First off, if you are unfamiliar with the series, I’m listing a few of my previous Morganville reviews, specifically the last two, Book 8/Kiss of Death and Book 9/Ghost Town. As always, I will do my best not to mention any spoilers, even though it's nearly impossible.
Something is always brewing in Morganville or Nowhere, Texas. In Bite Club, Claire’s having an unusually ordinary day on campus until she witnesses her lab partner steal vials of vampire blood and then later finds him dead. The mystery starts there and then quickly unravels into chaos.
Bite Club delves wonderfully into Claire’s boyfriend, Shane Collins, and all his dark, misunderstood and repressed tendencies. He’s a bit of ticking time bomb and woven brilliantly into the plot, Caine –who normally writes in third person – switched over and wrote first person, from Shanes’s perspective. And it was awesome! I know some people don’t like this. But I did. I loved getting a glimpse inside Shane’s head. On the surface, he comes off as a total slacker, but if you’re a fan, then you know he’s far more complex and smarter than that. And reading his voice, you know he’s all heart.
In Bite Club, Shane’s thinks he’s found his calling when he signs up for martial arts classes. While Shane hones his fighting skills, things in Morganville start to change including Shane. Claire does her best to support him plus meet the demands of Amelie and Myrnin. Amelie, whose constantly under the threat of vampires –possibly even humans– revolting against her, remains the ice queen when it comes to ruling Morganville. And Myrnin gets in on the action which I found thoroughly entertaining. There were so many laugh out loud moments in this book with Myrnin, especially since Frank Collins– Shane’s Dad –is now literally hard-wired to Myrnin’s mystical computer. I think Frank and Myrnin are the new dynamic duo, they were so hilarious.
Caine’s a genius at creating loveable characters, even when their menacing ones. A genius! The plot has so many twists that guess what…even ol’ *bleep* is back. I won’t tell you who, but I can tell you I nearly dropped the book. Our young hero, Claire, is forever the driving force behind these perilous plots. And in Bite Club, with all the dead bodies, exploding tempers, brutalizing fights and impending hostile take-overs, Claire’s got her work cut out for her. Again.
Bite Club was a 4.5 for me. I loved it and I have no doubt you will too.
Until next time…Morganville Vampires – the thrilling adventure continues.