On the Back of the Book
Claire Danvers has a few things on her mind. First of all there is the laundry, which is now an unfortunate shade of pink. Then there is her boyfriend, Shane, who is never too far from her thoughts. Finally there is her best friend Eve’s relationship problems. As if life as a student wasn’t complicated enough, Claire just happens to be studying in Morganville. A town run by vampires. Trouble seems to follow Claire and her friends like a shadow and tonight is no exception to the rule. They must find the most difficult documents for a vampire to acquire; people passes that will allow ‘bad ass’ Morley and his friends to leave Morganville. But it’s proving incredibly difficult, and with the odds seemingly stacked against them, the biggest question of all is…Will they survive?
Pre Read Thoughts
I’m choosing this because:
‘Fade Out’ was incredible, I won’t deny it but now the time has come for me to move on to the next book. I’m a mixture of excited and nervous: excited because this series is so good and I’m enjoying it more than I imagined I would. Nervous because a part of me is worried that ‘Kiss of Death’ won’t live up to previous books, it’d hurt to get so far into a series for it to suddenly not be as good. I know it sounds silly but let’s be honest, it’s happened to us all.
Judging a book by its cover:
The cover feels dark and dangerous, all that black and red and the intenseness of the girl’s eyes. The shiny accent of this book is a rather lovely shade of blue and really stands out in the prettiest of ways. They draw you to the book and make you want to pick it up and take it home with you, well that’s what happened to me but I’m a sucker for shiny things.
Pricing the (possible) awesomeness:
3 for £5 at The Works!! Just saying that I’m a bargain hunter. Or cheap skate. Whichever way you want to look at it. It’s also available on Amazon £4.54 for the paperback, £4.31 on Kindle. There’s no reason for you not to save your pennies and buy it!
Post Read Thoughts
So, the ending is dark. The climax of the action lets you know that this is definitely a series that you’d be better off reading close together. These are good things. They keep you interested. However I bring bad news, fellow Myrnin fans: he’s not in this one much. *grabs tissue and sobs into it*I’m now in withdrawal!! Anyway, back to the book, overall I still liked it. A lot. It has some dark elements, a stack of adventure, a dash of romance and ROAD TRIP!!! *packs bags* (What?! I’m only small, they won’t know I’m there!)
So the characters. I love good characters with depth and Morganville has them with spades. However with the action being away from town I’m having a hard time coming up with relevant people/vamps.
Oliver – Vampire 2nd in command, half good, half evil with just a dash of hippie about him. He’s got so many layers to him that we’re now eight books in and I still don’t know where I stand with him. He’s a puzzle but that’s definitely one of the things I like about him. Possibly the only thing actually. I hate being to guess the motives of a character but there’s no chance of that with Oliver.
Morley – Morley’s been doing a bit of creepy, evil loitering with intent for a while now but this is his climax, I think, it felt like it to me anyway. He’s not a likeable character but I understand his frustrations and that makes him slightly less of an idiot, but only slightly. His actions have consequences and I’m not sure that he realises that. (I wanted to call him something stronger than an idiot but all the words I could think of were rude.)
Claire, Shane, Eve & Michael – Our heroes and heroines have such banter and the chemistry between them all makes reading this such a pleasure. With some books I’ve read books with characters sniping at each other and those were the MC only cares about their eternal love leaving the rest of the world out in the cold which really does grate on me. This bunch feel real and that’s part of what keeps me coming back for more.
This is another great book in this series. Not as good as ‘Fade Out’ but I’m missing my favourite character so I was always going to say that. Rachel Caine has weaved another exceptional tale and proved that you can take the guys and gals out of Morganville but even in the real world there’s danger. I think that in some sense this story is kind of pulling you in ready for the big guns. It feels filler-ish but good filler... like chicken mayo. I love chicken mayo... okay getting distracted again.
4 stars – Another solid, action packed book that leaves me wanting more. My only complaint I’ve made numerous times already *makes I need Myrnin protest banner*. I’m still happy to tell you to read this series. I recommend it whole heartedly. I mean it. It’s wonderful.