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Monday, January 18, 2016

REVIEW: Fall of Night by Rachel Caine

Fall of Night is book 14 of Caine's YA Morganville Vampires series. Claire has decided to leave Morganville to study at MIT following the events of Bitter Blood. She's unsure if her relationship with Shane will last if he can't trust her. The love is there but it takes work. Claire has the opportunity to study with scientist, Dr. Anderson, who has past connections to Morganville. Her new mentor is very interested in VLAD, a device Claire has designed with the capability to neutralize vampire agression. However, the opportunity to live out her dream isn't as wonderful as she'd hoped it would be. Claire misses Shane, Michael and Eve, is unhappy with her new roommate and rather alarmed when some shady characters are all too interested in her invention.

Unbeknownst to Claire, Shane is shadowing her in Boston, partly to ensure her safety and also because he hopes her longing to be together is as strong as his. When Claire's new roommate, Liz, is kidnapped, she learns Shane is in town.  They band together with the help of some surprise visitors (Oliver, Myrnin, Michael and Eve) to track down Liz but not before more problems arise.

This is a solid, if rather angsty, addition to the series.  I'm behind with finishing these last two books; however, since Midnight Bites, a collection of Morganville short stories is slated for release in early 2016, I thought I'd work to catch up.  I always enjoyed these books.  The characters are well written and the world building and story arcs are generally compelling.  These do not move well at our public library any longer since the teen vampire fiction trend has waned.  Nonetheless, I still recommend these quite frequently.

I was glad when Claire and Shane have seemed to work it out.  Caine incorporates great twists, especially at the end.  I'm sure there will be some fallout in Daylighters concerning the events of this book.  I certainly wasn't expecting that ending!

Final rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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