Review: Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine

Bitter Blood
Author: Rachel Caine 
Release Date: Nov. 6, 2012
Publisher: NAL
The Morganville Vampires #13
ISBN: #978-0451238115
Genre: Young Adult, paranormal
Format(s): Hardcover (404 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

      For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…
      Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.
      To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.

What Una is talking about:

      Wow.  Wow, just wow.  I am stunned and this review is going to be late because I am speechless.  Bitter Blood is the thirteenth edition in the riveting Morganville Vampires series.  I….I just don’t know whether to be happy or absolutely depressed…anxious, worried, thrilled.  I feel as if I am on pins and needles.  Ms. Caine has delivered a novel that I don’t know really what to say but, if you are fans of the series…you may be supremely stunned.
      The town has recovered from several threats over the last twelve books: the blood born vampire illness, Bishop, the Draug, just to name the majors.  However, our fearless foursome was always able to weather the storm…no matter how the painful the learning experience, it brought them together.  But I fear I am getting ahead of myself.
       Ms. Caine continues in this novel to give us the point of view of more than just Claire.  Which continues to provide the reader a rich story.  I was especially thrilled to have Myrnin’s POV in Bitter Blood. However, I feel now as if the multiple POV’s were a foreshadowing of what was to transpire in this novel.  That maybe the multiple POV’s will allow some our near and dear to be absent in the future…
      Now that the Draug are gone, the vampires are once again at the top of the food-chain of Morganville.  They have nothing to fear.  Meanwhile the human population has much to fear, especially the town reverting back to what it was.  Although Claire, our human heroine and Amelie, the vampire, had an agreement that humans and vampires would coexist, they needed to be on more equal planes.  However, it seems that Oliver and Amelie’s relationship is giving Oliver a measure of influence that is a reason for the humans to fear.  The tentative balance between vampires and humans seems to be deteriorating and this time – the cows, oops, I mean the humans are not going to go “gently into that good night.”
      As the mysterious ringleader of all the strife and dissension is discovered, there is much collateral damage.  Not just to the town and the residents, but to our fearless four – emotionally and physically.  In some ways, I fear that some damage may not be fixed.  However, we are given a glimmer of hope, albeit a clouded one, in the end of Bitter Blood.  I am thrilled for some of the potential outcomes but I fear, deep, deep inside (geez, when did these kids become so near and dear to me…ack, I mean characters….) that we are at a huge crossroads.  Just as in life, sometimes people come and go.  Like in whatever movie it is: “endings are sad and beginnings are scary.”  However, beginnings can be thrilling.  It seems in the resolution of the overall story arc of the Draug, we are in the beginning of a new story arc.  Like I said, I am sad, I am afraid, but I am also a little excited.  Where are you taking us, Ms. Caine?  And when is the next book due out so I can inhale it and find out?!?!?!
      If you haven’t tried the Morganville Vampires, you may be supremely surprised.  For the most part, they are quick reads, and oh so enjoyable.  Therefore, do not let the fact that Bitter Blood is the thirteenth in the series.  You can easily catch up and be as mesmerized and enthralled as I am.  You won’t regret it!

Unas Rating:

Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
Purchase Info:
Bitter Blood (Morganville Vampires #13)
Reviews in the Series:
Ghost Town: Book 9
Bite Club: Book 10
Last Breath: Book 11
Black Dawn: Book 12

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