Fall of Night: The Morganville Vampires Hardcover – May 7 2013
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Praise for the Morganville Vampires Novels:
“Rachel Caine is a first-class storyteller who can deal out amazing plot twists as though she was dealing cards.”—#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris
“Fast-paced adventure....Claire’s tough-girl attitude may remind adult readers of Rachel Morgan and her world of human-vampire interactions. A tremendously popular series.”—Booklist
“Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series is my all-time favorite. I love love love the characters, the town, and the surprising plots.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Maria V. Snyder
“Thrilling, sexy, and funny! These books are addictive. One of my very favorite vampire series.”—Richelle Mead, International Bestselling Author of the Vampire Academy Series
About the Author
Rachel Caine is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires 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, until recently, carried on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas.
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I was so incredibly proud of Claire in this book. As the reader, I've seen her strength grow by leaps and bounds from the shy and scared girl we first met, yet her friends have a hard times seeing her as an equal rather than someone who needs to be protected, and Shane is the worst of them all. Don't get me wrong, I love the too of them together, but I think Claire leaving was incredibly important for her to not only learn about herself and what she really wants, but to force Shane (and the others) to see her for who she has become. Shane really messed up in the last book, and while I realize that it wasn't the first time, this time around she knew that she couldn't just let his actions go. He had to learn to see her differently and that she wasn't a pushover any more, or the two of them would never work in the long run. That being said, leaving wasn't easy, and Rachel Caine truly nailed the emotional aspect as my heart really went out to both of them. Still Claire had to figure out what she really wanted in life, and FALL OF NIGHT gave her the opportunity, even if things didn't turn out quite as she had expected.
Prior to this point in the series, things were almost entirely set in Morganville, or at least under a vampire authority's close watch while Claire company were out of the borders. To see the new dynamic with Claire outside of Morganville was both interesting and terrifying at the same time. At least in Morganville, the threat is known, whereas outside of it, the threats' identities are hidden and seem to be coming from all sides. It simply amazed me (and Claire) that she could possibly be in more danger than she ever was before, and yet somehow she was. I really loved how the world view was opened up so much more, especially as it showed Claire that both her action and those of the vampires reached so much further than just Morganville's limits. I think it really upped the ante and ratcheted up the intensity up to eleven.
Sometimes I truly believe authors enjoy torturing readers, and with the way FALL OF NIGHT ended, I have to think Rachel Caine is no exception to that rule. I just cannot even begin to imagine what those events will mean in the next installment. I've said this several times throughout this series whenever she would throw us for a loop, but honestly this time around it's looks to be the game changers of all game changers. Even if the rest of FALL OF NIGHT had not been fantastic, I still would be as desperate to get my hands on the next installment. But lucky for me, FALL OF NIGHT was fantastic, which honestly is incredibly impressive considering just how long run this series is. From what I can see, the next book is potentially the last, but if FALL OF NIGHT is any indication, there's plenty of room for more as there's no sign of this series going stale yet. An absolute treat for fans of the series, FALL OF NIGHT is not to be missed!
Review to come :D
I was very excited to read this book. But I forced myself to wait until after Daylighters, the last book in the Morganville Vampires series came out to start it. I knew Rachel Caine would leave the second to last book with a cliff hanger, so I didn't want to be left hanging until I could find out what happens. I don't do well with cliff hangers, so if I can avoid them at all I do.
So in the end of Bitter Blood, we see Claire finally deciding to leave her Morganville friends behind and attend MIT, the school of her dreams. I was excited for this story line but at the same time worried, because I was going to miss all the wonderful cast of characters while we embark on Claire's independent journey.
But I had no reason to be afraid because Rachel Caine found a way for Shane to follow Claire to Boston. Actually I would have liked to see Claire lead a little more of an independent life than she actually ended up with. But that is the due to the fact that trouble ended up following her to Boston and Shane had to step in to help her. You can take the girl out of Morganville but you can't keep dangerous Vampire trouble away from the girl. We met a new cast of characters in this book that which you do not know whether you can trust or not. I specifically found myself wanted to throttle Claire's new room mate Elizabeth, as she was annoying in every single way possible. But at the end I ended up feeling sorry for her and found myself rooting for her. And I was right there was a massive cliff hanger in the end that brings you to question what happened in Morganville while Claire was away and how are they all going to pull together to save the town they love.
All in all this was a bitter sweet book for me. I enjoyed the plot and twists and the action that you find in every single Morganville book, but I knew as I got to the cliffhanger at the end I was one book away from saying goodbye to a group of characters that I had grown to love through out the years.
Claire has made the monumental decision to leave her friends behind - including newlyweds Michael and Eve, who want to start acting more like a married couple (less roommates should help with that). But Claire is also determined to leave her beloved boyfriend, Shane, behind too. Because Shane made the worst mistake not too long ago, believing a lie that Michael told about his relationship with Claire - and now she needs to be away from the most important person in her life, to try and find who she is without him.
In Cambridge, Claire has moved into an apartment with her pre-Morganville best friend, Liz. But straight away Claire is off-balanced by the fact that her blue room apartment is nothing as homely as the Glass House. Then there's the fact that Liz has turned into a flake, dressing in schoolgirl outfits and decidedly disinterested in books. She also has a stalker - a man named Derrick who keeps an unwanted vigil of their house.
Claire will be assisting a Professor Irene Anderson during her MIT graduate program - another ex-Morganville resident, and another assistant who survived tutelage under Myrnin. They will be working on Claire's VLAD machine - a mood-altering device that should help humans with unruly vamps.
Meanwhile, in Morganville, Shane can't stop missing Claire (and worrying about her). He also feels like the awkward third-wheel in Michael and Eve's marriage. So he makes the momentous decision to drive to Cambridge and keep an eye on Claire ... from a distance.
`Fall of Night' is the fourteenth book in Rachel Caine's young adult paranormal series, `Morganville Vampires.'
It always happens that when I crack open the latest `Morganville' instalment, a small part of me worries that this might be the book to mark my waning interest. There aren't many series that have been around since 2006 with consistent releases, and still manage to not only maintain, but consistently grow its fan-base ... so I always go into `Morganville', with a small pessimistic part of me that's waiting for the magic to dissipate. But I'm happy to report that `Fall of Night' is not that book - and, actually, it looks like Rachel Caine has just given this series a second-wind...
In `Fall of Night', Caine is again taking the characters out of Morganville. She did this in book eight, `Kiss of Death' - taking the awesome foursome on a killer (literally) road-trip that opened their eyes to the fact that the grass is not necessarily greener on the vampireless side. The big difference, of course, is that in this 14th book, Claire is all on her lonesome - and by choice. Not only is she outside of Morganville, but she has left her friends behind too.
Now, Claire has always been a strong, remarkable young woman. She prefers brains over brawn (but also knows how to throw a punch) and she's a very level-headed, quick-witted warrior. But, ever since Michael, Eve and Shane gave her the safety of the Glass House in book one, she has been part of a unit. Now that we're 14 books in, I can see it makes a lot of sense for Caine to take Claire out of that home-base and show fans what she has become while living in Morganville. With Claire's independence, fans can really appreciate that she loses none of her strength away from the awesome-foursome friendship unit. She might lose a little of her heart, but even away from Morganville Claire has a steel backbone and strong moral compass.
The heart though, is another matter ... but again it makes sense that we see Claire and Shane put to the test. They've been an item for a long, long time and have become very co-dependent - so it was actually really nice for Caine to separate them and see how they go. Of course, it's mostly Claire doing the separating since Shane can't stay away for long (it's more protective than stalkerish though - honest!) but it was nice to reaffirm why they are together, what remains when they are apart and the strength that binds them. For anyone doubting Claire and Shane being together for so long, and at such a young age - I think Caine puts a lot of those worries to bed in this book.
And this is also a book of new faces. Claire and Shane both befriend two Cambridge locals who work with Professor Anderson, and at the bar where Shane gets a job as busboy. Pete is a bouncer and rough teddy-bear, then there's Jesse - a fiery red head with killer curves and a badass streak a mile long. When Derrick, Liz's stalker, starts encroaching on Claire's new territory, Pete and Jesse are there in lieu of Michael, Eve and Shane to have her back.
I loved these two, especially Jesse. She poses an interesting twist in the story, and while some fans will probably grumble about her appearance I can't wait to see how she shakes things up for a certain someone....
Caine is also touching on themes of the eighth book, `Kiss of Night' - in that the Morganville kids learn that the outside world is just as tough and full of danger. Shane, especially, is somewhat surprised by the violence he encounters from regular humans.
The difference with `Fall of Night', however, is that some of the outside violence may be leaking into Morganville ... but fans will just have to wait for `Daylighters' releasing in November to find out more about that.
All in all `Fall of Night' was another Morganville book that got my heart racing, my hands sweaty and my interest piqued. What can I say? Rachel Caine has done it again.
My biggest problem was about Claire, Shane and Myrnin. Although I love the Myrnin/Claire pairing and am a huge fan of Myrnin, I have faced up to the fact that this isn't going to happen, but I felt that the introduction of Jesse seemed rushed and that he acted completely out of character, forgetting Claire and Ada. Also, I felt that after all the Clyrnin moments over the past few books, e.g. the kiss in her room, the goodbye at the beginning of this book, these leads seemed pointless, and I wondered why she had built up their relationship. And to top it all off, she made Claire betray Myrnin, which I thought was completely out of character and sad.
Then, there was Claire and Shane. The whole reason that Claire left was to be independent and make Shane stop not trusting her, then he goes and stalks her! But worst of all, when she finds out, she doesn't hit him, leave him or anything! She forgives him!
Another problem that I had with this book was that it didn't feel familiar, as it wasn't set in the Morganville that I have come to know. Half the book didn't even include the main characters. Also, there was no Amelie, which seemed a bit strange considering. And sorry to rant, but one more thing. Amelie threatened Michael with punishment at the end of the last book but this then wasn't mentioned in this book. Or whatever Myrnin whispered to Shane when pretending to kiss him?
The cliffhanger at the end was, although well written, yet again seemed rushed, as well as suggesting that the next book might not go as I would hope for the last book. So overall, a disappointing read that as left me feeling confused and annoyed due to a lack of familiarity or continuation, and a general feeling of being rushed and not thought through.
If you look back and check out my review for book 13 you'll realize that though it didn't end with a major cliffhanger, it did leave me wanting to know what was going to happen next. Thankfully I didn't have to wait long to find out.
I think I have loved Shane from the very first book. It's not just his "bad boy" attitude, but all of the hardships he has suffered in his short life. He is the true "underdog". And though he is emotionally scarred, he will do anything to protect those he loves. Especially Claire. But under that smart mouth and quick reflexes there lies an insecure little boy with a heart of pure gold.
It's no secret that Shane has always had a jealous side, and that jealously got out of hand in the last book. Instead of believing Calire; the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with, he choose not to. Needless to say, this created a big "bump in the road" in their relationship. So when Amelie let's Claire have the option to attend MIT in Boston she decides to go for it. But as the saying goes, you can take the girl out of Morganville but you can NEVER take the Morganville AWAY from the girl.
Wanting to live a "normal" life, Claire is excited to begin working with Professor Irene Anderson. She never expected that Anderson was actually Myrnin's previous assistant, and when the Professor takes an interest in VLAD she becomes confused. Enter the men in black suits, and all hell breaks loose. Thank goodness Shane followed her to Boston. (To watch out for her from a distance that is.)
The war between the humans and the vampires has begun, and it has started with Claire and her friends. This time though, they all may not make it out alive. Even with Oliver and Myrnin's help.
Now I can hardly wait for book 15!!
4 of 5 stars
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