Review: Kiss of Death (Morganville #8) by Rachel Caine

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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?

This book was so unexpected and different. We definitely needed an answer to the ‘why can’t we leave Morganville?’ question, and Caine gave us a whole book. Without giving any spoilers, this is a road trip book with a twist. After the group being trapped in Morganville for so long, they are finally given a chance to see the outside world.

I loved this one, it may have been my favourite book yet! Seeing Claire and her friends outside Morganville was so fun, but not without it’s troubles and tension.

‘My dad used to say that life’s a journey’

As usual, this book was jam packed with action, twists and turns and I still found it gripping! Having said that, we did have a few well needed breaks and emotional scenes. I love that these books also tackle Claire growing up and moving away, and the scenes with her parents really bring this series back down to earth.

I have to say though, I did miss Morganville and the people in it. Which I guess is what the reader is supposed to feel as Claire finds herself missing home too, so also a clever play on Caine’s part as I’m looking forward to getting back into familiar territory.

‘but somebody screwed up and lost the map.’

Overall, a great idea to mark the halfway point in this series. The series has become pretty predictable for me after so many books but I’m still finding them really entertaining!

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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