Thursday, 21 April 2011

Review: Bite Club by Rachel Caine

My edition: Paperback, published in 2011 by Allison & Busby, 442 pages 

Description: After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire- accompanied by her friends and frenemies-to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville...

Review:

I have been a big fan of The Morganville Vampires books for a long time now and I was absolutely stoked to get my eager hands on a gorgeous review copy weeks before the official release in the UK. The British cover looks very appealing and the bright red title and details are really eye-catching and suitable for a book where the fanged ones are very central to the story.

Even though I have been avidly reading the Morganville books for years and have grown to love the characters I have to say that the last few titles left a lot to be desired and I feared that Bite Club would sadly go the same forgettable route. However, while the book felt like a very quick read the story itself was highly entertaining throughout and definitely captured my attention until the final page. And I have to say I really enjoyed reading it not only from Claire’s point of view but also Shane's. This was a clever move as without giving him a voice the choices the character made this time around would've made Shane very unlikeable very fast.

Most importantly: the main characters went back to their roots after feeling a bit ooc in the previous book Ghost Town, the inevitable show downs were finally dealt with, lose ends tied up and a new path paved for future storyline developments. Overall a great continuation of the Morganville stories and certainly a treat for fans of the books.

8/10

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