Review: Ghost Town (Morganville #9) by Rachel Caine

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While developing a new system to maintain Morganville’s defenses, Claire Danvers discovers a way to amplify vampire mental powers. Through this, she’s able to re-establish the field around this vampire-infested Texas college town that protects it from outsiders. But the new upgrades have an unexpected consequence.

So I’m 9 books in and I think I’m about to write my first 5 star Morganville rating! I’ve been loving these books so far but they definitely can come across as lacking depth sometimes. Well, this all changed in Ghost Town for me!

Caine tackled so many new subjects in this book. Claire finally kills the inevitable and faces the guilt that comes with it. Claire is then faced with a difficult decision, and chaos ensues shortly after (because, of course, periods of quiet are rare and short lived in this town).

‘”Stop it! Claire screamed, and put herself in front of Shane,’

My favourite thing about this series is always the group of friends. Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve are one of my favourite YA friendship groups, and the fact they stick together for so long really shines through. Each of the group are different, wonderful and complicated in their own ways and I love them for it.

I always flick through these books wanting and longing for the quiet moments between friends, which are often must needed respite between tense action scenes. For the first time in the series, Ghost Town seemed to combine the two, with the action and tension being based mainly on what is going on between the friends.

‘like she could protect him from words the way he protected her from fists.’

Without giving away loads of spoilers for this book, the emotion and depth is at 100%. I nearly ended up in tears in some moments, and it was the first time I felt such a deep connection to the characters. Caine’s writing has definitely developed since book 1 and it shows so much here!

★★★★★
5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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