Last Breath by Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #11
Published by Penguin
Published on: November 1, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?
I think I would love to spend a few hours in Rachel Caine’s head, because I am sure it’s an amazing place. I truly do not know how she did it, but after ten books in the Morganville Vampire series, she managed to write her best book in the series yet, in book eleven. Book eight, Kiss of Death, is a close second, and very memorable in this series, but this one totally blew all the rest out of the water. And since I have loved all of the books, that is saying a lot!
It actually began in a very innocuous way, to the point that I really wondered where the book was going. It didn’t take long before things began to happen, simple things like humans showing up with tattoos of stakes on their arms-in a vampire controlled town, really? Other things like Claire seeing a weird sort of man who keeps appearing and disappearing. To make it more interesting, only Claire seems to be able to see him. This is all happening around preparations for Michael and Eve’s engagement party. Of course, now that Michael is a vampire, the other vampires in town are against the marriage. And the human’s are just as against it, as the vampires.
Most of these books all center around a party or an event that usually ends up utter chaos and bloodshed. To even imagine an engagement party between a vampire and a human not being the usual horrible episode is pretty unthinkable, at this point. That being said, there is so much more going on in this story. As in life changing things that doesn’t involve a wedding at all. Something new has come to Morganville, something that has cool, collected, powerful, Amelie(Founder of Morganville) ready to shut down Morganville and leave. As in run. And Oliver, her second in command, ready to stand against the threat. As always, Claire, her boyfriend Shane, and roommates Michael and Eve, are right in the middle of it all. Mrynin, the kinda crazy, but super charming vampire, is also front and center this time as well. I am going to leave it at that, as everything ramps up and extremely surprised me, and I really don’t want to ruin it for the reader.
Cliffhanger? Yes, there is one, and actually it’s a pretty big one. Not a fan. But, it’s still the best in the series, in my opinion, so it’s really not to be missed. The characters are just like friends at this point for me because they are so well realized, not to mention so likable, except for the ones that aren’t. The premise was intricately plotted and the pacing perfect, and that all contributed to this being a favorite of the series for me. I literally could not put this one down and pretty much read it non-stop. Highly recommended to older, mature young adults(16+) to adult.