Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Book Review: Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #3)

Morganville's such a nice place to live ... And die. If you don't mind that sort of thing.
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 the 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.

My Review: 
Things are changing in Morganville. Shane is openly hostile to Michael's new status as a vampire and Frank is still around ready to cause trouble. Claire is trying to keep it secret from everyone that she now has Amelie's full protection which becomes difficult when Amelie gives her job of assistant to one of her vampires-Myrnin, a literal mad scientist who has eaten all of his previous assistants. With Monica trying to be friendly and dead girls turning up killed by a human, it is even more dangerous in Morganville.

Claire has made a deal to get protection from Amelie which should make the Glass House safer. Knowing that Eve and Shane refused to pledge themselves to a vampire, she is worried about their reaction to what she has done and tries to hide it. Her new status interests Monica who would like to switch her pledge from Oliver to Amelie and hopes that Claire might be able to help. It is going to be strange for Claire to get all the attention that her new bracelet will bring and she is wondering if she did the right thing. She is forced to work in secret as the new assistant to Myrnin, a brilliant minded but crazy psychopathic vampire who has killed all his previous helpers and is caged for Claire's safety. The fact that Sam is worried about this development unnerves Claire.

Eve is very much on edge with her brother Jason recently being released from prison and lurking around town, fixated on Claire. She is also upset at the way Shane has started behaving towards Michael, seeing him as a vampire and not as his friend. Michael is trying to adjust to being a vampire and convince Shane that he is still the same person but their friendship is under threat.

Danger is on the streets too, with missing girls turning up raped and murdered, with one body being planted at the Glass House, which Shane rushes to move. With Eve's brother Jason as the prime suspect, everyone is on edge in case he is prowling around. It becomes clear that Michael is also under threat with his status as a new vampire revealed when Sam is staked outside the Glass House in a case of mistaken identity. It is part of a campaign by anti-vampire groups to kill as many as they can led by Captain Obvious, who is a fanatic. However it is Claire's dumb decision to sabotage Monica's party with gatecrashers as revenge for her bullying that leads to the biggest threat to them all.

I loved Myrnin. You can tell that he is decent for a vampire when he resists the urge to kill Claire when the chance comes to him. He is manic yet brilliant, eccentric and funny, dangerous but endearing and a great new character to add. I very much enjoyed the scenes with him and Claire in his creepy lab. He is the one who is trying to find a cure for the sickness that all Amelie's vampires are suffering from but fears he is getting too sick to finish it, begging Claire to save them. Claire is torn at first but the thought of Sam and Michael catching this disease and going slowly mad helps her decide to help the vampires. She has also learned from Myrnin about portals around town which vampires can travel by, including into the Glass House. These revelations should be an interesting storyline through the book. 

The drama continues in this book with the threats from both humans and vampires to our heroes, and the strained relationships in the house. I liked that we are finding out more of the secrets of Morganville through the addition of Myrnin and his research, which adds something extra to the mix. the vampire illness is certainly interesting and I look forwards to more about this in future books. The third book certainly keeps up to the standard of the first two.
Read April 2017.
4 stars


  1. Fabulous review! This was a good one. I'm behind in the series. i should set aside a couple of weeks just to catch up. LOL Right, in my dreams. Seriously though, I do want to catch up.

    1. I've had the series sitting on my bookshelves for so long and I figured if I didn't read it this year I was never going to get to it! I'm ready to start #13 which I'm pleased about so hopefully I'll finish it in August. Then there are all the other long series I need to get to!

  2. Great review. I like that I had a few chuckles along with the murder and mayhem.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. Myrnin the vampire is just so funny and manic-one of the best fiction vampires I've read. The laughs also come from the friends themselves and I loved their group dynamic. Lots to enjoy in the series and no whiny YA characters!

  3. I like that cover so much- the font, everything about it. I've heard of this series of course but never read any of em. I love the idea of vampires living behind the scenes in a town (especially a college town?) and the portals sound cool too.

    1. It is a beautiful looking series of books and it was great to find a YA series that had smart and brave teenagers instead of whiny pathetic idiots! The adult characters are varied and some are worse than the vampires-serial killers, anti-vampire fanatics etc. The vampires who run the town range from decent to downright psycho and Myrnin the vampire is so funny and crazy with his bunny vampire slippers!