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Black Dawn: The Morganville Vampires Hardcover – May 1, 2012 by Rachel Caine (Author)

So this book was okay. I liked some of the characters point of views such as those who are from the Glass House, the characters we’ve come to know and love from this series such as Claire, Michael, Eve, and Shane. The point of view changes with each chapter and makes it harder to follow. Some characters point of view I didn’t feel were necessary and some chapters were maybe 1-3 pages just some added fluff in my opinion. I also really missed the Glass House, the lab, the portals, Frank Collins, Amelie, all of the things that really built this series up for me. Claire isn’t in school, they are fighting off the draug, and everyone is holed up together. Parts seemed slow and the book didn’t hold my attention as well as others in the series. I believe Rachel Caine is an amazing author and I did enjoy the ending and feel the next book will be much better and more exciting. This one just seemed to tie up all the loose endings from the previous book. The end offers an exciting lead to many new possibilities. There are casualties in this book, more than usual. There wasn’t very much romance, more tension than anything among characters and couples. I am glad the draug is over I didn’t find the concept that interesting in comparison to other problems among Morganville and it’s residents in previous books. I look forward to seeing what’s next for everyone but this isn’t a book I’ll reread. Check it out!

Review Praise for the Morganville Vampires Series:  “An intriguing world where vampires rule, only the strongest survive, and romance offers hope in the darkest of hours.”—Darque Reviews “Another mesmerizing addition to a very inventive paranormal series…delightfully creepy and exciting.”—Night Owl Reviews “These books are addictive.”—Richelle Mead, International Bestselling Author of the Vampire Academy Series

Black Dawn: The Morganville Vampires Hardcover – May 1, 2012 by Rachel Caine (Author) Review

“Black Dawn” concludes the story of the draugs started in “Last Breath”. We have had a lot of good plotlines in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine but these draugs are seriously scary. Added bonuses because they are also such a unique concept. “Black Dawn” sees Morganville pretty much destroyed and abandoned. Only a few vampires and humans remain in town, hiding and trying to figure out a way to reclaim their home. Amalie has been bitten and may be dying or even transforming into one of the creatures. I loved visiting with these characters that seem like friends after the hours I’ve spent reading about them. But they aren’t very happy go lucky this time around. Things are really, really bad in Morganville. Eve and Michael have gone from engaged to avoiding each other due to the events at the end of “Last Breath”. This book was nonstop action. The gang jumps from one crazy and dangerous situation to another. The book is told in alternating character viewpoints which I didn’t mind at all except I think that it contributed to the fact that we had very little downtime in “Black Dawn”. I missed the banter between the four best friends. I missed seeing into their romantic relationships. Heck, I even like reading about them fighting with Monica or sitting around talking about their newest troubles. This book doesn’t have much of that. We get to see Oliver, Hannah and weird vamp Naomi narrating chapters in “Black Dawn”. My favorite (besides Shane, Claire, and Eve) had to be Oliver. I really liked reading his chapters. It brought up so many questions about who Oliver really is. I like the mystery of him. I can’t ever really feel like I know him or his motivations. Hannah was there to relate one sequence in particular. I wasn’t as fond of her. Reading her narrations almost made me like her less than I used to. Naomi is one crazy vamp. I found her chapters entertaining and they brought up more questions than answers. I really feel like her portions of “Black Dawn” may be our clues as to the what happens next in the series. My favorite character is Myrnin. Not a big surprise as Myrnin is the favorite of many of the series devoted fans. I am happy to say that he does have quite a part to play in “Black Dawn” and even gets off a few of his trademark quirky one liners. Still not as many of them as usual, another ode to how bleak things are. Warning: Proceed forward at your own risk! There seemed to be an unavoidable event destined to happen in “Black Dawn” then surprisingly it didn’t happen. I felt like it would have been a daring move on Caine’s part to have this certain thing happen and when it turned around at the end I felt like it was a cop out. It almost felt like Caine changed the story at the last minute. Rumor was this was supposed to be the final book, so maybe she did in fact change it when she realized she would be writing more of these novels. This would have drastically mixed things up in Morganville and I am sorry she didn’t go this route. That said, Caine still made a couple of bold choices with her characters here in “Black Dawn”. While one thing happened that made me quite sad, the final event in the book thrilled me to pieces. Again, I think its quite brave for the author. She doesn’t make this series repetitive and does take some risks. It really pays off when you look at other long running series that fail after awhile. Overall: Another strong addition to the series. Lot and lots of action. ..almost too much action and some big changes to Morganville fans don’t want to miss. -Read Reviews-

The draug have come to Morganville!For the desert town of Morganville the recent torrential rains have brought the Vampires worst enemy to town. For the Vampires the draug have set up pools to feed on them. The draug prefer to feed on vampires, but they can make do with humans also. As always Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire are all right in the middle of the action. Claire is helping Myrnin find something that will kill off the draug. They must find something because the main draug is after Claire. She is the only one that can see his form clearly. She is a threat to Magnus and he is determined to kill her once again. While Amalie lays dying, the fight to take over her rule of Morganville is being played out. Oliver has set himself up to take care of Amalie, but make no mistake, he knows that when Amalie dies he will take her place as the ruler of the town. But Amalie’s sister Naomi has a different thought. She too wants control, and neither one of them plan on extending the humans as many rights as Amalie has. Morganville is about to change. Wow! I don’t know how Rachel Caine does it, but each new installment of The Morganville Vampire series leaves me wanting the next one! The tension of fighting The draug, the humor between Claire and her friends, and the romance between Michael and Eve, and Claire and Shane keep the reader busy turning the pages. I would think, “I’ll stop reading at the end of this chapter” and at the end of the chapter I would have to continue reading to find out what happened next. Speaking of romance! Oh my goodness! Michael and Eve are having some issues, but they always seem to have issues. And who wouldn’t have issues if your fiance just tried to kill you in a wild feeding frenzy? Claire and Shane need each other! I’m not talking sexually, although there is a little bit of that(nothing graphic thank goodness), they need each other emotionally. It’s like they survive for each other. The next book in the series, Bitter Blood, comes out in November and I can’t wait. Black Dawn ended with so many loose ends needing to be tied up. What is to become of Morganville and it’s inhabitants now?

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