Last Breath (The Morganville Vampires #11)
Author: Rachel Caine
Rated D for dreadful and dreary death and dismal divides between friend and foe.
Morganville, Texas is a small college town that’s had its share of problems, thanks to a sometimes volatile mix of human and vampire residents. But there’s a new threat in town, and he’s turning the vampires from predators into prey…
Vampires and humans alike are disappearing, Claire’s boss tried to kill her boyfriend, and Morganville is closing all over. Claire certainly has her hands full and is spread thin literally and emotionally. A storm I rolling in and some something deadly within it. Something that can kill vampires. Claire and her friends fight for their lives and that of Morganville. Could this be the end of the Texas town?
The Morganville Vampires series is 1 of 3 that I am rereading as a part of my New Year’s Resolution. This is 11 of 15 books.
The Morganville Vampires
As if the title alone isn’t startling enough, all of Morganville is in danger and up in arms. It’s more unnerving and shaky and heart-shattering than ever before. Caine pulled all the strings with this one. Eleven books in and you’d thinks she’d run out of material or the story would just die down, but hell no! The title alone is enough to set you on edge. As I’ve said in previous reviews, out of the entire series, two villains have always been my favorite. The first is Bishop and the other finally makes his debut, Magnus. He’s one deadly predator and I was shook, especially with how easily he shook up Amelie, Founder of Morganville, Ice Queen of the vampires, and she doesn’t get shook!
This is one of those books in the series where everything that follows after it will be changed forever from this book onward. From the characters’ devastation and growth, like Michael and Eve’s engagement (Squeeee!) to Morganville drowning, possibly to the point of no return. And then there’s Claire…no, I can’t tell you, but it’s big! Nothing will ever be the same. And, when Amelie is afraid everybody is afraid, and she was tucking tail and running, looking to leave Morganville and everything in it behind. My jaw hit the floor at that! Complete disbelief and even a bit of fear on my end.
Plot twists! Unexpected happenings from joyful ones to heartbreaking ones left me reeling. With more than one sole thing going on, this book really twisted and turned me. Pretty sure I fell on my ass a few times. LOL. Getting a deep look into the Glass family line, for example, was spectacular and fecking spooky. It added so much depth, giving even more life to the Glass House. Fantastic and impeccable. This wasn’t the only surprising thing either, but I’d be spoiling so much if I shared more. LOL. This was such an adrenaline rush that worked me over so much. Not going to lie, I got weepy. Heart-pumping in my ears, unable to breath, weepy. This was a fast, emotional, and powerful ride.
The first time I read this one, I bawled. So. Hard. I was an emotional wreck and still turn into one after each read. Loved this one so much. Darker and deadlier, this was more than just entertaining for me. It worked over my emotions like no other. This series is such an addiction.
“I prefer to fight…and always will.” (Shane, p.76)
“I’m the cat in the box, with poison. The cat might be alive. The cat might be dead. You can’t tell until you open the box. Indeterminacy.” (Claire, p. 175)
“The thing most people forget, when they start talking about being a vampire, is that it’s lonely. It’s supposed to be lonely. Vampires are predators. They’re more like tigers roaming territories then they are wolves, who hunt together in a cooperative group. Tigers don’t form packs. They’re alone, and they’re supposed to be.” (Michael, p. 229)
“Tomorrow I’m out of a job. Might as well go out flipping the bird to the powers that be killing us.” (Hannah to Michael, p. 242)
“I think if you love something, you fight for it. It’s always been my theory, anyway.” (Shane, p. 308)
“There’s a certain freedom in giving up all hope. One is no longer bound by the cords of dread of fear; you simply move toward the inevitable without thinking on the consequences.” (Amelie, p. 315)
More to come soon…
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