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Working Stiff

This is a review of “Working Stiff” by Rachel Caine. It is the first novel in the Revivalist Series.

Bryn Davis has just started her first day at work at a funeral home. It’s her dream job, and she’s so happy that all of her hard work has paid off. She’s excited and she’s very keen to get down to business and show her new boss what she can do.

She has the worst first day on the job ever. The absolute worst. Not only does tragedy strike, but she also uncovers a secret that her boss really wants to stay hidden. He’s a drug dealer. But he’s most definitely not your run-of-the-mill dealer. Oh no. He’s in the business of dealing with death, and the drug he’s got to peddle is a very special one.

Brynn is backed into a corner and involuntarily becomes addicted to the drug. Once you start taking it, you’ve got to continue. The alternative is death. Slow and horrible and all too inevitable. She’s been approached by Pharmadene the original developers and producers of the drug. They wish to find out how the drug is leaving their hands. They believe that Bryn is the ideal agent for them to utilize. They agree to provide her with the drug she desperately needs in return for her help in solving their leak.

I really enjoyed this novel. I love Rachel Caine’s writing style and her other series. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this series and this protagonist, but I really enjoyed this novel and Bryn’s character. I was engrossed (and a little grossed out) right from the beginning of this novel. I look forward to completing this series.

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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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Morganville Vampires Short Stories, Snippets and Extras #2

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 in 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.

Check out this blog post for more Morganville short stories, snippets and extras.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

This is a review of the Morganville Vampires snippet “Wrong Place, Wrong Time”.

A snippet from Richard Morrell’s perspective. We see what happens to unwanted visitors of Morganville.

I am not too sure where this story fits chronologically, but it mentions that Richard is not mayor yet.

Read it online here.

Dark Rides

This is a review of the Morganvillle Vampires short story “Dark Rides”
Michael and Eve venture out of Morganville to complete a mission that’s just a tad on the creepy side.

Chronologically this story occurs after “Black Dawn“.

I really enjoyed this short story. I loved the setting and the character of Jeremy.

Read it online here.

Myrnin’s Tale

This is a review of the Morganvillsnippet
A Myrnin snippet that tells us a little of his origins.

Read it online here.

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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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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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