Bite Club (Morganville Vampires #10) by Rachel Caine – Bout-of-Books 10.0 Review

BiteClubAfter discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There’s a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare—knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other—or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire—accompanied by her friends and frenemies—to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville.

Well, this one wasn’t easy to read. I knew going in (because some of my blogger buddies warned me) that this one wasn’t going to be my favorite. Sometimes those warnings are good and sometimes they give you a jaded view going in that you just can’t shake. I don’t think that happened to me, but you never know.

Rachel Caine did something totally different with Bite Club. She got in someone else’s head. Readers are used to getting everything from Claire’s POV. In Bite Club readers were given glimpses of what was going through Shane’s mind. His POV was more like a diary than the 3rd person account that readers get from Claire. I didn’t mind it, but it’s worth mentioning since it seemed to throw some readers off. Plus, being inside Shane’s head in Bite Club wasn’t a happy place to be. At all. He was angry, confused, bitter and depressed and under the control of people who used that to their advantage.

Bite Club was also hard to read because readers are used to the occupants of Glass House working together to fight off the bad guys. With Shane out of the equation they were not only down one man, it ended up being Michael, Eve and even Claire against Shane… more than once.

The rest of the story was pretty normal… bad guys (and girls) you thought were gone come back, vampires square off against humans, Oliver can’t be trusted, Amalie is unpredictable and Myrnin is crazy… yep, pretty normal for Morganville. Normal, but not predictable. Never predictable. That’s one of the things that I like most about this series. Even if you think you know what’s going to happen, things can change in a heart beat… or maybe ‘blink of an eye’ would be a better term to use when talking about the residents of Morganville 😉

Next up is Last Breath and it’s waiting for me on my bookshelf. I’m seriously close to finishing this series. Which reminds me. I just crossed another book off my Seriously Series reading list 😉

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Ghost Town (Morganville Vampires #9) by Rachel Caine

GhostTownDespite their obvious differences, the human and vampire residents of While developing a new system to maintain Morganville’s defenses, student 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: people inside the town begin to slowly forget who they are-even the vampires. Soon, the town’s little memory problem has turned into a full-on epidemic. Now Claire needs to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment- before she forgets how to save Morganville.

I debated about the book description for this review for a while before I finally decided to use the GoodReads description. It wasn’t my favorite, and I almost used the description that is on the back cover of my physical copy, but I felt like that one gave too much away. I guess I figured that this one was the lesser of two evils, but I now have a whole new appreciation for authors who have to come up with a synopsis. It ain’t easy folks! *sigh*

As with all of the Morganville Vampire books, Ghost Town did not disappoint. I’m not sure what it is about these books that pulls me in. It’s probably a combination of all of it. I love Claire’s ‘voice.’ Her POV just works for this series. The supporting characters are amazing… even the ones that I’m not very fond of. There is nothing predictable about the story lines – except for the fact that if there is trouble in Morganville, Claire and company are sure to be right in the thick of it. It’s the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ and the ‘how are they ever going to get themselves out of it’ that keeps things interesting. Ghost Town had that in spades.

Ghost Town reinforced the fact that even if you think a vampire is on your side, you can’t let your guard down. Ever. Because of the circumstances in Ghost Town, people that Claire once depended on were no longer there for her. People that she never thought she could trust turned into allies and circumstances changed around every corner. There were some heartbreaking moments in this one and more than a few turning points and a lot of things that I never saw coming. That includes the jaw dropping ending. Yeah, Ghost Town doesn’t end in a cliff hanger, but it does end with a revelation that sets the scenario for things to be extremely interesting in the future. We’ll just leave it at that.

This is one series that I am glad that I was lovingly ‘bullied’ into. Hannah at Once Upon a Time nudged me (more than once) into picking up this series. And since I had a hard time finding a copy of Ghost Town (since I was late picking up the series) I also have to thank Katie at Doing Dewey since I won the book from her challenge during Bout of Books 9.0 😉 Make sure you stop by these lovely lady’s blogs and say Hi! They both have excellent taste in books.

Next up in the Morganville series is Bite Club. Luckily for me, it’s sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me patiently. I’m pretty sure it won’t be a long wait 😉

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Kiss of Death (Morganville Vampires #8) by Rachel Caine

KissOfDeathVampire musician Michael Glass has attracted the attention of a big- time producer who wants to cut a demo and play some gigs-which means Michael will have to enter the human world. For this, he’s been assigned escorts that include both a dangerous immortal as well as Michael’s all-too-human friends. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell…

Well, who knew things could actually be worse outside of Morganville? Freedom and a road trip turned out to be a lot more than they bargained for.

I think what I liked most about this one was that Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael seem to be getting back on track. Things haven’t been the same since Michael was turned. He wasn’t the same. The freedom he gained from Glass House gave him a whole new set of rules and barriers that made things easier in some ways, yet harder in others. Among other things, I think this trip brought them all a little closer. I also liked the fact that Michael was getting the recognition that he deserved. Those were the good things. I can’t even begin to explain the bad…

Wow, talk about your twists and turns. It was hard to keep up with the good guys and the bad guys. Especially if you were trying to tell the difference. There were some surprises in Kiss of Death and once again allies were coming from unexpected sources. A couple of them are starting to grow on me…. just a little.

I also have to say that these books get harder and harder to review. Not because I don’t like them or because it’s the same old story over again. It’s because one of them is just as good and surprising as the other and I find myself saying a lot of the same things over and over again. Boring, I know. So basically, if you haven’t started reading Morganville Vampires, you need to. You won’t be sorry. They are quick reads and pack a lot of action, emotion and surprises into each installment.

MorganvillevampiresVol4I read Kiss of Death as the second book in Volume 4. That’s the last of the Volumes for now, so I guess I’ll be tracking down the rest of them as single books. *sigh* I’m going to miss going from one book right into the next, but it will be worth having a few extra books on my shelf to find out what is in store next for Morganville and its residents.

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Fade Out (The Morganville Vampires #7) By Rachel Caine / Bout-of-Books 7.0 Review

FadeOutWithout the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again…

Wow… just when I think that things can’t get any more intense in Morganville, Rachel Caine decides to take everything up a notch. It would be pretty boring if Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve had a normal day, but then this is Morganville we’re talking about. Nothing is ever normal.

Needless to say, a lot happens in Fade Out. The town is still recovering from events that took place during Carpe Corpus. The process seemed to strengthen the resolve of some and forced others to crumble. I found myself sympathizing with characters that I would have never thought I’d care about. That’s the crazy (and kind of amazing) thing about the Morganville Vampires series. Nothing is ever quite the way it seems and the players keep changing. I admire authors who can make you change strong opinions about characters from book to book in a series, but somehow Rachel Caine has accomplished it (from chapter to chapter at times) more often than I can count.

The thing that gives these books so many twists and turns, also makes them pretty complicated to review. That is, without sounding like a broken recored – waxing poetic about non-descript reasons why you should read them. I’m honestly not being lazy, I just don’t want to give anything away. I can tell you that danger in this one comes from every angle. Friends become enemies and enemies become allies – to an extent. Even people who can be trusted have moments when they can’t (or shouldn’t be.) Some events put a strain on relationships that aren’t quite resolved by the end. Fade Out was jam packed full of all of that and more.

MorganvillevampiresVol4I’ve been reading the Morganville Vampires series in Volumes and I think that I’ll continue to do it that way. They are short, fast reads but they are packed full of action, mystery and just enough romance to keep things interesting. I read Fade Out in Volume 4. Next up is #8, Kiss of Death which is the second book in this volume. Since these are pretty quick reads, I’m really glad that I decided to read them this way. That way I don’t have to stay in suspense long.

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Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires #6) By Rachel Caine

CarpeCorpusIn 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?

Where in the heck do I begin here? It seems that every installment of Morganville Vampires not only gets more intense but the stakes just keep getting higher. Carpe Corpus was definitely no exception. Yikes!

I think that what I like most about this series so far is that there is absolutely no predictability. Sure, you can guess what’s going to happen every now and then, but the loyalty (or at least the presumed loyalty) of all most all the players change constantly. There are people that you hate one minute and are cheering on the next. It’s more of a roller coaster ride than any other series that I’ve read and I like that. It’s intense and it’s fun and it’s never, ever boring.

Rachel Caine is also not afraid to make her bad guys beyond bad either. It’s hard to think of a bad guy in a YA novel that is any worse than Bishop. As far as the rest of the bad guys? Yeah, they aren’t any better and there were even a few new players thrown into the mix. Along with a couple of surprises that I never saw coming. There was so much going on, so many new layers and so much intensity there was hardly time to take a breath. I loved every minute of it.

Through it all, Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire stuck together… kind of. There were a few rough spots and some trust issues but it should be no surprise that they overcame all that to find their way back to each other. It wasn’t easy though and not everyone readers have grown to love and respect survives this installment… *sigh* Just another day in Morganville.

MorganvillevampiresVol3I’ve been reading the Morganville Vampires series in Volumes and I think that I’ll continue to do it that way. They are short, fast reads but they are packed full of action, mystery and just enough romance to keep things interesting. I read Carpe Corpus in Volume 3. Next up is #7, Fade Out which is the first book in Volume 4. So glad I decided to read them this way because even though Carpe Corpus didn’t end in a cliff hanger, that certainly isn’t the norm with this series.

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Lord of Misrule (The Morganville Vampires #5) By Rachel Caine


LordOfMisruleIn the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then 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.

Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.

Well, that was intense. I’m not exaggerating either. I don’t think that there was a moment in Lord of Misrule that someone’s life didn’t hang in the balance. Yikes!

Lord of Misrule started exactly where Feast of Fools left off, which is a very good thing because things definitely didn’t end well in the last book. Bishop’s arrival in Morganville pretty much turned the entire town upside down. He was pure evil and he wasn’t going to back down until he got exactly what he wanted. There were more forces at work in Morganville than just Bishop. Seems that the chaos that he was causing was the perfect opportunity for others to start causing trouble. Humans with a grudge, Vampires fighting for power and tornados pretty much ensured that no one was safe – not even the vampires.

Claire, Eve, Shane and Michael were all in the thick of it, as usual. They spend a lot of time apart in Lord of Misrule and more than once they were thrown into life or death situations. Through it all, they had each other’s back. I love the way they love and protect each other… even when they say or do something stupid. Which also happens more than once.

It was really easy to tell who the really bad guys were, but it’s becoming harder and harder to tell who exactly it is that should be trusted. That’s not a new thing in this series, it’s just that the players were rapidly changing in this one – right up to the very end. I think I actually yelled at the end of Lord of Misrule because I couldn’t believe the way things were left and who was left barely standing and in some cases, not standing at all. Did I mention that this one was intense?

MorganvillevampiresVol3I’ve been reading the Morganville Vampires series in Volumes and I think that I’ll continue to do it that way. They are short, fast reads but they are packed full of action, mystery and just enough romance to keep things interesting. I read Lord of Misrule in Volume 3. Next up is #6, Carpe Corpus. So glad I decided to read them this way because each one seems to end in an even bigger cliff hanger than the last.

 

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Devil’s Bargain (Red Letter Days #1) by Rachel Caine

Jazz Callender is an ex-cop struggling to prove her partner’s innocence after he is sent to prison for murder, and she’s willing to take whatever help comes along … but she’s about to make a bargain with the devil. Approached by a mysterious, attractive stranger with a check and a business offer, she finds herself plunged deep into a world where nothing is as it seems … not James Borden, Attorney At Law, who fascinates her even as she doubts his honesty … not Lucia Garza, her beautiful, brilliant new partner with hidden depths and secrets … not The Cross Society, who seems to be able to know more about the cases she’s being sent to investigate than Jazz does herself. With each new revelation, Jazz and Lucia uncover a world of psychic predictions and unseen forces, and find themselves playing not just for keeps, but for souls … With lives at stake, Jazz finds that every choice she makes is dangerous … even the one to fall in love.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I became a fan of Rachel Caine I suppose the way that most of my fellow bloggers did and that would be through the Morganville Vampire series. That being said, the Red Letter Days is nothing like the previously mentioned series. That, my adult readers, is not a bad thing.

If you first stumbled upon this review via my GoodReads page, you may notice the lengthy time frame that it took me to actually read this book. That time frame (Sept. 20 – Nov. 5) is no indication of how much I enjoyed this book. It has more to do with the way I had to read it, which was on my computer. *sigh* I know that it took me a while to read it, but even with the awkwardness of reading Devil’s Bargain on my computer instead of my Kindle, I was still determined to finish. It was simply too good to abandon.

I really liked Jazz as a female lead. She had spunk and her loyalty to her ex-partner was admirable. James and Lucia were interesting characters too. They all fit well together and the combination of personalities worked along with the rest of the supporting characters that were featured.

Even with the great characters and story line, Devil’s Bargain honestly did start slow for me. I can’t tell you exactly when it picked up, but when it did, there was no stopping it. I reached a point where I just had to know what happened next. That combined with the ease of Rachel Caine’s writing and the wit that she infuses her characters with made this a very entertaining read. Don’t expect sexy vamps or teenage angst because this series isn’t paranormal (not exactly anyway) or YA. However, it is an entertaining read with a touch of romance and plenty of action, danger and mystery thrown into the mix.

Feast of Fools (The Morganville Vampires #4) By Rachel Caine

The wait is over. dig into the feast…

In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire 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. It’s only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he’s set for Morganville.

I’ve been reading this series in spurts, but I may have to change my plan of attack with the rest of the Morganville Vampire. Each installment gets a little bit more involved, intense and it seems like each one ends in an even bigger cliff hanger than the last. Yikes!

Feast of Fools was a true page turner. I honestly just picked it up to finish Volume 2, but once I started I literally couldn’t stop. There were so many twists and turns it was hard to keep up and just when I thought I had something or someone figured out everything changed. I love books that keep you on your toes and Morganville Vampires seems to deliver pretty much every time.

There were some interesting new characters in Feast of Fools along with the familiar ones. One of my favorite things about this book was that we not only learned more about characters that we’ve met previously, but more than a few were shown in a totally different light. Just another way that Morganville Vampires keeps things fresh. Nothing is exactly what it seems – ever.

I’ve been reading the Morganville Vampires series in Volumes and I think that I’ll continue to do it that way. They are short, fast reads but they are packed full of action, mystery and just enough romance to keep things interesting. Next up in Volume 3 is #5 Lord of Misrule and #6 Carpe Corpus. Guess what I just put on my wish list?

The Dead Girls’ Dance (The Morganville Vampires #2) by Rachel Caine: Bout-of-Books 4.0 Review

Claire Danvers has her share of challenges—like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything.

Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls’ Dance and—surprise!—Claire and her equally outcast best friend, Eve, have been invited. When they find out why, all hell is going to break loose. Because this time both the living and the dead are coming out—and everybody’s hungry for blood.

After the cliff hanger that readers were left with at the end of Glass Houses, how could I not pick up The Dead Girls’ Dance? That was pure torture! Thankfully, the second installment takes up exactly where the first leaves off. I’m not going to spoil either book for anyone so you’re just going to have to trust me. That’s a very good thing!

The Dead Girls’ Dance reveals a lot about several of the characters that we met in Glass Houses, plus a few new ones. The reader learns a lot about what makes these people who they are. Some are kind of surprising. A few mysteries are solved, but just as many are added. There is a lot of action, romance, tension and pain. Lots and lots of pain – some physical, but most is the emotional variety. There were tears in this one guys. I totally didn’t expect them, but they were unavoidable. Some were shed for unexpected characters too, but most were shed for Shane. *sigh* My heart literally broke for him in this book.

Along with the back story of the characters involved, new characters are introduced. The jury’s still out for me on who some of the bad guys are because the players keep changing. You literally never know who is going to do what and where new allies or enemies are going to come from. Major decisions are made by a couple of characters that will change things for themselves along with everyone around them. All in all, there is plenty in this book to keep the pages turning. I really can’t wait to see what happens next.

As I mentioned in my review of Glass Houses, I bought the first two books as part of Volume I in The Morganville Vampires Series. To make it easier to review, I split them up. I might have also mentioned that I was bullied into reading the  Morganville Vampire Series by Hannah at Once Upon a Time. True to any bully’s form, even though I caved and began the series, she’s still pushing me to read the rest. I can’t say that I blame her. So, I’m sure she will be happy to know that I will picking up Volume 2 soon. Although this one didn’t end in a cliff hanger that was as tormenting as Glass Houses, there is definitely a lot more to come.

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine

From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

First, I have to give credit where credit is due. I was book bullied into starting the Morganville Vampire Series. This bully is subtle, but persistent and she goes by the name of Hannah and she resides, among other places at Once Upon a Time. She has been lovingly nudging me to start this series forever it seems. It’s not really that I was resisting, it’s just that I have so many other books on my TBR list that I just kept putting it off. Once again, all it took was picking up the first book and diving in. You guessed it, there is now no turning back. Oh well, what’s another series of 13+ books to add to my TBR list? Really? *sigh*

I’m not sure what I expected from Glass Houses. Really, it’s just another YA vampire book, right? Well, yes. It is a YA vampire book, but it is so much more than that. The world and characters that Rachel Caine has created suck you in. (Sorry, that wasn’t meant to be vamp humor – whoops.) The premise of vampires running a town and somewhat ‘owning’ its members is kind of scary and added to the tension and suspense. The fact that not every character was exactly as they seemed in the beginning also kept the pages turning for me. Mostly though, it was the well written characters and the connection that the reader felt to them.

Claire is smart and strong, even though she feels weak. She doesn’t give up even though she finds herself in a totally dangerous situation. The big irony here is that in an effort to keep her safe and close to home her parents have actually put her in more danger than she has ever been in.

I loved the relationship between Claire and her new friends. Eve, Michael and Shane were great and each were lovable in their own unique way. I absolutely loved the scene where Eve and Claire first meet. Besides being friendly and lovable, they each had their secrets and vulnerabilities. I can see how the group of them are going to continue getting closer and the development of the characters throughout was perfect. I loved getting to know them.

Besides the tight knit group who lived in Glass House, there were a wealth of other supporting characters. Most of which I am sure we have not seen the last of. I liked how the good guys and bad guys seemed to switch teams. It definitely kept things interesting. I love it when that happens. Just when you think you have things all figured out the author totally turns the tables on you.

I bought Glass Houses as the first part of Volume I in The Morganville Vampires Series. To make it easier to review I stopped at the end of the first book. You may not be able to do that if you have Book 2 – The Dead Girls’ Dance handy. To say that this book ended in a cliff hanger would be putting it mildly…. extremely mildly. Yet, I’m stubborn. I decided that I wanted to add the next book to my Bout-of-Books 4.0 list, so I’m waiting until that week to read it. Trust me, it’s one of the hardest books that I have forced myself to resist. Just know that if you are going to pick up Glass Houses, make sure that you have The Dead Girls’ Dance handy. You can thank me later. 😉