Another wonderful spoiler alert! Proceed with caution if you haven’t read the first eight books in Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series.
I’ve finally finished reading the ninth book of The Morganville Vampires, Ghost Town. (This book was released on October 26th. I had hoped to finish it during the Halloween weekend, but I just didn’t get to it. Better late than never. And yes, a couple of weeks after the release date is late for me.) I was so happy to rejoin Claire and the gang in Morganville. It’s been nearly two months since I finished reading book eight, Kiss of Death, and I missed the nearly continuous calamity that is life in Morganville. Well, Ghost Town, book nine in this fabulous series, was well worth the wait. Just when you think things might just go okay for the living and not-so-living residents of Morganville, events occur that make you sure that things are about to get weirder–and more dangerous–than they’ve ever been…and that’s saying a lot in Morganville.
After a harrowing experience outside of the boundaries of Morganville, Claire and the gang are starting to get back to normal. Well, normal for them. Michael is working on his music, Eve is pouring coffee for people she doesn’t like, Shane is working in a barbecue joint, and Claire is working with her vampire boss, Myrnin (my absolute favorite character in this series), to re-create a machine that helps to keep Morganville safe and operational for its mortal and vampire residents. (Guess which of our fine friends is under the most pressure.) Claire has to keep emphasizing to Myrnin that he cannot use her brain to power the machine like he did with his previous assistant. He reluctantly relents.
Claire and Myrnin are working as hard as they can to get this machine operational, and the project soon becomes a life-or-death matter for Claire. She is forced to work day and night to get things working. The consequences should she fail are dire. After many, many hours of intense focus, Claire thinks she has finally found the answer. The portals are working, the barriers around Morganville are up, and the memories of any who leave Morganville will be modified. The machine works. Morganville is back to normal…or is it? (Kind of gave it away there, didn’t I?)
Shortly after finishing her exhausting work on the machine, Claire begins to notice that things are weirder than normal in Morganville. People, both human and vampire, are forgetting things. The last three years have been seemingly erased from the memories of most of the townspeople. Eve doesn’t remember being Claire’s best friend. Michael doesn’t remember that he was turned into a vampire. Shane doesn’t remember that his family is dead or that Claire is his girlfriend. Amelie, the town founder, has no recollection of Claire, and, worst of all, Myrnin has reverted to complete and total insanity. Only a few have any memory of the changes that have taken place in Morganville in the past three years. Claire must align with some very unlikely comrades in order to restore Morganville and its residents’ memories. Can she destroy the machine she worked so hard to build? Will Myrnin, who does not remember her and is more dangerous than ever, even allow it? Will Claire make it out of this one alive? If she doesn’t, will anyone even remember she existed? Read Ghost Town by Rachel Caine to uncover the mysteries.
I enjoyed Ghost Town as much as I did the rest of the series, even though Myrnin’s behavior made me a little anxious. I really like Myrnin and didn’t want to see him return to his crazier self. (He’s still crazy, but not as crazy as he once was. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but at least I know what I’m talking about. Maybe that makes me crazy…and now I have a Gnarls Barkley song stuck in my head.) The tenth book in this awesome series, Bite Club, will be out in April of 2011, and I’m eager to see what else can happen to my favorite Morganville residents. For more information on The Morganville Vampires and author Rachel Caine, visit http://www.rachelcaine.com/Rachel_Caine_-_writer/Morganville.html. Happy reading!