October 10, 2011

The Morganville Vampires Vol. 1 & 2 – Rachel Caine

From the author of the popular Weather Warden series. Welcome to Morganville, Texas. Just don’t stay out after dark.
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school’s social scene: somewhere less than zero.
When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life. But they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. – Synopsis from the book

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this series.  I honestly expected it to be a true teen lit.  You know, the books that constantly use “like”, and “omg, dude”.  But thank goodness, it totally was not!  It starts off with main character Claire Danvers being bullied by the popular clique.  I was swept up into the emotion of that scene.  I really hate bullies, and Monica Morrell and her Monickettes are not the exception.  Rachel Caine did a fantastic job developing her characters throughout all of the novels of The Morganville Vampires.  I hated, I loved, I totally crushed, and I felt sad through various points throughout these books.   I could feel the emotion that Claire felt, when really, she literally had nowhere to go.  Her feeling of being lost and not wanted, and yet needing to tough it out rather than crawl back home to her parents.  Once I started reading this series, I had to keep going.
They include the same vampire folklore like not being able to be in the sun, and stakes are lethal, but the vampires in this series had a lot more depth.  I mean who wasn’t freaked out about Brandon.  He gave me the serious NO feeling!  And Oliver? And Myrnin?  and. . . there’s just so many unforgettable characters!  These characters, of course had their own personalities, but just when you think that you know what side they play for (good vs. bad), BAM another element is introduced!  I loved all the different twists and turns that Caine brought into these novels.  As soon as you think you have it all figured out, she throws in another curve ball, and you’re hooked all over again.  You know, the saying “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in”.  Ya, that is exactly what this series is.  I loved it!
And Michael?  (sighhhh!) I know most of the readers probably liked Shane over Michael, but not me!
Claire’s writing style is addictive and has a great flow from one book to the next.  Anyone who decides to pick up this fantastic series will not regret it.  You’ll soon come to understand why it really isn’t safe to be out after dark in Morganville, Texas.

 I had always, always, always wanted to read the Morganville Vampire series since I saw it at the bookstore. The whole plot seemed interesting and at first I assumed that it would be the simple usual vampires stories, you know; Safe until nightfall, garlic and stakes are a must, without knowing it the main character falls for a vampire. Well if you, like I had in the past, thought that Morganville Vampires would be like that you are so close to wrong that it’s shocking!

Rachel Caine’s, Morganville Vampires puts a new edge on vampires, I mean sure they still have the traditional attributes and the uncanny beauty a vampire usually has, the one thing that seperates these vampries from the usual is the fact that: 1. They cannot read (weird right?) 2. Only a rare few of the vampires know how to make more of them and 3. They are all searching for a book that will keep the vampire race from dying out. I found those three things very interesting.
For Claire who has been bullied out of her dorm room by the wicked Monica who hates Claire for reasons unknown, she finds safety at the Glass House where she makes some friends who are a few years older than her (have I forgotten to mention that Claire is in University at age sixteen?). Through out the first novel Glass Houses, Claire is learning about the Real Morganville. The Morganville that is full of vampires that won’t give a second thought when it comes to feeding on a person and where safety is never a real thing. Caine’s writing style was easy to read, emotion filled and even was full of good humor. One minute I would be upset about how Claire’s being bullied, then the next I would be sad over how her parents just ignore it, then after all that I would be laughing at something Eve had said. It was amazing.
The second novel The Dead Girls Dance is more focused on how Claire manages to cope with her new life, and her (Spoiler Alert!) relationship with Shane. I won’t say anymore because I don’t want to ruin the magic of Caine’s writing for all of you.
You should really check it out if you want to find read something that will change your perspective of the creatures of the night and give you all the reason to look over your shoulder if your out after dark…

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    They can read, it was just that particular book that they couldn't.

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