The Morganville Vampires Book Four: Feast of Fools – Rachel Caine

“In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans have learnt to live in relative peace.  Still, Claire Danvers knows that after dark, her homework can take a backseat to staying alive.  But this tenuous harmony is turned on its head with the arrival of Mr Bishop.

Bad to the bone, the ancient old-school vampire cares nothing about keeping the peace; staying at the top of the food chain is enough.  What he wants from the town’s living and dead is unthinkably sinister.  It’s only at a formal ball attended by vampires and their human dates that Claire realises Bishop’s plan – and the elaborately evil trap he’s set for the warm-blooded souls of Morganville…”

This is the fourth book in The Morganville Vampires series and, just in case you had forgotten any of what had happened previously, there was a handy little reminder before the story began.

The first sentence of the book was brilliant:

“It was hard to imagine how Claire’s day – even by Morganville standards – could get any worse… and then the vampires holding her hostage wanted breakfast.”

This just sparked my interest straight away and created so many possible outcomes in my mind.

In this book there’s a new vampire in town and he is even more deadly and evil than those we’ve already met!  He turned everything upside down with his arrival and many new alliances formed because of it.  This was great because it meant that I got to see a different side to some of the previously unlikable characters.

I was pleased to finally learn more about Eve’s family, I now feel like I understand her character better and also her connection to the town.

The masked ball caused some serious friction between the four friends, Claire’s jealous side certainly came out when Shane was invited to attend with another woman!  The ball itself was very tense and literally had me biting my nails with nerves for them all, again I just couldn’t figure out how they would manage to get themselves out of the dangerous situation they were in.

By the end, the future of Morganville is not looking good and, although I think it was the right choice to make, I was surprised by Amelie’s announcement at the end.  It just leaves me wondering how that choice is going to affect them all in the books to come.

Another fabulous book full of breakthroughs, betrayal and a whole lot of danger.

Feast of Fools can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Rachel Caine visit her website here.

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The Morganville Vampires Book Three: Midnight Alley – Rachel Caine

“Morganville’s 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 the 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.”

This is the third book in The Morganville Vampires series and with the previous book ending on such an exciting cliffhanger I couldn’t wait to get started on this one.

The book started off with the after-effects from all the drama in book two, Claire’s pledge fascinated me because I couldn’t figure out what Amelie wanted her for.  It was soon all revealed and I have to admit that I was surprised by what Amelie wanted Claire to do!

The group dynamics had definitely altered since Michael’s change – this was clear right from the start and I began to wonder if the friends would ever return to what they had before.  Shane had much more attitude this time around and seemed to be very angry all the time, this was a side of him I didn’t really like.

Myrnin was an interesting new character, he made me feel so nervous even just reading the book, and I was very concerned for Claire whenever she was in his presence.  He was completely crazy and unpredictable and he was written in such a way that it almost felt like I could feel his manic personality coming through the pages at me.

Jason (Eve’s brother) made a small appearance in book two but in this one he is much more heavily involved with everything.  He was another character who frightened me because of how unpredictable he was and I’m pretty sure we haven’t seen the last of him yet!

The end saw a couple of shocking announcements, firstly from Claire’s parents (I can’t wait to see how that turns out) and secondly from a mysterious stranger (which was definitely a gasp out loud moment), this all means that I’m very much looking forward to starting on book four.

This book took me to a much darker and scarier place than the previous books and I think it’s safe to say that I’m officially hooked on the series, I just can’t get enough of them!

Another heart-pounding one day read that completely captured my imagination.

Midnight Alley can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Rachel Caine visit her website here.

The Morganville Vampires Book Two: The Dead Girls’ Dance – Rachel Caine

“Claire Danvers has had her share of challenges – like being a genius in a school that favours beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm and, above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with blood sucking fiends.

On the plus side, so far Claire and her friends have managed to survive getting on the wrong side of some Morganville VIPs… Vampire Important Persons.  But their temporary peace is in danger of collapsing, thanks to the arrival of her new boyfriend’s scary father and his vampire-fighting supporters.”

This is the second book in The Morganville Vampires series.  The previous book had ended on a huge cliffhanger and this book picked straight up where the other had left off, with Claire and her friends being in a sticky situation that I just couldn’t see them getting out of!

This book explained all about Shane’s past and told us the reason why his father had such a grudge against the vampires, it also revealed a gruesome fact about Michael which made me feel even more sorry for him.

Claire was a lot more confident this time around, this was great for the reader but not so great for her because it meant that she ended up in even more dangerous situations.  The story was full of danger and throughout the book she seemed to go from one disaster to the next, all of which had me on the edge of my seat in suspense.

When Shane found himself in a life threatening situation everyone else rallied round to try to save him, this resulted in many more worrying moments for them all, including an evil party and a surprising turn of events which saw Monica (the bad girl from book one) relying on Claire for help! I have to admit that I did quite enjoy that part.

The introduction of Sam (a vampire) was very interesting because it showed that not all the vampires in this story were bad and it also gave a little insight into the mysterious world of the founding vampire Amelie.  I’m hoping to see more of him in the books to come.

A fantastic twist later on in the story saw Michael changing his role in the house and I’m excited to see what the future holds for him.

Another one day read that was captivating and exciting, already I’m completely enthralled by this series.

The Dead Girls Dance can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Rachel Caine visit her website here.

The Morganville Vampires Book One: Glass Houses – Rachel Caine

“Welcome to Morganville. Just don’t stay out after dark.

Morganville is a small town filled with unusual characters – when the sun goes down, the bad come out.  In Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows – one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

For Claire Danvers, high school was hell, but college may be murder.  It was bad enough that she got on the wrong side of Monica, the meanest of the school’s mean girls, but now she’s got three new roommates, who all have secrets of their own.  And the biggest secret of all isn’t really a secret, except from Claire: Morganville is run by vampires, and they are hungry for fresh blood…”  

I have heard lots of recommendations for this series so when I saw the first book in my local WHSmith for the bargain price of just £1 I couldn’t resist!

The book started with Claire discovering that her clothes had been stolen from the dorm washing machine, it turned out that a girl called Monica (and her gang of followers) had it in for Claire and wanted to teach her a lesson.  I was a little bit confused as to why Monica and her little gang were picking on Claire but that was soon explained.  I found Monica’s bullying of Claire throughout the book quite uncomfortable to read, especially when it was of a violent nature, but I also feel that it was necessary to show just what kind of character Monica was, and how far she would go.  Needless to say Monica was my least favourite character, she had such an evil streak and I have a feeling I’ll be seeing much more of her in the books to come.

The whole story had an eerie feel to it, I was on edge whilst reading it just waiting for something bad to happen.  It was particularly nerve-racking when Claire first arrived at the Glass House to have a look around at her potential new lodgings, I was sure there would be a vampire lurking in one of the rooms waiting to jump out on her!

Claire’s new roommates were interesting – Michael was so intriguing, he clearly had some kind of secret and I couldn’t wait to find out what it was.  When I did find out I was surprised because it wasn’t what I had expected.  I really liked Shane, he was very cheeky and he brought a hint of playfulness to the story.  I feel that there is a lot more to discover about Eve, she was definitely likeable but I thought that she may not be telling them everything.

Claire’s first encounter with a vampire was unnerving and scary, everything that happened after this moment was exciting and completely drew me in so that my heart was pounding in fear for her.  Towards the end the action really heated up and the story became very intense and even more scary, the fantastic cliffhanger ending had me yelling ‘noooooo’ at the book so I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one to see how it turns out.

This book had everything – shocks, betrayals, violence, a hint of romance and some scary, scary vampires.  A definite hit and another one-day read for me.

Glass Houses can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Rachel Caine visit her website here.