Study By Day, Try to Stay Alive By Night (The Morganville Vampires: Vol. 2 – A Book Review)

Midnight Alley & Feast of Fools (The Morganville Vampires: Vol. 2)
Author: Rachel Caine
Published: 2010

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Rated B for bigger and badder threats of the fanged variety that might too much for even the most badass. Then again, there’s Claire Danvers.

 

“Mortals simply aren’t what they used to be.” (Midnight Alley, Myrnin, p.62)

 

Midnight Alley

Claire Danvers has experienced a lot since coming to Morganville to attend Texas Prairie University after being admitted at the age of sixteen. But, with the help of her friends, she’s navigating it pretty well. Now under the protection of the founder, the most powerful vampire and owner of the town, she’s dragged even deeper into the town’s secrets. As her life takes a new turn and her studies take her into unknown territory, people begin popping up dead around town, and the protection Claire started to feel dwindles and she begins to wonder if she or her friends may be next. That is if her new professor doesn’t get her first.

Feast of Fools

The Glass House along with all of Morganville is turned on its head when Mr. Bishop and his friends come to town. An ancient vampire that is determined to take over the town, even Amelie is nervous. A formal ball is being held in his honor really shakes everyone. Attended by vampires and their human dates, Claire realizes this ball is more than it seems. This isn’t a welcome party, it’s a trap for the town. One in which Mr. Bishop plans to take over the town.

 

The Morganville Vampires series is 1 of 3 that I am rereading as a part of my New Year’s Resolution. This is 4 of 15 books.

The Morganville Vampires Vol. 1 Review

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The Glass House is in rocky shape and on the verge of an explosion with Shane and Michael at each other’s throats and Eve’s brother, Jason, is out of jail and on the loose. In particular, he’s looking for payback. Meanwhile, Claire is finally excited about being challenged in new classes arranged for her by Amelie, and for the first time, was on the outside with her housemates for not being an original Morganville resident. It was such an uncomfortable feeling that left me feeling bad for Claire, but she’s no longer just a college student, but officially a Morganville townie and whether she admits it or not, I think she likes it. It gives her something she’s not had very often: purpose.

Changes abound in this volume. Some are emotional, others are physical, surprising ones are strangely normal, but all of them are hard. The Glass House is forever changed and so are the lives of its residents. Hell, I squealed when Claire and Shane finally got together and completely admire the respect he has for her. Sure, they bicker and fight, but they still work out their issues and he doesn’t go too far. I wouldn’t say they’re the Nicholas Sparks Dream, but they give me that feeling.

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Myrnin is the newest character addition to the series and I must say, he is my absolute favorite vampire of all of them. Okay, that’s not true. He’s in my top three. Sam’s actually my favorite followed up by Michael. So, the top three. Still great. One of my favorite things about the vampires in this series is how independent they are. They each carry their own time like a cloak almost. It’s rather beautiful and fearsome at the same time.

Vampire Alzheimer and a true old-world vampire really amped up the intensity levels of Morganville in this volume. Like a delightful topping on a sundae, there’s also family drama and Glass House drama, and of course, Monica drama. More avenues of the town opened up too, which pulled me in even further. Exploring a book’s world even deeper and seeing new places is always so much fun and gets me all kinds of giddy. This volume definitely had me on the edge of my seat.

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Overall

This series just gets better and better. An exhilarating ride with surprises, both delightful and filled with nail-biting cliffhangers. I can’t get enough of this series. One of my favorite addictions. Never dull and filled to the brim with daring heroism in unexpected places, love in friendship, and unbelievable power in the unlikeliest of places and people. If you haven’t read this yet and you love Buffy the Vampire Slayer then what are you waiting for?

 

Quotables:

 “Home. Home is where the heart is. Why don’t you leave yours here? I’ll take very good care of it.” (Midnight Alley, Myrnin to Claire, p. 63)

“Claire, little girls who take candy from strangers in Morganville get hurt. Or worse.” (Midnight Alley, Eve too Claire, p. 99)

“Creative people. They think the world stops when they think.” (Feast of Fools, Eve, p. 283)

“Parents are supposed to protect their children, Claire. We’ve done a bang up job of that, haven’t we?” (Feast of Fools, Claire’s Mom, p. 346)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Ain’t It Fun by Paramore.

 

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