Bitter Blood: Morganville Vampires Book 13 by Rachel Caine Book Review

Book: Bitter Blood (The Morganville Vampires Book #13) by Rachel Caine, NAL, Nov 6, 2012

Format/pages/source: Hardcover, 404 pages, received from the publisher

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

More Info: Goodreads | Amazon | IndieBound | The Morganville Vampires official site

We’ve come to lucky #13 with Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series. I feel like with each new book I’m bracing myself for the inevitable heartache and game changers that face Claire and her friends.  And this installment is no different – the whole book has an ominous feeling to it. The scene in Morganville is even more unsettled than usual and felt more than ever like no one was safe. And now with only two more books to go Caine is going all out with the shocks.

In Bitter Blood, the vampires are now more bold and fearless than ever, and not willing to cut the humans any breaks. Eve and Michael’s relationship is causing all kinds of trouble for the residents of the Glass House. And Morganville is getting in on the election year fun by holding mayoral elections of their own.  And besides all that a TV ghost hunting crew is in town looking for material – uh, they will probably get more than they bargained for.

The book is written in multiple POV again, with Claire’s POV covering the lion’s share of the book. And this is the first time that everyone’s favorite mad genius, Myrnin, gets to narrate. He shares tidbits of his past too so it’s quite a treat. Amelie, Oliver, Shane, and Michael also share their perspectives. Since this is such a long-running series it’s fun to have a narration change of pace and learn more about different characters.

It’s always a pleasure returning back to Morganville, like visiting old friends. The first half of the book had me tied up in knots waiting for something to happen. I liked catching up with all the characters but must admit the book wasn’t capturing my full attention at first. It was like the calm before the storm I guess. But then things got good and I couldn’t put it down. Caine was really playing games with my heart with these romantic entanglements too! She has me questioning my alliances at this point.

Claire has shown tremendous growth throughout the series, and I was proud of the way she took charge and handled some of the challenges in this book. She’d be my mayoral candidate for sure, though I don’t know why anyone would want that job.

As always, the book ends with a big twist- and I can’t imagine what the next book will look like but I have faith that Caine will work her magic with it. The penultimate installment, Fall of Night, will be out May 7th.  I already miss this series.


9 thoughts on “Bitter Blood: Morganville Vampires Book 13 by Rachel Caine Book Review

  1. booktravels2 says:

    I can’t believe this series is ending so soon. Gosh I’m gonna miss Claire and Myrnin. Still need to read the last two books, but I just love these adventures. Greta review!

    1. Lucy says:

      Hope you enjoy the last few books! They really are fun, aren’t they?

  2. fishgirl182 says:

    this sounds like a really good read/listen. i love listening to audiobooks that are mysterious and ominous. for some reason i always gravitate towards those when i get audiobooks vs a contemp or romance. i admit though that i have not started this series yet. it’s been on the tbr list for awhile now but i just haven’t gotten around to it. thanks for the review!

    1. Lucy says:

      I’ve been reading these in book form ever since the audio narrator changed. It’s daunting to start a 15-book series, but they are fast reads and they come out twice a year so the wait isn’t too bad.
      Mysteries do make good audiobooks don’t they? I should get some recs from you!

  3. I definitely really enjoyed this one, and I’m psyched, as you said, to see how the next book will work.

  4. VeganYANerds says:

    Great review, Lucy! You make me want to start this series but 13 books is a bit daunting!! I’m glad you’re still enjoying them after so many books!

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  6. sophiekins says:

    Just finished reading bitter blood and my heart was hurting big time since I thought it was the last book. All I can say is that I’m ELATED that there’s more to come!! Can not wait for Caine to have me clinging on her every word for the fourteenth time! Missing myrnin already… Also, surprisingly, I’m missing oliver and hoping he doesn’t stay exiled which I doubt he will! 🙂

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