Thursday, May 5, 2011
Bite Club by Rachel Caine
Bite Club (Morganville Vampires, Book 10) is the latest in the Morganville Vampire series. I really love this series and I finished it in about 24 hours :) In Bite Club (Morganville Vampires, Book 10), Shane gets involved with a new gym promoting martial arts training and winds up in over his head. Claire, Michael, Eve and the usual suspects all have to fight to get him out of trouble before Amelie exterminates everyone involved in a secret that threatens to expose Morganville.
In many ways, this installment felt like the middle of a trilogy or something. The main story line was basically resolved by the end, but it left open a lot of unanswered questions and possibilities. Some old villains resurface, including Gloriana from the short story Drama Queen's Last Dance, found in Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite. While the vampire-related dramas seem to come to some conclusion, the human dramas seem to be building up. Claire and Shane's relationship is strained by the end of the story, and Michael seems to be harboring doubts about Eve. I strongly suspect that in the next Morganville Vampires book, the main focus will be on the relationships, with vampire enemies falling second. I could be wrong, but that's how things felt to me at the end of Bite Club (Morganville Vampires, Book 10).
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The characters are very interesting and it's been nice seeing how they have developed over the course of the series. Claire, in particular, seems to really come into her own strength in this story, although at the cost of some of her innocence. Shane seems to find more of his inner demons, more than he is truly able to explore in this story. As I said, the ending of this story really leaves a lot of emotional issues unresolved--I hope that there is some closure in the next installment Last Breath: The Morganville Vampires due out in November 2011.