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Bitter blood : the Morganville vampires (edition 2012)

by Rachel Caine

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Title:Bitter blood : the Morganville vampires
Authors:Rachel Caine
Info:New York : New American Library, c2012.
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I never thought I'd see myself eager to read the thirteenth novel in a series, not least a vampire series. Good ones are few and far between, but Morganville stands among the best.

I'll admit, Bitter Blood definitely lacked purpose at times in comparison to previous novels. The antagonist this time around wasn't nearly threatening enough and only became a real issue towards the end of this 500 whopper.

Most of the book is about settling us back into good old Morganville which I can appreciate since we haven't seen the characters go about their business in the town in a while.

One gripe I had is that using Michael and Eve's marriage as a catalyst for the conflict felt a bit....eh. I mean, there was no real rush for them to get married, so the hate that ensued felt avoidable and forced. Not to mention, Eve seems really weak now. She pretty much bases her existence around Michael? Also, she has a habit of acting like being married makes their relationship more valid. Nope, a happy non-married couple is worth as much as a happy marriage. She kinda put herself and Michael above Claire and Shane. Not cool.

Also, the ghost hunter plot line was weird and not as prevalent as the synopsis made it seem like it would be. I'm happy that Miranda is still around but the ghost stuff is weird and messily addressed. I really don't know how to feel about that one.

One thing I need to address is Myrnin's sudden (or at least it was to me) love for Claire. I like it, but I feel like I missed some hint earlier in the books, as if I was supposed to know that.
I love Shane but I wouldn't complain about a little Myrnin/Claire action. Although, frankly, I never imagined Myrnin looking like a young-ish man. I always assumed he got turned 35 . Oops.

The love conflict towards the end was sucky (pun intended) because Morganville has never been about the romantic tension. I felt it though. It was realistic, and consistent with the characters and how they've reacted to similar situations in the past. I like that Claire stuck to her guns and didn't go, "ya know what? Walk all over me and don't trust me". She held her ground and damn am I proud. She made difficult decisions for herself and that's all I can ask of her.

This one gets my approval ( )
  katie1802 | May 11, 2014 |
Claire is just too good. Okay, this is going to sound bad but Claire needs a little bit of the killing instinct sometimes. (In the fictional sense of course) but I would have let Oliver die already. Claire keeps saving his life and I keep feeling like she shouldn't. I just have a bad feeling that in the end he will be the worst villain the glass house residents will have to go up against. Hopefully I'm wrong. Just had to put my two cents in on that.

Claire, Shane, Eve, and Micheal had a lot to deal with, as usual. Claire is definitely maturing and I know that she is dealing with the way of life in Morganville the best she can. Everyone else can seem to get her and keeps accusing her of taking sides. (I guess I'm in that boat sometimes). I was very proud of the way she dealt with Shane not trusting her, he was a total jerk and I hoped that she wouldn't let him off the hook too easily.

This series is still as compelling as the first book. Where is Rachel Caine getting all this material from? I thoroughly enjoyed Bitter Blood and was very surprised at the route it took by the end.

I wonder what path the series will be taking in the next book(s), especially since it's in it's final stages. Guess I'll have to just wait and see.

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  chicreader | Jan 21, 2014 |
I really did enjoy this book more than the last one. It was quite an emotional roller coaster. ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Oct 8, 2013 |
*sighs* This might just be the most satisfying volume of this series yet! Have I already said how much I love Claire? She is the best heroine ever! Smart, tough, courageous, generous, loving and never giving up.

This and other reviews can also be found on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews.

Bitter Blood is the perfect continuation of The Morganville Vampires series. Claire is such a great heroine; she is smart, tough, courageous, loving and never gives up. Her friends are her new family, and it is quite a new adventure they are all facing in this story.

I think this book is the one in this series that surprised me the most! There were quite a few things that happened that I could not at all guess in advance, and I had no idea which character was behind all the mayhem! It was very well written, with enough things to throw me off track, but not entirely in the wrong direction anyway.
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  Lexxie | Apr 23, 2013 |
the ending was sad =( ( )
  Punkfarie | Mar 31, 2013 |
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College student Claire Danvers struggles to remain neutral in the growing conflict between the vampires and humans of Morganville, which is further complicated by the arrival of a ghost-seeking television production crew.

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