Early Review: Last Breath by Rachel Caine

October 27, 2011 Review 1

Early Review: Last Breath by Rachel CaineLast Breath by Rachel Caine
Series: Morganville Vampires #11
Published by Penguin on November 1st 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Sexual Content: Kissing. References to sex.
Reviewed by: Abigail
4 Stars

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 new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?

Rachel Caine is an evil, wicked author for what’s she has done to her characters—and by extension her readers—in LAST BREATH, the eleventh book in her crazy fun Morganville Vampire series.  Not since GLASS HOUSES—which ended with with the decapitation of a main character—have I been as shocked by a book in this series…and yes, that means someone else very important dies.

I am continually amazed at how after so many books, the stories about Claire, Shane, Eve, Michael, and Morganville still feel fresh and exciting.  What’s more impressive is that the stakes—pardon the pun—escalate with each book too.  How Rachel Caine manages to top herself with each book, I’ll never know, but the reader in me is just thrilled that she does.

Vampire politics have become an increasingly pivotal plot point in the series overall, but like in previous books, there is a very personal storyline in LAST BREATH too, involving Michael and Eve’s impending nuptials.   Not to mention the ever volatile relationship between Claire and Shane, who actually didn’t make me hate him even once this time.   That’s a new record.  There were also some very difficult realizations that Claire had to make about a different relationship.  I am extremely excited about what this could mean for the future of the series.

As in the previous Morganville book, LAST BREATH isn’t told exclusively from Claire’s perspective.  We get chapters from Shane, Eve, Michael, and even Amelie, the last of which was a little odd.  I think I prefer her as the mysterious and aloof Founder rather than knowing her thoughts.  But these new perspectives did provide TONS of answers about Morganville and it’s citizens, so I’m not complaining.  I can only hope that we get a chapter from Myrnin next time.  And there will be a next time.  Rachel is under contract for at least three more books in The Morganville Vampires series.  Up next is BLACK DAWN, which will be published in May 2012, and after the end of LAST BREATH…the series may never be the same.

Series Titles:
  1. Glass Houses
  2. Dead Girls Dance
  3. Midnight Alley
  4. Feast of Fools
  5. Lord of Misrule
  6. Carpe Corpus
  7. Fade Out
  8. Kiss of Death
  9. Ghost Town
  10. Bite Club
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