Series Review (1-3): Morganville Vampires

Glass HouseThe Dead Girls' DanceMidnight Alley

Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine

Glass House #1, The Dead Girls Dance #2, and The Midnight Alley #3

Genre: Young-Adult, Romance, Vampires

The Review

The Morganville Vampire series is one I picked up quite a while ago and read the first five books over a large period of time. Unfortunately since it was so long ago, I have seemingly forgot what happened and when I had a spur of the moment decision to return to the series I was largely lost, so I decided the best policy was to start from the beginning.

I have literally devoured these three books over a couple of days. They aren’t particularly long and they are fairly easy going on the prose, nothing too complex, but they draw you in and keep lots of action and fast-paced plots to engage with the audience. If you like flowery, emotional prose then these books certainly don’t offer any of that, but the simplicity is made up for in the engagement and continual plot twists and turns, and suspense that is continually built up.

Admittedly yes, there are a few ‘well duh’ moments where your expectations are met, but that doesn’t detract from the enjoyment because there is always something a little unexpected and Caine doesn’t make the end result easily. Although she does like to leave things hanging, so I definitely recommend having all the books to just keep reading as once you finish one, you want to pick up the next.

The characters are honestly my favourite part. In ‘The Glass House’ we are introduced to Claire Danvers, our female protagonist who is a young, sweet sixteen year old and fairly innocent when she arrives in Morganville. However, she is intellectual, sassy and not afraid to fight by the end of things and in these three novels alone, she develops into a young woman who is not entirely fearless, but is stubborn, faithful and most of all she is a likeable character. Claire does rush into a few situations, she makes mistakes, but there are her own and she doesn’t allow herself to be bossed about my others, unless she can really help it. I mean nobody can really say no to a vampire thousands of years old, who might just kill you, right? Claire in my opinion, is a very strong, female protagonist who I hope to see develop more in the next few novels.

Now, the next three all offer something different. Eve, the spunky, goth girl who is loyal and feisty makes a dangerous enemy and she is easy to like and always helping Claire out when she really needs it. Michael the calm and collected one who acts as the responsible individual of the house has some interesting secrets, and issues which lead to exciting developments. He’s also a musician and the love of Eve’s life, so there is a little bit of romance to balance it out. Then finally there is the stereotypical man of the house/jock, Shane who rushes headlong into everything without thought, all in the aid of friendship and for the right moral reasons most of the time. He also happens to be the love interest for Claire. It’s kind of a little cliché and not always an easy path but I do love the pair of them together. I think they work really well.

Make no mistake however, there is no typical vampire series formula in this series so far  which is usually; girl + vampire boy = fall in love for the main plot theme. In fact, a lot of the plot focus is on the town and the four individuals who live in the Glass House and their survival. There is a strong theme of friendship, loyalty and life moral values that makes for some tough decisions, but also some entertaining insightful and joyful moments.

The villains in this novel range from typical high school/college girl who is the airbrushed glamour puss and daddy’s little girl who rules the town, to skulking boys in shadows with knives and mysterious motives and finally the wicked vampires with fangs who rule the town and expect the humans to fall in line. I love the concept of the vampire town and the idea of humans being potential property to the vampires, who sometimes act as protectors of the humans. However there are specific guidelines to this protection which are always changing and the vampires and human interactions run across very unsteady paths!

Overall, ‘The Glass House’, ‘The Dead Girls’ Dance’ and ‘Midnight Alley’ are an engaging start to the Morganville Vampire series that give you only a taste of things to come and certainly draw you in wanting many answers. There are numerous plot lines twisting through all the stories that continue throughout the series. This means the multiple lines that thread through the novels gives depths to series and enables the characters to be fleshed out and given personal identities that blossom and force you to become engaged with them. I most definitely recommend the Morganville Vampire series for vampire/supernatural lovers and even those who are quite a big fan I suggest giving the books a chance!

 

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars 

Goodreads (1), (2), (3) ~ Amazon UK / US ~ Author’s Website

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14 Comments

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14 responses to “Series Review (1-3): Morganville Vampires

  1. I have seen these around a lot and great to hear that you enjoyed

  2. I read these sometime ago as well, and really had fun with them. You’re right about having the next book ready to go because they’re addictive. I think I’m behind 3 books, but I would love to finish up this series. Wonderful review, Livvy! 🙂

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      I think I’m not 6 or 7 behind but I definitely need to get around to finishing them. Thanks, Rachel! 🙂

  3. I love when a plot is action-packed and fast so yay to that. Also, I borrowed the first book at my library last year I believe haha but I didn’t end up reading it b/c of time contraints. But now I’m willing to borrow it again. The characters seem awesome and, even thought there are some predictable parts, it seems like a good plot. Fantastic review! 🙂

  4. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of the Morganville Vampires, but the way you describe the series reminds me a bit of True Blood. I don’t watch the show, but just from my understanding of it, it seems like that? Do you watch True Blood Olivia? It’s really refreshing to hear about the characters being awesome! One of the things that always sucks with a series when the characters start to go downhill, so I’m glad that this series maintains the awesomeness of the characters :). Have you read the Vampire Academy series? If you have, do you think Morganville Vampires is similar? Lovely review dear and it’s great to see you back in the book blogosphere :).

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Unfortunately I have read neither Vampire Academy or watched True Blood so I cannot make the comparisons there for you, Savindi! I actually want to read/watch both of them, but I have not got around to it quite just yet! Thanks, Savindi! 🙂

  5. These books are so fun! Glad to see you took a chance on them. I’m quite impressed with the way Caine kept this series fresh over the years. You are in for a fun ride 🙂

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Yeah, I am just over half way through and it still seems to be lots of fun, so I hope it keeps up the momentum!

  6. I’m totally burnt out on vampires at the moment – and I expect I will be for many, many years to come – but I could definitely see myself giving this one a shot at some point in the future. It may be a simple, easy reads, but those kinds of books have their place too and I have no doubt that the story is very engaging.

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      I understand with all the vampire hype how you might be burnt out, but I think if there ever comes a time you want to try out another vampire book, this is one I recommend.

  7. Vampires aren’t really my thing in paranormal novels, but I love Rachel Caine, and I know that she’s got some wicked fans for this series. You definitely make a strong case for it – if I ever get un-sick of vampires 🙂 Lovely review!

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Rachel Caine certainly does have a big fan base for this series! Hope you enjoy it if you ever check it out. 🙂

  8. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I have the first book just sitting on my bookshelves waiting to be read. I’m glad to hear it wasn’t the typical vampire story, either. I may read this for when I’m looking for a quick, short story! Thanks for the reviews! 🙂

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