Series: Morganville Vampires

Average Rating: 4.18


Review: Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

Posted 3 September, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “She swallowed. ‘Don’t talk with your mouth full.’ He did exactly what any boy—no, man—his age would do: he showed her a mouthful of mashed croissant, which was gross, then drank more coffee and showed her again. Gone.” Favorite Character: Shane. I loved seeing him open and vulnerable. First Line: “It would have been better if he’d screamed.” My Musings: Alas I am back again to tell you all about Black Dawn, the twelfth novel in the Morganville Vampire series. I am proud to say that I have only two more novels until I am caught up with the publication dates! But anyways. In this novel, we pick right back up with Claire and her friends’ struggle against the draug, the predator of the vampires. And when you have the vampires in the state that they were in, what with their ‘queen’ infected by the master draug’s bite, well, it only makes since to assume that things wouldn’t turn out well. But if you’ve read any book in this series, you’d know that Claire and her gang are some tough cookies, and they’ll fight for what they believe in. And although they had to overcome a lot of obstacles, they were successful in the end…well, sort of. I really never know what to say when I talk about the characters. I feel like I’m being repetitive in every review, because, well, the […]


Review: Last Breath by Rachel Caine

Posted 30 July, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Last Breath by Rachel Caine

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 […]


Mini-Review: Bite Club by Rachel Caine

Posted 23 July, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Bite Club by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “’You take me the most interesting places,’ Eve was saying to Michael when she rejoined them. ‘Murder scenes, interrogations…’” “’It’s been the toughest week of my life, not touching you. Not talking to you. Waiting to see what you were going to do.’ He kissed her again, a warm, damp touch of lips, exquisitely controlled. ‘But it doesn’t matter whether you stay or go. I’ll still need you. So if you want to go off to Boston, Ill wait. Right here, whenever you need me.’” Favorite Character: Claire. She doesn’t give up. First Line: “Looking back on it later, Claire thought she should have known trouble was coming.” My Musings: I can proudly say that I am back to tackle the rest of the Morganville Vampires series. I have reviewed all but the ninth one, which I read while taking a blogging break. And now I’m back to tell you all about the tenth installment in the fantastic Morganville saga. This installment was more focused around Shane than anything else. Our favorite book boy has gotten himself into some bad stuff. And by bad, I mean vampire bad. And as a result, people get pushed away, people get hurt—both emotionally and physically—and it’s just a whole bunch of violence and heartbreak. You see, there’s a new fad out there in Morganville. Fighting. Humans against vampires in particular. And […]


Review: Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine

Posted 26 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “Shane was silent a moment, then let out a long breath. ‘I bet I could convince you if I could get through these bars…’ ‘You’d get arrested all over again.’ ‘Well, you’re just that tempting. Jailbait.’ He kissed her fingers, which made her shiver all over; his lips lingered warm on her skin, reminding her of what it felt like to be alone with him…” Favorite Character: Claire. She’s really coming into her own. First Line: “The way the Glass House worked, on a practical level, was that there was a schedule for the stuff that had to be done–cooking, cleaning, fixing things, laundry.” My Musings: Kiss of Death was an interesting installment in that it did not take place in the usual place of Morganville with the typical characters. Instead, this novel followed our favorite foursome, and their bodyguard, Oliver, as they trekked to Dallas, where Michael was set to record a demo. I found this novel the most interesting out of all of them. This is because it showed life outside of Morganville, which we have not seen more of. And let me tell you, it was not what I was expecting. I was not expecting all of the twists and turns that came from being outside of Morganville City limits. I thought that it would be a calm, relaxing installment, filled with fun, and only […]


Review: Fade Out by Rachel Caine

Posted 24 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Fade Out by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “‘It’s only a hunting spider, it won’t hurt you.’ ‘So not the point!’ ‘Oh, pish. It’s just another living creature. Nothing to be frightened of, if handled properly. I think I’ll call him Bob. Bob the spider.’ ‘You’re insane.’” “‘Silver nitrate and water in a super soaker,’ he told her. ‘My own invention. Ought to be good at twenty feet, kind of like wasp spray.’   Oh. ‘You get me the nicest things.’ ‘Anybody can get jewelry. Posers’” Favorite Character: Myrnin. He’s hilarious. First Line: “Eve Rosser’s high pitched scream rang out through the entire house, bouncing off every wall, and , like a Taser applied to the spine, it brought Claire out of a pleasant, drowsy cuddle with her boyfriend.” My Musings: Fade Out was a rather refreshing novel in the sense of Morganville. The evil vampire Bishop has been removed from ruling Morganville and all is well; that is, until Eve’s friend from the town’s play disappears. At that point, the gang finds out that the only danger lurking in Morganville is not only vampires. I rather enjoyed the plot of this novel. It was less vampire focused, which different from the previous novels. It was interesting to see what threat humans posed to the fate of Moganville. It further helped me understand the actual workings of the unique town of Morganville. The plot was not as […]


Review: Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine

Posted 21 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “‘God, I needed you,’ he murmured. ‘I can’t even tell you how many times I thought about this. The funny thing is, I don’t need you any less now. I think I need you more.’” Favorite Character: Amelie. She really is humanized near the end of this novel. First Line: “‘Happy birthday, honey!’” My Musings: Carpe Corpus was yet another great installment in the Morganville Vampires series. It was interesting, very action packed, and overall a great novel about good versus evil. The plot of this novel was very interesting. We watched the fight between Amelie and her father, Bishop, who had taken control of Morganville. Claire, unfortunately, was drafted by Bishop, and a specially tattoo that was forced on her allowed Bishop to control her. Luckily, the influence of this spell wore off as the novel wen on. It was a long and tedious battle, complete with lies and deceit. However, all his hard work paid off, and the battle was completed with a relatively small amount of casualties. However, there was one in particular that absolutely broke my heart, and this character will be missed as I continue on with the series. The writing was very descriptive, as usual. The words were able to fling me into a life in Morganville as this battle raged on. And let me tell you, it was not a safe […]


Review: Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

Posted 19 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “‘In this whole screwed-up town, you’re the only thing that’s always been right to me,’ he whispered. ‘I love you, Claire.’ She saw something that might have been just a flash of panic go across his expression, but then he steadied again. ‘I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I do. I love you.’” “Claire stretched out against the wall and kissed it. ‘Glad to see you, too,’ she whispered, and pressed her cheek against the smooth surface. It almost felt like it hugged her back. ‘Dude, it’s a house,’ Shane said from behind her. ‘Hug somebody who cares.’” Favorite Character: Shane. He’s supa sweet! First Line: “It was all going wrong, and Morganville was burning—parts of it, anyway.” My Musings: You’d think that I would be used to Caine’s frustrating cliffhangers by now, yes? No. This one got to me again. Caine has this amazing gifts for cliffhangers, apparently. However, I cannot say that it is all bad. It keeps the reader interested in the series! Lord of Misrule was another fabulous installment to the Morganville Vampire series. In this novel, we follow the battle between Amelie and Bishop, and let me tell you, it was nothing short of interesting and exciting! There were a few things that stood out to me within this novel. I loved getting to see more Amelie as a human figure. Throughout the series, […]


Review: Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine

Posted 14 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “‘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. ‘Jealous?’ ‘Maybe.’ ‘No reason. I like my ladies with a pulse.’” Favorite Character: Claire. I love watching her mature. First Line: 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 […]


Review: Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

Posted 12 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “‘I like the sound of that, crashing Monica’s party,’ he glanced at Michael, then quickly away. ‘What about you? That break some kind of vampire rules or something?’ ‘Blow me Shane.’ ‘Boys,’ Eve said primly. ‘Language. Minor at the table.’ ‘Well,’ Shane said, ‘I wasn’t actually planning to do it.’ Claire rolled her eyes. ‘Not like it’s the first time I’ve heard it. Or said it.’ ‘You shouldn’t say it,’ Michael said, all seriousness. ‘No, I mean it. Girls should say ‘eat me’ not ‘blow me’. Wouldn’t recommend ‘bite me’ though. Not around here.’” Favorite Character: Sam! He’s so cute! And he reminds me of Michael! First Line: “Parents have some kind of sin radar, Claire thought.” My Musings: Again, Caine has wooed me with an enchanting story about life in Morganville, Texas. Like the previous novels, Caine’s writing is descriptive and realistic, even when writing about a world of her imagination. The plot, characters, and adventure were extremely fun to read along with. Something I like, and have noticed about this series, is that there is not an overall prolonged plot. Each installment has its own story line, a different adventure that our favorite foursome embark on. The plot in this novel was fast paced, similar to the others in the series. The world building present helps us keep building a better idea about the type of […]


Review: The Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Cain..

Posted 7 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 4 Comments
Review: The Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “‘Want to play baseball?’ she asked. Shane’s eyes opened, and he stopped stroking her hair. ‘What?’ ‘First base,’ she said. ‘You’re already there.’ ‘I’m not running the bases.’ ‘Well, you could at least steal second.’ ‘Jeez, Claire. I used to distract myself with sports stats at times like these, but now you’ve gone and ruined it.’” Favorite Character: Claire. First Line: “It didn’t happen, Claire told herself.” My Musings: Like the previous novel, Rachel Caine has written a beautiful novel about Claire’s life in Morganville, Texas. In this installment, we follow Claire through a series of events, including Shane’s vampire hunter dad coming to town, Michael changing, The Dead Girls’ Dance, dealing with Amelie and Oliver, and Shane’s trouble that he always seems to be getting into. The plot of this novel, I can honestly say, was face paced and action filled. There was something new every chapter–a new event, a body found, etc. There was absolutely no lack of adventure at any time within this novel. There are subplots that assist in keeping this breakneck pace as well. However, the events were very organized, and they happened in a way to where one built off the other, resulting in a huge climax that will keep you gaping! I loved the characters, just as I did in the first novel. I think i feel even more in love […]