Series: The Morganville Vampires, #9
Author: Rachel Caine
Pages: 338 (Hardcover)
Release Date: October 26, 2010
Get ready for "non-stop vampire action" (Darque Reviews) in the latest Morganville Vampire novel from New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine.
While developing a new system to maintain Morganville's defenses, student Claire Danvers discovers a way to amplify vampire mental powers. Through this, she's able to re-establish the field around this vampire-infested Texas college town that protects it from outsiders.
But the new upgrades have an unexpected consequence: people inside the town begin to slowly forget who they are-even the vampires. Soon, the town's little memory problem has turned into a full-on epidemic. Now Claire needs to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment- before she forgets how to save Morganville...
After the nice, tidy ending of Kiss of Death, I wasn't sure what direction the series would take. It was obvious things were going to be very different when Claire and Co returned to Morganville, but what exactly would happen was anybody's guess. Of course, we know that Claire is going to manage to get herself into major trouble involving the vampires in town, which she does. But it ends badly. Claire has been found (some-what) guilty of the highest crime in Morganville: murder of a vampire! Her punishment? Work nonstop on fixing the machine that keeps Morganville citizens in and outsiders out. Claire's smart, she fixes it, but then the real trouble starts.
I was not expecting what went wrong to be what went wrong. Things in Morganville got a whole lot stranger and more complicated. Myrnin doesn't see the extent of the problem, which is a problem for Claire since she needs his help to fix it. Gosh, I adore Myrnin, but I wanted to grab him by his ruffled shirt and shake him! Then steal his vampire bunny slippers! But really, I loved him even more in this book. It's clear that he's not 100% better, but he was so sweet and helpful to Claire when she needed it. It's nice to see him out of his manic zone....until he isn't anymore.
How big is Morganville?! This time around we got to visit some new locations like an all-night diner and drive-in theater. We also run into some characters we haven't met before, and some we have who don't seem to know where or when they are. This makes thing down right scary for Claire, since essentially no one knows her and she's the only one who can fix this. She ends up finding help in the most unlikely of places.
Ghost Town is another wonderful addition to the series. This one has some heart breaking moments as our favorite Morganvillers forget who they are and the past comes back to haunt them, but there's also plenty of fun and action to keep you flipping pages. This series is still getting better and better with each book. I just hope it doesn't stall out after this one!