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ARC Review: Black Dawn

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Black Dawn
Author: Rachel Caine 
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: NAL
Morganville Vampires  #12
ISBN: #978-0451236715
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal)
Format(s): Hardcover (384 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

      With its eclectic mix of vampire and human citizens, Morganville, Texas, has always been a risky place to call home.  But with the invasion of the vampires’ deadliest enemy, Morganville isn’t just in danger – it’s dying…
      Ever since the draug – mysterious creatures that prey on vampires – took over Morganville, the lives of Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil.  Most of the residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve, and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.
      By using the town’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied.  Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie – the town Founder – has been infected by the master draug’s bite.
      If Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks as though Morganville will become little more than a ghost town.

What Una is talking about:

      Black Dawn is the twelfth book in the Morganville Vampires series.  We were left with a huge cliffhanger in the last book, Last Breath.  I will say this novel is aptly named and I enjoyed it.
      This novel is action packed and was quite difficult to put down.  Black Dawn is longer than the previous novels, but it still feels like a fast read.  I believe it to be due to its engaging plot and the realization of more of the citizen’s secrets, both human and vampire.  Morganville continues to evolve, even through the threat of annihilation that the draug present.
      Ms. Caine continues to use the new format, multiple POVs (points of view) in this book.  It allows the reader to see more of what is going on and gives the reader more insight into different characters.  However, I felt there may have been a few too many.  Multiple POVs can be a very powerful tool if it isn’t over used.  Trying to follow too many different characters can become confusing, and although that didn’t happen, I just want to caution Ms. Caine.  So far, Black Dawn is appropriately balanced between our main characters and a couple of smaller characters.  However, I wonder if that is a signal that they may become more important.
      The continuing saga of Michael and Eve’s engagement and the obstacles they must overcome (both between each other and the town) reached a critical point near the end of Last Breath.  I am relieved that there is some closure to the issues in this novel… Without giving anything away, the pacing of the issue (and resolution) of a vampire marrying a human is well done.  As the reader, I felt satisfied and yet had a very realistic closure to it.  Is it completely resolved…no, but there is a satisfaction in how it is ended.
      The reader also is able to continue to see Claire and Shane’s relationship grow and mature.  I just love this couple.  The role reversals that they have experience in the last and in Black Dawn give such foundation to the novel and allow the reader to feel the drama in a very adult way.  There is the occasional “high school” like moments, but Ms. Caine does a fabulous job at allowing these moments to not annoy the more adult reader, but enhance the world she has created.
      I am very anxious to read the next book in this series.  As I hinted before, Black Dawn is perfectly named.  Again, without giving anything away, we are left with the bleakness before a new dawn and the fear that all the humans and vampires have experience together – the bonds that have been forged and the considerations given – may be entirely wiped away.  The next novel will be a new beginning in Morganville, but it is difficult to say whether it is a good one with promise of a new town….or just another dawn in the town of Vampires who rule over the humans.
      If you haven’t read this series, please pick it up.  It’s great for kids thirteen years or older and something you can share with them and read together.

Unas Rating:

Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
 
 
Purchase Info:
Black Dawn: Morganville Vampires #12
Previous reviews in the series:
Last Breath #11
Bite Club #10
Ghost Town #9
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