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Midnight Alley (#3)
October 2, 2007
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(does contain spoilers for the first two books, Glass Houses and Dead Girls Dance)
Morganville is such a nice place to live... And die. If you don’t mind that sort of thing.Full of action and with more than a sprinkling of danger, Midnight Alley will hold readers until the last page. Until the last line.
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.
To help save everyone when Shane's father and the biker gang were in town, Claire is now pledged to Amelie. At first she doesn't have much idea what that will entail, but soon it starts to become apparent - both the odd and maybe annoying things . . . as well as the potential dangerous ones.
As it is still Morganville, Claire, Eve and the boys are definitely not out of danger - even with Amelie's protection. A vampire now living in the house has new people watching them and new dangerous waiting, as well.
Myrnin, Claire's tutor adds some terrific spice to the novel. Not only is it great to have a new - and incredibly interesting - character added - what he introduces to the story seems like it might play out for quite a while.
I absolutely loved all of the action in Midnight Alley - it was definitely not lacking and was fantastic - and the ending is one that will have you happy you've bought the Morganville Vampires: Volume 2 that has book 4 in it (or, like me, rushing to find where you stashed Feast of Fools or buy it). There wasn't quite as much character or relationship progression as I might have liked, though. With this only being Book 3 - and happening over a not very long time period - I think it probably is coming.
Overall, this was an incredibly enjoyable (and quick) read that leaves you needing to know what happens next.
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