This is a review of “Midnight Alley” by Rachel Caine. It is book 3 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “The Dead Girl’s Dance“.
As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel/s. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers.
Claire’s made a deal with Amelie for Protection. She feels a little safer, but she’s trying to hide it from her friends. She’d rather not know how they’d react, she’s guessing it will be: badly. While Amelie’s Protection comes with some perks: some scholarship money, a new cell and relative safety after dark, there’s also some downsides. Amelie wants her to attend extra lessons outside of school with a very old vampire Myrnin. He’s working on something extremely important to the vampires, and he needs an apprentice. A smart one. Claire. And Monica, in an extremely bizarre and creepy turn of events, wants to befriend Claire.
Shane’s still recovering from his dad’s visit, and is not adjusting well to Michael’s … um, shall we say … new condition. He’s angry and confused. Eve’s still working at the cafe on Campus, and her brother is still lurking about being dead creepy. A couple more girls turn up dead (no doubt his handiwork), and he ups his ante on stalking and threatening. A dead girl is left near their house and even worse, a vampire is staked out front on their footpath. That does not look good for Shane considering all the havoc his dad recently caused. Things aren’t great. And Oliver is still being terrifying and wants to shake off Amelie’s power over the Morganville vamps.
Can Claire help Myrnin with his work? More importantly, does she really want to? Can Shane make up with Michael? And will Eve’s brother just go away or die or something similar?
Another enjoyable read. Very entertaining. I love the characters in these books. They have such distinct personalities. Claire has really grown in the last few novels, and it’s great seeing her with more confidence. I liked the storyline with Myrnin, creepy, sad and suspenseful all at once. I really get a sense of danger and suspense when I read these novels. After another juicy ending, I am really looking forward to the next book. I am sad because the rest of the series haven’t arrived in the post yet, and most likely won’t until next week sometime. I tried to read these first three slowly, but it’s kinda impossible, you just want to keep going.
-“Oh like you don’t throw a hissy every time somebody trips your angst switch!”
-“You could put a stake through my heart, and I would simply pull it out and be very annoyed with you for ruining my wardrobe.”
-” Fine?! She looks amazing. I’m not half-gay, and I think she’s hot.”