Thursday, November 8, 2012

Jen's Thoughts: Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine

Published: November 6, 2012
NAL, hardcover, 404 pages
Series: Book 13 of 15
Source: Tara (thank you!)
GoodReads Summary: 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 can I say about this series other than: with every book I read, I feel like I'm coming home. I feel like I am a resident of the Glass House and Shane, Claire, Michael, and Eve are my peeps. Rachel Caine writes her characters in such a way that even after 13 books, I'm still as invested and enamored with them as I was after the first book.

The great thing about the Morganville Vampires series is that you've spent so much time with these characters, watched them grow, witnessed Caine putting them through the ringer, that it feels personal to you. It's like watching friends suffer. And OH, DID MY FRIENDS SUFFER IN BITTER BLOOD. I wasn't a fan of the multiple points of view when they first debuted, but YOU GUYS. This time we get a look into Myrnin's mind. And it's delightful and tumultuous and delicious and batshit insane.

If I could use one word to describe this book, it'd be TURMOIL. There was so much craziness going on and FORBIDDEN MOMENTS and backstabbing and secrets. Bitter Blood is quite possibly my favorite piece in the Morganville game. I can't say too much without being spoilery, but A THING HAPPENED. Actually, TWO THINGS HAPPENED. Things for which I've been longing for and now it just makes it more excruciating waiting for book 14 because YOU CAN'T JUST LEAVE IT LIKE THAT. I need continuation of these moments.

Rachel Caine, you are a genius. Oh, and hey, if you want to write a spin-off of Myrnin & Bob saving the world, I'd be totally cool with that.

Bitter Blood wraps you in its' arms, chokes you a little, threatens to rip out your heart (and it feels like it does, at times), then gently releases you. I was left feeling quite uneasy, because Fall of Night (aka book 14) will bring mass amounts of change and new threats.

I love that feeling.

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  1. We should totally develop a secret handshake for being in the Morganville's BAMFs Club. It should be a fist bump and something with wings and hissing. We'd be so fierce.

    "Oh, and hey, if you want to write a spin-off of Myrnin & Bob saving the world, I'd be totally cool with that." I SECOND THAT. Like, Caine, if you need help, bro, anything you need to make this happen I'M YOURS.

    WHICH TWO THINGS? *whines* I feel like I know but I don't want to chance it because it might not be the things I'm thinking and kind of agree with.

    Fall of Night... I love this series because they never make me wait THAT long. And somehow you and I are always able to read the next book at least a few weeks in advance so YES. Can't wait! AND THE ENDING. WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN NEXt?!

  2. Now you've made me excited to read the book!

    Or it would be Myrnin and Bob Destroy the World. Really with him it could go either way.