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Thursday, 28 January 2010

Review: Feast of Fools (Morganville Vampires Book 4)

Author: Rachel Caine
Release date: 2008 UK
Genre: Urban fantasy/ Vampire fiction
Target audience: 12+

Morganville Vampires
Book 1: Glass Houses  - Review here
Book 2: Dead Girls' Dance - Review here
Book 3: Midnight Alley - Review here

The Bookette's five reasons to read The Morganville Vampires Series:
  1. Great characterisation! Shane and Michael are the hottest guys in Morganville.
  2. Easy style of writing that helps you just fall into the story.
  3. Scary vampires that get your pulse racing and not in the Edward Cullen kind of way.
  4. Secrets - Morganville is full of them and Rachel Caine just keeps you guessing.
  5. Cliffhanger endings that always leave you wanting more.
Inspired by Cat Clarke @ This counts as writing, right?

Feast of Fools summary from Amazon:
In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace but Claire Danvers has never been convinced - especially with the arrival of Mr Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town's living and its dead is unthinkably sinister.

WARNING: This review contains spoilers!

Just when you think the vampires of Morganville can't get any scarier, Bishop waltzes into town and drives fear into the hearts of humans, vampires and readers alike. A hellishly dark and mysterious figure whose presence unites vampires and their human minions. Feast of Fools sees Claire yet again working to unlock the mysteries that haunt the past of Morganville and its founder Amelie.

Bishop's presence creates divisons within the Glass House too. Ysandre (one of Bishop's satanic sidekicks) takes a fancy to Shane, well who wouldn't? She has a dark power which can violate the mind and make her victims act against their will. Poor Shane! Poor Claire! Michael makes an unpopular decision leaving Eve out in the cold and driving a rift bewteen friends.

This is definitely my favourite Morganville book so far. It is full of conflict: emotional, internal and physical. The ending left me yearning for the next book which just shows that I am hooked on this series. It isn't by any means great writing but it does have great plotting and characterisation. There is also depth to the mythology at the heart of the concept of the Morganville vampires. If like me, you love reading vampire novels on a Sunday afternoon, you should definitely give Morganville a try.

P.S. On the advice of Lauren @ I was a teenage book geek I am giving the whole short review thing a try. Only for series books that I've reviewed earlier books of, hence the five reasons to read the series thing too.


Jo said...

Great review, Becky! I love the Morganville Vampires! So amazing, Caine is a genius! Just you wait until you read Lord of Misrule, ooh!

Elie said...

I love the 5 reasons idea, I may have to try that. I love this series. You are so right about the cliffhangers. Great review.

brizmus said...

So I didn't read the review because of the spoilers, but your 5 reasons to read the series has me DYING to get my hands on a copy of the first one! :-)

Shweta said...

I must look into this series now :) This series has really cool covers..

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I love the 'five reasons' list too! Great review - thanks!

Book Snob said...

I love this series but I've just started the second one. I really need to catch up!! Great review. I read most of it but I didn't want to be spoiled...haha!

Sarah said...

I love the 5 reasons list! I've not read the full review as I've not read any of the Morganville books yet but they are on my list & I'm looking forward to reading them :o)

Becky said...

Yay! I'm glad the five reasons list is working. It seems like a good way to recommend a whole series.

Sasha said...

Gosh, this makes me want to read the morganville series even more!

The Book Bug said...

Great Review! Morganville is definately a great series. I wonder if there actually is a Morganville? If there is, then I need to take this girl from school there. She does not believe there are. And she called my insane. She may have had her reasons but still. That was a bit off topic. Ooops. Anyway, love the five reasons. :)

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Really well done review! :) Vampires are not my cup of tea so I think I'll give this one a miss, but glad to hear you enjoyed it! :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

What a pretty cover! Minus the two gaping holes of course ;)

I Want To Read That said...

I like the 'five reasons' too:)

prophecygirl said...

I love this series. And great reasons to read!

Lauren said...

I think the five reasons thing is brilliant! Such a great way to cut to the chase about a whole series. And this series, I am definitely convinced I need to read. (Also, the covers just get better and better, don't they? I love that one.)

Lenore said...

I like secrets...and I am looking for more literary crack :)

Becky said...

Lauren, I do like the new UK covers. But the bite scares me. The girl on the cover is Miranda. At the moment a minor character.

I'm stoked this five reasons thing is a success!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Great review, very concise yet it captures the exciting aspects of The Feast of Fools perfectly. And I couldn't agree with your review more. I also thought this one was stuffed with conflict and so, so many secrets. So many that, in fact, I don't think I would be able to write such a short review about it, lol. You've just reminded me why I enjoy the Morganville series so much and that I need to be watching out for the next thrilling installment. :D

Book Monster said...

I don't know where I be if there was no Shane, Micheal, Claire, Eve, or even Oliver. Or any Morganville Vampire Series.
Awesome review!!