Review: Anger Management by Rachel Caine

Anger Management (The Morganville Vampires, #10.5)Title: Anger Management
Author:  Rachel Caine
Series: Morganville Vampires
Format: ebook
Genre: Young Adult
Number of pages: Unbound

Photobucket

The events of this story occur after BITE CLUB (Book 10 of the Morganville Vampires).

This is a free short story hosted on the authors website.

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I was zapping on GoodReads and decided to check how many books from Rachel Caine ere still on my reading list when I discovered some short stories from The Morganville Vampires. I usually don’t really go out of my way to by and read them , but since this one was a freebie from the author I decided to give it a shot and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed.

 

From the title and the cover we can clearly see that tells Shane’s day. After the vampires discovered the Fight Club and Shane was accused of being part of the exposure, Amelie decided to put him on parole, of course with a lot of pleading from Claire. That entails Shane is supposed to see a shrink and this short story show us how the hour and the day afterwards takes place.

 

I liked this insight to all the anger and to see the reasons why Claire affects him so much, was very nice to see a different side of him and how much he’s trying to fit in for everyone’s sake.

PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Books in this Series

#1 – Glass Houses

#2 – The Dead’s Girl 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

#10.5 – Anger Management

#11 – Last Breath

#12 – Black Dawn

#13 – Bitter Blood (Expected publication: November 6th 2012)

Rating

 
Photobucket

Review: Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)Title: Before I Wake
Author:  Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373210612
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: June 26th 2012
Number of pages: 346

Photobucket

I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…  Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life…
My Thoughts

 

This series is like a roller coaster and we never know if Kaylee is safe and what is coming after her, although is pretty safe to bet on Avery, but he get new tricks every book and is insane to wonder what is coming new.

 

So having started to read this series in January I didn’t had to wait very long for this book and I’m wondering how people managed, because I was so anxious to read about Kaylee new job in the afterlife, plus Tod is kinda amazing as a boyfriend, much better than Nash and he’s very helpful.

 

The book started after one month from the previous and now we can see how Kaylee is adjusting to lack of sleep and trying to make her body corporeal to go back to school. She’s having a hard time, but that’s nothing new and everybody is kinda worried about her new job, since is barely different from a banshee and of course dangerous.

 

Kaylee is now responsible to save the souls from people killed before their appear on the reapers list. Is kinda like the first book, when the rogue reaper killed young girls for a demon. Only difference now is that she answer to a boss and the necromancer tells her where to pick the stolen souls, but everything fall the ladder and Kaylee discovers that Avery can possess death people without needing the living and having a corporeal body, crazy right?

 

I loved this book and the steps where we learned more about her new job and how she acted help from other people this time was surprising. Tod was great and very romantic, can you believe he’s got an apartment just to have a place to take Kaylee? Nash started the book being his regular bastard but ended up being better, not great and don’t think I’ll ever really life him anymore. Kaylee’s father is learning to parent a teenager and now he’s life is really difficult, but he was loveable in this book.

 

The end was unexpected and OMG I can’t wait for the next book. Start counting for April to get here soon.

PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Books in this Series

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take
#2 – My Soul to Save
#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper
#4 – My Soul to Steal
#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake
#7 – With All My Soul (Expected publication: April 1st 2013)

Quote

“It’s suspiciously quiet in here, and there’s a Tod shaped dent in the bean bag. For the sake of both my sanity and my temper, I’m going to pretend I can’t tell that you’re in his lap, so could you pretend that this is still my house and you are still my daughter, and I’m within my parental rights to kick your boyfriend out after 11:00 p.m.?”
Rating
 
Photobucket

Review: If I Die by Rachel Vincent

If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5)Title: If I Die
Author:  Rachel Vincent 
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373210329
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance
Release date: September 27th 2011
Number of pages: 342

Photobucket

 
Photobucket

The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She’s a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee’s going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human, either.

But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

Anything.

My Thoughts:

This book was like a emotion high and I even shed some tears near the end. So good. Is amazing how we get attached to the characters and now is like I know Kaylee for years. We can always tell how she’s going to react.

Now we know when Kaylee life expires and her mother reaper is back in town to finish the job, of course her father is doing almost everything possible, and some more than nightmarish crazy, to save her.

 

I think after everything that happened and her several trips to Netherworld this was not something expected. Sure Avary is always looking for her and trying to get her soul, but her final date with no excuses is a complete different thing.

 

She tries to hold them together and of course decides to solve a mystery on high school. Sounds regular for her, but is something really strange this time. A girl loses her baby and Kaylee almost screams for his soul. The girl has a boyfriend and he’s not the daddy, crazy huh? Kaylee decides to investigate and there’s nothing normal in the pregnancy.

 

I loved this roller-coaster. Was a really great book and the end made me cry, but a good cry. Not what I expected, but Kaylee acted and saved the day once again. Plus a different Tod in this book. I liked this new him, showing more attitude and feelings.

Books in this Series:

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take
#2 – My Soul to Save
#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper
#4 – My Soul to Steal
#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake
#7 – With All My Soul

Quote:

“You just say the word, and I’ll make the rest of the world go away. I’ll take you someplace safe, where no one else can reach us.”

Review: Never to Sleep by Rachel Vincent

Never to Sleep (Soul Screamers, #5.5)Title: Never to Sleep
Author:  Rachel Vincent 
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 1426834144
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance
Release date: January 1st 2012
Number of pages: 56

Photobucket

 
 
Photobucket
 

Don’t Close Your Eyes.

Sophie Cavanaugh is not going to let her freak of a cousin’s strange psychiatric condition ruin high school for them both. Not after all the work she’s put into cultivating the right look, and friends, and reputation. But then, Sophie sees something so frightening she lets out a blood-curdling scream—and finds herself stuck in a bizarre parallel world where nothing is safe and deadly creatures lurk just out of sight, waiting for her to close her eyes and sleep…forever.

Could this world be real? Or does insanity run in the family…?

My Thoughts:

This little novella was not something that caught my eye, but since is a fresh book from Rachel Vincent and is  part of Soul Screamers, I decided to give it a chance. Don’t get me wrong. I love this series, but Sophie is not a great person.

 

Her life was pretty perfect with a loving family and she had everything a girl could ask for, but she treated Kaylee so bad in all the books.

 

This novella is from Sophie POV and she gets a tastes of Kaylee world when in a panic moment she screams for her life, but she’s not alone and this new boy seams to have all kinds of secrets.

 

I liked the sort story and how Rachel managed to wrap everything in just this book, but still don’t like Sophie. She’s a bully and has issues that are not normal. For me she’s just pathetic and her life is very easy, with the dancing squad and everything she wanted. This visit in Netherworld was something she needed, life an eye opener. Maybe in the next book she gets a better attitude.

Books in this Series:

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take

#2 – My Soul to Save

#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper

#4 – My Soul to Steal

#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake

#7 – With All My Soul

Quote:

“He was beyond gorgeous. But Eastlake High was full of pretty people who acted like total freaks. I blame the local water supply. Which was why I drank bottled water.”

Review: My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

 
My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers, #4)Title: My Soul to Steal
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher: Harlequin
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373210272
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: January 4th 2011
Number of pages: 343
Add it: Goodreads
 
 
Photobucket
 

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

My Thoughts:

This book was a really difficult one for me because I started hating Nash after what happened on My Soul to Keep and the way he used Kaylee was very wrong, plus now he wants forgiveness and try to make things go back to the very begin like nothing had happened, like he remember everything.

 

Another problem was Sabine. She’s Nash ex-girlfriend and not a normal human, but it took a very long time for Nash and Tod to really explain things, but Sabine was not a good girl and was hurting Kaylee since day one.

 

Everybody acted on this book like Kaylee was looking for trouble when we all now that trouble always find her no matter what, so she was only trying to understand things and save people once again. Of course since Sabine is the new and different, plus trying to steal Nash, let’s put the blame on her.

 

I liked the story, was very dark and the plot really involving, but still don’t like how Nash reacts sometimes and why people just don’t believe her. she’s always right.

Books in this Series:

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take 

#2 – My Soul to Save

#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper

#4 – My Soul to Steal

#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake

#7 – With All My Soul

 

Quote:

“Whoever said it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved was full of crap.”

Review: My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent

Young Adult Review

imageTitle: My Soul to Keep
Author: Rachel Vincent
Format Read: 
ebook
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: June 1st 2010
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 296
Rating:

image

 

Photobucket

Photobucket


Book Blurb:

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.Until something does.Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.And so is someone else…

My Thoughts:

This book takes place one month after My Soul to Save and Kaylee is finally allowed to hang out with Nash after being grounded for Netherworld visits and not talking about her problems. So now all she wants is a normal life, but things get out of hand with Emma boyfriend and Kaylee smell Demon breath on him.
 
Knowing her you already figured that she started investigating and some bad truths came out plus Avari is back and the Netherworld is trying to kidnap teenagers from Kaylee high school during a ball. To close with an ribbon her dad has been kidnapped by Avari also along with Nash.
 
I loved this book and the plot was really genius but I hated Nash almost the entire book and he’s a key character for me, plus Kaylee kinda was left alone and having to deal with Nash issues and her dad was a bit to much.
 
But the story was great and the lest that I was expecting really. Can you imagine drugs on a banshee, plus the avari is back and it sounds like he’s going to be a issue for the future, but he’s good to be the bad guy.

Books in this Series:

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, #0.5) reviewed here
#1 – My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1) reviewed here
#2 – My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2) reviewed here
#3 – My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, #3)
#3.5 – Reaper (Soul Screamers, #3.5)
#4 – My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers, #4)
#5- If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5)
#5.5 – Never to Sleep (Soul Screamers, #5.5)
#6 – Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)
#7 – With All My Soul (Soul Screamers, #7)

Guest Post with Rachel Caine

image

For this past month I’ve read and reviewed all the books in Morganville Vampires series. This was my first time reading and I loved follow Claire as she fall in love and fighted the bad guys(not always vampires).
So I took I shot and decided to invite Mrs. Rachel Caine for a special guest post and amazingly she said yes.
I’m a very lucky lady. Lucky in many ways — I have a great family, wonderful friends, amazing colleagues, and possibly the best job in the world … writing full time.
Lately, I’ve been incredibly lucky in being able to do a lot of travel. Until 2008, my travel had been mostly limited to my “neighborhood” of the United States — Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana. I still had a day job through 2009, which allowed me to do some fantastic international travel to Germany and Spain, but those were definitely for that business, not for my writing. And having a day job restricted the amount of time I could spend traveling or attending conventions, I thought I probably wouldn’t get to do much more.
In 2008, my British publisher wanted me to go to England. So, greatly daring, I boarded a plane for a two-week tour. And it was the greatest time I’d ever had … I loved England, loved the people, loved the experience and all the new and different sights and sounds. When I returned, I told my husband, and he was a bit crushed that he hadn’t gone with me, but as he has a problem with flying I didn’t see how he’d ever be able to make it.
Enter 2009, and the sales of the Morganville novels had risen to the point where I couldn’t handle the deadlines and my day job any more — the frequent deadlines were causing me stress, and weren’t doing my day job performance any good, either. So I took a leap of faith and left the day job after 10 years, and committed myself to writing full time. Almost immediately, I found myself being invited to travel more — to conventions across the country, at first (California, Virginia, New York City, Colorado) and then something even more amazing happened: I got invited to San Diego Comic-Con, then New York Comic-Con. And my British publisher wanted me to come back for an even longer tour — and this time, I was determined to bring my husband. So we discovered that there were still transatlantic passenger ships, and hopped aboard for the journey … and my husband loved the month-long trip as much as I did. The whole experience was amazing and humbling.
Around the end of 2009, the Morganville Vampires series was sold in Australia, and my publisher there wanted me to come and do a tour, so in 2010 I headed Down Under for the first time … and again, loved every minute of it. I adored Australia, and visited so many lovely places there … truly a fantastic experience. My only regret? I wished I could have stayed longer (and that I could have found a cruise ship, so my husband could attend with me). I made a quick stop-over in New Zealand, too, which is gorgeous; I wish I could have stayed longer to explore!
imageThen I was invited by my Brazilian publisher, in 2010, to visit that lovely country for the Bienal do Livro, the Rio book festival … I spent a week in Rio signing books and meeting people at the festival, and it was an amazing experience, again. I learned a little Portuguese, too! And discovered a great love of Brazilian steaks, and coffee.
In 2010 I also got to attend a wonderful literary festival in Calgary, in Canada, as well as traveling from coast to coast in the US on book tours and to attend conventions. Pretty fantastic year, in every way.
2011 Is turning out to be even more of a travel adventure … because by the end of March, I’ll be heading out on a very long road that leads across the US to New York, on a ship to England, a tour all over the UK, then a 10-day tour in France, then off to Spain, Italy, and Germany for events before sailing back home. Also doing San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic-Con, and many other signing events throughout the year.
So, where would I like to go next? Well, I’m already getting lots of requests from Romania to visit, and maybe it’s time to do that in 2013. Time will tell! I’ve discovered a huge love of travel, and I think what is most amazing about taking these trips is that no matter where I go, we all speak the same language: we love books. We love stories. We need those things.
Even translated, it’s still a universal thing, the need to dream, the need to travel in our imaginations.
I’m just extremely lucky that I can do it for real, too.

I asked her about her writing progress and some special places you consider would be great settings on new books. These are her answers:

GREAT PLACES FOR SETTINGS:
Oh, so many places. I’d set a gritty drama in Rio, something with passion and fire and danger, that contrasts with the beautiful beaches and majestic mountains. It’s a place of great contrasts, and I’d love to write that in. In the UK, I love the north of England and Scotland, those are really great, dramatic settings. London’s always full of endless possibilities, too. Australia … I could definitely do something there, especially in the less well-settled areas. I was fascinated by the “road trains” — giant tractor trailers that drive through the Outback at tremendous speeds for days to move goods from one place another, through extremely harsh conditions. I would probably transfer that concept out of Australia and onto an alien planet!
MY WRITING PROCESS:
I literally write anywhere, all the time. Have laptop, headphones and power converter, will travel. I’ve written on planes, on ships, on trains, in hotel rooms, in coffee shops, in the waiting rooms at schools before lectures, in cars … and I have to, because with so much of my life involving travel now, I really have no choice. There’s no such thing as “office hours” when you’re on the road … it’s a rough and ready approach, but it works for me. (Though it means I often have to pass up that extra cool tour of the area that I’d love to take …)
I always go to the Bienal and is so fun to met the authors, I’m sure you don’t remember me Rachel but I was there in that huge line to meet you and to sigh my book. And you were so sweet. It was so packed and it’s kinda great that International authors are traveling more to distant countries. So thank you for visiting Brazil, hope you can came back.
I loved your passion for Brazil, especially for my Rio, it is amazing and would be great to have one of you books taking place in the Cidade Maravilhosa.
Loved to have you here on the blog, and cant wait for Claire next adventure to be released on May. I’ve already pre-ordered.

Review: Last Breath by Rachel Caine

imageTitle: Last Breath
Author: Rachel Caine
Format Read: 
ebook
Series: Morganville Vampires #11
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: November 1st 2011
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 335
Rating:

image

 

Photobucket

Photobucket

 

 

Book Blurb:

With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville’s latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn’t merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?

My Thoughts:

This was the book with the most action so far. Since the first page we knew things would be different. Mrs. Rachel changed the POV in several chapters and now we get to see what other people are thinking and doing along with Claire obvious.
 
Myrnin was a surprise for me because he’s attitudes are so not what I expected, especially towards Claire and Shane. Amelie showed her true face and demonstrated that vampires also have fear.
 
The mythology in this book was amazing and so unexpected, because after everything that happened the lest of all things that I was thinking for this book was a predator for vampires and that was a bit surprising.
 
Claire of course discover that something is wrong and bad thins happened to her, really bad things. Amelie becomes a heartless bitch and don’t give a damn, but Myrnin he’s special and changed a lot since he’s first appearance.
 
Michael fights since the begin for he’s marriage and in the end that’s the least of his problem.
 
The first book on this series that for me ended on a cliff and a very bad one because I can’t wait to read the next one.

Books in this Series:

Amazon.com Widgets Photobucket 

Trailer:

Excerpt:

Shane’s lips felt like velvet against the nape of her neck, and Claire shivered in delight as his breath warmed the skin there. She leaned back against him with a sigh. Her boyfriend’s body felt solid and safe, and his arms went around her, wrapping her in comfort. He was taller than she was, so he had to bend to rest his chin on her shoulder and whisper, “You sure about this?”

Claire nodded. “You got the overdue notice, didn’t you? It’s this, or they come and collect. You don’t want that.”

“Well, you don’t have to be here,” he pointed out—not for the first time today. “Don’t you have classes?”

“Not today,” she said. “I had an oh-my-God a.m. lab, but now I’m all done.”

“Okay, then, you don’t have to do this because you’re tax-exempt.”

By tax-exempt, he meant that she didn’t have to pay . . . in blood. Taxes in Morganville were collected three ways: the polite way, via the collection center downtown, or the not-so-polite way when the Bloodmobile showed up like a sleek black shark at your front door, with Men in Black–style “technicians” to ensure you did your civic duty.

The third way was by force, in the dark, when you ventured out un-Protected and got bitten.

Vampires. A total pain in the neck . . . literally.

Shane was entirely right: Claire had a written, legal document that said she was free from the responsibility of donations. The popular wisdom—and it wasn’t wrong—was that she’d already given enough blood to Morganville.

Of course, so had Shane . . . but he hadn’t always been on the vampires’ side, at the time.

“I know I don’t have to do it,” she said. “I want to. I’ll go with.”

“In case you’re worried, I’m not girly-scared or anything.”

“Hey!” She smacked at his arm. “I’m a girl. What exactly are you saying, that I’m not brave or something?”

“Eeek,” Shane said. “Nothing. Right, Amazon princess, I got the point.”

Claire turned in his arms and kissed him, a sweet burst of heat as their lips met. The lovely joy of that released a burst of bubbles inside her, bubbles full of happiness. God, she loved this. Loved him. It had been a rough year, and he’d . . . stumbled, was the best way she could think of it. Shane had dark streaks, and he’d struggled with them. Was still struggling.

But he’d worked so hard to make it up, not just to her, but to everyone he felt he’d let down. Michael, his (vampire) best friend. Eve, his other (nonvampire) best friend, and hers, too. Even Claire’s parents had gotten genuine attention; he’d gone with her to see them, twice, with exit permission from the vampires, and he’d been earnest and steady even under her father’s stern cross-examination.

He wanted to be different. She knew that.

When the kiss finally ended, Shane had a drugged, vague look in his eyes, and he seemed to have trouble letting go of her. “You know,” he said, moving her hair back from her cheek with one big, warm hand, “we could just blow this off and go home instead of letting them suck our blood. Try it tomorrow.”

“Bloodmobile,” she reminded him. “People holding you down. You really want that?”

He shuddered. “Hell no. Okay, right, after you.” They were standing on the sidewalk of Morganville’s blood bank, with its big cheerful blood-drop character sign and scrupulously clean public entrance. Claire pecked him lightly on the cheek, escaped before he could pull her close again, and pushed the door open.

Inside, the place looked like they’d given it a makeover—more cheerfully lit than the last time she’d been in, and the new furniture looked comfortable and homey. They’d even installed a fish tank full of brightly colored tropicals flitting around living coral. Nice. Clearly, the vampires were trying to put their best efforts to reassure the human community, for a change.

The lady sitting behind the counter looked up and smiled. She was human, and sort of motherly, and she pulled Claire’s records and raised her thin, graying eyebrows. “Oh,” she said. “You know, you’re entirely paid up for the year. There’s no need—”

“It’s voluntary,” Claire said. “Is that okay?”

“Voluntary?” The woman repeated the word as if it was something from a foreign language. “Well, I suppose . . .” She shook her head, clearly thinking Claire was mental, and turned her smile on Shane. “And you, honey?”

“Collins,” he said. “Shane Collins.”

She pulled out his card, and up went the eyebrows, again. “You are definitely not paid up, Mr. Collins. In fact, you’re sixty days behind. Again.”

“I’ve been busy.” He didn’t crack a smile. Neither did she.

She stamped his card, wrote something on it, and returned it to the file, then handed them both slips of paper. “Through the door,” she said. “Do you want to be in the room together, or separately?”

“Together,” they both chorused, and looked at each other. Claire couldn’t help a bit of a smirk, and Shane rolled his eyes. “She’s kind of a coward,” he said. “Faints at the sight of blood.”

“Oh, please,” Claire sighed. “That does describe one of us, though.”

The receptionist, for all her motherly looks, clearly wasn’t sympathetic. “Fine,” she said briskly. “Second door on the right, there are two chairs in there. I’ll get an attendant for you.”

“Yeah, about that . . . could you get us a human?” Shane asked. “It creeps me out when a guy’s draining my blood and I hear his stomach rumble.”

Claire punched him in the arm this time, an unmistakable shut up, and gave the receptionist a sunny smile as she dragged him toward the door she’d indicated. “Really,” she said to him, “would it be that hard just to not say anything?”

“Kinda,” he shrugged, and held the door open for her. “Ladies first.”

“I’m really starting to think you are a scaredy-cat.”

“No, I’m just flawlessly polite.” He gave her a sideways glance, and said, with a curious seriousness, “I’d go first in any fight, for you.”

Shane had always been someone who best expressed love by being protective, but now it was deliberate, a way for him to make up for how far he’d let his anger and aggression get the best of him. Even at his worst he hadn’t hurt her, but he’d come close, frighteningly close, and that lingered between them like a shadow.

“Shane,” she said, and paused to look him full in the face. “If it comes to that, I’d fight beside you. Not behind you.”

He smiled a little, and nodded as they started moving again. “I’d still jump on the first bullet. Hope you’re okay with that.”

She shouldn’t have been, really, but the thought, and the emotion behind it, gave her another little flush of warmth as she walked down the carpeted hallway and into the second room on the right. Like the rest of the human side of the collection center, the space felt warm and comfortable; the reclining chairs were leather, or some vinyl approximation. The speakers overhead were playing something acoustic and soft, and Claire relaxed in the chair as Shane wriggled around in his.

He went very still as the door opened, and their attendant stepped inside.

“No way,” Claire said. First, their attendant was a vampire. Second, it was Oliver. Oh, he was wearing a white lab coat and carrying a clipboard and looked vaguely official, but it was Oliver. “What exactly is the second-in-command of vampire affairs doing drawing blood?”

Review: Bite Club by Rachel Caine

imageTitle: Bite Club
Author: Rachel Caine
Format Read: 
ebook
Series: Morganville Vampires #10
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: May 3rd 2011
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 340
Rating:

image

 

Photobucket

Photobucket

 

 

Book Blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine is "a first- class storyteller" (#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris).

After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There’s a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire- accompanied by her friends and frenemies-to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville…

My Thoughts:

I think Shane has a big problem because he always finds a way to danger. And this book was all about fighting between vampires and humans, like the name said in a strange fight until after death or something like that.
 
Seriously it was really good reading from Shane POV, because we get to see how much all the family problem actually changed him and the emotional part of this book was huge. From the start I thought there was something really wrong with Vassily and since he’s a vampire we never actually read about this is disturbing.
 
Michael was perfect, as a friend and as a boyfriend because now we know that he asked Eve in marriage and this is bound to be awkward with Amelie, but so romantic.
 
Claire as always has to deal with Myrnin and Amelie, plus Shane going all crazy and vampire slayer. I felt really sorry for Claire because Shane said some awful things and now she’s practically alone, in this crazy town.
 
Bishop is back, when I first discovered that Amelie hadn’t killed him it was just a matter of time. And his finale was unpredictable, because it was so simple and different. Just perfect. Great book like the others.

Books in this Series:

Amazon.com Widgets Photobucket 

Excerpt:

Looking back on it later, Claire thought she should have known trouble was coming, but really, in Morganville, anything could be trouble. Your college professor doesn’t show for class? Probably got fanged by vampires. Takeout forgets to put onions on your hamburger? The regular onion delivery guy disappeared – again, probably due to vampires. And so on. For a college town, Morganville had a remarkable lot of vampires.

Claire was an authority on all those subjects: Texas Prairie University, and of course, the vampires. And mysterious disappearances. She’d almost been one of those, more often than she wanted to admit.

But this problem wasn’t a disappearance at all. It was an appearance … something new, something different, and something cool, at least in her boyfriend Shane’s opinion, because as Claire was sorting the mail for their weird little fraternity of four into the “junk” and “keep” piles, Shane grabbed the flyer she’d put in “junk” and read it with the most elated expression she’d ever seen on his face. Scary. Shane didn’t get excited about much; he was guarded about his feelings, mostly, except with her.

Now he looked as delighted as a little kid at Christmas.

“Mike!” he bellowed, and Claire winced and put her hands over her ears. When Shane yelled, he really belted it out. “Yo, Dead Man, get your ass down here!”

Michael, their third housemate here at the Glass House, must have assumed that there was an emergency underway … not an unreasonable assumption, because hey, Morganville. So he arrived at a run, slamming the door back, looking paler than usual, and more dangerous than normal, too. When he was acting like a regular guy, he seemed quiet and sweet, maybe a little too practical sometimes, but Vampire Michael was a whole different, spicy deal.

Yeah, she was living in a house with a vampire. And strangely, that was not the weirdest part of her life.

Michael blinked the tinges of red away from his blue eyes, ran both hands through his wavy blond hair, and frowned at Shane. “What the hell is your problem?” He didn’t wait to hear, though; he walked over to the counter and got down one of their mismatched, battered coffee mugs. This one was black with purple Gothic lettering that spelled out POISON. It was their fourth housemate Eve’s cup, but she still hadn’t made an appearance this morning.

When you slept later than a vampire, Claire thought, that was probably taking it a little too far.

As he filled the mug with coffee, Michael waited for Shane to make some sense. Which Shane finally did, holding up the cheaply printed white flyer. It curled around the edges from where it had been rolled up to fit in the mailbox. “What have I always wanted in this town?” he asked.

“A strip club that would let in fifteen year olds?” Michael said.

“When I was fifteen. No, seriously, what?”

“Guns ‘R Us?”

Shane made a harsh buzzer sound. “Okay, to be fair, yeah, that’s a good alternate answer. But no. I always wanted a place to seriously train to fight, right? Someplace that didn’t think aerobics was a martial art? And look!”

Claire took the paper from Shane’s hand and smoothed it out on the table. She’d only glanced at it when sorting mail, she’d thought it was some kind of gym. Which it was, in a way, but it wasn’t teaching spin and yoga and all that stuff.

This one was a gym and martial arts studio, and it was teaching self defense. Or at least that was what Claire took from the graphic of some guy in a white jacket and pants kicking the crap out of the air, and the words DEFEND YOURSELF in big, bold letters at the bottom.

Michael leaned over her shoulder, slurping coffee. “Huh,” he said. “Weird.”

“Nothing weird about people wanting to learn a few life-preserving skills, man. Especially around here. Not like we’re all looking forward to a peaceful old age,” Shane said.

“I mean it’s weird who’s teaching,” Michael said. “Being that this guy – “ He tapped the name at the bottom of the page. “ – is a vampire.”

Vassily was the name, which Claire made out only when she squinted at it. Small type. “A vampire’s teaching self defense,” she said. “To us. Humans.”

Shane was thrown for just about a minute, and then he said, “Well, who better? Amelie put out a decree that humans were free to learn this stuff, right? Sooner or later, some vamp was bound to make some cash off of it.”

“You mean, off of us,” Claire said. But she could see his point. A vampire martial arts instructor? That would have to be all kinds of scary, or awesome, or both. She wouldn’t have gone for it, personally; she doubted she had half as much muscle or body mass as it was going to require. But Shane … well, it was a natural for Shane, really. He was competitive, and he didn’t mind taking some punishment as long as he enjoyed the fight. He’d been complaining about the lack of a real gym for a while now.

Claire handed the flyer back to him, and Shane carefully folded it up and put it in his back pocket. “Watch yourself,” she said. “Get out of there if anything’s weird.” Although in Morganville, Texas, home of everything weird, that was a pretty high bar to pass. After all, there was a vampire teaching self defense. That, in itself, was the strangest thing she’d seen in a while.

“Yes, mom,” Shane said, but he whispered it, intimately close to her ear, and then kissed that spot on the neck that always made her blush and shiver, every time. “Eat your breakfast.”

She turned and kissed him full-on, just a sweet, swift brush of lips, because he was already moving … and then he did a double take, and came back to kiss her again, slower, hotter, better.

Michael, sliding into a seat at the kitchen table with his coffee cup, flipped open the thin four-page Morganville newspaper, and said, “One of you is supposed to be somewhere right about now. I’m just saying that, not in a dad kind of way.”

He was right, and Claire broke off the kiss with a frustrated growl, low in her throat. Shane grinned. “You’re so cute when you do that,” he said. “You sound like a really fierce kitten.”

“Bite me, Collins.”

"Whoops, wrong housemate. I think you meant that for the one who drinks plasma."

Michael gave him a one-fingered salute without looking up from his study of the latest Morganville high school sports disaster. Claire doubted he was actually interested in that, but Michael had to have reading material around; she didn’t think he slept much these days, and reading was how he passed the time. And he probably got something out of it, even if it was just something to impress Eve with on his local knowledge of football.

Review: Ghost Town by Rachel Caine

imageTitle: Ghost Town
Author: Rachel Caine
Format Read: 
ebook
Series: Morganville Vampires #9
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: October 26th 2010
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 338
Rating:

image

 

 

Photobucket

Photobucket

 

Book Blurb:

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…

My Thoughts:

This is the most sad book for me, because Claire suffered from the very first page until things started to finally go back to normal. Claire’s father is worst from his heart and was transferred to Dallas.
 
Everything started when Eve went to a rave where some crazy humans decided to attack vampires, things escalated and in the end humans were killed. Claire went to help and suddenly killed a vampire, crime punished by death in Morganville, even in this new law kinda thing that is happening. Bottom line, Claire had to work non-stop to create a new system for the town computer, since Ada is gone.
 
You think that is bad enough? Never in Morganville. People and vampires started to show amnesia for the past three years or so and the only one who thinks things are not normal is Claire and everybody kinda forgets about her and that made things even worst because in the middle of all this crazy town secrets she had friends and when that was gone too, I was really sad for her.
 
In the end she found help in the last expected person for the hole town actually and things went back to the crazy normal. Not my favorite book on the series but this was actually more emotional for me than the others, so kinda worked.

Books in this Series:

Amazon.com Widgets Photobucket

Excerpt:

“Oh, this doesn’t sound like a good idea,” Claire said, looking down at the paper that had been shoved into her hand by a passing student. She paused in the shade of the Science Building porch to read it. Only idiots stood around in full sun at Texas Prairie University in the middle of the afternoon – well, idiots and football players – and angled herself into a corner so she wouldn’t get buffeted by the streams of people pouring out after the end of class. There were a few hardy salmons trying to swim upstream, but she didn’t think they’d make it.

People all around her were carrying the same goldenrod sheet of paper she had – stuffed into pockets, crammed into books, held in hands.

She was one of the last ones to get pamphleted, she guessed. She was just a little surprised anybody had bothered at all, given the fact that she, Claire Danvers, was small for her age, looked younger than her mid-seventeen-going-hard-on-eighteen years, and tended to blend into the crowd at the best of times. Even though her ultra-fashion-conscious housemate Eve – with all the best possible intentions – had made her sit down in the bathroom and get her brown hair all highlighted so it glowed red in the sun. Still. She just wasn’t – noticeable.

She’d learned it the hard way: early admission to college sucked.

Someone stopped next to her in the relative quiet of the shade. It was a tall, good-looking boy, and he dropped his backpack on the tiled floor with a thump as he looked over the same flyer she held. “Huh,” he said, and glanced over at her. “You going?”

Once she got over the dazzle of his good looks (truthfully, it didn’t take that long, her boyfriend was just as cute), she checked his wrist. He was a Morganville native; he was wearing a bracelet around one wrist, made out of copper and leather, with an ornate-looking symbol engraved on the central plate. It meant he was vampire property – property of Ming Cho, who was one of those vampires that Claire had never directly run into. She liked it that way. Really, her circle of vampire acquaintances was way, way too large as it was.

“Hey,” he said again, and rattled the paper in front of her face. “Anybody in there? You going?”

Claire looked down at the paper again. It had a bunch of pictures and symbols on it, no words. A musical note, which meant a rave was on the menu. Some pictures of party favors, which meant that mostly illegal stuff was going to be floating around. The address was coded in the form of a riddle, which she solved easily enough; it was an address on South Rackham, among all those decaying warehouses that used to be thriving businesses. The time was pretty obvious: midnight. That was what the graphic of the witch was for – the witching hour. The date was tonight.

“Not interested,” she said, and handed him her copy. “Not my thing.”

“Too bad. It’s going to be out there.”

“That’s why.”

He laughed. “You a training wheels partier?”

“I’m not much of a partier at all,” Claire said, and couldn’t help but smile; he had a really nice laugh, one that made you want to laugh with it. He wasn’t laughing at her, at least. That was different. “Hi, by the way. I’m Claire.”

“Alex,” he said. “You coming from Chem?”

“No, Computational Physics.”

“Oh,” he said, and blinked. “And I have no idea what that is. Right, carry on, Einstein. Nice to meet you.”

He picked up his backpack and moved off before she could even explain about many-body and non-linear physical systems. Yeah, that would have really impressed him. Instead of walking away, he’d have been running.

She felt a little hurt, but only a little. At least he’d talked to her. That was ninety-nine percent better than her usual score with college guys, except the ones who wanted to do something terrible to her. Those guys were very chatty.