I’m excited and depressed at the same time. Bitter Blood, Rachel Caine’s latest offering in the Morganville Vampires series has just been published - yay! But I can’t justify buying another book at the moment - boo! So I’m re-reading the whole series, hoping that by the time I get to the end I’ll either have the wherewithal to justify buying Bitter Blood, or I’ll be so obsessed that I won’t care and I’ll just buy it anyway!
If you haven’t come across the Morganville Vampires, you’re in for a treat! I came across the series at the height of my love affair with Twilight, and it made me see that vampire books don’t have to be all about the tragic romance. Rachel Caine’s series is like an antidote to the emo vibe that reading Twilight brings on. Full of sassy, scary and hot characters, each book is a rollercoaster ride adventure that keeps you turning the pages until you reach the end. I was in seventh heaven when I had the first six books sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for the first time. The action just kept on coming, and I couldn’t stop reading! I got practically nothing done for a few days, as I submerged myself into Caine’s world where vampires are like a scary neighbourhood watch - they’re living in your street, watching your every move, and if you cross them they will take you down!
In Glass Houses, the first book of the series, we meet Claire – a bookish young student who’s having a hard time with the ‘it’ girls in her dorm. This goes beyond the usual hazing though – these girls really want to hurt Claire, so she takes matters into her own hands and moves off campus – finding a place in a big old mansion of a house with Michael (the hot house owner who’s only ever around at night), Eve (the goth girl with attitude and a heart of gold), and Shane (sexy slacker extraordinaire). From there on in, everything takes off when Claire discovers that vampires are real, and they’re running the town.
In Morganville if you don’t have the protection of a vamp, you’re fair game. None of Claire’s new housemates have protection, for various reasons of their own, so they do their best to teach Claire how to survive without becoming a vampire’s lackey. It’s not easy to remain independent and alive in Morganville though, as Claire soon finds out.
There are no bad books in the Morganville series – some continue a storyline, while others are more self-contained. You need to read them in order though, and you need to read them all – otherwise you’ll be left with cliff-hangers that will make you scream! You’d think with thirteen books in the series Rachel Caine would be running out of ideas by now, but she just keeps on coming up with the goods, putting Claire and her friends through a terrifying series of adventures. I just hope Caine keeps writing, because I can’t get enough of them and I know I’m not the only one!