Monday, May 17, 2010

Review: Morganville Vampires#8 "Kiss Of Death"

The Morganville Vampires#8 "Kiss Of Death"
By: Rachel Caine

I was anticipating this book immediately after finishing the last book "Fade Out". So you can guess my excitement when I received "Kiss Of Death" as a birthday present from one of my besties Amanda :) Thanks chica!

Barnes & Noble Synopsis:

A new chapter in the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires saga. Vampire musician Michael Glass has attracted the attention of a big- time producer who wants to cut a demo and play some gigs-which means Michael will have to enter the human world. For this, he's been assigned escorts that include both a dangerous immortal as well as Michael's all-too-human friends. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell...

I don't want to ruin the story for those of you haven't been following the series, so I will try my best not to indulge...too much.

So things are somewhat back to normal in Morganville, well as normal as they'll ever be. Claire and her friends are back to the daily grind, with two exceptions. One, they owe a huge favor to a sinister vamp, (who does not play well with others) that exchanged their lives for the promise that they would grant him freedom from the town. And two Micheal has turned into an overnight sensation, which entails leaving Morganville with certified passes to follow his career to Dallas Texas, so that he may record a demo. Simple right? well what seems to be one thing isn't always so in Morganville. Upon receiving the passes, planning the trip, and meeting their Vampire escort, who isn't much liked by the bunch, Eve, Micheal, Shane and Claire are pumped to see the outside world...that is until they reach Durram, Texas. A town none of them wished they'd ever set eyes on. Rednecks with loaded guns, and overflowing testosterone, A mission for ice cream, and a sheriff who isn't much fond of underage kissing. The trouble starts here, but nothing this group can't handle...or can they? A little motel in the middle of nowhere, chocolate chip cookies and peace and quiet, I actually thought for a moment that all is well that ends well, that is until Eve's car is set on fire, and the group is left completely stranded, silly me. As defeated as this seems, it has no comparison to the next deserted town they eventually get dragged into. The threat it poses isn't like anything they've ever encountered. I held my breath, unable to turn the pages, afraid one of the characters wasn't going to make it to the next. Claire is so intelligent, and damsel in distress she's not. In fact it's her quick thinking that makes her survival, as well as the rest, not impossible. Claire and Micheal's resiliency is put to test, entrusting someone who's never given them reason to otherwise, while Shane and Eve must survive at all costs. I chewed my nails wondering what else could possibly happen, and just when I thought I knew what would happen next, I was turned for a loop and back at square one, wondering if we would survive. (YES I SAID WE! LOL) I must say, along the way I met some very unsavory characters, a well as one's I never wanted to leave. A bad ass grandma with a shot gun, and a librarian who is anything but book worm, this book was friggin AWESOME! The stolen kisses between Shane and Claire, and the few moments of passionate, romantic tenderness between Micheal and Eve made the story even better. Who would have thought someone could make carnage, fiery, dangerous, life threatening, deserted terror romantic? well Rachel Caine kudos to you, and trust that I will be continuing to live in your town of Morganville as long as I can.....survive.