Series: The Morganville Vampires #10
Published by NAL
Pub Date: May 3rd 2011
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.
There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire- accompanied by her friends and frenemies-to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville...
In this tenth installment of The Morganville Vampires series, Rachel Caine puts Shane through the ringer, figuratively and literally! The book picks up soon after the conclusion of the amazing Ghost Town, which is one of my favorite books in the series, along with Carpe Corpus.
A gym has opened up in Morganville, one that will be teaching humans self-defense by way of martial arts and will be taught by none other than a vampire. This is apparently what Shane has wanted in town his whole life, a gym where he can work on his fighting skills, and is pretty much first in line to sign up. Soon after this though, things begin to get strange. I know…shocker! When is it not strange in Morganville?
What was surprising, and very cool, was that we get two alternating perspectives in this book, Claire’s and Shane’s. Since Shane began training to fight, he starts to lose his cool over little things more and more often, and we get to peek into his head after these freak outs. Let me tell you, it’s not pretty. It is completely heart wrenching. He is spiraling into this black hole and is not even aware of it. To top it off, he cruelly pushes Claire, Michael, and Eve away. Being the amazing friends that they are, those three won’t ever give up Shane, no matter how bad it gets.
Meanwhile, Myrnin and Claire are still keeping Frank Collin’s existence a secret from most everyone. It doesn’t stay that way for long. Myrnin and Frank together crack me up because they hate each other so much. And I can’t believe how unlikely a hero Frank has turned out to be these past two books! I’m also really intrigued by Amelie and Oliver’s relationship…are they? Aren’t they? Tell us!! :)
A lot of people get hurt in this book, physically and emotionally. But there were also some really tender moments between Shane & Claire and Michael & Eve, who by the way have an interesting secret they have been keeping to themselves. Not everyone’s excited or happy about this secret, but I totally was! No she’s not preggers. :P
I couldn’t have been happier with the ending though. It was just so touching. Now lets see what trouble they’ll get into in Last Breath. This series is so good and if you haven’t gotten around to reading it, you need to soon!