[Review] Bite Club by Rachel Caine

This review may well, and probably does, contain spoilers for books in the Morganville series up to 10.

[Rating:3.5]
Author: Rachel Caine
Series:
 The Morganville Vampires #10
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Pages: 442
Published: 2011
Source: Personal copy
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First sentence:

Looking back on it later, Claire thought she should have known trouble was coming.
Blurb

Morganville, Texas, is a quiet college town where humans and vampires live in relative peace. But lately a great deal of blood is being spilled – not in a feeding frenzy, but for someone’s twisted idea of entertainment.

After discovering that vampires populate Morganville—and surviving a number of adventures with her new night-dwelling friends—college student Claire Danvers has come to realise that for the most part, the undead just want to live their lives.

But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There’s a new extreme sport being broadcast over the Internet: bare-knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against one another—or, worse, against humans. Tracking the signal leads Claire—accompanied by a loyal group of friends and frenemies—to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville. And if they want to survive, they’ll have to do a lot more than fight…

Thoughts

While Bite Club began in its’ usual upbeat way, I didn’t follow that sentiment for long as it started to drag for me. I’m not sure if perhaps I burned myself out on Morganville from reading too many in one block, but I think that it was more likely down to Shane’s inner monologues which occurred sporadically throughout Bite Club and read very similar to diary entries. They aren’t usually in Morganville and they just didn’t fit, in my honest opinion, and made me feel uncomfortable. And when it flitted back to Claire’s more familiar third person perspective I once again started enjoying the story. It particularly picked up towards the end.

This is the first time we see trouble in paradise as Claire and Shane have a few issues and fights and I’m waiting with baited breath to see how things go in future novelisations.. I always assumed they would be the strong couple and Michael and Eve would have their problems but now I’m not so sure and this is exactly what Rachel Caine is great at. Shaking everything up just as we’re getting comfortable. And Shane’s attitude in this book really made me feel uncomfortable.

I also found myself becoming increasingly annoyed with the mentions of Gloriana’s welcome party. Once or twice, fine, that’s okay, but it was mentioned so often and I really can’t remember this welcome party. There’s every chance that it could have been part of a short story but the amount it was talked about alienates the readers who haven’t been able to read that short story for some reason or another, if that’s what it was.

Though, I never cease to be amazed with her use of language. I think I mentioned it in my Ghost Town review but it paints such a clear picture that I’m always impressed. I feel as though I have actually been to Morganville.

The cover is probably my favourite of the UK editions. The bright reds stand out so starkly and the red headed girl is quite striking. This alone would make me look twice in a book shop.

Bite Club isn’t my favourite of the Morganvilles but I am happy in the knowledge that it wasn’t quite as bad as Carpe Corpus for me.

The Morganville Vampires series:

1. Glass Houses
2. The Dead Girls’ Dance
3. Midnight Alley
4. Feast of Fools
5. Lord of Misrule
6. Carpe Corpus
7. Fade Out
8. Kiss Of Death
9. Ghost Town
10. Bite Club
11. Last Breath
12. Black Dawn
13. Bitter Blood
14. Fall of Night
15. Daylighters

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