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Carpe Corpus

by Rachel Caine

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Series: Morganville Vampires (6)

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"In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He's kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?"--Publishers description.… (more)
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    Fade Out by Rachel Caine (Pedrolina)
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You know that sinking awful feeling you got at the end of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, when it looked like Evil had triumphed and had beat back Good by making Luke go crazy and disappear? That's how I felt at the end of Lord of Misrule. There just seems to be something inherently WRONG with letting evil win at the end of a story--no matter that there's more to the series or not.

No surprise to anyone should be that Myrnin remains my favorite character. There's something deliciously wonderful about his manic moods and eccentricities. He isn't so very bad, I mean compared to what he could be like. Mr. Bishop however proves to be an even eviler dude then I thought. He's carelessly cruel most of the time and at worst he's deliberately malicious, turning everyone's worst nightmares into reality without even flinching.

Claire's parents still continue to annoy the living daylights out me. Claire is really becoming a little pistol--desperate, cornered and with her future looking bleaker every breath she takes, she seems to have found her inner B**ch and channeled it. Ysandere gets a good lot of that. Myrnin gets a handful of times. Monica gets it a couple times. Oh Monica. She really is a snake who can keep on living. No one should ever worry about Monica.

I don't really want to spoil how things finally settle down (book 7, from what I can understand from the synopsis at the end of the book, seems like its starting a new 'arc' of sorts.), but I guess if you are a Star Wars fan, or fan of the Great Evil Empires in Fiction, you should be able to guess. ( )
  lexilewords | Dec 28, 2023 |
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

Another wonderful addition to the series. This one wraps up a few issues from previous books, so where the book goes from here is anyone's guess, but I'm sure it will be great. I wish I could remember how old Myrnin is supposed to be physically. Cause I'm feeling chemistry there between him and Claire but knowing this information would really help here.

That ending though. I was not prepared for that loss. It was heartbreaking. I can't wait to see what happens next. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
A very worthy and satisfying climax novel for the current chain of events happening in Morganville.

As climax novels are supposed to do, "Carpe Corpus" brought a lot of things to a head, weaving all kinds of suspenseful and long-awaited moments into the plot. I don't want to spoil, but there are big things happening in terms of death (I was very saddened by the death at the end), relationships (finally *wink*), and struggles for the freedom of Morganville. Vampires and humans band together to oust Bishop's evil reign, but not without immense cost and a lot of moments where you're holding your breath.

I love how the author keeps us guessing; right down to the wire there are plot twists, questions about who's on which side, and outcomes different than what you'd expect. The characters remain one of the most enjoyable factors of the series; Caine portrays the Glass House-mates' banter and relationships extremely well. Her minor characters also shine, as I've mentioned in reviews past; Myrnin, Amelie, Hannah, and many others. And Claire is a good, strong heroine who falls into very few of the "teenage female hero" character traps; she thinks and acts for herself, stands up to both good and bad guys in awesome ways, retains a powerful sense of right and wrong as well as a core of empathy, and yet still shows realistic weaknesses, fears, and hesitancy.

This particular conflict may have ended here, but I can't wait to see what else Caine has in store for Morganville in her next novels. ( )
  booksong | Mar 18, 2020 |
3.5 stars

Carpe Corpus was a decent read. It tied up a lot of loose ends from previous books. I look forward to the next addition of this series. ( )
  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
First book I've read of the series, didn't take too long to understand and catch up with what I missed. ( )
  KarinaKantas | Apr 20, 2018 |
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For absent friends Tim and Ter. I miss you.

For my dear and constant Cat.

And for present friends Pat, Jackie, Jo, Sharon, Heidi,

Bill, and all of ORAC!
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"Claire," Bishop said. He didn't sound pleased. "Did I summon you?"
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"In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He's kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?"--Publishers description.

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In the small town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace - until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He's kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths.

He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants - the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having had such a taste of power?
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