Friday, 11 August 2017

Book Review: Last Breath by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #11)


With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?

My Review: 
Oliver warns Claire and Shane that the upcoming wedding of Eve and Michael is very unpopular with both humans and vampires, especially a new and dangerous hate group. Claire is more concerned at seeing an attractive vampire visiting Michael when Eve isn't around and his guilty looks ensure that Claire shares her fears with a distraught Eve. However, Naomi says she is a liason trying to win vampires over to the idea of the wedding-and persuade Amelie to support it. Monica cheerfully announces that she will go to the engagement party as it is bound to be a bloodbath. Richard and Hannah are investigating the disappearance of a few vampires from local businesses, which is making the community nervous.

Myrnin, Claire and Shane are sent to the town border to receive a messenger from Morley. Myrnin peers through the envelope seeing one word 'RUN' and instantly goes into a complete panic and rushes off to find Amelie. She also panics and decides that the witnesses to the message have to die, and Myrnin frantically tries to convince Amelie to spare Claire and Shane. She agrees that Claire can live but Shane must die and orders Myrnin to go and do it. Oliver is next to try to reason with her and she revokes the order but can Oliver stop Myrnin before he kills Shane?

The engagement party from hell begins in creepy form with Miranda telling Claire that her outfit will be ruined by red liquid and Claire fears the worst. She is also refusing to talk to Myrnin for what he did, despite knowing he was acting on Amelie's orders. Two men from town confront the happy couple and Monica is furious when a vampire starts calling humans pigs and cattle. It kicks off into a riot when Amelie refuses to give her permission and Eve slaps her.

Things reach their peak when Claire, who has been seeing a stranger all around town that nobody else seems to notice. She notices him again as he seems to compel Oliver to go into the sewers and that is when he notices her. Claire reports it to Frank when Myrnin won't take her calls, and the stranger then comes after her with devastating consequences for those in the Glass House. Myrnin could be their only chance now, despite being blamed by the others for what happened to her.

There were some good bits in this book like the all action engagement party, which was pretty entertaining in a mad vampire kind of way. I felt so bad for Myrnin being ordered to kill Shane, knowing what it would do to Claire but unable to refuse Amelie. It was a bit unfair of Claire to hold Myrnin responsible and refuse to speak to him. As usual I loved Oliver in this book and was concerned when he becomes one of the missing vampires. Myrnin and Oliver are my favourite characters. Claie and her jumping to conclusions nonsense really bugged me, upsetting Eve with no proof at all! Some best friend! Ooh I saw your boyfriend at his house where you both live talking to a female vampire so he must be cheating on you! Jeez Claire!

It was also interesting to see the enemy of the vampires finally coming to Morganville and creating panic, luring vampires to a secret place using a siren song that they can't resist and then slowly feeding on their life force. It is now up to the the humans, Myrnin and Amelie to save the captive vampires. This part was quite interesting too but overall, it wasn't the best book in the series but by no means the worst.

Read May 2017.

3 stars.
 

10 comments:

  1. hum... not ready to go back to the vampire world, but soon! soon! getting closer :)

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    1. I just want to get this series done! One more book to go but of course now I'm onto Deep Blue Terror time, I'm not sure where to fit it in! Sadly I have other series that are 15 books long or more and that thought is depressing! Still, worry about that next month!

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  2. I can't wait to be able to catch up on this series. Great review.

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    1. Overall it has kept up a really good standard and I do love Myrnin and Oliver! Just need to get this last one read now...

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  3. Sounds more encouraging than the 10th book. Good to know the series bounces back a bit with this one.

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    1. Shane fans will probably love Bite Club but I just found him a bit annoying! Still, it wasn't a terrible book or anything and overall the series has been great!

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    1. They look even better in reality as the writing just has a lovely shine to it!

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  5. I love that cover- the font, the colors, the whole deal. Glad this one was decent, I have to say I'm tempted to give these a read. I mean it's obviously a long series, there is that, but they do sound fun.

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    1. I think the number of books can be off-putting and it does take time to read it. The good thing is that they are reasonably fast paced and the print is bigger so I can zoom through them!

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