Life is never dull for the residents of vampire-controlled Morganville, Texas, as Caine shows in the ninth chapter of her popular YA series. Heroine Claire’s evolution has been an intriguing roller-coaster ride. Come join the eerie adventures, you won’t ever want to leave — and the vampires may not let you!
When Claire Danvers saved the town by destroying the sentient computer Ada, she also may have placed it in jeopardy, for without the computer’s special defenses, word of Morganville’s special nature could spread. Forced as a punishment to devise a new machine, Claire achieves her goal, though there are dangerous, unintended consequences: the system is causing vampires and humans to forget the last three years, leading to some seriously hazardous confrontations. Claire must pull the plug, but she’ll have to get past her crazy vampire boss Myrnin and the town’s vampire founder Amelie, neither of whom currently remembers her. (NAL, Nov., 352 pp., $17.99)