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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Kiss of Death - Morganville Vampires (#8)



Claire Danvers has a few things on her mind. First of all there is the laundry, which is now an unfortunate shade of pink. There is her boyfriend, Shane, who is never too far from her thoughts. Finally there is her best friend Eve's relationship problems. As if life as a student wasn't complicated enough, Claire just happens to be studying in Morganville. A town run by vampires.

Trouble seems to follow Claire and her friends like a shadow and tonight is no exception to the rule. They must must find the most difficult documents for a vampire to acquire; people passes that will allow 'bad ass' Morley and his friends to leave Morganville. But it's proving incredibly difficult, and with the odds seemingly stacked against them, the biggest question of all is...

Will they survive?

The opening pages of the book see Claire and her friends living their usual Morganville style lives - dodging bullies and vampires while getting on with their daily business. Excitement is provided in the form of permission passes to leave Morganville for a short trip to Dallas so that Michael Glass, Claire's housemate and vampire friend, can go to record a demo CD of his music. The only down-side is that they are to be escorted to Dallas by Oliver, the unfathomable vampire who everyone loves to hate. Needless to say, nothing goes according to plan and it isn't long before the happy holiday travellers find themselves up to their necks in vampires and danger.

The tourist board for the job of promoting rural Texas as a nice place to visit will despair at the depiction of the small towns that Claire and friends travel through. The first small town is plagued by red-necks and the second town is infested with zombie-like killer vampires. Oh well, who visits rural Texas anyway?

Kiss of Death has everything that Morganville Vampires fans have come to expect from the series - fast paced plotting, high octane action and dangerous vampires, interspersed with witty banner and occasional laughs. The only thing missing is Myrnin. It's fair to say that Myrnin's mad scientist vampire character is my favorite character in the series. One minute he's sweet, the next he's homicidally dangerous - certainly there's never a dull moment when he's around. Sadly in Kiss of Death he isn't around and the story seemed to have a Myrnin shaped hole in it as a result. Still the story hardly lacks for vampire villains, Morley and Oliver provide replacement undead creepiness and the zombie-like vampires that the group encounters on their travels certainly provide an abundance of blood-lust driven danger

There isn't really anything new in Kiss of Death but this fun, action-packed adventure shouldn't fail to please the series fans. I however am a bit bored in the long-run without my Myrnin.

Thanks for listening to my opinion!

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