Review: Bitter Blood (Morganville #13) by Rachel Caine

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For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…
Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.
To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse. 

Maybe it’s because of the 11th and 12th Morganville books being so good, but I was so disappointed with this one! I guess I did expect a bit of a lull after so much action, but this one seemed downright ridiculous.

As with most of the books, it really picked up in the last 100-200 pages. But I keep thinking was it enough? Sure, I enjoyed this book and I’m still loving the series overall. But compared to the recent marvels Caine has come up with, it left me feeling…kinda flat.

“It’s not your enemies who are likeliest to hurt you.”

Not all was bad about these books and as I said above, I still enjoyed it. We had a number of small plotlines happening alongside each other, which was kind of fun and made the pacing pretty quick. I also still enjoyed flicking between different characters POV.

As always, the characters were the best thing about this book. I love the main 4, and we had a new member of the Glass House that gave a completely different and fresh addition I loved. I can see Claire growing up and developing as her own person, and looking back on her at the start of the series makes me feel like I’ve really followed her journey. However, we also had some Morganville visitors which felt flat and just annoying.

“It is, always, those you trust.”

Overall, very mixed feelings about the book itself and it’s definitely the most disappointing yet for me! But I have to say, I’m still enjoying the series and I know I’ll miss it when I finish.

★★★
3 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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