Thursday, June 16, 2011

BITE CLUB by Rachel Caine

Morganville Vampires Book 10
Publisher: NAL Hardcover
Date published: May 2011
ISBN: 978-0451233189
Teen Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via: publisher

The latest in Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series, BITE CLUB comes out swinging just in time for the summer reading season.

Just when things in Morganville seem to be going back to normal, or as close to normal as things can get in a town run by vampires, someone has decided to shake things up. A gym has opened in Morganville with a vampire teaching self defense to the humans. Claire’s boyfriend Shane has been waiting a long time for a gym where he can hone his fighting skills and can’t wait to sign up. Of course, nothing in Morganville is as it appears and all hell soon breaks loose.

Rachel Caine retains her ranking among the very best in teen urban fantasy writing. BITE CLUB has all the teeth readers have come to enjoy from Caine and then some. Vampire politics are still at the forefront even though Founder Amelie’s evil father has been imprisoned and is supposedly out of the picture. Amelie has her hands full trying to keep the peace between vampires and humans while she tries to make life more comfortable for the humans that sustain the vampires. Back at Glass House, Shane is spending all his free time at the new gym and appears to be spiraling into some very dark thoughts; cruelly pushing away those he is closest to including Claire. The action ramps as Bishop stages a jailbreak, Shane joins a fight club where he takes on all vampire takers and Claire’s boss Myrnin’s feelings toward Claire are called into question. This is not to say all is gloom and doom in Morganville. Shane’s dead supremacist daddy has literally become part of the machine securing Morganville and the scenes that involve him and Myrnin griping at each other are really very amusing and give balance to the story. Who would have ever predicted Frank becoming a hero?

BITE CLUB and the Morganville Vampire books are terrific storytelling and though they are marketed to the teen set, these books are thoroughly enjoyable no matter what your age. If you haven’t jumped on the Rachel Caine bandwagon thus far, it is not too late. Pick up your copy of BITE CLUB now and find out what all the excitement is about.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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