Ghost Town: The Morganville Vampires Paperback – Apr 5 2011
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About the Author
Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).
Top Customer Reviews
Eve attends a party in an abandoned warehouse and she's in danger. Claire, Shane, and Michael run to her rescue. A fight ensues between the vampires and the locals, and Claire ends up killing a vampire. According to town law, the punishment for killing a vampire is death.
Amelie gives her a choice: settle the town's problem or hang in a cage in the town square. Claire chooses to fix the problem. She can't rest until it's solved - she completes the device.
However, in the days to follow, she realizes that something is drastically wrong when people begin losing chunks of their memory. The town becomes deadly once again - even in the daytime. Claire doesn't know what she can do, but she realizes it's up to her to fix the machine before it's too late.
GHOST TOWN delivers another amazing installment of this dangerous, action-packed series about loyalty, friendship, and love.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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At this point in the series I have certain expectations from a Morganville book: smart and snarky dialog, sweet romance, and helpless fury over the unjust treatment of humans. GHOST TOWN delivers all that and more. In a way, it's like a tabula rasa, a blank slate. We get to see Myrnin at the height of his insanity, Amelie as the formidable Founder she once was, and best/worst of all we see Shane forget and fall for Claire all over again.
Most series fizzle out long before reaching nine books. And fewer still reach that number with any kind of momentum. The Morganville Vampire series has twelve books planned so far and shows no sign of slowing down. I'll go so far as to say this series gets better with every book. KISS OF DEATH and GHOST TOWN being the best yet. I really hope that everything works out for the TV adaptation. The Morganville Vampire series already reads like it was made for television. Until then, I'll have to bear the wait like everyone else for the next book, BITE CLUB, due out in April 2011.
Sexual Content: Kissing. References to sex.
Claire is as feisty and determined as ever. She, once again, gets herself in an undesirable predicament. As a punishment, she is forced to fix the machine that wipes the memories of those who leave Morganville. Well, of course, something goes wrong and people (and vampires) start loosing their memories. Those who are infected are taken back mentally to three years ago. Let's just say that chaos ensues. Soon, Claire has no choice but to try and fix the machine and she is forced to make some unlikely alliances along the way.
There is plenty of excitement within the book, just like you would come to expect from this series. There are also a number of twists throughout the plot, I don't want to give too much away, but they certainly keep you on your toes. All of your favorite characters are back and ready for action, Eve, Michael, Shane, Mrynin, Amelie and Oliver are all featured throughout the book.
I think what makes this series so great is the relationships between the characters. Not only are there great romantic relationships, but there are also a number of awesome friendships. I love the fab four - Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael; I just think they mesh well together. They always have each others back and each one of them would put themselves on the line for the other three. The connection these characters have is really a focus in this book - especially when people start loosing their memories. Caine really does a beautiful job showing how they all sort of gravitate towards each other.
All in all, Ghost Town was a great addition to the series. Everything that you love about this series continues in book 9, including the sarcasm, humor, excitement, danger, romance and superb storytelling. I'll say it again, if you haven't read this series yet, you really, really, need to. It is never to late to dive into a series, in fact I prefer it because you don't have to wait as long to see what happens next!
So you can imagine my enjoyment of this book at the prospect of more vampires. That, and more Michael and Shane. *prrrr*
Plus, the totally bipolar/homicidal Myrnin is one of my all time favorite characters. His attire never ceases to amaze me.
Technically, this series could have closed off after book 7, but what would the fun be in that. And this book proved that there was more story to tell. We get a more gracious glimpse of the shmexy Shane in all his lickable glory as we do of Michael in his high school days of yore (cool word, yore!)
Our dearest Clare is at the top of her game trying to solve the most recent dilemma of memory loss. I've always loved Clare as a character. I think it's the fact that not only is she brilliant; she is strong and not prone to whining. I cannot stand whining. Girls who fail in the face of true hardship are a discredit to the race of female.
Wow, I'm harsh lately, especially on my own race (I blame Hubby *smiles*)
Clare though is not our only lovely female, we also have the beautiful, rice powdered goth, Eve. Her jabs at Shane are classic and her brutally honest nature is covetable in an ally. Plus, her fashion sense is quite awesome!
All in all, the characters were exactly what I needed and much more. In addition the plot was entertaining and electrifying. Because there is nothing like conniving, murdering vampires, hot sexy men, scientifical machines that control space and plenty of bedazzled stakes to make anyone happy.
Ghost Town is another spectacular entry in the series, with the fearsome foursome battling forces within their borders that threaten to not only destroy Morganville but their relationships as well. Caine does a terrific job of keeping the storyline moving, throwing us twists and building danger until I literally could not put the book down. I love the relationship between Claire and Shane; their honest, loving encounters bring new dimensions to both characters while giving us enough romance so that it's not all just about the sex. I admit to getting angry with both Oliver and Amelie; they have always been many shades of gray but this book takes their deviousness to new levels. And Myrnin...my favorite! Poignant and funny, I just want to spend more time with him. And from our cliffhanger ending, it looks like I'm going to get my wish. A lot of fun and highly recommended!
And now we have Claire and Myrnin hard at work creating a new machine to control the boundaries and minds of Morganville. After days of nonstop work teetering on the brink of insanity due to lack of sleep, Claire finally gets a break and the machine begins to work. But no sooner then Claire sighs in relief does she start to notice things are not quite right in Morganville... Chunks of memory from both vampires and humans have gone MIA. Only one thing could have caused this new problem- their brand new, functional machine. Not only are vampires and humans alike forgetting current events, they're forgetting who and what they are. The town spirals into chaos and it is up to Claire to make things right.
The best thing about Ghost Town is Myrnin- I was so happy to see him back. He's the the most three dimensional character and adds lots of spunk to the story. Claire is with Myrnin a good bit, not something I can say for the previous installment. He will make you laugh yet shake your head at the same time- same old crazy Myrnin. The gang is all back- all fighting for their lives and teasing each other. Once again Caine will have you on your toes wondering if Oliver really is the jerk he portrays himself to be and Amelie is back to being mysterious. Caine sticks to her usual writing style and throws the reader a curve ball at the end so you'll finish anticipating the next book.
There have been rumors that this series will be made into a TV show- I hope so. This would be a great series to see on the small screen. The books are written like they were made for television. Though there are twelve planned books in this series right now, I probably won't be visiting Morganville again unless I get to see it on TV. I do highly recommend this book to those that have read the previous eight books and love them! Everyone that likes Young Adult vampire novels should definitely give this series a try- I enjoyed many of the first novels. Great, fast paced, quick reads.
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