Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mini Reviews--Fade Out & Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine

Ahhh so I read these...forever ago. And they've just been sitting in my draft box. Figured I'd do some quickie reviews on a couple of them. I picked these up after reading Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series (which is just amazing UF). I was needing another fix of her writing and saw these and figured even though they were YA I'd give em a go. And...I really enjoyed the series. It's fun, easy to read and I just love the characters. 

**Note--this is one series that really really needs to be read in order to get the full impact. It follows the same group of college kids--Shane & Claire, Michael & Eve-- who are roommates as they deal with school, crushes and dating, life changes and living in a town that's isolated and controlled by some not so friendly vampires that regulate everything down to who can leave town and for what reasons and just growing up and being on their own. While some things are resolved in each book storyline-wise others aren't. She's the queen of cliffhangers. Whew.

Fade Out (Morganville Vampires #7)
Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again…

Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve’s castmates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realize that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger—and way more dangerous—than anyone suspected.

Type: YA Paranormal (Vampires)
Heat: 1.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Fade Out had a bit of a different feel than the rest of the series but I really enjoyed it. Most of the time the books are just completely action packed and everyone is running/fighting for their lives as humans and vampires collide but in the last book the "big bad" was taken out so there's a bit of a lull action-wise. And I thought it was a nice little change.

It was fun to actually get to see the main characters--Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve--going about their lives and doing things they enjoy or things that were just...normal. Like finding part time jobs or taking classes. Joining the town's play or preforming their music for people. I just like this group of kids and spending time with them. It's fun watching their relationships with each other as well.

While it wasn't too action filled there's still unrest growing again in town as those unhappy with the changes happening and humans having more rights start to bubble up and suspicious things start happening. New characters are introduced as well--and some I just couldn't stand though some definitely have me interested in them. Caine is amazing at really making you side one way or another on characters.

All together it was a nice little transition novel that had me excited about seeing what the next big ordeal would be for this town.

Kiss of Death (Morganville Vampires #8)
Vampire musician Michael Glass has attracted the attention of a big- time producer who wants to cut a demo and play some gigs-which means Michael will have to enter the human world. For this, he's been assigned escorts that include both a dangerous immortal as well as Michael's all-too-human friends. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell...

Type: YA Paranormal (Vampires)
Heat: 1.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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One of the things I love about this series is that we get real life bits and pieces along with all the action and ass kicking. Dinner has to be made, cleaning dealt with, laundry done and not always with great results. Sometimes a pesky red sock turns all your whites pink. Or pasta boils over. I'm a sucker for all the every day stuff that gets added in and just love seeing these kids figuring life out.

Kiss of Death was packed with action. There was a little change of scenery as the group is granted permission to leave town by the vampires--something two of them have never done before--in order for Michel to preform his music. And omg I seriously wish the book came with a sound track so I could hear him play. Anyways. Of course things don't go as planned in any way, shape or form and they run into a town from hell that's been infected and there's a bit of fight for your life happening which was exciting. There was a bit of TSTL syndrome by one of the ladies which drove me batty but that was really my only complaint with this one.

Overall, I really like all of the characters but Shane and Claire continue to be my favorite thing. The two are just too cute together as they figure out their relationship. It's full of little spats and teasing and some awkward moments. It's just sweet and endearing and a nice background against all of the action packed adventures the group of roommates have together. Caine's done an amazing job putting together a wonderful group of people I seriously can't help but love. 

Have you read Rachel Caine?
Do you have a favorite vampy read?
Do you like the vampires as friend or foe?

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