Review: Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

Title: Midnight Alley

Author: Rachel Caine

Series: Morganville Vampires #3

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Allison & Busby

Summary (from Goodreads)

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.

What’s Good About It

Much of the same as the last two really.  There’s a step up to the mythology, and a bit of explanation about why Morganville, which makes the whole series start to make a bit more sense.

The politics deepen and the ‘who’s on which side’ intrigue continues to develop nicely. It’s a shame the series feels a bit like the ideas are coming as the books are written, rather than planned out before hand. The addition of Captain Obvious in particular was a bit clumsy. He could have (read should have) been introduced before. It would have made the world of Morganville a lot richer.

But, these are just quick reads, and as a quick read it was fine – entertaining, fast paced, with some good suspenseful moments and enough intrigue and plot to justify the continuing series without becoming samey. Just not enough to make it something stand out.

What’s Not So Good

Do any of these characters grow? I liked them in the first book, but I’m rather bored of Shane doing the dumb hero thing, Claire risking her life for knowledge and everybody making out with each other. There was a good bit at the end where Claire showed a darker side to her personality, but it was brushed over in a way that suggests to me that it won’t be developed or explored. Which is a shame, because it would have made her a hell of a lot more interesting.

The whole Michael/Shane fall out got a bit boring after about page five too. It just seemed shallow and pointless. I don’t mind main characters butting heads, but while I get why Shane was mad at Michael, I wanted to see more conflict. He would have been torn up about hating his best friend and still having to live with him and face it every day. There should have been more guilt tormenting Shane. I just don’t buy that he could hate Michael so totally.

Rating: 3.5/5

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