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Monday, August 27, 2012

[Review] Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires, #6) by Rachel Caine

Title: Carpe Corpus
Series: The Morganville Vampires, #6
Author: Rachel Caine
Pages: 241 (Paperback)
Publisher: Signet
Release Date: June 2, 2009

In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace-until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He's kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants-the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?

A lot has changed in Claire's life since the end of Lord of Misrule. For one, she's finally 17, and should be celebrating with her friends, but she's not. She also moved back in with her parents. She's now Bishop's errand girl, and is magically bound to do as he says, thanks to Myrnin's betrayal. I was so mad at him for that, but I also had this feeling that he had an ulterior motive and maybe even a plan. Maybe that's just denial caused by my love for him, or maybe not?

Tensions are super high in Morganville in this book, which was a vast improvement over the ho-hum nature of the previous book. Bishop has everyone, vampire and human, under his thumb but they're not all willing to lay down and take it. Even little Claire starts talking back and standing up for herself this time around. I was very impressed with her. She is woman, hear her roar! Of course, she still manages to get herself into major trouble by not listening to those who know better than her.

There's a ton of plot progression in Carpe Corpus. Not only is there the climax to Bishops plot to overtake the town, but we get a lot more insight into that vampire disease: it's possible origin and cure! Myrnin also introduces us to a bizarre new character who plays a major role in the inner workings of Morganville. Seriously, she's a trip! Shane's dad is back, kind of. Claire and Shane's relationship! I'm so happy for them! Eve's psycho brother, and some new guy in town. Is he who he says he is? Plus plenty more! This was another action packed and fast paced addition to the series. While I'm excited to know what comes next, I'm in no rush. No cliffhanger this time!

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