On The Back Of The BookIt was hard to imagine how Claire’s day could get any worse... And then the vampires holding her hostage wanted breakfast.
In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans have learnt to live in relative peace. Still, Claire Danvers knows that after dark, her homework can take a backseat to staying alive. But this tenuous harmony is turned on its head with the arrival of Mr Bishop.
Bad to the bone, the ancient old-school vampire cares nothing about keeping the peace; staying at the top of the food chain is enough. What he wants from the town’s living and dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball attended by vampires and their human dates that Claire realises Bishop’s plan—and the elaborately evil trap he’s set for the warm-blooded souls of Morganville...
Why did I choose this book?
To put it simply I've chosen this for the same reason that I've decided to read the rest of the series, I'm trying to get my epic TBR pile down. I'm not sure it'll work but by gosh I'm trying.
What did I think of this book?
I didn't like this as much as the others. The opening line had me, the ending is fantastic, but the middle... well, I can't help but feel that it got a little lost. I'm starting to find things grating on me... what's that Claire's ONLY SIXTEEN and Shane is the MOST DELICIOUS THING ON THE PLANET??? I think I might've heard that in the previous 3 books. Constantly. I can get where the story's going but I think I would've liked less of a build up to things falling into place. It kind of felt rushed and Claire (and therefore the reader) didn't know until AFTER the showdown. Finding out felt like an anti climax. I say this but it's still head and shoulders above a lot of the PNR I've read over the years and I really do love how Rachel Caine has set up the series as a kind of serial, leaving each book on a cliff hanger. If I wasn't reading these back to back, I'd be raging at being left just waiting for the next installment.
What did I think of the characters?
The predictability is still there and I don't think it'll go because essentially this genre has a set of characters that are interchangeable. It's the situations that make them different.The characters that we've already met in the previous books haven't changed or developed but I have another 9 books to read... there's still time. There are some new baddies in this book and they're less obvious than Oliver or Monica and I can sense the danger from every word written about them.
Well technically I gave it 3.5 stars but I'll round it up because I'm a nice person. The reason for my .5 reduction is: I didn't feel like I enjoyed this as much as the others but it's still a solid story and I really do like the writing so it still gets a good rating.
Would I recommend this?
Sure would. I think everyone should read this series.