Well first things first, the title and synopsis of this book really didn't fit the story. The dance was a very brief (very scary in a real world way) chapter of the book, but the premises of the story was not about this dance. If you read the first novel you know our story was left with a major cliff-hanger. It’s going to be hard to review any of the books here after due to the fact that it will spoil any outcome for a future reader.
So here are a few things I can share with you. ………
Shane's father has returned to Morganville with an agenda. He wants to kill as many vampires as he can, even if he gets killed in the process. After the trauma Shane's family went through with the loss of his sister, and, subsequently, his mother, Shane and his father have cooked up a plan for revenge. Shane's phone call to his father sets the plan in motion and once his father arrives, Shane realizes what a mistake he's made. The protection Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael have under Amelie is in jeopardy now that Shane's dad and his gang are causing trouble in the haunting little town. If any of them are thought to be involved in a plan to kill vampires, their protection will be removed and it will be open season on the Glass House -- When one of the most powerful (and icky nasty) vampire is found dead, Shane is accused of the crime and sentenced to death. It’s up to Claire and Eve to save their friend without getting killed them selves. Of course the dynamic duo runs into plenty of trouble along the way.
Dark creepy alleys, kidnappings, and IMO the scariest aspect of the book: a disturbing chapter dealing with ruffies and out of control jocks. What I didn’t like about this was the fact that the “potential victim” didn’t take this as seriously as she should have. Vampire town or not, rapists need to go to jail and little boys thinking their men need to face the consequences of their actions, just like a grown man would in JAIL, with a nice cellmate who nick names him fluffy……. these situations are so serious, I think authors who open the rape can of worms need to be really careful how they present the content and how its handled after. If an author is going to bring this subject to the table in a YA book, they are responsible to follow through with the right message.
The plot moves fast and there are times when the characters seem overly immature, but the pace of the story makes up for those problems. Caine leaves us readers with yet another shocking cliff-hanger. Sure to be a pleaser for you vampy lovers out there!!
Due to language and sexual content I’d recommend this for 10th grade and up
3/5 YA Vampires.