Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Book Review: Midnight Alley
TITLE: Midnight Alley
Book 3 in the Morganville Vampires series
AUTHOR: Rachel Caine
CATEGORY: Young adult
GENRE: vampires, adventure
PREMISE: Amelie has a task for Claire to complete and she discovers a startling secret about the vampires...
MY REVIEW: I am fast losing patience with this series. It was interesting at first but now...it's starting to get a more then a little ridiculous. I will give Caine this: she has found a refreshing new way to present vamps and there are interesting ideas floating around in this. Plus it's fast paced and doesn't take that long to read. Writing...not fantastic but not horrible either. Just decent.
My issues with this series comes from mainly this: it doesn't make much sense. The pacing is fast paced, but it's fast paced to the point of chaotic at times. There literally is very little breathing room in these books for anything other then all the events that go on and that I think is what makes the books suffer. Because of all the events she throws in, there's little chance to devote to character growth, of which there frankly is none. Claire is the same whiny slightly stupid smart girl she was in book one, and likewise all her friends are the same, unless you count the tiff between Michael and Shane which is about the only interesting character developement so far in the books.
I am trying to keep in mind that this is a long series that's about ten to twelve books (at least I think Caine said that's how many she has planned) so I'm going to give this series till book six. If no character developement has happened or it's still the same stuff going on over and over again, I'm giving up on it. Because really, this is just silly. Not House of Night silly (yet) but still, I think Caine can do a lot better then what we've been given so far.
WHO SHOULD READ: Those that read and liked the first two books, Rachel Caine fans, Twilight fans, vampire fans
MY RATING: Three out of Five stakes
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