Review: Carpe Corpus (Morganville #6) by Rachel Caine

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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?

I know these books are creepy, but honestly what is that title? It hit me about halfway through reading this book that Carpe as we all know from ‘Carpe Diem’ means Seize or Seize the. And of course, Corpus means corpse or body. So there we have Seize the Body. Fun.

Title aside, I really enjoyed this one yet again. Looking back on the earlier books, I can definitely see how much Caine’s writing has improved! It’s also so different for me reading this and the next books as I had read the first 5 years ago but these are all new for me. But I still found I’m enjoying them just as much, if not more, to have even more tense moments where I have no clue what happens!

‘There was just that one moment when she’d seen him as a man who loved his son.’

Shane and Claire were great in this book. Shane hasn’t exactly been my favourite person in the past few books, but the way he treats Claire brought it all back for me. He’s troubled, but also so heartfelt. As always, all of the Glass House residents were great, but I missed having Michael around all the time!

Without giving too many spoilers, I really liked the addition of Ada. As always, Myrnin was great and his crazy episodes make him such an interesting character to read. Like is he a villain? No one knows, and it makes it so intriguing to find out. Talking of characters, this one is definitely the most emotional so far, and I loved it. Although I’m obviously sad/emotional over what happened, it gave a new depth to the story I hadn’t really seen before.

‘Maybe everybody has those moments. Even the worst people.’

The ending of this one kind of reminded me of City of Glass in the plot style. Unlike usual Caine, we had a lot of loose ends wrapped up and not such a big cliffhanger, but I’m not complaining! Even though it didn’t make me feel as though I needed to read the next one immediately, I feel like we have enough of an opening to continue in Morganville, but enough closure to know things are going to be different. Let’s see what book 7 brings!

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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