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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Fade Out by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires, #7) - Book Review

4.5/5 Stars

Ada.

Claire didn't have time to run.

Ada's blue-white hands came out of the darkness, grabbed Claire by the shirt, and dragged her into the portal...

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Edition: Paperback
Pages: 345
Chapters: 13 (Plus an introduction.)
Publisher: Allison & Busby

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Review

I'm glad I had a little break from The Morganville Vampires series, not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because coming back fresh has reinvigorated my love for it. 

It reminds me just how exciting the various plots can be, especially in the vampire-run town of Morganville; it reminds me of the fantastic cast, and their captivating chemistry; and the writing, with its envious balance of intense action, suspense and comedy. 

Fade Out is all these things, continuing in top form the standards set by its predecessors.

SPOILER WARNING

Synopsis (Not a copy from the book, but I always keep my interpretations close.)

With Bishop's rein over, Morganville life changes.
Humans are put on a more-or-less even footing as vampires.
It's new.
And new can be dangerous.
As everyone tries to adapt, forces plot to take advantage of the confusion.
An advantage that could destroy Morganville, once and for all...

Plot - 4.5/5 Stars

Fade Out is the seventh book in the series, and so far, Ms Caine has shown just how capable she is with this wonderful world. The quality never seems to slip, and the future possibilities are endless. With Bishop's story resolved - or, at least, temporarily resolved - and the rules of the town radically different, it feels very much like a fresh start, only with familiar and experienced characters. 

There are a lot of moving parts within this entry, lots of lines of plot that capitalise on this 'new beginning'. They're thrilling, action-packed, and mysterious. To top it off, Caine manages to tie all the threads together in a fantastic conclusion. 

For the residents of Morganville, everything feels like a chess game, and I'm glad it's a slow, fifteen-book process. Oliver and Amelie's relationship, or animosity, is fascinating. The new rules add new variety to the things that go bump in the night, highlighting that vampires aren't the only creatures that can be evil.

Ada is definitely the aspect of this entry that is the most deserving of the spotlight. She is one SCARY and CRAZY part-human-part-vampire-part-machine ghost thing! Also, huge, dog-sized spiders? Yeah, not cool! My heart can't take many more palpitations.

The only downside is not everything is explained. Story-wise everything's fine, but some elements - such as Ada's ability to take corporeal form - are left more to imagination. Although, I'm not ruling out future explanations just yet.

Pace - 4.5/5 Stars

Fade Out has a great pace. The structure keeps things from becoming tedious, and the addictive qualities interspersed throughout keep you merrily flying on.

Characters - 5/5 Stars

What more can I say, that I haven't already, about Caine's cast?

She has so much talent to play with, and her distinctive set of characters mesh so goddamn well.

A few of note in this entry:

Claire, our protagonist, is so sassy! She's come a long way, not only affecting change in Morganville, but also herself. She's strong - even standing up to opponents she should have no chance against, and holding her own! - she's smart, and she's capable. Claire's a stellar main, whose presence is undeniable.

Her relationship with Shane is sweet. They're too cute with one another, and the book doesn't overwhelm you with their connection; it's well-diluted. 

Eve and Michael's, however, takes a hit. Eve's finally coming to understand what being with a vampire really entails, and how her vision of Michael is rose-coloured. 

Ada? Just reread up a bit.

Amelie, I'd say, is the most different. The death of her love Sam has really shaken her, not that you can completely tell. Her usual cold exterior is still well in place, but her suicide attempt and seemingly ambivalent reactions towards the mounting trouble in town, really shows just how much of a downward spiral she's on. It's a little worrying, considering there's no doubt in anyone's mind that, if Amelie falls, so does everyone else.

The Morganville Vampires series' cast can do no wrong. Period.

Writing - 5/5 Stars

Immersive, smooth and downright hilarious.

I don't know why it keeps surprising me, but Caine is tremendously adept at writing some gut-clutching humour. The sarcasm and wit mixed with all the other aspects of Fade Out really create a worthwhile world.

Overall - 4.5/5 Stars

Fun! Fun! Fun!

Do you love vampires, the supernatural, great casts, hooking stories, hilarious writing?

Then why the hell have you not picked up this series yet? (Unless you have, then, awesome!)


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