Sunday, March 24, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: BITTER BLOOD by Rachel Caine

Bitter Blood 
(The Morganville Vampires, #13)
by Rachel Caine

Published November 6, 2012 by NAL
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(Technically 4.3 rounded down to 4)

GENRE: College Life • Vampires • Psychological Thriller • Action • Romance 
Political Intrigue • Dystopian • New Adult 

For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…



Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires. 


To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.
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Few authors can pull off a series lasting 15 books, but Rachel Caine can be proud to count herself among them. I never tire of this series and every installment is unique. I did feel that the plot on this one was a bit too dramatic and somewhat vague, hence the lower than normal rating of four.

NOTE: If you have not read #1 - #12 then I would suggest you refrain from reading the rest of this review. I will tell you if you like political intrigue, vampires of the bloody kind and dystopian societies, you will be in heaven with this series and I highly suggest you read it.

BITTER BLOOD begins with the town trying to recover from the druag. The humans are hanging on to Amalies' promise to reform the society. But for strange and mysterious reasons, that agreement starts to unravel... fast. Break out the Protector bracelets and the ID cards everyone.
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I must say, one other bone I have to pick is that Claire is STILL in college.. and I don't even think a senior at that. She's not even 21 yet. Caine has been so in-depth in the story that the timeline moves along at a snail's pace. Sigh. I want to see Michael, Shane and Eve at her graduation ceremony already. The plot added some new characters and brought back some previous ones, adding to the chaos. She had so much going on that I felt important events were slighted and resolutions were lacking.

On a positive note, readers are treated to a smorgasbord of POVs. Oliver's (which is very enlightening), Myrnin's (which is so cool and crazy), Amalies' were added along with Claire's. It provided a wealth of inside information and aligned some puzzling pieces.

Claire really and truly comes into her own in this installment. She puts her foot down to how she's been treated by various people and I'm glad for her. It took a lot of courage to do what she did throughout this book. Nevertheless, the ending was shocking. After I picked my jaw off the floor, I gave the air a pump fist and gave her a "you-go-girl" imaginary hug. (Yes, I know I'm weird.)

Shane was a disappointment for me. After books #11 and #12, I thought FOR SURE that he would get himself together. Nope. How does that make me? Grow up Shane.

There are so many loose ends at the end of the book that I can't wait to get my hands on book #14. If you have put down the series, I suggest you pick it back up and see where things are headed... you will be VERY surprised! ENJOY!