Sunday, July 3, 2011

Carpe Corpus - Rachel Caine

In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace-until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He's kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants-the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power

Caine does an excellent job making this book flow with Book four and five. Nicely done! We start this one (and if you haven't started this series, probably not a good idea to read this post - I won't put in spoilers but they are probably going to be indirect spoilers.) with Shane and his dad in jail and more than likely killed. Amelie is missing and it's Claire's birthday - yep she's 17. It's a really sad place to be. Everyone, and I mean vampire and human alike are scared. Bishop is a cruel loose cannon.

But some good news, Amelie isn't as absent as you think, Mrynin has not traded sides and either has Michael. and then Bishop lets Shane go, right after he turns his father into a vampire. No biggie. Then some 17 year old fireworks, if you get my hint.

Again, all four members of the Glass house are sent on missions and sadly a lot is kept from Claire because everyone is unsure if Bishop still has control of her. So we spend a lot of time with her, feeling clueless, which is good because we are seeing everything from her perspective and you get frustrated like Claire does... great writing skill.

SPOILER**In the end, the fab four are key in the destruction and disposal of Bishop. Amelie, Oliver, and Sam are also very intricate, and sadly Sam dies for the cause. I was so upset but you know who was more upset, Amelie. She really did love him and she lost him. (Secretly glad it was not Shane or Michael.) The book ends with Amelie back in control and at Sam's funeral, where Amelie announces that humans and vamps are going to try and become equals.

Remember about 3 posts ago I said Caine had a lot of plot lines going on. In this book, she ties them all up in a nice book bow. I am looking forward to see the next one, but I am going to give the series a break, but will come back to it before the end of summer.

Some quick thoughts:
So happy that Myrnin is cured... but I will miss the "crazyness" of him
Claire's parents are still annoying.
Frank Collins...hmm who would have thought - nice guy?
Eve wasn't a huge part of this but I read the back of Book 7 and that one seems to be based on her.


  1. I loved the interaction of Amelie and Sam too...It was really cool to see that from such a cold kind of dictator :D

  2. Have you ever read the Amanda Hocking's Trylle series? The ruler of that book is a lot like Amelie

  3. Thanks for entering my contest. You know I was thinking, it's either really stupid or pure genius. Glad you think it's the latter! Especially since I'm still searching for a publisher . . .

  4. AND OMG, the word verification was "FATES" *freaky*