Sunday, October 9, 2011

REVIEW: Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine


Feast of Fools
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Signet
Format: Paperback
Series: Morganville Vampires #4
Page Count: 242
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Suspense, Romance, 
Release Date: June 4, 2008

In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though—especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town’s living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he’s set for Morganville.


First Line: "It was hard to imagine how Claire's day-even by Morganville standards-could get any worse...and then the vampires holding her hostage wanted breakfast.

Last Line: "She'd just made Shane the bait."
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My Thoughts

So far this is my favorite book in the series and here's why:  1. We get to see a lot more of Shane's vulnerability, and to what lengths he's willing to go to protect Claire (and Eve and Michael). 2. Claire really has to set her naivety aside and use that genius brain of hers to help save Morganville, both vampire and human alike.  Eve, Michael, Shane and Claire have constantly demonstrated their loyalty to one another, but Claire is giving them all a lesson in loyalty to humanity.  I love, love, LOVE Sam Glass and I have since his introduction earlier in the series. His humanity didn't disappear with his mortality when he was turned into a vampire.  Also, he's Michael's grandfather, and look how great Michael is!  It's hard not to love either of the Glass boys.  

Eve is always herself.  I love her gothy-punk attitude and her blooming romance with Michael.  She never thought they'd ever be together and now, here it was happening.  This is a similar situation to the one Claire has with Shane, and yet they were together too, albeit they didn't have the history that Eve and Michael did.  But everything was perfect. Except that, this is Morganville and it's run by vampires and now there's an even more evil vampire trying to take over.  And Michael was taking Monica Morrell to Bishop's welcome feast and he didn't even tell Eve.  And Shane was invited by Bishop's evil sidekick, Ysandre, and he was required to go.  Which, of course, Claire hated, but maybe, possibly, not as much as Shane hated it. 

Claire wanted to be invited too. Eve decided she'd go with Oliver, so now Claire was the only one missing out.  But was she?  And would her status stand as "missing out" for long?  Plus, Claire's parents have moved to Morganville and Claire is really beginning to panic.  Bishop has planted the thought in their mind that Claire should leave the Glass House and move into their home, but she doesn't want to go.  How long can she stall for? And how long will it take before her parents learn that there's something more important happening in town than Claire living off-campus, with roommates that include two hot boys? 

As the big Masquerade Ball approaches, crap is really about to hit the fan.  Myrnin, in an "am-I-manic-or-am-I-not" state that Claire can't decipher, feels "well" enough to attend the ball, and says that they must, because Amelie needs their help.  Seeing as how they're probably the two smartest Morganville residents, they're probably right.  

At the feast, the battle lines are drawn, and those who don't swear their fealty to Bishop might as well have declared war against him.  War is what things are heading towards, but will they even survive the feast to get the chance to fight a war?  Read Feast of Fools to get your vamp fix and find out!  You won't be disappointed! 

I'm rating Feast of Fools:

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