Thursday, 9 July 2009

Carpe Corpus by 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?"

Carpe Corpus is the 6th book in the Morganville Vampires series, and after what (I felt) was a slightly slow and lackluster 5th book, this is a return to form. We finally get a whole lot of answers and discover a lot about how the town or Morganville works, including the portals Claire learnt to use.

Carpe Corpus is set a few months after Lord Of Misrule (book 5) and Morganville is much the way it was left. Half destroyed by a tornado and the vampires under Bishop's rule, humans in the town are more scared and careful than ever. And as always, those behind the university walls are clueless, but at risk all the same. Claire is living with her parents again, trying to find a way to get Shane out of jail, while having to do Bishops bidding against her will.

I really enjoyed this book, and struggled to put it down. It moved along quickly with a lot of twists and turns, plenty of action and some good character development. Life has changed in Morganville and is set for more change. The ending was a really good conclusion to just about everything that's happened so far in the series. Not everything ended the way it was supposed to for certain characters though, and I like that. You couldn't have predicted the final outcome. I look forward to reading the next book (Fade Out, due in November in the States) to see how life will continue for Claire and her friends now.

Rating: 8/10

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