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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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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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The Dead Girl’s Dance

This is a review of “The Dead Girl’s Dance” by Rachel Caine. It is book 2 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Glass Houses“.

As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel. Do not read if you want to read this series in the future and do not want to know of any potential plot spoilers.

Shane’s father is in town. That’s not a good thing. He’s hell bent on hunting some vampires and doing some revenge killing as retribution for his dead daughter and wife. And he wants Shane to help him. Worse, Shane was the one who called him for help and invited him to town (they were in big trouble after all, read: “Glass Houses“). Shane’s dad has also decided that Michael is a vamp, and there is nothing Shane or the girls can say that will change his mind. Which is bad.

Eve’s also got some trouble. Her brother Jason has been released from jail. He was in there for stabbing a girl, and it was Eve’s eye witness account that put him there. He’s creepy and Eve wants nothing to do with him. Luckily for Eve, a couple of detectives have agreed to act as her and Claire’s escort to and from school. Eve’s landed herself a job at the university coffee place.

Claire’s going ok. She’s actually managing to make it to some of her classes, and there’s something developing between herself and Shane. She’s even been invited to an Epsilon Epsilon Kappa party, The Dead Girl’s Dance by a boy at uni. But Shane’s dad is really bad news and he’s dragged Shane into his troubles. A vampire has been found tortured and dead. The other vampires aren’t happy at all. It’s up to Claire and Eve to bail Shane out.

I enjoyed this novel, I think I liked “Glass Houses” a little more, but this book was good too. It was suspenseful, sad, touching and action packed. Again, I really enjoyed the excerpt from Eve’s diary. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series, and I am hoping the post is quick with my book parcels.

Favourite lines/quotes:
– “Your father’s an asshole. It’s not a disease. You don’t have to catch it.”
Michael Glass

-“Hell’s put in a skating rink, this is actually edible, Eve.”
Shane Collins

-“Did I miss a chapter? And are there Cliff’s Notes?”
Claire Danvers

-“How sweet. Romance isn’t dead. Oh, wait. It is.”
Eve Rosser

C: “All right. If I have to be a zombie, I’ll be a zombie.”
E: “Cutest zombie ever!”
Claire Danvers & Eve Rosser

-“I like these girls. I don’t like you. Do the maths. Consider yourselves subtracted.”
Sam

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Glass Houses

This is a review of “Glass Houses” by Rachel Caine. It is book 1 in the Morganville Vampires Series.

Claire Danvers is really smart. She’s made it to college at the age of 16 (and a half), but it’s not the school of her dreams. Not by a long shot. Claire really wants to go someplace like Caltech or MIT or Yale, but her parents won’t let her live that far away at her age. So she’s stuck in Morganville at Texas Prairie University (TPEeeew). And it’s horrible. Oh, the classes are fine, but her dorm life isn’t. She is the victim of Monica Morrell, bitch from hell. What she does to Claire seems like hazing, but after Claire makes her look dumb in front of others, Monica turns deadly. For real. After stealing her laundry, she pushes her down the stairs, leaving a badly injured Claire on her own.

Claire decides that she’s not safe on Campus anymore and calls around, looking for somewhere to live. And that’s how she finds the Glass House. She is tentatively accepted by the occupants (she’s underage and that’s a worry) but she soon settles in. There’s goth Eve, cute Shane and mysterious Michael. Eve lets Claire in on a secret. Morganville is run by vampires. Claire thinks Eve is loony at first. But then she meets a vampire, and he’s even creepier than Monica the psycho. It turns out that in order to live safely in Morganville you need Protection (and I’m not talking about condoms). Families have vampire patrons that offer them protection in return for blood. No-one in the Glass House has Protection anymore, though the house itself does.

Claire seems to have awful luck. As well as being on Monica’s bad side, she appears to have made the vampy shit-list too. Shane makes a deal to keep her safe (for now). But Claire can’t let him endanger himself like that, so she sets out to find something of value that may enable her to broker a deal. And it turns out that there is something that the vamps want. Badly. Can Claire find it and save Shane and herself? And what’s the go with Michael? He only ever seems to be around at night…

I really liked this book, and I am glad that I have the next one here to sink my teeth into immediately, as it ended on a cliffhanger. I enjoyed Eve’s diary at the end, where Eve summarises things and adds to the story with her own perspective.

Favourite lines/quotes:

“That’s kind of a leap, but the Russian judge gave you a nine point five for style, so OK.”
Eve Rosser

“Run first, mourn later.”
Shane Collins

“I’m currently between majors.”
Shane Collins

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