[rating:4.5]
Author: Rachel Caine
Series:
 The Morganville Vampires #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Pages: 365
Published: 2007
Source: Review copy from publisher
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First sentence:

The instant the phone rang at the Glass House, Claire knew with a psychic flash that it had to be her mother.
Blurb

Claire Danvers’s college town may be run by vampires but a truce between the living and the dead made things relatively safe. For a while. Now people are turning up dead, a psycho is stalking her, and an ancient bloodsucker has proposed private mentoring. To what end, Claire will find out. And it’s giving night school a whole new meaning.

Thoughts

I didn’t think it was possible but I enjoyed Midnight Alley even more than the first two books in the Morganville series. I have heard from a lot of people that Midnight Alley was the one that made them really love Morganville and while I can certainly see where they are coming from, that was not the case for me as such because Glass Houses managed that, Midnight Alley just introduced new levels and new characters which really stirred it up a whole lot more and I loved that.

This is the book in which we meet Myrnin, an ancient and dangerous vampire who is a little bit crazy, and a fantastic character with more knowledge than he knows what to do with. He holds so many secrets which aren’t even touched upon in this book and for me, he makes the whole series just a little more interesting. I adore Myrnin. He has to be my favourite character.

The Dead Girls’ Dance left open a lot of loose threads which Midnight Alley picked up and continued on with, exploring further the events from Dead Girls’ Dance and looking at the characters’ reactions.

Claire herself has been growing and maturing as a person and a character since moving into the Glass House with Michael, Eve, and Shane and that is definitely much more palpable in Midnight Alley, but the amount of stupid decisions she makes that get her into trouble grow more and more as well. Despite the constant groaning over the way Claire deals with things, she is a very sympathetic character and a heroine you can get behind because she is such a normal, if insanely clever, girl who has been thrown into a situation that she didn’t have much choice in. She’s learning that the world is cruel, and not as black and white as it might seem at first glance.

Some of the vampires come across as being evil or bad, some actually seem pretty decent, and some of the humans are clearly rotten eggs as well. It’s much less straightforward than Glass Houses was in regards to who to trust and the more it delves into its’ various complications, the more I love it. Black and white is boring and Rachel Caine is far from being boring!

Morganville’s series flow is absolutely fantastic. Whereas some series will be choppy and jump forward in time between books, Morganville can, and in my opinion should, be read as one big novel rather than lots of separate titles. Just make sure you have book 4, Feast of Fools, lined up because Midnight Alley has a pretty huge cliffhanger. Perhaps bigger than any so far in this series. These books are just like candy, you won’t want to stop here.

The Morganville Vampires series:

1. Glass Houses
2. The Dead Girls’ 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
13. Bitter Blood
14. Fall of Night
15. Daylighters