Saturday, December 4, 2010

Series Review: The Morganville Vampires

The Morganville Vampires (1-8) by Rachel Caine

Welcome to Morganville, you'll never want to leave. 
So, you're new to Morganville.  Welcome, new resident!  There are only a few important rules you need to know to feel comfortable in our quiet little town:
Obey the speed limits.
Don't litter.
Whatever you do, don't get on the bad side of the vampires.

Yeah, we said vampires.  Deal with it.

As a human newcomer, you'll need to find yourself a vampire Protector--someone willing to sign a contract to keep you and yours safe from harm (especially from the other vampires).  In return, you'll pay taxes...just like in any other town.  Of course, in most other towns those taxes don't get collected by the Bloodmobile.
Oh, and if you decide not to get a Protector, you can do that too...but you'd better learn how to run fast, stay out of the shadows, and build a network of friends who can help you.  
--excerpt from "Introduction", The Morganville Vampires


Highly addictive urban fantasy adventure series for readers of all ages.  I usually review each book in a series separately, but this series made pausing to write a review after each book impossible.  Every book in this series ends with a major cliff hangar and I found myself needing the next book like a fish needs water...or a vampire needs blood (these books are like chips, you can't stop at just one). This series begins with Claire, young brainiac extraordinaire, who, at the age of sixteen, is attending college at Texas Prairie University in Morganville.  TPewwww isn't her first choice school, or second, or third, but her parents think a small school is a good place for a young girl to start her higher education.  Unfortunately their misguided attempt to protect her leave her dumped in a town full of vamps.  Thanks mom and dad.  If you're not a fan of paranormal books with school settings, don't worry.  This book is not a rehashing of Harry Potter...not by a long shot.  The Morganville Vampires is a series that illustrates the importance of friendship, the beauty of first love, the resilience of youth, and the kinetic potential of the brainy girl next door...all within the framework of a chilling urban fantasy world.  Morganville is a vamp filled town where vampires and humans coexist...for now, but their tenuous peace is more like a house of cards and Claire just may be the stiff wind some folks have been waiting for. 

This review is for Glass Houses, The Dead Girls' Dance, Midnight Alley, Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule, Carpe Corpus, Fade Out, and Kiss of Death.

I highly recommend The Morganville Vampires to fans of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, young adult, supernatural suspense, and especially to fans of fast-paced vampire fiction.

Look for my review of Ghost Town (The Morganville Vampires, book 9) by Rachel Caine in the near future.  Rachel Caine is also author of the popular Weather Warden series.  Click here for my review of Ill Wind (Weather Warden, book 1).

Source:  These books were purchased by me for review.

**Looking to pick up the series?  The first eight books are available in mass market paperback and qualify for Amazon's 4-for-3 bargain pricing.**


  1. I love the series =) i cant wait for Bite Club next year! great review!

    oh also, Myrnin <3!!!!

  2. LunaMoth,
    I agree, Myrnin = Love. ;)
    I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

  3. This is one of my favorite series! When I first saw it at the bookstore, I thought it wouldn't be good, but then my sister got me the first three for my b-day and now I'm addicted!

  4. I have been wanting to start this series and am glad you reviewed it!