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

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Stacking the Shelves #89

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

I’m in a very Morganville place with my reading at the moment, and I’m on book 9 of this 16 book series! I’ve managed to collect the series almost completely second hand (none were full price, anyway), but I was missing book 14. Now I’ve finally ordered a second hand copy, along with Midnight Alley!

You might be wondering why I need another edition of book 3…but I have my reasons. For some reason, when I ordered this a while ago, they sent me a SMALLER version. That’s right, I have the whole 16 book series in standard paperback, and then a smaller version of the third book. Ugh. I’m just hoping they don’t do it again with this version, as I checked and double checked the ISBN!

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Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

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Review: Fade Out (Morganville #7) by Rachel Caine

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Life has changed dramatically in Morganville. The resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population and with their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are starting to feel comfortable again – almost.

Are you fed up of Morganville yet? You would have thought I would be, but here I am 8 books in and still enjoying the very entertaining lives of Claire and her friends.

Fade Out was definitely a bit of a change of pace, and didn’t pack in the action quite as much as the previous books in the series. However, I still really enjoyed it, and valued the differences. When we’re 7 books in and everyone keeps dying over and over, the little breathers are pretty welcome most of the time.

‘”Because you’ve got guy parts, you’re automatically a better mechanic than me? I don’t think so,”‘

For me, I’ve always loved the characters in these books and they’ve been so important to me. Because of the nature of this plot, the book was very character heavy and I loved that. The friends banded together to save each other from something, and some of the scenes that came out of it were priceless.

That being said, of course Caine kept up on the twists and turns and I was still kept on the edge of my seat. Other characters, such as Amelie, also kept the tension high and I found certain scenes with them so interesting!

‘Eve said, and bailed out of the passenger side.’

All in all, this is definitely different to the rest so far, but I still enjoyed it. Having more personal battles to fight worked for me and kept me close to the characters I know and love. A slower but also enjoyable part of the Morganville series.

★★★★
3.5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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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

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Review: Lord of Misrule (Morganville #5) by Rachel Caine

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In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then along comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat.

Rereading this book made me wonder how the hell I didn’t continue with the series last time I read them. I think I maybe didn’t own the next books back then, but I’m so happy I do now so I can continue straight after that cliffhanger!

Honestly, this book was the best so far for me. I’ve enjoyed them all so far, but the introduction of Bishop and a new threat was just great. And I love Myrnin. Having a villain that you as a reader never know when to trust works so well – I was so on edge with him.

‘Hannah leaned against the wall. “Mind if I call shotgun?”‘

I also found this book more atmospheric and creepy. Not only is the town deserted and empty, but the addition of abandoned warehouses etc really put me on the edge of my seat. Reading this while I was alone overnight was kind of perfect for this type of book, and really added to the atmosphere.

Lord of Misrule includes the most action I’ve seen in these books so far which made it (yet again) fly by, and my intrigue from that ending means I’m already 100 pages into the sixth book!

‘”Since you’re carrying one? Feel free.”’

Overall, this series is becoming self-absorbing, and I can’t believe I’m already six books in and not even thinking about other books. It’s guilty-pleasure with action and I love it.

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Feast of Fools (Morganville #4) by Rachel Caine

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In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Clare Danvers has never been convinced, though – especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town’s living and its dead is unthinkably sinister.

Yes, we’re back! I can’t even describe how much better Feast of Fools was compared to Midnight Alley. Although the pacing can still be a bit off in places, I found the second half of the book especially fast and interesting. I’ve been flying through all of these books, but I definitely hit a lull at the end of 3 and start of 4. So glad it’s picked up again for me!

‘“I’m gonna kill him,” Eve said, or at least that was what it sounded like filtered through the pillow.
Stake him right in the heart, shove garlic up his ass, and-and-“‘

I think a lot of this was due to the new characters. Having a new threat like Mr Bishop was so brilliantly written on Caine’s part. I feel like after having 3 books including only people from Morganville, we definitely needed a fresh insight on the vampire community. The introduction of a new, common enemy was just perfect.

I also have to say the character growth was great. I really feel like I spent more time with the main characters in this one than any books previously. Some of my favourite scenes from Morganville are definitely just scenes between the friends, and they can be the funniest too!

‘”And what?”
“When did you get home?” Claire demanded.
“Apparently just in time to hear my funeral plans. I especially like the garlic up the ass. It’s…different.”’

Overall, a really enjoyable read and perhaps my favourite Morganville book yet! I’m excited for Lord of Misrule now.

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Review: Midnight Alley (Morganville #3) by Rachel Caine

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MORGANVILLE IS SUCH A NICE PLACE TO LIVE… AND DIE. IF YOU DON’T MIND THAT SORT OF THING. When Claire Danvers learnt that her college town was run by vampires, she did what any intelligent, self-preserving student would do: she applied for a transfer and stocked up on garlic. The transfer is no longer an option, but that garlic may come in handy. Now Claire has pledged herself to Amelie, the most powerful vampire in town. The protection her contract secures does little to reassure her friends. All of a sudden, people are turning up dead, a stalker resurfaces from Claire’s past, and an ancient bloodsucker extends a chilling invitation for private lessons in his secluded home.

There’s no doubt I’m really enjoying this series. But unfortunately this one is far from my favourite, and I felt the same the first time round too! The pacing is just so off for me, and I remember most of the book being pretty slow.

Due to not having internet for a few days, I did actually finish this earlier in the week. So everything is blending into one in my head! But if I look back at this book, it just doesn’t stick together that well. Like, everything seems random until this one event at the end. And due to this writing style, I didn’t have time to connect with the characters much which I didn’t enjoy!

‘”You shouldn’t be afraid of me because I’m a vampire.”‘

Talking of the characters, I really wasn’t a massive fan of a few of them. Shane is overdramatic, sulky and a bad friend/boyfriend. Claire makes some super bad decisions as usual but I can forgive her most of the time I guess.

But of course I still enjoyed it and things aren’t all bad! This series never fails to entertain me, and the introduction of a new character in this book is needed so much. Myrnin offers a new dynamic and focus, and his scenes are always so tense and entertaining!

‘”You ought to be scared because you just trash-talked my girlfriend to her face.”‘

So overall, a real mix but unfortunately not as enjoyable as the first two books. Although I still enjoyed reading this book, it’s just lacking in some ways.

★★★
3 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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