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Kiss of Death (Morganville Vampires, Book 8) Mass Market Paperback – April 27, 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews
Book 8 of 15 in the Morganville Vampires Series

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'Dump Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books and replace them with the Morganvilles' SFX Magazine 'Addictive and hypnotic' The Eternal Night

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451229738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451229731
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Viola Sanders VINE VOICE on April 27, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Kiss of Death" is another strong entry into the Morganville Vampire series. Things in Morganville, TX have died down since Bishop was taken care of, but there is still enough drama to go around. Michael gets an offer to record a CD in Dallas, & Amelie grants the gang (plus Oliver) passes to leave Morganville for a few days. Of course, their trip to Dallas pretty much turns into the road trip from hell. After Oliver insists on stopping at a gas station in a backwoods town, things take a turn for the worst. Eve incites some of the locals into a near fight, & Oliver disappears claiming to do Amelie's bidding. He later turns up bloody & beaten at the gang's hotel room.

"Kiss of Death" is a nice departure from being in Morganville, TX the entire book. Poor Eve was so excited to leave Morganville for the first time that I felt kinda sorry for her. Claire & Shane's relationship becomes more serious, while Eve & Michael continue to struggle with his life as a vampire. Oliver figures heavily into this book, which I enjoyed. All in all, another great visit with Claire & friends. I'll be waiting impatiently for the next book.
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One of the best things about the Morganville Vampires series is the continuity. Everything Claire and Co. say has a consequence and sometimes that consequence is more than they bargain for. I love it. You can tell, almost immediately, when one of them says or promises something that will come back to bite them in the butt (such as their promise, in Fade Out, to Morley and his motley gang). That is just their luck quite frankly.

The beginning is slower then I expected, but that makes sense given the high octane ride that was Bishop, and the post-high crash that was Ada. I wouldn't say things were exactly perfect for the Glass House Gang, but their only concern was Morley. Michael was getting a deal, they were all getting out of Morganville for a little while (even if Oliver had to tag along, for obvious reasons) and they were almost guaranteed a vampire free weekend...not including Michael or Oliver of course. What could go wrong?

Oh practically everything. Oliver has his own agenda, from Amelie, that lands them group in Boondocks, Texas. They all decide to hit up the local truck stop and wind up in a whole heap of trouble that just keeps escalating from there on out. Once the action begins it doesn't really slow down. However the trademark wit and devilry is still very much in attendance. I laughed everytime one of them would, almost as a positive mantra, chant "We've been in worst situations". The amount of times Claire has to think to herself that Bishop was a worst situation is sad. Coupled with the fact she begins missing crazy Myrnin after a while. Though I missed Myrnin. There wasn't enough of him in this book.
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I have been reading this series from the beginning and thought that they were well written UNTIL I got to this book.

Not that the story isn't good. So far, it's ok. BUT.....Ms. Caine made a HUGE mistake with a character name. I cannot believe an editor didn't catch this, but if different editors were used on the different books it might not have been discovered.

That's why you ALWAYS use the same editor on an entire series so mistakes like this cannot happen. This is supposed to be a professionally published book but it has been thrown out of that category now. Eh, if the same editor WAS used, shame on you.

In a previous book, Eve's brother Jason was told by his "friend" Dean to hold Eve down so he could drain her blood.
This was of course after Dean walked her through an alley and pretended to be her friend before he smacked her over the head and carried her away.

In the Kiss Of Death, the author now calls this character "DAN" instead of Dean. The story keeps referring back to when "DAN" abducted her and the rest of the bad (nearly drain all your blood) nightmare. Bad enough the author didn't seem to have notes on the character names to refer back to and double bad the editor didn't catch this as well.

Excerpt from Carpe Corpus:

". . . can't believe you brought her here," one said - she knew the voice, but she couldn't place it; the headache was too huge to think around. "Are you mental? That's not just anybody. She's going to be missed, Dean!"

"That's the point." Dean. That was Dean's voice. "I want them to miss her. I want them to look all over. They won't find her until I want them to. Come on, Jason. Man up, already."

"Dude, I knew you were crazy. I didn't know you were stupid, too.
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Another great book in the series. Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve finally get a temporary pass out of Morganville and they do not get far before the trouble begins. I love how Claire's strength and character has developed. On the surface at the beginning of the series, she seemed like such an easy target. She continues to surprise me, and, apparently, her housemates and everyone else. I love the relationships and interactions between Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve ... Some of the dialogue makes me laugh out loud.
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