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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Last Breath by Rachel Caine

Title: Last Breath (Morganville Vampires #11)
Author: Rachel Caine
ISBN: 9780451234872
Publisher: New American Library
Released: October 31, 2011
Page #: 335
Source: My public library

"Morganville, Texas, is a small college town that's had its share of problems, thanks to a sometimes volatile mix of human and vampire residents. But there is a new threat in town, and he's turning vampires from predators into prey...

With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace.

She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone who has just moved to town - a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's newest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is Magnus a vampire - or something else entirely?

One thing is clear: Magnus is to blame for the disappearances. And if vampires are turning into victims, what chance does a human like Claire have?
First Lines:

"Shane's lips felt like velvet against the name of her neck, and Claire shivered in delight as his breath warmed the skin there. She leaned back against him with a sigh. Her boyfriend's body felt solid and safe, and his arms went around her, wrapping her in comfort."
Page 3

Just to put your minds at ease, that first line up there doesn't lead quite where you expect it to. I promise it's not as dirty as it sounds. Of course, that's mostly for those of you who haven't read this series yet. And if you haven't, what are you doing reading a review for the 11th book in the series? Silliness... go read the first ten and come back to me :). If you keep reading this, I'm sure there will be spoiler-y-ness.

So... eleven books. This one has the tables turned, for sure. The vampires in Morganville are no longer at the top of the food chain. And that is making the town fall apart and the vampires are running scared. Which, apparently, is what they've always done. This unknown threat is something that has followed them around for hundreds of years. Only now it has its sights set on Morganville. Of course, Claire and her friends have to rescue the town - per usual!

While this story starts out just like all of the others - the comfortable world of Morganville, Texas. Things are predictable in their unpredictability. Michael and Eve are wedding planning and the town is in an uproar because of it. The humans are starting to stand up for themselves - but they aren't aware of what is about to happen to the vampires. Shane and Claire realize what is going on, but they don't know what to do to stop it.

I'm trying not to spoil the story, but there's something that happens in the middle of this book that was shocking. I really thought it was going to change the whole course of the rest of the Morganville Vampires books. It didn't really pan out like I thought it would, but it was an interesting turn of events. Unfortunately, that doesn't have anything to do with the main crux of the story - the whole vampires under attack thing. Well, kind of... but not really. I hope it comes around in the next story.

Anyway, so there's a new baddy in town and it takes over. Amelie tries to run and take all the vamps with her... That's all I can tell you. The concept is very interesting - and it answers a lot of questions I've had about previous books. Such as... why in the world would vampires choose a sunny, dry place to live? You'd think they would like mostly overcast and lots of darkness. This book answers that question and more.

I really did enjoy having chapters from other points of view. I know the previous book did this as well, but it puts a whole new spin on the story. I'm probably wrong, but I think it was the first time to get Amelie's view - and that's a scary place to be! Well, frightening... not scary. She's not one I would ever want to come face-to-face with, for sure.

Okay, that's all I can give you without giving away the story. If you haven't read this series yet, I definitely recommend it. It's not one that I long for the next book - but once I'm in the story, I'm so glad I haven't given it up. It just keeps getting better. I'll definitely be looking for the next one, there are more questions yet to be answered!
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