Midnight Alley (Morganville Vampires Series #3)

Midnight Alley (Morganville Vampires Series #3)

by Rachel Caine

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451222381
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2007
Series: Morganville Vampires Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 203,721
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.65(d)
Lexile: HL640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).

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Midnight Alley (Morganville Vampires Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 655 reviews.
Bookie14 More than 1 year ago
I totally disagree with the snob that wrote the first review saying that it was horrid. It seems to me that he or she cannot tell between a good book and something a first grader had written. The Morganville Vampires series is the new Twilight with a severe twist. Its edgy and leaves you wanting to sink your teeth into more. The charecters are formed beautifully and actually wishing that they were real so you could watch them. If they do decide to make this into a movie this would be one to actually do justice to. Not like Twilight or Harry Potter. But to actually follow the story line and not skip around. Not to put Dakota fannon or the guy formally named as edward. But actually people and not the ones we ALREADY see on tv. My bestes friend told me that this was better than Twilight and that this writer was on the same pattern as J. R. Ward and she was right! Theres Action, emotion, love, a lot of hate lol and this is one series that i would degfinately recomend to others. READ THIS SERIES and dont be like the first boob and just read the first three chapters. Read the entire book before you flame the book and the writer. TOODLES
gerky_bookie_123 More than 1 year ago
This series of books has no other title than, "Best series i've read" i totally agree with the second review....this should be made into a movie that follows the entire book...not like the first twilight movie....have yet to see the second...but i love the characters, i feel like im IN the book...i read a lot, and i only go back to read the really good ones i enjoy, and there aren't that many...i've gone back and re-read the first three books...i haven't gotten ahold of the fourth and so on....if they're on my list, and believe me- everyone at school sees me with a new book every day, then they're a good series...read them!
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
In the previous book, sixteen-year-old college freshman Claire Danvers swore allegiance to Amelie, the town Founder of Morganville, Texas. Claire's boyfriend Shane, her best friend Eve, and her friend/landlord Michael don't know about this deal, but she's certain they won't be happy about it, since none of them trust vampires-not even Michael, who is a vampire. But her new servanthood is just part of Claire's busy life. The Fang Report, an underground anti-vampire publication (which has astonishingly avoided being shut down by the town vampire leadership that monitors phone calls, email, etc) is now targeting Michael as the weakest new member of the undead. Monica the murderous rich girl is being ultra-nice to Claire. Police find a body in the garbage cans outside of the Glass House and Eve's mean brother Jason is on the loose. It's safe to say that Morganville book three is as chock-full of action and suspense as anything we've seen so far. One of the most interesting subplots is Claire's scholarly apprenticeship. Amelie wants her to study under the vampire Myrnin, a manic-depressive fellow who wants her to learn philosophy and alchemy so she can work with him on some bigger project involving the fate of all vampires. Myrnin has mood swings and seems mentally unstable, which isn't good news for Claire, a tiny human who has to work in close quarters with him. He has fits of turning savage, but Claire grows to have sympathy for him and see him as a brilliant man who's losing his mind along with his last shreds of humanity. Her studies with him and her new supplemental courses are actually fun and invigorating, and give her a chance to use her tremendous brainpower, but Myrnin is also incredibly demanding and gives her red crystals, a drug that helps her concentrate and improves her reaction time. It's an interesting way to get an actual drug addiction subplot going, because Claire's not at all the type to try recreational drugs, but if she's given a substance that apparently helps her study better, she'll take it without a second thought. Shane and Claire are a mostly-happy couple is this book, but I still get the feeling that Claire might end up with Michael. Shane is a great defender of the innocent, and he's got a solid moral center except when it comes to doling out violent payback, but he seems so willing to write people off forever that his helpful ability to make snap decisions could easily become a major flaw before long. Michael, on the other hand, is the responsible one, the one everybody turns to first in a crisis. In fact, the storyline has to keep going out of its way to eliminate him from the pool of people available to help out during the latest traumatic event, because if he's there, he tends to solve problems fairly quickly, especially now that he has some supernatural power. We'll see where all this leads. Whatever happens, all the characters are still three-dimensional and acting according to their established personality traits. One of the major questions raised in this volume is whether or not the vampire race should be saved. If they're dying out, should Claire just let them die, or maybe even try to speed up their inevitable end? The answer seems to be "no". Even though most of them are antagonistic at the very least, it's hard to want them wiped off the face of the earth because there seems to be hope for some of them, like Sam, not to mention Michael.
julesjonas More than 1 year ago
Wow. That's all I can say. I've read the first two books and I'm on the 3rd one now and it's so so so so good! I actually feel like I'm in the story. Completly fantastic:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here we have Claire Protected, working for Amelie and is to secretly work with a vampire name Myrnin. All the while Shane has trouble getting used to Michael and what he has become. Not to mention that there been murders happening. The ending was definitely...awkward. Have to say that Myrnin is now one of my favorite characters, along with Sam and Eve. The series is pretty good and recommend it. I wonder what will happen next. Well onto book 4 then.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and feel its a good series.
x_thatonegirl_x More than 1 year ago
Awesome characters, well written, romantic, suspenseful and all together a fantastic series! Make sure you pick up all of the books at once because they always come to an end in the middle of some major catastrophe, leaving you desperate to start on the next book to find out the conclusion. These are all really quick and entertaining reads; one of my favorite series besides Twilight.
Evangeline_Pierce More than 1 year ago
Midnight Alley is a fast paced, thrilling read. In Morganville things have gone from bad to worse and the waters seem to be calming....or are they. This book is filled with more twists and turns that have now been expected by Rachel Caine readers. As a reader you are thrown into the emotion felt by the characters the fear of an unknown killer and terror of an unwanted release from jail. The new relationships forming make you dive from a human to someone with compassion for this species of vampires....at times. The relationship that Claire is forced to form with Myrnin is life and death for the vampire and human world. As Claire is trusted with the secrets of the Vampire world she is drawn into servitude to her Protector and slowly becomes grateful for all that entails. A great continuation in the collection.
Tonia Blanchard More than 1 year ago
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BookFiend10 More than 1 year ago
When I saw this at the bookstore I couldn't stop myself from picking it up and in no time I was finished with Midnight Alley and wanting more... If you haven't started this series, then you totally should!!
PeachieWL More than 1 year ago
Great series. Characters are well developed, plot and pacing are excellent. Highly recommended for adults as well as teens. Much better than Stephanie Meyers Twilight series. If you are going to read just one, this is the best.
dwren77531 More than 1 year ago
All i have to say you will not be disappointed if you read this book. I could not put it down. I will re read this series and I love it. Rachel Caine is a gifted writer. i can not wait for the next book in this series.
Tynga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
" Claire has pledged herself to Amelie, the most powerful vampire in town. The protection her contract secures does little to reassure those closest to Claire. All of a sudden, people are turning up dead, a stalker resurfaces from her past, and an ancient bloodsucker extends a chilling invitation for private lessons in his secluded home. To what end, Claire soon discover - and it will give a terrifying new meaning to night school " - Book Cover.At the end of Dead girls dance, Claire receives an invite to be Amelie's latest puppet, and has the book cover confirms, she signs the contract thinking it will protect her friends, her first mistake. Amelie the owner of Morganville as very little to care for Claire's friends, she has her own agenda and Claire's security doesn't really matter.In the third round of this series, Claire will discover a terrible vampire secret and she will have to take some very important decisions, will Michael, Eve and Shane help her? No, 'cause they can't know!This book was as action packed as the previous one, Jason (Eve's brother) is running Havoc in town, Dead girls and dead vampires are found at the glass house. Is it Shane's fault? Michael's signature?Not everyone is what they seem in this book, and your best ally might turn out to be your worst enemy.Another great book by Rachel Caine, she puts her characters in so many dead ends to push them as far as possible. Michael and Shane's relation is really nice to watch evolved and Claire is growing really fast with all the responsibilities on her shoulders.I really liked how alliance and trust are put at stake in this book, to a certain extend we face this dilemma on a daily basis, of course we won't end up as a vampire lunch in the end, which ease up our decisions hehe.True to herself, Caine drops a pretty impressive bomb at the very end of the book, I'm glad I have the Feast of Fools right next to me, I won't have to suffer very long!
lewispike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We finally have some of the mechanics of the world coming into the light, however limited, as Clare's bargain with Amelie has its costs.Perhaps top of the list is the fact that vampires are gradually dying out, but we also meet Merlin (sorry Myrnin) who is trying to sort it out through the moments where his madness turns him into a ravenous beast.There are also the inevitable rites of passage moments: first party (well first big party where not given roofies), increasing sexual tension with Shane and so on.The book finishes with a twist that comes totally out of the blue and which will doubtless twist the next book's story line more than a little.
bookluvrmindy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am addicted to these books. Rachel Caine is a really good writer, she keeps you entertained and the books are very suspenseful all the way through. Claire doesn't make the smartest decisions about keeping herself safe from vampires, but I guess that is the only way to keep the books entertaining.
mesmericrevelation on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. The series just gets better and better. Eve is amazing. I have loved her from the beginning and Michael and Shane are wicked too. I don't like Claire too much just because she is supposed to be incredibly smart but does a lot of really dumb things. I know, she's only human, but serious, you just want to smack her for some of the stuff she does. I did really enjoy this book and I can't wait to read the next one.
SapphiredDragon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So I know this book has been out for a while and there have been another 7 books published in this series since this one but I am now just started reading the series so wanted to post my thoughts. What I really like about this instalment in the Morganville Vampires series is that that we start to get a bigger and more in depth of the workings of Morganville itself and some of how it came to be which really adds to the story that Ms Caine is telling.We also get to see the consequences of some of the actions that both Claire and Michael took in the last book The Dead Girls Dance and Ms Caine does well to show the effects of these decisions on not only Claire and Michael but how it affects their relationships with all the other characters - Eve and Shane especially.Action and story wise there is still a lot happening in every chapter and while this book took me a little longer to read than the other two I suspect that had more to do with me than the book because once again Ms Caine delivers on a story you can get your teeth into - pun not intended :-P, characters who can identify with both good and bad, widening of our understanding of the town of Morganville and all that living in the town entails. Lastly, the twists that are constantly being thrown in mean you can never quite tell what is coming next and this instalment is no different. No sooner do you think nothing else can go wrong for the main characters of Claire, Michael, Shane and Eve then Ms Caine throws in yet another couple of twists and a cliff hanger meaning that you will be heading for the book store or library for the next instalments as soon as you manage to put this one down.All in all an enjoyable read and yes i am already reading book 4 : Feast of Fools. I definitely recommend this whole series :-)
gaylinreadsalot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly well written for a YA book. Looking forward to more.
TiffanyAK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lot of great new twists in this one, and the storyline takes a big step forward as a large number of additional pieces are added. Definitely a great addition to the series.
Jacey25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Midnight Alley installment #3 in the Morganville vampires series started out alittle weaker for me than the first two novels but quickly began yet another fast paced romp. In this book Claire has begun studies with a fascinating & dangerous vampire, Michael & Shane are still at odds & trouble is still hot on all of their heels (especially Claire's). Once again the book ends on a note that has me dying to track down the next installment ASAP. I thought it was interesting that the short 3-4 page "Eve's diary" section was missing from this book- I'm not sure if it was the copy I have or not. To be honest I wasn't into re-reading the events of the book from Eve's perspective anyway, I skimmed it at best and am glad it's gone. Very reccomended still.
Sirhijinx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Still keeps you wanting more. Fast paced and addictive.
Allizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Same as every other review I have written for this series, Rachel Caine's characters and plot in this series never cease to amaze me. Book four is coming out soon and I can hardly wait yo grab it off the shelves! Simply irresistible and fully enveloping!
PattyLouise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Midnight AlleyBy Rachel CaineMorganville Vampires¿Book 3There is just no stopping now¿Rachel Caine ends each book¿so far¿in such a way as to ensure that you will be moving on to the next book. And I am. I truly believe that Book 3 is the best one so far. In this book, Claire has signed herself over to Amelie¿the queen, empress, whatever of all of the vampires in Morganville. Claire does not realize the effect of what she has done until she is required to take extra classes with a demented insane yet sometimes appealing vampire named Myrnin¿who has worked his way through about 6 assistants so far with not a one living to tell the tale. I sort of still yearned for an Edward kind of vampire but the author supplies a similar character by providing us with Michael. He is awesomely beautiful and so far kind and gentle. Oliver the meanie vampire remains the meanie vampire in this book. I can just imagine various villainous actors who might play this role¿just in case there is a movie.I digress¿the book is action packed and fun and exciting and I love staying with each of these characters for the duration of these books. The characters are undergoing changes and growing and I am very happy reading about every frightening scary and life threatening ordeal that they go through.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favorite in the series so far!, August 22, 2008 I am officially addicted to this series! If all Young Adult fiction was this well done, there would be no need for an adult section! In "Midnight Alley", Claire has pledged herself to Amalie in exchange for her Protection, and that of her friends. Amalie forces Claire into advanced placement college courses (not a bad thing) and private tutoring sessions with a crazy vampire (this could soooo be a bad thing!). Claire discovers some of Morganville's secrets during these tutoring sessions but what role she has to play is bigger than she could have imagined. On there personal front, things are still tense between Michael and Shane, and Eve's evil brother is claiming to be the killer of an alarming number of corpse's turning up around town. And Monica and the Monic-ettes aer up to something as well... There is literally danger around every corner, and the only kids in the Glass House can truly on count on each other. My biggest complaint in the first book "Glass Houses" was its unbelievably dramatic cliff hanger. Caine seems to have taken notice because she finds a great balance between finishing up the pressing issues in this story and allowing a few continuing threads, as well as a new twist and turn to entice us into the next volume. Great job done here and I again encourage anyone considering this series to grab up the first volume.
OodsAteMyDingo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Claire is now under the protection of the head vampire, Amelie. She has to take more classes, and work as an assistant (and okay, kinda, babysitter) to Myrinn, a crazy but awesomely smart (like Claire) vampire. He's slowly losing his mind. And, oh yeah, his last assisants? He ate them. Or drank them, I guess, but saying he ate them is more fun.This wasn't my favorite in the series by far, but it is a good read. Cliffhanger!