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

November 2, 2012 Review 4

*This title will be released on November 6, 2012*

Bitter Blood

(The Morganville Vampires, #13)
by Rachel Caine

Genre: Paranormal YA |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover (November 6, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0451238117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451238115


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing. References to sex


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.


The blood hits the proverbial fan in BITTER BLOOD and the fallout makes it one of the most daring Morganville books to date.  I’ve long had a number of ‘what if’ questions floating around in my head involving certain Morganville residents that I honestly never expected to actually happen, but Rachel Caine completely shocked me in BITTER BLOOD by letting not one, or two, but three HUGE game changing events play out (one of which still has me reeling).   Forget about the happily ever after pairings you thought you knew…there is nothing, I repeat nothing, predictable about the events in BITTER BLOOD.

Shocking lip locks aside, Claire once again shares POV with a handful of other characters including a few fascinatingly deranged chapters from Myrnin’s POV that offered glimpses into his very tragic past.  I’ve never fully embraced these POV shifts since I prefer Claire’s narration, so I was pleased that there were only a few shifts this time leaving the lion’s share of the story with Claire.

This is the vampire series you should be reading.  There are two more books currently contracted in the Morganville Vampire series, with the potential for more after that.  With each installment, I think Rachel Caine has finally written herself into a corner, only to find that she’s perfectly set up events for the next book.  I’ve stopped questioning how on earth Claire and her friends are going to prevail next time and learned to trust Rachel.  Whatever happens next, it’s going to be a crazy fun ride.  The next book in the Morganville Vampire series called FALL OF NIGHT will be out in May 2013.  Please, please put this series on TV before then.

Titles in Series

  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 – 4/5
  10. Bite Club – 4/5
  11. Last Breath – 4/5
  12. Black Dawn – 3/5

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4 Responses to “Early Review: Bitter Blood (The Morganville Vampires, #13) by Rachel Caine”

  1. Kt.

    I actually felt differently about this book. Don’t get me wrong, it was really good when you look at it separately from the series. However, I’ve finally hit my limit of the rinse, repeat pattern with the Vamps. It’s just getting old that the humans keep bailing them out, then the vamps act all grateful for 10 seconds, and then turn around and start being an immediate threat. Unfortunately my review expressed a lot of frustration due to this, which is a shame since I really love this series. I’m hoping the game changing events might finally start to break that pattern, but only time will tell I guess.

    • Abigail

      I understand where you are coming from, but for me the development with Myrnin was so huge and crazy that it completely sucked me in. I can’t begin to guess what may happen next with that.