Monday, 20 May 2013

REVIEW: Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires #14) by Rachel Caine

Title: Fall of Night
Series: Morganville Vampires #14
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: NAL Hardcover
Genre: YA Paranormal

Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble...

Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.

Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires.

But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make...

***This Review May Contain Spoilers***


I can't believe we're approaching the end of this series and I for one am going to miss the residents of Morganville... Yes, all of them. But we're not quite there yet.

In book 14, Fall of Night, Claire has decided to get out of town in order to re-address her life and figure out what it is that she really wants. This sees her attending MIT and living in Cambridge away from all of her friends, including boyfriend Shane. Or so she thinks. She moves in with her old BFF from high school and begins a life away from the dangers of Morganville where she hopes to just have a bit of normalcy while she gets on with her studies and figures things out.

Oh no... Never going to happen. After all, this is Claire Danvers were talking about here.

Things soon start to get weird and unexplained events begin to unfold around her leaving her to question who she can actually trust and feeling more alone than ever.

Through the first part of the book we see Claire finding her feet while settling in to her new university and adjusting to a life without the people she loves. After her honesty is questioned (during events from the previous book) she needs time to forgive Shane and also needs to know that she can trust him again. At first the only interaction we get between Claire and Shane is through text's and phone conversations which in some ways -- even though Claire and Shane were apart (which was a little strange as we're so used to having them pretty much always together) -- I found that they had some of their biggest moments as a couple during this part of the book. Shane has always been my favourite out of the male characters and I've always liked his playfulness and the fact that he doesn't take anything too seriously but it was really nice to see him really grow in this book. His new maturity just makes him even cuter.
"Shhh." The breathy sound he made gave her chills, and she curled up tight under the covers, imagining the warmth of him next to her, imagining his hands sliding down her arms. Comforting and sweet and tender, and safe. So safe, it was hard for her to think of him being so very far away when she needed him so much. And he needed her. She could feel it coming out of the phone like a fever heat.
I also really liked the switch from Claire's POV to Shane's POV, all though I would have preferred Shane's to stay in third person past tense (like Claire's) and not change to first person present tense as it isn't my favourite style. But that's just me. I've never really been a fan of reading first person present tense but it didn't bother me too much.

I really enjoyed this instalment of the Morganville Vampires and I think that Rachel Caine has done a great job of taking us out of the normal surroundings of Morganville, and away from some of they key characters from previous books. I personally found it quite refreshing to be in another environment especially as we got to meet some new characters. One I particularly liked was Jesse who was pretty badass from the moment she first appeared and I hope we see a lot more of her in the next book.

"I am not driving back home in a car with Bipolar man." - Shane Collins

This is another great story from Rachel Caine. There was plenty of action, adventure, some surprises and what a great cliffhanger to leave us with! Certainly has me excited for the final book Daylighters. If you're a fan of the Morganville Vampires then you will no doubt really enjoy this instalment. If you haven't read them yet and fancy reading a series with a unique take on the Vampire genre, with some very loveable characters (I wish I was part of Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael's gang!) then I highly recommend them to readers of any age. I'm a thirty-something who loves this Teen/YA book series so... don't ever think you're too old for this genre!

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