Let’s Discuss! Reading a 16 Book Series

Let’s Discuss! Reading a 16 Book Series

Hi everyone! Ever since I finished Morganville, I’ve wanted to write a post about the series as a whole, and my experience reading such a long series. For a long time, I didn’t really read series, and I read a lot of standalone contemporaries. In fact, I only got into Morganville because of Rachel Caine touring when Midnight Bites came out and my friend at the time wanted to go! I’m really glad we did, because here I am 3 years later, having finally completed and adored the series.

I have to say, going into 16 books was daunting, but it couldn’t have been an easier to read series. Most of the books are short, and although not exactly lighthearted, they’re all easy and quick reads. I needed something I knew I wouldn’t have to focus on too much while moving house a couple of months ago, and these were the perfect books to pick up. Going on holiday in early May meant I could storm through a few more, and I think I finished them in under 2 months altogether! Before I talk about my last thoughts and feelings, I’m going to link all of my reviews below.

Glass Houses (Morganville #1) – Rachel Caine
The Dead Girls’ Dance (Morganville #2) – Rachel Caine
Midnight Dance (Morganville #3) – Rachel Caine
Feast of Fools (Morganville #4) – Rachel Caine
Lord of Misrule (Morganville #5) – Rachel Caine
Cape Corpus (Morganville #6) – Rachel Caine
Fade Out (Morganville #7) – Rachel Caine
Kiss of Death (Morganville #8) – Rachel Caine
Ghost Town (Morganville #9) – Rachel Caine
Bite Club (Morganville #10) – Rachel Caine
Last Breath (Morganville #11) – Rachel Caine
Black Dawn (Morganville #12) – Rachel Caine
Bitter Blood (Morganville #13) – Rachel Caine
Fall of Night (Morganville #14) – Rachel Caine
Daylighters (Morganville #15) – Rachel Caine
Midnight Bites – Rachel Caine

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It’s going to be bittersweet to leave these books behind, and I want to end by saying a few things about the series as a whole:

  • The cast of characters and the group of friends (Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve), have been some of the best I’ve read about. Their chemistry, and action packed scenes contrasted with them living together, made me love them all so much.
  • The location has been so layered, atmospheric and beautiful, in it’s own weird way.
  • Rachel Caine has some skill to keep me interested for 16 books, the longest series I’ve read so far!

I want to leave on a quote from the end of the book which I loved so much and thought summed up the wonderful journey Caine has taken me and so many other readers on:

“You know, you are not the mousy little thing I met that morning in Common Grounds,” he said. “You’ve become something else entirely.”‘

Claire, it’s been so great to see you grow up and mature. Thank you for your story, and the adventure that came with it.

-Beth

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Review: Midnight Bites by Rachel Caine

Review: Midnight Bites by Rachel Caine
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MIDNIGHT BITES, the new Morganville Vampires short story anthology! It will bring together almost everything that I’ve written in short form about Morganville … though I did leave out some of the original “diary” entries that appeared on an earlier version of the Morganville website, simply because they were just scenes and not stories, and were generally really short snippets. This is all short fiction, and it’s been carefully organized into the timeline, so you can read from the earliest adventures (some of which belong to vampires) all the way through some post-Daylighters goodies.
MIDNIGHT BITES includes a total of more than 50,000 words of brand new content, which makes me very happy indeed (and I hope will also make you happy, too). From stories featuring our favorite bunny-slipper-wearing mad scientist to a mystery solved by police chief Hannah Moses, I think you’ll find this is a diverse group of stories that will shine a little more light in the murkiest corners of Morganville.

This was such a lovely way to wrap up and leave Morganville. I love reading short story collections, and even though they hardly ever meet my love of whole books, they provide such a great way to revisit worlds we know, love and miss.

And this book was just the same. I know that if I ever need a Morganville fix, I’ll go to this alongside my favourites from the series!

‘“Just wanted to remind you that we’re out of milk again. And hot sauce.”
“Why are those two always out at the same time? Because those do not go together.”

These stories were such a mix, and I loved how they were in order of how they would be if they were in the series. Each one seemed to have a new narrator and style, and they each stood out from each other. They all gave me the great atmospheric feeling only Morganville has in that creepy way.

I love the mix of romance, action, humour etc. Each story brought something new, or had a mixture of scenes which was great. Some of the stories were included in my UK paperback editions, so I’d read them as I went and that meant the book wasn’t too daunting for me as a whole as I skipped those. However, the 500+ pages and small font threw me after such an easy to read series!

‘”I suspect Shane. He’d put hot sauce in anything,” Michael said.’

Overall, a great way to finish up this series for me. I’ll be sad to leave this eccentric and brilliant cast of characters behind, it’s been a fun ride!

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Review: Daylighters (Morganville #15) by Rachel Caine

Review: Daylighters (Morganville #15) by Rachel Caine
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Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated – vampires from humans – they realise that the changes definitely aren’t for the better. It seems that an organisation called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation – even for the vampires themselves – the truth is far more sinister and deadly. Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end …Includes a brand new and exclusive Morganville short story. 

Wow, it’s so weird, sad and exciting to be leaving Morganville behind. Although I don’t feel like I’m truly finished with this town as I’ve just picked up Midnight Bites, the short story collection, I know I’ll feel the loss of such a wonderful town and cast of characters.

As we saw in Last Breath and Black Dawn, this book carries on from the last. With the Daylighters being such a threat in Fall of Night, I was ready for this, and expectant. Overall, this book didn’t disappoint, and I found it was layered wonderfully.

‘But if these past years in Morganville have taught me anything, it’s that sometimes you have to just . . . jump.’

Of course, this book focuses on Claire and her friends, but I also enjoyed the little wrappings-up of other characters stories. It really felt like a bittersweet ending to such a long journey. There are so many aspects of this book that I didn’t expect, including the massive part the Hellhounds played. But I think we needed new, fresh ideas to keep the story alive even in it’s final moments.

I was so happy the last book took place almost entirely in Morganville! After a bit of a break in book 14, I was missing the atmosphere of the town I’ve grown to know and love. These books have taken me through many twists and turns, and the town was one of the most atmospheric settings I’ve ever read about.

‘It’s not safe. It’s never safe. But sometimes you have to live dangerously.’

It’s going to be very bittersweet leaving these books behind, and once I’ve got Midnight Bites out of the way, I’m going to be writing about my experience of reading my way through Morganville, the longest series I’ve ever read.

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Review: Fall of Night (Morganville #14) by Rachel Caine

Review: Fall of Night (Morganville #14) by Rachel Caine
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Claire thought she’d never get to leave Morganville, but she can’t pass up the chance to finally attend her dream school, MIT. After all, getting to invent anti-vamp devices with Professor Anderson – a Morganville exile herself – sounds like a dream come true… until Claire realizes there are sinister forces at play, and she’s not the only one with a vampire-related agenda.
Without her friends Shane, Eve, and Michael, Claire finds that surviving a killer schedule may be hard… but with them, it might turn out to be impossible.

I’m so glad Morganville picked up again after the disappointment that was the 13th book. I find when any of the gang leave Morganville it can be really hit and miss, but I definitely needed a break from the crazy town after book 13.

Having Claire finally leave to follow her dream of studying at MIT (in one weird way or another) really worked for me. Her standing up and proving to herself, her friends, and us as readers, that she can leave Morganville, gave me new found respect for her. In fact, I spent a lot of this book respecting and evaluating how far the characters have come!

‘In real life, you don’t get a reset,’

I did miss the antics of the other Morganville residents, and the atmosphere of the town itself however, and I was grateful for the different POV showing what everyone was up to back home. I guess I was a little torn between leaving Morgnaville, but when a series is based on a place and is 15 books long, it does need some breathers.

Even though we’d left Morganville behind, of course Claire’s life isn’t without new adventures and dangers. It wouldn’t be this series without a little danger, and at least one mention of vampire bunny slippers, would it? I have to say, Caine also didn’t disappoint with action, adventure and twists and turns that made this book fly by!

‘and you don’t get extra lives, and I got the crap pounded out of me.’

So overall, I’m very happy to say book 14 has picked this series back up off the ground. Bring on the next and final book!

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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

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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Review: Black Dawn (Morganville #12) by Rachel Caine

Review: Black Dawn (Morganville #12) by Rachel Caine
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The Morganville vampires are fighting a losing war, and it will fall to the residents of the Glass House: Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire, to take the fight to an enemy who threatens to destroy the town, forever.

For the first time in the Morganville books, this one carries on with the same subplot as the book before it. Usually, the books kind of wrap up at the end of each, and just leave a small something for the next one to continue with. Here, we have two books taking up one subplot, but it really works. The story Caine started in Last Breath definitely needs time to finish!

There was a very emotional aspect of this book that is possibly one of my favourites, if not my absolute favourite part of the whole series. Shane is a big focus in this (trying not to give giant spoilers here!), and I felt so deeply connected to the characters because of it.

‘”News flash, lady. There are no queens anymore,” Shane said. He loaded shells in a shotgun and snapped it shut, then searched for a place to strap it on that didn’t interfere with the flamethrower.’

This plotline is just epic, and I was once again kept guessing and on the edge of my seat. I think it’s just getting predictable again, and then Caine will throw me a massive twist that makes me react out loud. What a feat. And alongside this, we had numerous subplots (romantic, political, etc) that kept me interested.

These books might be fun and I do love them so much, but they’re not without their problems. Sometimes I struggle to find the things that keep the group tied to Morganville, especially in the middle of chaos like this. Like why not just leave? Even though my niggles have explanations, it doesn’t stop the annoyances sometimes.

‘”No queens, no kings, no emperors. Not in America. Only CEOs. Same thing, but not so many crowns.”’

I think it’s because this series is so long that despite my small annoyances, Morganville always feels like coming home. I can’t quite believe I only have a few books left, because I’ll definitely be sad to leave it behind completely!

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Review: Last Breath (Morganville #11) by Rachel Caine

Review: Last Breath (Morganville #11) by Rachel Caine
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Claire finds out that vampires aren’t the top predators. There’s something worse that preys on them. So if Claire and Morganville want to live, they will have to fight on to the last breath.

Wow. So this book turns Morganville on it’s head, and I’m impressed. Caine’s ingenuity is amazing, and the fact she keeps coming up with new and refreshing ideas for this small town astounds me.

There’s definitely something different about this book that the series really needed in my opinion. I’ve been feeling the tension throughout the whole series, but it ramps up so much in this one. There’s an overall feeling of hopelessness, and of real possibility of loss. I think the fact we now have multiple viewpoints puts everyone’s life on the line, and it’s kept me so interested in the series.

‘”Yes,” she whispered back. “I promise.”‘

Without giving away any massive spoilers, something massive happens in this book. Something I never saw coming, and made me question the comfortable routine I’ve got into with this series. Because the series is so long, it’s easy to expect everything will be okay in the end. But honestly, not anymore. I was shocked. I gasped out loud.

Talking of those other points of view, I loved them! Not only do we have our group of friends, but also an insight into Amelie’s head, the Founder of Morganville. She’s one of those characters you never know how to feel about, and it was great to find out more about her inner workings. Despite her flaws, I really love and admire her as a character!

‘And she kissed him, and kissed him, and kissed him, while the sun came up and bathed Morganville in one last, shining day.’

This series, that I thought had found it’s gentle rhythm, has been revitalised for me. What an awakening, and a new taste of a great series.

★★★★★
5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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