This is a review of “Carpe Corpus” by Rachel Caine. It is book 6 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Lord of Misrule“.
As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel/s. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers.
Claire has just turned 17. She’s been waiting for this day for a very, very long time. It was meant to be a very special day. A day she could share and…erm…really celebrate with her boyfriend Shane. Instead she’s enjoying a cake with her parents, no friends to speak of, and Shane is in jail with his no-good father. She’s utterly miserable. Forced to be the evil minion of Mr Bishop (the baddest vampire out) because of a creepy magical tattoo, she daren’t even make a birthday wish. But maybe, just maybe today will be different? Maybe she would be allowed to see Shane, even if he wasn’t set free.
New mayor of Morganville Richard Morrell won’t help her, can’t help her. So she heads straight to Mr B. himself. Who not only denies her request, but forces her to carry out his unsavory demands by threatening Shane’s life. Poor Claire. No one is on her side. Shane is locked away, Michael has turned to the dark side (Bishop is controlling him against his will), she hasn’t seen Eve for ages (and the last time she did, it wasn’t pleasant), Myrnin is a dirty traitor and Amelie has deserted her and the rest of Morganville. Or have they been avoiding Claire because of Bishop?
Can Claire free her boyfriend? Get her friends back? Defeat Bishop once and for all?
I liked this one. I enjoyed Ada immensely, and at first description she reminded me a little of Hex, the wizard’s computer from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series. I also liked finding out more about Jason Rosser. I really liked the development in Shane and Claire’s relationship. There were some sad parts too.
“By the way, I’m going to start calling you Gollum, you little creep.”
“Come on; you know it’s true. Morganville. Come for the education, stay for the terrifying drama.”
That, Claire thought, was a pretty good definition of love: needing someone even after you got what you thought you wanted.
“Want some coffee to go with that breaking and entering?”