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Fall of Night

This is a review of “Fall of Night” by Rachel Caine. It is book 14 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Bitter Blood“.

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 decided to leave Morganville and head to MIT, her dream school. But it’s not all rosy with Claire. Shane and Claire aren’t 100% with each other right now. Shane’s got some trust issues he needs to work on after the “Michael incident”, and Claire needs some space and some Claire time. They still love each other, but there’s some work for each of them to do. So Claire is off to her new school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She’s been enrolled in a special advanced study programme with Professor Irene Anderson, former Morganville resident.

Professor Anderson is nothing at all like Claire imagined. She’s younger than Claire expected her to be for one, and she’s pretty awesome. Claire thinks she is going to have a great time working with her, especially when the Professor shows an enthusiastic (if a little wary) interest in Claire’s vamp-power-cancelling ray, or VLAD as she’s taken to calling it. The lab is amazing, very high tech, and Claire is definitely impressed.

But she really misses Shane. And Eve and Michael too. Her new housemate Liz is just not the same. She’s not even the same Liz from back at high school. She’s definitely changed, and Claire’s not certain it’s for the better. In fact, it looks like Liz comes with her own set of problems. *Sigh*. At least they’re not vampire-related. Doesn’t mean they won’t be dangerous though…

Is Claire cut out for a world that’s not Morganville?

I loved this one 🙂
Gee, it really is as though each MV novel gets better than the last, which is no mean feat. Actually, I think it’s not so much “better”, as I have really really enjoyed the last few, I guess I’m not really sure how exactly to articulate what I mean.

Rachel Caine is really really great at changing things up and not getting stale, and I think that’s what I like about her stuff. We’ve seen that she’s not afraid to experiment with different character POVs, even if the series didn’t start out with having more than one character voice. In this novel, I was pleased that Caine wasn’t afraid to move Claire’s story away from Morganville. It really was great to read, and again I couldn’t stop reading, especially toward the end. This novel was suspenseful and surprising and fresh. I liked the different setting, the new characters and the way old characters dealt with their lives getting changed up. It was a really fun read. I love how Caine’s characters feel real, and I love that they learn from their lives, and that they’re not just one dimensional people.

True to Morganville style, this one ends on a cliffhanger. I am really looking forward to reading the next book (out later this year), but I am also sad, as it will be the final book and I don’t think I am ready to say goodbye to Morganville just yet!

Favourite lines/passages:

“Be careful. Not all dangers have a vampire’s fangs. Or a vampire’s predictability.”
Myrnin

“It’s been really quiet on the supernatural attack front.”
Claire Danvers

“You don’t look a day over a thousand.”
Myrnin

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Bitter Blood

This is a review of “Bitter Blood” by Rachel Caine. It is book 13 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Black Dawn“.

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.

The Draug have been defeated. But Morganville is not the same as it was before the Draug infestation. For one, nobody is too keen on drinking tap water anymore. But in all seriousness, now that the vampires have defeated their #1 enemies (and the only thing they lived in fear of) they’re feeling pretty invincible. They’re feeling high and mighty and are pretty willing to look down on the human population of Morganville. You’d think after all the human help in ridding the town of Draug that this wouldn’t be the case, but …nope.

Amelie is more remote than ever, and since she and Oliver have started getting close, well you could say his influence has been dark in nature. The only vampire who doesn’t seem to have gone power-crazy is Myrnin (he’s just his regular brand of crazy). Myrnin’s not too keen on this new vamp-tastic Morganville and he’s all for up and leaving. But Claire can’t bring herself to go with. She’s not pro-human (anti-vamp) or all for the vamps. She’s somewhere in the middle. But the middle is not looking like a very safe place to be at all.

Just ask poor Eve, the newly-wed Mrs Glass. There’s a situation that both sides frown upon, and it’s not quiet disapproval either. The Glass house residents have been receiving a steady supply death threats and they’re not getting any less creepy as the days go by. There’s a new Captain Obvious in town, and his/her identity is unknown. But this Captain Obvious sure is a force to be reckoned with. Can Morganville ever be functional again? Will there ever be balance and equality? Can Claire make Amelie see sense? And is Oliver acting solely of his own volition? Or is he in cahoots with someone else?

I super dooper enjoyed this Morganville installment. Again, we get different character perspectives (love it) and therefore we get to hear the story from many angles. This one was a little more violent, a bit dark and I felt the characters grew up a little and matured. Lots of mistakes made (by different characters) in this one, the learning curve was a steep one. I enjoyed the suspense that built around the identity of Captain Obvious, and I can’t say I enjoyed the situation that created tension between the original Glass house four, but I sure couldn’t stop reading! I could not look away. *Sigh* I will be sad once this series comes to a close.

Favourite lines/passages:

“Don’t worry. Someone will pay for your suffering. Heavily. With screaming.”
Myrnin

“Suck it, fangboy”
Shane Collins

“[A chit is] a disrespectful young woman. Something I was called more than once. Something every woman of quality is called, sooner or later, by a man who feels they do not know their place. As we do not, because our place is as lofty as we may aspire to climb. It is the language of men who fear women.”
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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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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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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Fade Out

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.

Favourite lines/quotes:

-“No exploring on your own, Dora.”
Michael Glass

-“Unfortunately, I believe I exploded his organs. So fragile, living things. I forget sometimes.”
Ada

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Carpe Corpus

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.

Favourite lines/quotes:

“By the way, I’m going to start calling you Gollum, you little creep.”
Eve Rosser

“Come on; you know it’s true. Morganville. Come for the education, stay for the terrifying drama.”
Claire Danvers

That, Claire thought, was a pretty good definition of love: needing someone even after you got what you thought you wanted.
Rachel Caine

“Want some coffee to go with that breaking and entering?”
Michael Glass

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Lord of Misrule

This is a review of “Lord of Misrule” by Rachel Caine. It is book 5 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Feast of Fools“.

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 in chaos after Bishop’s welcome feast ended badly. Vampires and humans alike are taking refuge in the Founder houses, and are trying to figure out what’s going on. Bishop needs to be stopped at all costs. He’s kidnapped Myrnin, and they need to get him back. Humans must help Vampires and vice versa if they’re to get Morganvile back to the way it was.

But not all humans want Morganville to return to the way it was. Many of them are taking a leaf out of Shane’s father Frank’s book, a sort of “quick, let’s kick em’ while they’re down approach”. It’s sure to end badly. While Amelie and Bishop amass their forces to do battle against one another, Claire tries her best to keep her friends safe.

And that’s not all that’s brewing. A huge storm is on the horizon, and it’s making its way closer and closer to Morganville. It looks to be huge. Of devastating proportions. Morganville is hardly ever normal, but things seem to be a whole lot of crazy.

I did like this book. I especially loved the characters’ dialogue, and new character Hannah. It did take me a while longer to read this one than it did for me to read the others, but that may be because I have been in a “listening-to-music” kind of mood lately. In any case, I cannot pinpoint anything I did not like about this book.

Favourite lines/quotes:

C: I think I need guy CliffsNotes.
E: Guys aren’t deep enough to need CliffsNotes
Claire Danvers and Eve Rosser

“I’m an everything.”
Hannah Moses

“Terror Aerobics. Just wait until they get it at the gym. It’ll be bigger than Pilates”
Eve Rosser

“See you soon. Wait, probably not, loser.”
Monica Morrell

“Sleeping the sleep of the just. Or the just drugged anyway.”
Hannah Moses

“Without forgiveness, there is never any peace…
How can hating them heal me?”
Theo Goldman

“OK, that was extra creepy, with whipped creepy topping.”
Eve Rosser

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Feast of Fools

This is a review of “Feast of Fools” by Rachel Caine. It is book 4 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Midnight Alley“.

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’s parents have decided to move to Morganville. What the hell were they thinking?! Now she’s got them to worry about too. They want her to move back in with them, but Claire most definitely does not want to do that. Claire’s not the only one to have parental problems. Amelie’s father Bishop is in town. And he seems a little cranky. He’s arrived on the doorstep of the Glass House with his two vampire lackeys, and he’s not leaving until he sees his daughter. And what’s more, Amelie and Oliver seem wary of him. Which means he must be one frightening vampire.

Myrnin is locked up. He’s too far gone with his sickness to be allowed to work in close proximity to Claire any longer. Claire is still working on the cure for his condition, and has developed a stronger dose. She visits Myrnin in his cell often, to test the dosages and spend time with him studying. They still haven’t perfected a cure, but they have not given up hope. The local doctor has been allowed (to a degree, he doesn’t know everything) to assist Claire in the matter, and he’s growing curious about their project.

Shane has attracted the attention of Ysandre, one of Bishop’s vamps. She’s gross and overly sexual, and she’s pissing Claire off majorly. Michael has started playing music in public again, he’s a massive hit. Eve’s brother Jason is still creepy and smelly, but he wants to talk about “family stuff” with Eve. Monica’s still a massive bitch, and her policeman brother Richard, is the only decent Morrell. Amelie and Oliver have, for the moment, joined forces and set aside their differences.

A party is held to welcome Bishop to Morganville (mostly to prevent any difficulties). It’s a masked feast. All the humans are buzzed. All vampires must attend, and they must take along a human guest. It’s become the social event of the year. Who will be invited?

I enjoyed this, just as I have enjoyed the previous Morganville novels. I have been meaning to mention this since I have started the series, but it keeps slipping my mind at review time. I really like how different this series is to the other two series of Caine’s I have read. The Morganville Vampires Series has a completely different tone (and subject matter) to the Weather Warden Series and the Outcast Season Series, and all of them are so great! I love that Caine is so versatile. Caine’s Morganville characters are very witty, and I get a real kick out of their dialogue.

Favourite lines/quotes:

“Remind me to stock a handy vampire-killing kit under the sink for times like these.’”
Shane Collins

“Apparently just in time to hear my funeral plans. I especially like the garlic up the ass. It’s . . . different.”
Michael Glass

“I’m giving you a piece of my mind.”
Myrnin

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Midnight Alley

This is a review of “Midnight Alley” by Rachel Caine. It is book 3 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “The Dead Girl’s Dance“.

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’s made a deal with Amelie for Protection. She feels a little safer, but she’s trying to hide it from her friends. She’d rather not know how they’d react, she’s guessing it will be: badly. While Amelie’s Protection comes with some perks: some scholarship money, a new cell and relative safety after dark, there’s also some downsides. Amelie wants her to attend extra lessons outside of school with a very old vampire Myrnin. He’s working on something extremely important to the vampires, and he needs an apprentice. A smart one. Claire. And Monica, in an extremely bizarre and creepy turn of events, wants to befriend Claire.

Shane’s still recovering from his dad’s visit, and is not adjusting well to Michael’s … um, shall we say … new condition. He’s angry and confused. Eve’s still working at the cafe on Campus, and her brother is still lurking about being dead creepy. A couple more girls turn up dead (no doubt his handiwork), and he ups his ante on stalking and threatening. A dead girl is left near their house and even worse, a vampire is staked out front on their footpath. That does not look good for Shane considering all the havoc his dad recently caused. Things aren’t great. And Oliver is still being terrifying and wants to shake off Amelie’s power over the Morganville vamps.

Can Claire help Myrnin with his work? More importantly, does she really want to? Can Shane make up with Michael? And will Eve’s brother just go away or die or something similar?

Another enjoyable read. Very entertaining. I love the characters in these books. They have such distinct personalities. Claire has really grown in the last few novels, and it’s great seeing her with more confidence. I liked the storyline with Myrnin, creepy, sad and suspenseful all at once. I really get a sense of danger and suspense when I read these novels. After another juicy ending, I am really looking forward to the next book. I am sad because the rest of the series haven’t arrived in the post yet, and most likely won’t until next week sometime. I tried to read these first three slowly, but it’s kinda impossible, you just want to keep going.

Favourite lines/quotes:

-“Oh like you don’t throw a hissy every time somebody trips your angst switch!”
Eve Rosser

-“You could put a stake through my heart, and I would simply pull it out and be very annoyed with you for ruining my wardrobe.”
Amelie

-” Fine?! She looks amazing. I’m not half-gay, and I think she’s hot.”
Eve Rosser

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