we know and love from the previous books
in the series – a brave and mature girl who always seems to find her way into
trouble. She once again needs to be rescued several times in this book but you
always know that she will end up saving the day. Her relationship with Shane is
sweet and endearing, although there are times when the chemistry between them
sizzles on the page.
There is a new vampire introduced to the readers of this book in the form of
Myrnin. He is teaching Claire about alchemy after school but he is ill and this
illness is leading him to bouts of anger, confusion and uncontrollable hunger
for Claire’s blood. I will admit to not liking this new character too much. I
just found him a little bit too creepy, as he went from being Claire’s friend to
trying to eat her. Every time she was alone with him I found myself feeling
very on edge.
The action in Midnight Alley is well-paced and the storyline is intriguing and
pulled me in right from the beginning. This book really needs to be read as
part of the series and not as a stand-alone, as the plot of all the books is too
tightly woven together to really be able to understand the complexities from
just one of the novels. And as always, Rachel Caine has left us with a huge
cliff-hanger that will ensure that all readers will rush off to get Feast of
Fools as soon as they have finished reading Midnight Alley.
Summary - Overall, an amazing read that will keep you turning the pages well into the
night. It’s a must read for any fans of vampire fiction.
Other books in the series:
1. Glass Houses
2. Dead Girl's Dance
3. Midnight Alley
4. Feast of Fools
5. Lord of Misrule
6. Carpe Corpus
7. Fade Out
8. Kiss of Death
9. Ghost Town
10. Bite Club
11. Last Breath
12. Black Dawn