ARC Review: Black Dawn

Posted April 27, 2012 by Una in 4 stars, Paranormal YA, Rating A, Reviews, YA Literature Tags: , , ,

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-)
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  1. […] Posted by Una on Nov 13, 2012 in 4.5 stars, paranormal YA, Rating A, YA Literature | 0 comments | Tags: Morganville Vampires, NAL, Rachel Caine, Una Review 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! Una’s 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 […]