Patti from Caught in a FAB Romance (AKA Book Addict Patti) is back to review Last Breath by Rachel Caine.
Claire Danvers is an extraordinary girl living in the extraordinary town of Morganville, Texas. What makes Claire so special? She’s super-smart, having started college early, and, among other things, works after school in a lab with Myrnin, who’s a little crazy…and a vampire. In Morganville though, that’s no so unusual – there are lots of vampires in Morganville.
While there is usually an uneasy truce between the humans and the vampires, things are currently a little strained. Someone’s planning a wedding, and as the countdown ticks down, it’s plain that the wedding is one thing that everyone in town seems to agree on: no one thinks it should happen; not the vamps, and definitely not the humans.
But while the town is focused on the approaching nuptials, Claire and the gang learn that vampires are going missing. Just a few at first, but as the days go by and there’s no sign of the missing vampires, things start to get weirder than usual. Claire sees something she shouldn’t but can’t remember what it was, Amelie gets a cryptic message that leads her to the decision to close down Morganville, and Myrnin has a decision to make. Will Claire and her friends solve the mystery and save Morganville? Do they even want to save Morganville? Or is this their chance to be free of the vampires forever?
Last Breath is a can-not-miss installation to The Morganville Vampires series! As I’ve come to expect from this series, the story is fresh and the players are like old friends. As an added bonus, in Last Breath, we are treated to viewpoints from not only Claire, but also Amelie, Eve, Michael, and Shane.
Fans of Myrnin will love Last Breath: he continues to be one of my favorite anti-heroes. Even faced with the possible demise of Amelie, Morganville, and possibly himself, he steps up and does what needs to be done. And Shane…oh Shane…*sniffs* Shane faces possibly the most heartbreaking section of the book.
Without giving anything away, we do learn why this book is titled Last Breath; and believe me, you’re going to be holding yours. After 10 books in this series of characters we have grown to love, Ms. Caine continues to captivate the reader with jaw-dropping scenes like this:
I lifted my head, and I knew my eyes were flaring with white power, driven by my rage, my revulsion, my desperation. ”Silence them Myrnin. You know you must.”
He stared back at me for a moment in mute horror, and shook his head. ”I can’t,” he said. ”God witness me, I cannot do it. Not to her. The boy, yes, but not her. Amelie, there must be another way.”
“Jesu, you think if there was, I wouldn’t take it?” I shouted it at him, fists clenched against the need to strike. ”You will do it. You must.” And I put my will on him, pushing in a way that I so rarely did these days. That I so rarely had to do.
~page 74, Last Breath
Last Breath was impossible to put down; every time I thought I knew where Ms. Caine was going to take us, I was wrong. This new villain in Morganville is dangerous and scary; so terrifying that even the vampires are panicking. And it’s stealthy, sneaking up on us while we’re busy looking somewhere else.
I have one complaint…usually Ms. Caine ends her stories nicely and things are as wrapped up as they can be, without ending the series of course, but that’s not the case in Last Breath. Last Breath ends with a definite cliffhanger, and I felt like the story was left unfinished.
Last Breath is probably the most emotionally-charged installment in the series to date; fans of the books will not be disappointed. Between the surprise twists and the seemingly impossible challenges Claire must overcome, Last Breath left me gasping for breath.
4 out of 5 stars
I have a hardcover copy of Last Breath for one lucky reader. Leave a comment on Patti’s review for entry. Giveaway is open until Oct. 14, open to all.
To celebrate the release of LAST BREATH, the 11th book in the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires series, Rachel Caine is throwing a “Welcome to Morganville Bash” in a city near you!
Readers who purchase books at the store will be eligible to win free raffle bags filled with notebooks, pencils, vampire swag, books and other cool Penguin gear goodies!
There will also be free goodies for everyone who attends.
Come to the bookstore, meet RACHEL CAINE, have your books signed, and participate in a raffle drawing to receive cool prizes!
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