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.
“Am I not ninja enough? Are you saying that I lack ninja?”
“See? I hardly broke any laws at all. I should drive more often.”
“Please don’t run. I’m not in a good mood. Better if you just sit still.”