Caution!!! If you haven’t read the first nine books in Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series, you may want to move on to another post…or, you know, actually take the time to read nine entire novels before continuing with this post. I’ll leave it up to you.
As you may have gathered, I just finished reading the tenth book in Rachel Caine’s wonderful Morganville Vampires series. The book is Bite Club, and the title is perfectly suited to this book. It’s like fight club…but with vampires and stuff. Just imagine Ultimate Fighter with fangs and superhuman strength. I know it sounds kind of cool, but it’s really not. It’s just another sign that things in Morganville, as usual, are not normal and are on their way to being extremely perilous for anyone with a pulse…and some of those without one.
Claire Danvers thinks her life might finally be getting back to normal. Well, normal for Morganville anyway. She’s got a super-great boyfriend, Shane. She lives with a great group of people who always have her back. She’s protected by the town founder, Amelie. And, oddly enough, she enjoys her work with the mad scientist vampire Myrnin (still my favorite character in this series). What could possibly happen to break up this lovely little world? Funny you should ask.
After Claire stumbles upon a classmate who has clearly been killed by a vampire, she suspects that something bad is about to happen in Morganville (again). See, her classmate may or may not have been trying to blackmail some pretty powerful vamps. (Not a smart idea, by the way.) But what was he blackmailing them with? Can Claire find out before someone else gets killed?
Claire’s investigations lead her to a new gym that has opened in Morganville. The gym is operated by some weird vampires that are training humans to fight their blood-drinking brethren. Worst of all? Shane, Claire’s boyfriend, is one of the trainees. Since he started going to the gym, Shane has changed dramatically. He’s always angry and itching for a fight, and the lights in his eyes seem to have dimmed. What caused this alarming change? Why is Shane seemingly pushing Claire away when she knows he needs her now more than ever? Who could be behind this “bite club?” What is his (or her) agenda? Can Claire figure out what’s going on and stop the madness before the entire town of Morganville is destroyed? Find out when you read Bite Club, the tenth book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.
Like the nine books that preceded it, I thought Bite Club was awesome. I really liked how we got a glimpse into Shane’s head during this book. It was cool to see what he was thinking and how he dealt with the intense feelings that sort of erupted from the darkest parts of his soul. I also enjoyed how Claire grew into such a strong, kick-butt female. I always thought she was stronger than anyone gave her credit for, but she really stepped it up a notch in this book.
I do, however, have one complaint about Bite Club. It didn’t have nearly enough Myrnin. I need more of this mad scientist who wears bunny slippers that have sharp, pointy teeth. (I have a pair of slippers just like his.) I know he can by creepy and scary sometimes, but no one can doubt Myrnin’s awesomeness. Please, Rachel Caine, if you happen to stumble upon this post, give me more Myrnin!
To sum up: I loved Bite Club (especially the bits with Myrnin), and you should read it (but only after you’ve read the other nine books in this series). You’ve got plenty of time to read the entire series before the eleventh book, Last Breath, comes out on November 11th. Get to it!
For more information about Bite Club, author Rachel Caine, and the entire Morganville Vampires series, visit http://www.rachelcaine.com/Rachel_Caine_-_Writer/Home.html. Enjoy!