Series: Morganville Vampires #4
Publisher: NAL on June 3, 2008
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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.
“‘She was staring at you.’
‘What can I say? Irresistible.’ ‘Shane, it’s not funny. I just—you should be careful.’
‘Always am.’ Which was an absolute lie. Shane’s eyes fixed on hers, and she felt a burst of heat inside that crept up to burn in her cheeks. He smiled slowly.
‘No reason. I like my ladies with a pulse.'”
Favorite Character: Claire. I love watching her mature.
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.
My Musings: Caine’s writing is something I can depend on. I can depend on her to weave a story, a setting, a conflict, and a major cliffhanger! With every one of the installments to the Morganville Vampires series, the plot thickens. The problem from the previous novel is resolved or put on hold, and another is introduced. This creates a series that you absolutely cannot put down with any piece of mind!
The prose in this novel was like the other installments. The writing was detailed and the characters seemed to come alive off the pages. The novel was fast paced with almost no slow areas, and the adventure and mystery throughout the novel was a total win.
I enjoyed the plot of this novel more than any of the ones in the series so far. Bishop’s introduction to Morganville presents a lot of conflict and possibilities. It was interesting to see the reactions of the Morganville dwellers–both vampire and human–to his presence. I feel as if Bishop and Morganville are about to get really interesting!
The characters, like always, were very developed and had their own distinct personalities. Once again, I witnessed the maturation as well as learning new things about various characters. I found Bishop very interesting. I feel as if he will present a deep tangle of ongoing conflicts, and I’m curious as to how this situation will be handled. I was also glad to see Shane and Michael sort of getting back into their groove. It was nice to see.
The one thing that irked me was the ending! However, it was me being frustrated in a good way. This just goes to show how well Caine can get you wrapped up in the novel. I was in shock when it ended! However, I have the next one sitting on my shelf, and I cannot wait to dive into it.
Like always, Caine has delivered a great novel complete with just the right mix of action, romance, and adventure.