Book Review

by Rachel Caine

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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The situation is dire in the newest chapter of the thrilling Morganville Vampires series, as the evil draug have both the vampires and the remaining humans trapped. To ramp up the tension, Caine alternates between viewpoints of the main characters as they struggle to stay alive. Seeing events from new perspectives adds clarity to motivations — which in some cases adds to the fear factor. Change is in the offing, so hang on tight!

: Although they survived their recent battle with the draug king Magnus, Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve know it was only round one. They also know events are worsening, since vampire leader Amelie was bitten by Magnus and is slowly turning into a draug. Unless they can find a way to save Amelie and kill Magnus, all of their lives will be forfeited in a most horrific way. Vampires and humans are working together like never before, but is there any hope? Strangely, Magnus’ obsession with Claire might be something they can use against him. (NAL, May, 384 pp., $17.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: NAL

Published: May 2012

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Black Dawn

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on October 5, 2012 - 1:30pm.

Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson - LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha]:
I love the Morganville Vampires series and have been an avid follower since book #1. While I didn't think that anything could surpass the incredibleness that was Book #11, Last Breath, I stand corrected after the completion of Black Dawn.

If I said that Last Breath was a home run, then Black Dawn was a grand slam!

Like all Morganville books, there was tons of action, danger lurking around every corner, sweet romance, problems to be solved, friendships solidified, alliances forged, enemies made and mysteries galore, all packed into a fabulously eerie and quirky package.

Like Last Breath, Black Dawn gives us insight into other characters by switching between points of view. It was seamlessly written and a wonderful gift for the reader to get inside these other characters' heads.

Last Breath was definitely darker than the other Morganville books. They've been getting increasingly darker installment after installment (to my utter delight), but there were times during Black Dawn that you could actually feel the hopelessness, and those times just lent more credibility to the glimpses of hope that were uncovered like rays of sunshine.

While Morganville is known for its danger, and we fans have come to expect and love the town and its residents for it, the Morganville in Black Dawn is literally flooded with death, destruction and despair. All that deranged action is thrown at you in a non-stop thrill ride that grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't' really ever let go, because even after completion of the last page, you want to scream, "Well, what now??".

The character development in Black Dawn was intense, the storyline intriguing and demanding nothing short of utter investment, and the world, in true Rachel Caine fashion, beautifully fashioned.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Black Dawn a thoroughly deserved 5 Skulls, and would recommend it to EVERYONE! Morganville may be classified as YA, but we like to call it YA for the not-so-young-adult, and this installment proved that Rachel can capture both sides of the audience with ease.

I am so happy that there will be more Morganville to come. I absolutely adore this series.