Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: The Morganville Vampires #4: Feast of Fools

Title: The Morganville Vampires #4: Feast of Fools

Author: Rachel Caine

Date of Publication: June 3, 2008

Formats Available: Paperback, E-book

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Synopsis: The wait is over. dig into the feast...

In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though, especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town's living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It's only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he's set for Morganville.

My Review:

The Morganville Vampires series is one of the most addicting series that I've ever read. Rachel Caine is the absolute queen of cliff hangers with every book ending at a pivotal moment and the next book picking up right where that one left off. Even though each of the books in the series is fairly short (Feast of Fools coming in at a mere 242 pages) it feels like reading one huge continuous novel.

One of my favorite things about this novel was seeing a more vulnerable part of Shane and watching his relationship with Claire develop. With the introduction of Mr. Bishop and his cronies, one of which has developed a lust for Shane, there are plenty of moments when their relationship is put to the test, but in the end they come out a stronger couple because of it. The sexual tension between Claire and Shane really hits an all time high in this novel. Caine is a master of making everything, but at the same time nothing, happen between them, making me desperate for them to finally give in but at the same time I just love the tension between them.

Myrnin continues to be one of my favorite characters in the series. I can't believe I wasn't a big fan of him the first few times I read this series; in this novel we get to see more of Myrnin's crazy extremes as well as learn more about the secrets of Morganville. Myrnin is just such a fascinating character I can't help but want to learn more about him and his past. The role he played in this novel, especially in the end at the masked ball, made me burst into laughter, despite the seriousness of the moment.  Michael and his new vampire persona also play a bigger role in this novel; we finally get to see more of Michael's vampire side and see how much the change has altered him.

Feast of Fools definitely has the best plot of any of the books so far in the series. Not only does Claire really put her brain to use and take a more active role protecting her friends, but the masked ball at the end of the novel puts a whole new spin on the series. Bishop added a new and terrifying dynamic to Morganville and judging by how this novel ended the next one in the series promises a whole slew of action. However, there's always bad with the good and in this case the bad was the addition of Claire's parents. Overly protective and extremely annoying I didn't like the bigger role they played in this novel. Besides, for being so worried about their daughter they do very little checking in on her (thankfully).

I absolutely adore the Morganville Vampires series and there is no doubt in my mind recommending this series to fans of vampire novels. With absolutely fantastic character development and relationships and a town at the point of destroying itself this novel ends on a cliffhanger that will no doubt leave readers desperate for more!


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