Monthly Archives: July 2013

Black Dawn

This is a review of “Black Dawn” by Rachel Caine. It is book 12 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Last Breath“.

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.

Morganville is still in the grip of the Draug. Magnus is still in town, and he’s not leaving while vampires still remain. Amelie is slowly suffering and changing from his bite. She doesn’t look good, and her room smells even worse. Ugh. Claire and the other Glass House residents are holed up in Founder’s Square existing on coffee and adrenaline. Myrnin’s got a plan of attack, but at best it only weakens the Draug, it won’t annihilate them. It’s an extremely dangerous plan to execute, but it’s got to be done if they want to survive. And after all, this is Morganville, when has life ever been easy? It’s unlikely that all of them will return safely from this task.

They’ve got to find a way to destroy the Draug. But how can you destroy something that has plagued vampires for centuries? It has never been done before, can they really believe that they’ll stand a chance?

I really enjoyed this one. Again we get perspectives from other Morganville characters. And this novel’s storyline for one character brings a while new meaning to the term “mind-f@#$-ed.” There were some sad parts, some heart-wrenching parts and some “Aw Yea!” parts.

Favourite lines/passages:

“There is a shocking lack of tea in this array of choices, do you realise that? Also, the carafe of type O is quite empty.”
Myrnin

“Shut up. We have zero time for you and your bullshit dramatics.”
Eve

“I am a queen. I take no orders”
Amelie

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Last Breath

This is a review of “Last Breath” by Rachel Caine. It is book 11 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Bite Club“.

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.

Michael and Eve are engaged. But not everyone wants them to be. A vampire and a human getting married? It’s ridiculous on a couple of levels, but they’re in love, and they want Morganville to know it. Too bad Morganville really doesn’t want to know about it. Poor Eve’s getting looked down upon, people are refusing to serve her in stores and she’s having a hard time of it all round. And to make matters worse, Claire has noticed Michael has been acting strange. And when a lady vamp calls around to visit him, Claire connects the dots, and the finished product is not to her liking. Not. At. All. What the hell is going on?

Claire has noticed other weird things. There seems to be a mysterious visitor to Morganville. And nobody has noticed him so far but Claire. And she’s not even sure of what she’s seeing herself. Most people (and vampires) are preoccupied with Michael and Eve’s Engagement Party. But when a message is delivered to the vampires of Morganville they begin acting really spooked. And when something spooks a vampire, you know it’s got to be pretty bad. What on earth can set a vampire’s fangs on edge? When vampires start disappearing, Claire and the others know it’s bad. Really bad.

I loved this one! We got to explore other character’s perspectives in this novel, which was cool to say the least. There were POV chapters from Claire, Amelie, Shane, Eve and Michael. I loved the storyline for this novel, and so many unexpected things happened! I really liked the little shocks along the way. I LOVED this one!

Favourite lines/passages:
“Do forgive Mathilde. She’s not been the same since the French Revolution.”
Amelie

“Yo. He’s turning kinda purple. I think you made the point.”
Shane Collins

“I’m insane, not forgetful.”
Myrnin

“Well, I believe it’s time for a field test.”
Myrnin

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Morganville Vampires Short Stories, Snippets and Extras

As the short stories here are part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the Morganville Vampires Series that you may not have read yet. I will say where each story fits chronologically at the beginning of each review. If I have not said, it’s because I am unsure. Do not read if you intend to read this series from the beginning in the future, and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers. There are more short stories that have been written and published by Rachel Caine, if I have not included them here it is because I am yet to read them.

Sam’s Story
This is a review of the short story “Sam’s Story” by Rachel Caine.

Just as the title says, this is the story of Sam Glass.

Sad and poignant.

Read it online here.

Grudge
This is a review of the short story “Grudge” by Rachel Caine.

Chronologically it takes place before “Glass Houses“.

A story about what happened to Shane’s younger sister Alyssa.

Read it online here.

A very sad story. 😦

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
This is a review of the short story “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life” by Rachel Caine.

Chronologically, this story comes before “Glass Houses“.

Eve turns 18, suffers, makes a big decision. Has she made the right choice?

I really enjoyed this Eve insight. I loved learning about what’s brought her to where she is at the beginning of the Morganville Vampires Series.

Read it online here.

Amelie’s Story
This is a review of the Morganville snippet “Amelie’s Story” by Rachel Caine.

Chronologically, I am sure it takes place directly after/around the same time as the end of “Glass Houses“.

A little sliver of insight into Amelie.

I liked it, but it did not really add any depth to anything. I did enjoy the interaction between Amelie and Oliver though.

Read it online here.

Dead Man Stalking
This is a review of the short story “Dead Man Stalking” by Rachel Caine.

Chronologically, this is Morganville story #4.5, so it slots in between “Feast of Fools” and “Lord of Misrule“.

Shane is sure he sees someone he thought was dead, and has got to make some tough decisions.

Again, we gain more insight into Shane. He’s not had it easy, poor kid. I can completely relate to the lines:

I wanted to love him. I wanted to hit him‘.

Story of my life right there Shane, ol’ buddy. I am definitely feelin’ ya.

Read it online here.

Lunch Date
This is a review of the Morganville snippet “Lunch Date” by Rachel Caine

Claire scrounges up a bite to eat.

A cute little piece.

Read it online here.

All Hallows
This is a review of the short story “All Hallows” by Rachel Caine.

Chronologically this is Morganville story #6.5, so it fits in between “Carpe Corpus” and “Fade Out“.

It’s Halloween, what better night to lose a vampire and try to save him? Written from Eve’s POV.

I have said it before, and I’ll say it again, I really enjoy reading about Morganville from another character’s perspective. The main novels are (for the most part) written from Claire’s perspective, it’s nice to get inside Eve’s head for this one.

Read it online here.

Anger Management
This is a review of the short story “Anger Management” by Rachel Caine.

Chronologically, this is Morganville story #10.5, so it comes after “Bite Club“.

Shane’s got some serious self work to do.

Written from Shane’s POV. I really liked this one. I get Shane in a way that only someone with a similar past can get someone. It’s hard not to choose anger as your response to things sometimes.

Read it online here.

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Worth Living For

A Morganville Vampires short story that takes place between “Fade Out ” and “Kiss of Death“. It was included in my copy of “Ghost Town“.

Shane is asked by Mayor Richard Morrell and Chief of Police: Hannah Moses to keep a eye on Michael. What kind of trouble has Michael gotten himself into? And can Shane help him? More to the point, does he even want to?

This short story was told from Shane’s perspective. I like these little insights into Shane. I enjoy reading about Morganville through the eyes of another character, it’s interesting and helps me to understand not only Shane, but other Morganville characters, a little better. I enjoyed this story that focused on Shane and Michael’s friendship.

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Bite Club

This is a review of “Bite Club” by Rachel Caine. It is book 10 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Ghost Town“.

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, Shane, Michael and Eve have settled back into normal, everyday Morganville life after the major computer glitch that wiped everyone’s memories (read “Ghost Town“). That is, until Shane gets wind of a new gym opening up in town. A gym that specialises in Mixed Martial Arts among other things. It’s exactly the kind of thing Shane’s been wanting to happen in Morganville. The new gym is pretty cool, even Eve is impressed.

Claire is studying at Texas Prairie University as usual, and working with Myrnin. But vampy stuff is leaking over into regular TPU study, and Claire is really bothered when a non-native (to Morganville that is) student steals some samples of “altered blood” (vampire blood) from a class lab. Things don’t exactly go as planned when she tries to confront him about it either. They go pretty wrong. It seems like an old enemy is back. And he’s really cranky.

Shane gets more and more into the gym. He’s getting snarly and violent, and angry and aggressive. Claire and the gang are worried. It seems he is really in over his head. The new crowd he’s hanging with aren’t doing him any favours. They’re leading him to trouble with a capital T. Claire’s also got a big decision of her own to make, it’s one that has the potential to change her future.

Can Claire snap Shane out of his weirdness? Will Michael get through to Shane if Claire can’t?

I enjoyed this Morganville installment a great deal. I really really liked reading about events from the perspective of Shane, as well as Claire. Having had a not-so-perfect childhood myself, I could really identify with some of the angst that Shane felt. The dialogue was witty as always, and I just love Myrnin more and more with each novel.

Favourite lines/passages:

“Am I not ninja enough? Are you saying that I lack ninja?”
Eve Rosser

“See? I hardly broke any laws at all. I should drive more often.”
Myrnin

“Please don’t run. I’m not in a good mood. Better if you just sit still.”
Myrnin

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Macrieve

This is a review of the novel “Macrieve” by Kresley Cole. It is the 13th installment (there are novellas as well as novels, which makes it a hard one to place) in The Immortals After Dark Series. It follows on from “Lothaire” (and was published after The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist (offshoot IAD Series) novel “Shadow’s Claim“.

Long ago, Uilleam MacRieve was subjected to something no young boy (or Lykae for that matter) should ever have to suffer. It’s affected him deeply. He’s had a burning shame and lurking hatred for centuries. He believes he’s broken. His recent capture and torture at the hands of the Order haven’t helped him any. He’s more shattered than ever. Lucky that he has his twin Munro to look after him. To other Lykae he’s known as Head Case. He’s decided he’s not for this world for much longer. He can barely leash his beast, and he’s sick of living for nothing.

Chloe Todd is a soccer superstar. Her dream is to make it to the Olympics, and she’s very, very close. Whenever she’s wanted something, whenever she’s set her heart and sights on a goal, it’s become hers. She’s strong, she’s determined, she’s a fighter. Which is going to come in handy as her dad is none too popular among Loreans. When he evades capture, Chloe is abducted in his place. Gurreat. She’s soon to become the property of the highest bidder at an auction held in her honour. And what’s the dealio with her body and her appetite at the moment? She’s been feeling mighty strange of late.

But MacRieve has found his mate at long last. She’s given him reason to live. A bonny lass, a good, innocent girl. And Chloe’s found a safe harbour in her shitstorm of a life. She’s got no way of fulfilling her Olympic dreams with half of the Lore after her, and her dad has disappeared without a trace. It’s nice to be looked after, made to feel special and safe. But where has her appetite gone? And why does she feel so different?

Can MacRieve bury the pain of his past, before he buries the promise of what is between he and Chloe? Or will he let the ghosts of the past determine his future?

I really liked this IAD novel. It was funny, entertaining and it genuinely surprised me in some parts. I thought I had things figured out and, nope, I didn’t. Which I liked. When I first began reading this series, I was dubious as to whether I could enjoy them. I am not a huge fan of romance. A book has got to have some kind of substance. Not just be wishy washy, predictable or perfect. For me it has got to be “real” in some sense.

And some might think that to be a stupid thing for me to say, as my favourite genres are fantasy or paranormal fiction (you know, “make believe”). But my favourites, they all feel real. They’ve got substance. And I think that’s why I like Kresely Cole’s Immortals After Dark Series. Though the novels are full of fantastic, impossible creatures, they’re also real people. They’ve got problems, hang-ups and issues. They’ve got desires, kinks, and quirks. They’re loveable. They’re also hate-able. Frustrating. These are my guilty pleasure novels. But I won’t call them “trashy romance”, because they’re not. The entire IAD series is interwoven and complex. They’re funny, entertaining and intriguing. The issues, though they’re somewhat hidden in the fantastic nature of the immortals and their stories, are those that people can relate to. I can’t wait for the next one to be published.

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Ghost Town

This is a review of “Ghost Town” by Rachel Caine. It is book 9 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Kiss of Death“.

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, Eve, Michael and Shane are back to the daily grind of life in Morganville. For Claire this means class, dates (and other fun) with Shane and helping Myrnin in the lab. Which is as bizarre as ever. Myrnin is rebuilding the machine that keeps Morganville functioning the way Morganville does. The problem is, that without Ada (well to be specific, Ada’s brain), the machine is not functioning as it should. The barriers to stop people leaving aren’t functioning, memory wipes aren’t being done to those who leave Morganville, and the portals aren’t working. It’s up to Claire to help Myrnin fix the machine. She’s got to use her brain, or Myrnin might just insert it where Ada’s used to be.

After a spot of bother involving Claire, her friends, some rogue vamps and some stakes, Claire is forced to work day and night on the machine as punishment. She and Myrnin believe they have now fixed it. But the townsfolk of Morganville have begun to act very strangely. And Claire just knows that it is not a coincidence. People are forgetting, with disastrous consequences. Claire’s got to make things right before she forgets how.

I really enjoyed this Morganville novel. The storyline was interesting, and eerie in parts. It was suspenseful and compelled me to keep on reading. Parts were a little heart-wrenching, but of course it was also humorous and entertaining, being a Rachel Caine novel. I really enjoyed Amelie and Myrnin getting their creep on. Wickedly spooky.

Favourite lines/quotes:
“Don’t do drugs. I feel I ought to say that.”
Myrnin

“Amelie was right after all: you’re too stupid to be allowed to live.”
Oliver

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