ARC Review: Bite Club

Bite Club
Author: Rachel Caine 
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: New American Library
The Morganville Vampires series #10
ISBN: #978-0451233189
Genre: Young Adult
Format(s): Hardcover (352 pages), e-book
I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review.

From the author’s website:

       After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.
There’s a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire- accompanied by her friends and frenemies-to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville…

What Una is talking about:

      I started reading the Morganville Vampire Series after discovering it via a short story.  When I read it, I didn’t realize it was young adult, and it wouldn’t matter anyway. Out of the many YA series I read, The Morganville Vampires series is one I truly enjoy.
      One of my favorite things about The Morganville Vampires is that the main characters have teenage angst without being overly annoying to the reader.  It helps characterize them and give them a young feel while not alienating adult readers.  The teenage characters also are allowed to make mistakes and learn from them.  I enjoy the authentic feel of these kids.  Sometimes, like most teenagers, they are quite intelligent while other times can be completely clueless.  Ms. Caine accomplishes this without making the characters seem like they are bi-polar.
      The flow and pace of Bite Club is steady while gripping.  I found myself wanting to yell at the characters about the clues I saw along the way that they just didn’t quite grasp.  It reminded me of watching a stereotypical horror movie, but does so without being cliché.  In this story, the main characters are pitted against each other while dealing with very real elements of prejudice, which I found educational.  As the town struggles to rebuild itself after a thwarted coup in the previous story Ghost Town, it is remaking social policies and infrastructure.  This process mimics that seen in the civil rights movement in the United States, all marauding vampires aside.
      I thoroughly enjoy the on-going adventures of Claire, Eve, Michael and Shane, especially now with them dealing with this very real issue of prejudice.  It is most acutely illustrated in Eve and Michael’s relationship.  (For those not in the know, Eve is human and Michael is a vampire).  As a series follower, I felt Bite Club was the climax of a complex issue between our main characters.  The story was reassuring in the end, with Eve and Michael coming to an understanding.  However, Ms. Caine does not insult the reader’s intelligence by making the issues completely disappear.  This is something that the characters will continue to deal with in the future books.  I eagerly await the next book in The Morganville Vampires series.

Una’s Rating: 

Liked it a lot – recommend (B+)

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