The Bitter Bite of Change (Fall of Night – A Book Review)

Fall of Night (The Morganville Vampires #14)

Author: Rachel Caine

Published: 2013

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My Rating:

Rated T for twists and stabs in the back from unexpected and unseen enemies.

Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble.

Claire is finally at MIT and couldn’t be more thrilled. Still, she feels like she doesn’t fit in and trying to find her place among her classmates and with her roommate. But, getting to work with Dr. Anderson, a brilliant scientist and also Morganville exile, is a bonus. Though as she and the doctor work on her latest invention, and anti-vampire machine meant to manipulate their hunger, she quickly comes to realize that there are sinister forces out to get her by any means necessary.

Claire’s never felt more alone and more than anything, she wished they were here. But, it’s for the best, for their survival that they’re apart, especially when a dangerous, new enemy creeps out of the daylight.

The Morganville Vampires series is 1 of 3 that I am rereading as a part of my New Year’s Resolution. This is 14 of 15 books.

The Morganville Vampire Reviews

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

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

The Morganville Vampires Vol. 3: Lord of Misrule & Carpe Corpus

The Morganville Vampires Vol. 4: Fade Out & Kiss of Death

Ghost Town

Bite Club

Last Breath

Bitter Blood

This taste of change, leaving Morganville and her friends behind, was startling not only for Claire but for me too. Change happens and sometimes that change is what you need to discover that what you had was perfect. This was something she not only needed but had been dreaming of for years and it finally came true. Getting stuck the way she did though, thinking about Morganville and Shane and her friends, it was a heartache and a half. Yet, I do wish she’d worked a little harder to connect with the friends she was beginning to make. Effort gets you going and it seemed like Claire made very little. Then again, when you’ve got Morganville problems but not in Morganville I get that it can be tricky.

The fact that Shane followed Claire out to Boston, not to be creepy but to be sure she was safe and settling in was so fecking sweet! Ugh, I as if I couldn’t fall in love with him more! He didn’t’ follow her or stalk her. He got his own place and a job to focus on. It’s good that he was there anyway even though he was in the doghouse upon getting caught by Claire. But, with the mega-creeps, Daylighters, lurking around, Claire needed back-up. How in-sync these two are is amazing. Peanut-butter and jelly, these two are.

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Jesse is finally here! I love Jesse! If ever there was a true vampire that treated humans with equality it was her. Or at least she was the one who’d gotten pretty close to it. More importantly, the immediate closeness between Myrnin and her was definitely piquing my curiosity. There’s a history between them and it’s thick with emotion. Tender and sweet, I love the sudden dynamic between the two, like a long-lost friend. A friend that blurs the line of love.

I cannot not mention how wild it is to be out of Morganville. I feel like Claire, a lost lamb in the wild, a tiny fish in an ocean. It’s all so new. Also, the Nosferatu style vamps in the sewer were creepy as hell! That was just messed up, but I couldn’t look away! It certainly gave way to my shudders of terror. That, and the wrinkling of my nose out of disgust because those things were ugly.

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Relationships definitely shifted and were redefined in this one. Some for the better and some put on shaky ground. Things got really shaken up, especially as so many loyalties were tested. Nobody will be the same after this book.

Overall

This is one that really shook things up by leaving the small Texas town. That doesn’t stop something supernatural from happing. A really good start. The beginning of the end. *Sigh* It ‘s hard to handle that. LOL. Definitely a good one.

Quotables:

“Feels weird, right? No matter how much we tell ourselves it’s okay to leave town, our bodies still don’t believe it.” (Michael to Claire, p. 47)

“Anybody who believed vampires couldn’t feel things like people did had never Michael Glass.” (p. 217)

“Science doesn’t fix everything. Sometimes, it just screws everything, okay?…” (Eve to Claire, p. 256)

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

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