This is a review of “Fade Out” by Rachel Caine. It is book 7 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Carpe Corpus“.
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 and her friends are settling back into life after their defeat of Bishop. Things are going back to normal (or as normal as they get) in Morganville. Claire is getting back into her studies, and is working under Myrnin as his assistant. Which never gets boring. Between his fashion choices and the content of his office/lab, Claire never has a dull moment. Things are going well with her boyfriend Shane, and Claire couldn’t be happier. That is until she meets Kim.
Eve has auditioned for a part in the local production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”. When she is cast, she is ecstatic with joy. Claire is happy for her, but theatre is not really Claire’s thing. Eve and fellow castmate Kim get rather chummy to Claire’s dismay. While Kim is similar to Eve in some ways (goth chick, into theatre) she is not a nice person. It is obvious that she doesn’t like Claire, and the dislike is returned. Especially when Claire discovers that Kim is an ex-hook-up of Shane’s. The girl is a giant pain in Claire’s backside, and Eve just thinks she’s wonderful.
Amelie is shattered after the death of her beloved Sam. She is a shadow of her former self, and she’s beginning to appear weak to the other vamps, which can’t be good. And there appears to be a glitch with Ada, she’s acting stranger than usual.
I liked this novel. Ada was creepy as ever, Kim was utterly un-likeable (I’m with Claire on this one) and I felt for Amelie and Michael. The dialogue was as witty as ever, and I enjoyed seeing the growth of some characters.
-“No exploring on your own, Dora.”
-“Unfortunately, I believe I exploded his organs. So fragile, living things. I forget sometimes.”