Review: Last Breath by Rachel Caine

Posted 30 July, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Last Breath by Rachel CaineLast Breath by Rachel Caine
Series: Morganville Vampires #11
Publisher: NAL on November 1, 2011
Source: Library
Pages: 352
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With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?
Favorite Quote(s):

“He swallowed, and shifted his weight a little uneasily, and then said, very quietly, his lips almost touching hers, ‘Promise me you’ll marry me. Not now. Someday. Because I need to know.’”

“’You like being a girl—that’s good. I like being a guy—that’s also good.’ ‘Next you’ll be all me, Tarzan, you, Jane!’ ‘I’ve seen you stick arrows in vampires. Not too damn likely I’d be thumping my chest and trying to tell you I wear the loincloth around here.’”

Favorite Character: Shane. He’s improving.
First Line:

“Shane’s lips felt like velvet against the nape of her neck, and Claire shivered in delight as his breath warmed the skin there.”

My Musings: I’ve been reading this series for a while now—and it has been a long journey! I mean, fifteen books and counting? It’s crazy. But I’m almost to Fall of Night, and I hope to be there soon so I can just follow along as they come out. But anyways. Last Breath was another fantastic installment in the Morganville Vampires series. It was unique and full of unexpected twists and turns.

Morganville is usually safe for the vampires—not so much the humans. So when vampires start going missing, never to be seen again, tensions begin running high in the college town of Morganville. Amelie is hatching plans that could end Morganville forever, and Claire just doesn’t know what’s going on. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot that left me at a stand still when I finished this novel—luckily the next one came into the library just in time!

Claire Danvers is a character that I have seen grow and develop as a person for eleven books now. And boy has she changed! She is becoming a strong young woman who is not afraid of the terrors that Morganville brings, and a girl who will do anything for the people that she loves. I love reading Claire’s character. She’s intelligent and her points of view are very relatable.

Shane…well, Shane has really improved since the last novel. For those of you who have read it, you all know that he went through a dark streak in Bite Club. But I am proud to say that our favorite, funny boy is back. Shane is sweet and adorable, yet fierce and protective of those that he loves. And although he still struggles sometimes, he is really doing better, and I’m proud of him.

Eve and Michael were the same-old, same-old. Still struggling to do what they want to do (that I’m not trying to spoil for you!) against the thoughts and such of the Morganville residents. Michael is the golden boy, with his friendly personality and loyalty. Eve is still goth as always. Still the funny character that she’s been since the beginning of the series. I really don’t have much to say about them!

The thing that I liked about this novel—what set it aside from the others—was new points of view. In Bite Club, there were some sections of Shane’s point of view. But Caine added more, including some from Amelie. It was nice to see into some of the characters’ heads that we never have seen before. It gave me a broader perspective while reading the novel. I especially enjoyed Amelie’s. It was nice to see how the Founder of Morganville really thought, instead of what she projected as leader. Very interesting indeed.

I really loved the plot of this installment. It may be my favorite one yet! To see the vampires in a vulnerable place was refreshing, even though the humans were at risk as well. That all led to a plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one—the next one, luckily, continues right where this one left off!

So now I’m going to write up more reviews—I’m making myself write three before I start Black Dawn! Anyways. Last Breath was another fantastic installment to the Morganville saga; filled with action, drama, and some heart-melting romance, this novel is one that you must give a try.

4.5 Stars
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