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Ghost Town (Morganville Vampires, Book 9) Paperback – Bargain Price, April 5, 2011
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College student Claire enjoys living in Morganville, even if it is controlled by vampires. When a rave goes wrong and both humans and vamps end up dead, including one executed by Claire (it was self-defense), her punishment is to find a way to repair the failed machine that guards the borders. Her marathon work session seems to fix the problem—until people start losing their memories, beginning with her boss, Myrnin, a notoriously unstable vampire who now wants to eat her and won’t give her access to the workshop to save the town. This fast-paced adventure in the Morganville Vampires series features Claire and her housemates—goth princess Eve; Eve’s vampire boyfriend, Michael; and Claire’s boyfriend, Shane—battling to keep themselves and their community safe. The memory losses allow for character backstories to develop and for some older series plotlines to resolve. Claire’s tough-girl attitude may remind adult readers of Rachel Morgan and her world of human-vampire interactions. A tremendously popular series. --Jessica Moyer --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Claire's tough-girl attitude may remind adult readers of Rachel Morgan and her world of human-vampire interactions." ---Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Alone, Morganville #9: Ghost Town, isn't the best in the series but it's far from the worst. At first the plot seems rather predictable, but then it starts throwing some unexpected twists your way. That's where it gets interesting. Crazy vamps, the memory impaired, and a seemingly impossible problem to solve is thrust into our heroine's lap. Emotions run high, old memories surface, blood runs freely, and Claire almost loses it all. It's a great throwback to the older days of Morganville and I loved every second of it.
On a more technical note, Rachel Caine's style of writing is intelligent and brilliant. She really makes you feel like your standing right next to Claire experiencing it all firsthand. To me, that's the best kind of writer.
Even though Ghost Town is the ninth book of the series, there is still a lot of character development going on - another reason Caine is such a good writer. There are some especially juicy developments among our fanged friends.
I'd definitely recommend this to all you vamp lovers out there. In my opinion, it's one of the best vamp series running right now.
So you can imagine my enjoyment of this book at the prospect of more vampires. That, and more Michael and Shane. *prrrr*
Plus, the totally bipolar/homicidal Myrnin is one of my all time favorite characters. His attire never ceases to amaze me.
Technically, this series could have closed off after book 7, but what would the fun be in that. And this book proved that there was more story to tell. We get a more gracious glimpse of the shmexy Shane in all his lickable glory as we do of Michael in his high school days of yore (cool word, yore!)
Our dearest Clare is at the top of her game trying to solve the most recent dilemma of memory loss. I've always loved Clare as a character. I think it's the fact that not only is she brilliant; she is strong and not prone to whining. I cannot stand whining. Girls who fail in the face of true hardship are a discredit to the race of female.
Wow, I'm harsh lately, especially on my own race (I blame Hubby *smiles*)
Clare though is not our only lovely female, we also have the beautiful, rice powdered goth, Eve. Her jabs at Shane are classic and her brutally honest nature is covetable in an ally. Plus, her fashion sense is quite awesome!
All in all, the characters were exactly what I needed and much more. In addition the plot was entertaining and electrifying. Because there is nothing like conniving, murdering vampires, hot sexy men, scientifical machines that control space and plenty of bedazzled stakes to make anyone happy.
Ghost Town is another spectacular entry in the series, with the fearsome foursome battling forces within their borders that threaten to not only destroy Morganville but their relationships as well. Caine does a terrific job of keeping the storyline moving, throwing us twists and building danger until I literally could not put the book down. I love the relationship between Claire and Shane; their honest, loving encounters bring new dimensions to both characters while giving us enough romance so that it's not all just about the sex. I admit to getting angry with both Oliver and Amelie; they have always been many shades of gray but this book takes their deviousness to new levels. And Myrnin...my favorite! Poignant and funny, I just want to spend more time with him. And from our cliffhanger ending, it looks like I'm going to get my wish. A lot of fun and highly recommended!