Kiss of Death

Another spoiler alert!  This post is about the eighth book in The Morganville Vampires series, so you may want to look away if you haven’t read books one through seven.  You’ve been warned!

Well, I’ve finally made it through the entire Morganville Vampires series thus far.  (I think there are four more books projected, but the next one won’t be released until next month.)  My friend, Jennifer, told me about these books at the end of May, so it’s taken me about four months to make my way through the first eight books of the series.  The trip has been fantastic.  I’ve really grown attached to the characters, and I can’t wait to see what trouble befalls them next.

In Kiss of Death, the eighth book in Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series, Claire, Michael, Shane, and Eve are facing the prospect of actually getting to leave Morganville for a while.  Michael is finally getting his shot at becoming a rock star, and Claire and the gang just might get to go along for the ride.  There’s one catch, though.  Oliver–scary vampire with an attitude–is to be their chaperone.  Even with this unwelcome twist, the gang just cannot pass up this opportunity.  A chance for Michael to really make it in the music business and for them to get out of Morganville?  It’s really a no-brainer.

So, Claire and her merry band of misfits take off for Dallas, with Oliver as their surly companion.  Surely things are going to be super-duper and all happy for them, right?  Um, if you believe that, you might want to go back and read the first seven books of this series.  Of course things aren’t going to go smoothly!  Wake up!  Almost immediately, trouble finds our travelers.  They are nearly assaulted at what can only be described as a redneck hangout.  (Shout out to all my redneck friends out there!  I live in good ol’ South Carolina, so there are a few of them.)  Next, Eve’s car gets burned to a crisp.  Then, they stumble upon a whole different kind of trouble.  Well, maybe it’s not so different for them…

It seems a group of Morganville’s unhappy vampire citizens have skipped town.  They’re seeking freedom from Amelie and the rules of Morganville.  Well, they may just get more than they bargained for when they encounter Claire, her friends, and a new threat that no one really anticipated (or so we think).  What will become of Claire and her friends?  How will the “escapees” from Morganville deal with their new-found freedom?  What is this new threat, and do our fine friends have any hope of battling something so much stronger than them?  Will Michael ever make it to Dallas to finally record his music?  Will our friends ever make it back to Morganville?  Do they even want to?  I’ll leave all these questions unanswered for now.  Find out for yourself when you read Kiss of Death, book eight of The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.

FYI, book nine, Ghost Town, is scheduled to be released on October 26th.  Just in time for Halloween!  Yay!

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