YOVO: You Only Vamp Once (The Morganville Vampires Vol. 3 – A Book Review)

The Morganville Vampires Vol. 3: (The Morganville Vampires #6 & #7)
Author: Rachel Caine
Published: 2011

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Rated A for action-packed with some ass-kicking to help save a town you’re not entirely sure you want to save.

 

This is Morganville, dear Claire. You should know by now that it is not what you expect. (Myrnin to Claire, p. 285)

 

Lord of Misrule

A deadly storm is moving over the small college town of Morganville amid the treacherous vampire, Bishop’s move to take over. A battle between the ancient vampire and his daughter, the Founder, Amelie, is afoot and Claire Danvers and her friend are caught dead center. As they try to protect those they care about and survive, vampires begin to vanish, some even walking into broad daylight and Claire quickly regrets discovering why.

Carpe Corpus

Forced to serve Bishop, Claire has lost her boyfriend and friends. The life she’s become accustomed to has been uprooted. She’s no longer the girl that’s perfectly invisible to people but is feared by all as she carries out Bishop’s orders. More than anything, she is determined to break the hold Bishop has on her and fight back and she’s not as alone as she thinks she is in that endeavor. But, once it’s all said and done, can the town ever go back to its old ways after near destruction?

 

The Morganville Vampires series is 1 of 3 that I am rereading as a part of my New Year’s Resolution. This is 6 of 15 books.

 

The Morganville Vampires Reviews

The Morganville Vampires Vol. 1: Glass Houses & The Dead Girls’ Dance

The Morganville Vampires Vol. 2: Midnight Alley & Feast of Fools

 

This series is so addictive! Never a dull moment to be found. Once I got started I struggled to put it down. Some much was happening from one chapter to the next. Morganville was basically having its own personal apocalypse-war and getting caught up in the middle of it was exhilarating.

Claire Danvers is hitting rock bottom and not of her own volition. The girl, even though it scares the hell out of her, really stick it to the man.  Whether it’s stupidity or bravery—which I don’t think you can have one without the other personally—she doesn’t know how to give up on anything. So fecking admirable. She has to be one of my favorite characters in YA. She’s strong, awkward, clumsy, caring, resilient, and so much more. Going up against Bishop is no easy task. Because this is a reread, I can honestly say he is one of my favorite villains and probably the most dangerous in my opinion, aside from the draug which we’ll get to later.

Claire and Shane’s bond grows even stronger as do the bonds she has with her other friends: Eve and Michael. The four of them are truly a force to be reckoned and even the almighty Amelie knows it. The relationships are the true core of the series. Even though Claire didn’t grow up with the three of them, it’s like they were waiting for her to arrive and complete the group. I can’t help but wonder where Shane, Eve, and Michael would be without Claire; if they’d never met her. Yeah, I can’t think about that.

It’s not enough to have psychotic vampires battling in the streets, let’s add a horrific tornado! Why not! Because if couldn’t possibly get any worse for Morganville? Pfft! Of course, it can! While it seems completely crazy, it was so ordinary for Texas to get some crazy weather. Also: proof of horrible timing for Mother Nature to prove she’s badass. LOL.

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As action-packed and filled with those lip-biting, almost secretive moments, there were also the sorrow-filled moments. I’m still a bit of a wreck about it. No war was ever one without severe losses, but this one just felt cruel. Caine basically threw an earth-shattering meteor at me, obliterating me. She really takes one of the few good things and kills it. Very much like Joss Whedon with Buffy the Vampire Slayer if you ask me. But, it’s moments like those that make the emotional tethers to the series that much better and real. You lose people you love and that’s a fact and she didn’t shield anybody from that. I can always hear “Calling All Angels” by Jane Siberry & KD Lang whenever I reach the end.

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Overall

I honestly can’t find a discrepancy or complaint. And yes, I’m biased but you should be with books you utterly love. The ones that have bent covers and pages because you clutched them so tight during those certain parts. Amid all of the hardships and heartache, there was the small light of beauty and determination for a better place with Morganville. Reading this book was so much fun and I got lost in instantly. Definitely a big recommendation.

 

Quotables:

“Sometime, somewhere, life always comes to a fight, and peace always comes to an end.” (p. 35)

“…And without forgiveness, there is never any peace…” (Theo Goldman, p. 203)

“Come on; you know it’s true. Morganville. Come for the education, stay for the terrifying drama.” (Claire to Monica, p. 301)

“Always some crazy fool who stays with a hurricane coming. Can’t save everybody.” (Hannah, p. 344)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Hanging On by Ellie Goulding.

 

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