Thursday, February 5, 2015

Review: Bitter Blood, Fall of Night, and Daylighters (Morganville Vampires #13-15)

Bitter Blood, Fall of Night, and Daylighters, by Rachel Caine, are the final three books of the Morganville Vampires series.

Bitter Blood: 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. of Night: Claire never thought she’d get to leave Morganville, but she can’t pass up the chance to finally attend her dream school, MIT. After all, getting to invent anti-vamp devices with Professor Anderson—a Morganville exile herself—sounds like a dream come true…until Claire realizes that there are sinister forces in play, and she’s not the only one with a vampire-related agenda. Without her friends Shane, Eve and Michael, surviving a killer schedule may be hard…but with them, it might turn out to be impossible. Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better. It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly. Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end…

This marks the end of the Morganville Vampires series. With the setting taken place in Texas (and later Boston/Cambridge area in Fall of Night), Claire and the gang (Shane, Eve, and Michael) are put to the test against enemies both supernatural and human alike! In the first novel, a parasitic creature named the draug has finally returned to wipe out the vampire race in Morganville. Amelie creatd the town in the desert so that the draug could not infiltrate the town so easily. With nowhere to run, humans and vampires team up to fight back. In the second novel, Claire receives her wish to attend her dream college (MIT) only to find out it was not so much a blessing. She stumbles upon a secret organization, the Daylighter Foundation, whose mission is to get rid of vampires for good through conversion and death. With her loyalties at stake (should she support humans or vampires??), she must make her decision fast in Daylighters because the future of Morganville depends on her bravery and intellect.

Overall, I enjoyed the Morganville Vampire series because it revealed both the good and dark side of humanity and vampires. Readers would see the town leader's Amelie at her strongest and wweakest moments -- putting a burden on Claire and the gang to provide some order in town. Claire also realizes that Morganville is where she belongs even if her dream was MIT -- but her vampire friends (Myrnin, Oliver, and Amelie), who can be scary but still dependable in nature, were in trouble. Claire grows up into a courageous young woman who has witnessed more action and suspense than your average teenager. She was put into several tough and dangerous situations, but she had the knack for survival and caring for others regardless of their status. I will miss reading about the characters in Morganville -- I highly recommend this series to young adult readers.

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