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Sunday, 17 February 2013

*** Review*** Carpe Corpus (Morganville Vampires #6) by Rachel Caine

On the Back of the Book

In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peaceuntil 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?
Pre Read Thoughts
I’m choosing this because:

I’ve been reading this series in an effort to make my overflowing TBR pile disappear a little bit. I bought the series on a whim because they were on offer in my local The Works (awesome book shop. I love it in there.) I also like to keep up to date on what’s going on in YA and I’ve had this series on the back burner for far too long.

Judging a book by its cover:

I love the UK covers. They’re so pretty and the font. There are certain things that excite me and fonts are one of those things. I love the pink writing; it really pops against the black of the background oh and pretty girl is pretty. I think I may have overused pretty.

Pricing the (possible) awesomeness:

I got this as part of a 3 for £5 offer but if you don’t have a branch of The Works near you Amazon are currently selling the paperback for £4.54 and the Kindle edition for £4.31. Just in case you want to buy it.

Post Read Thoughts

This book has put the series back on track for me. The last book dragged and I had to force myself to read it but once I actually sat down and started ‘Corpe Carpus’ properly I found myself back in the Morganville groove. This is an action packed story and possibly my favourite of the series so far. Every time you thought you’d finally hit the climax of the book it goes and takes it up another notch and you have to take a moment to let it sink in. The writing is still enjoyable for me but there were certain plot developments that seemed obvious before we’d actually got to them and knowing what happens before it does makes me sad.
I figure going through every character would take forever so we’re gonna go a few at a time, I mean it’s not like we have a book shortage.

Claire Our lovely MC, well I say lovely, sometimes she annoys the hell out of me and I want to bang her head against a brick wall. For a genius she can sure be so stupid. In this book though I only got frustrated with her towards the end. If you’ve read this, you’ll know why. If you haven’t. It’s to do with that plot I figured out. I’ll be saying no more.

Shane I love how protective he is and in this book he finally starts opening up to Claire and it’s nice to see that. He’s not my favourite male character and if I’m honest there’s something about Michael that appeals to me more and not just because he has a guitar. I think sometimes his bad boy attitude feels forced to me though and it’d be nice to see him more complex in ways.

Myrnin Myrnin is so full of complexities and I’m never quite sure what his intentions are. That’s why he’s the best character in the series. He lights up the page and adds a whole new dimension to the stories. He’s perfect and if I was ever to read a book and be on a guy’s team this is the one. I’m not sure Myrnin has a team... if he doesn’t he needs one.

Overall this book puts Morganville back on the map of goodness for me. I was worried after not liking book 5 as much. Rachel Caine is someone who always delivers a good book. This book had some much needed plot developments for the characters. I’m now looking forward to reading ‘Fade Out’ and delving even deeper into the mysteries of Morganville. 

My Rating

4 stars Let’s give it up to the vampires and humans of Morganville for making an excellent fantasy world! I’m still thinking this is my favourite vampire series and if Myrnin ever wants to move to the UK, I’ll be more than happy to look after him. Definitely recommended to PNR, vampire and even just YA fans. Read the series already!!

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