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Kiss of Death

by Rachel Caine
Kindle Edition Read July 24, 2015

Original Release Date: January 1, 2010

Length: 256 pages

Official Description: This is book #8 of the Morganville Vampire series

Claire Danvers has a few things on her mind. First of all there is the laundry, which is now an unfortunate shade of pink. Then there is her boyfriend, Shane, who is never too far from her thoughts. Finally there is her best friend Eve’s relationship problems. As if life as a student wasn’t complicated enough, Claire just happens to be studying in Morganville. A town run by vampires.

Trouble seems to follow Claire and her friends like a shadow and tonight is no exception to the rule. They must find the most difficult documents for a vampire to acquire; people passes that will allow “bad ass” Morley and his friends to leave Morganville. But it’s proving incredibly difficult, and with the odds seemingly stacked against them, the biggest question of all is…

Will they survive?

My Take:

The crew has left Morganville. As Claire, Shane, Eve, and Michael leave Morganville and road trip to Dallas, lots of drama occurs. I mean why wouldn’t it? I am actually a little disappointed in the story, I would have loved to see more of the crew in the big city, but oh well, they are destined for vampire business and cleaning up other people’s messes. I miss Myrnin though, he is my favorite, he only is in the story for the briefest of seconds. Overall, the story is alright, we have danger in small town Texas, we save small town Texas then everyone decides if it is worth going back to Morganville. We all know the answer to that. The magic was off, the chemistry was off, maybe it was because I haven’t read a Morganville book for 2 years, maybe it’s the dynamic. I hope the next book has more spark, in it.

Quote:

“My dad used to say that life’s a journey, but somebody screwed up and lost the map.”

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Fade Out

by Rachel Caine
Kindle EditionRead April 15, 2013

Original Release Date: November 3, 2009

Length: 237 pages

Official Description: This is book #7 of the Morganville Vampire series

Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again…

Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve’s castmates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realize that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger—and way more dangerous—than anyone suspected.

My Take:

So where to go from here? That’s probably what was on the mind of Ms. Caine when she wrote this never-ending book series, and it’s not a bad series, but this book was rather meh and I’m getting tired of some of the characters. Mostly I’m getting tired of Shane *gasp* blasphemy I know, I just think there are more exciting things out there and Claire has just tasted love…so let’s move on. I guess that wouldn’t make an exciting young adult series. Them breaking up and moving on with awkwardness, but there are plenty of awkward moments in this book. Don’t get me wrong I was entertained. I was also bored and ready to get on with it. The danger and stuff going on just didn’t feel as dangerous as the previous books. The excitement wasn’t there, and yeah some things do get resolved but this felt like a bit of fluff to me. My favorite character hands down in Myrnin. I want to see more of Myrnin and I still want him and Claire to have a thing…I know but it’s just I like him better than Shane. Also I think I’m warming up to Oliver, I think we’re going to see more to him in the future…perhaps…who knows. I hope the next book holds a little more excitement, a little more depth. I don’t need anymore fluff in my stories. Also I’m reading for things to be shaken up.

Quote:

“IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER.”

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Carpe Corpus

by Rachel Caine
Paperback Edition – Read March 11, 2013

Cost: $6.97 (As of this Post)

Length: 241 pages

Official Description: This is book #6 of the Morganville Vampire series

In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace-until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He’s kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants-the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?

My Take:

The beginning of this book left off around the same time of the last one, Claire has been marked by Bishop so she can’t lie to him, Michael seems to be his crony, Shane is in jail (again) and Myrnin is….Myrnin. I love Myrnin, I still am in the Myrnin camp for some reason he is just so crazy and lovable….but I like Shane and Claire too. So, yeah this book started off slow, and kept that pace until about half way through the book and then it took off. I mean it flew into crazy fast paced mode that you could barely keep up with, it was awesome. There was a moment where I said, “FINALLY” but I won’t tell you what that was about. 🙂 Anyway this book is good, I was happy with how it ended, except the last chapter….they could have left that out it was totally random and it didn’t fit in at all with the rest of the series. Maybe it leads into the next book, but hello, random. I loved the action in this one and a few plot twists that they kept cleverly concealed, it makes me want to rush out and pick up book seven, if only I didn’t have a stack of book to read first. They do keep bringing Jason back in, I don’t really see the point of Jason anymore, he is superfluous, he played his part, they keep dredging him back up. I guess Eve needs a nemesis brother in the series… Again, I love Myrnin, he scattered about and pops up at Random in this story but he just keeps proving his awesomeness. I think that this book became the best one, so far, in the series it was just that action packed and it moved everything forward. I hope the rest of the series can hold up because there are like 15 all together so far (#15 come out in November) so lets hope they don’t waiver too much.

Quote:

“I’m a vampire. I have secret powers ,” he said with a full-on fake Transylvanian accent, which he dropped to say, “Actually, your mom let me in.”

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Lord of Misrule

by Rachel Caine
Kindle Edition – Read December 10, 2012

Cost: $6.99 (As of this Post)

Length: 260 pages

Official Description: This is book #5 of the Morganville Vampire series

In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, a master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat.

Violent black clouds promise a storm of devastating proportions. As student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against the elements—both natural and unnatural—the unexpected happens: Morganville’s vampires begin to vanish one by one. Discovering why leads Claire to one last choice: swear allegiance to Bishop… or die.

My Take:

I like this book cover better than all of the other ones up to this point in the series, I still don’t know how any of them relate to the book but I still like it.

Anyhow, I don’t know what to think of this book, it took me awhile to get into and I don’t get Claire’s loyalty to Amelie, I think Amelie is a far cry from who our leads need to side with. I do understand Claire got into a contract with Amelie to save Shane, but really what is so special about Claire (besides the fact that she’s smart, there are a lot of smart people out there). I think there might be something more to Claire than what we already know, but of course that’s just speculation. I wasn’t really into the first half of the book, it was more of the same but I upped my star rating because of the last half where everything changes and the action really picks up. I do want to say I love Myrnin, I do I secretly wish that Claire would dump Shane and hook up with Myrnin…is that weird, don’t get me wrong, Shane’s ok, but I just like Myrnin’s insanely bombastic character more than any of the other male’s in this story, plus I think he truly cares for Claire, ending included. Oh that ending, it just kind of leaves you saying “WTF?” that was a killer ending, but it will be a few weeks before I pick up book 6 and know what Bishop has up his sleeve. The thing I dislike about this series, is that there are so many pages with so little actually happening, the story moves along …. but slowly, it’s entertaining  but kinda slow in pace, sorta.

Quote:

“Myrnin? Oh yeah. He did a Batman and took off into the night. What is with that guy, Claire? If he was a superhero, he’d be Bipolar Man.”

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Feast of Fools

by Rachel Caine
Kindle Edition – Read November 15, 2012

Cost: $6.99 (As of This Post)

Length: 257 pages

Official Description: This is book #4 of the Morganville Vampires series

The wait is over. dig into the feast…

In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though—especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town’s living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he’s set for Morganville.

My Take:

This was not my favorite book in this series so far, but that’s ok because I still enjoyed it. I do understand that this book is ‘young adult’ but still there is way too much sexual tension between Claire and Shane that they just need to do the deed and get it over with, or I guess they can wait until she’s 17 I don’t know she doesn’t seem like a 16-year-old. Ok, the big plot in this book was so obvious from 10 miles away you know what is going to happen, I don’t know why no one in the book realized what was going on but it was a, slap you in the face, kind of obvious. It’s been a few months and I’ve read a few books so it took me some time to refresh about what was going on in the beginning of the book but I remembered pretty quickly and it does pick up right where we let off. Also it has a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers all of these books seem to end in them. Or they just end  and you could paste all these books together for one massively huge continuous story. My favorite character by far is Myrnin, he is just so awesome and incredibly quirky and just out there, crazy, brilliant and doesn’t care about making himself a fool. Love him, I hope to see more in the future. I hope this story progresses a little further too because it does seem a bit much, but there are like 12 of these books published with more on the way, I have a lot of catching up to do.

Quote:

“Maybe I should, I don’t know leave? Because this is starting to sound like one of those reality shows I don’t want to be in. Maybe you guys want to take turns in the confessional booth.”

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