Monday, November 19, 2012

Book #129: Bitter Blood

Title: Bitter Blood (Book #13 of the Morganville Vampires series)

Author: Rachel Caine

Date started reading: Nov. 20, 2012
Date finished reading: Nov. 26, 2012

Publish date: November 2012
ISBN: 978-0451238115
Number of pages: 416

Official summary: "For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within. Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires. To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news ... or worse." (

How I obtained the book: Bought for $15.29 from Walmart using a giftcard I got for my birthday.

My commentary:  I've really loved this series, but it's starting to get a little old. This book was pretty good, but it had some parts that just kept dragging on and on. The first eight books in the series were about half the size of this book, and I think I actually preferred  the smaller books because Caine's writing just seemed tighter without as much fluff as this book. This book did have some surprises that kept things interesting overall, making me glad I've continued with the series. But at the same time, I do think it's a good thing that the series is supposed to end soon.

Memorable quotes:
  • "If you'd become a vampire, you'd have so much more potential." ~ Myrnin to Claire
  • "Ah, Morganville. Where dressing to hide bloodstains was just good daily planning." ~ Claire
  • "Apparently, prejudices didn't die, even when people died." ~ Claire
  • "Wow. Who turned you into the Green-Eyed Monster? And don't tell me you got bitten by a radioactive spider. There's no superhero of jealousy." ~ Shane to Claire
  • "Guess what? Payback's a bitch. And so am I." ~ Monica
  • "Really? That's what creeps you out. Waxing. You can take on vampires and draug and killers, but you're afraid of a little chest-hair pulling?" ~ Claire
    "Yes because I am sane." ~ Shane
  • "Shane, the closest you ever got to the Boy Scouts was when that whole troop of them beat you up in the fourth grade." ~ Eve
    "Be fair -- they were Brownies, and those girls were soccer-trained. Mean kickers." ~ Shane
  • "You have an impressive amount of crazy in that head." ~ Eve to Claire
  • "Don't play at word games with me. I was a master of it before your country even existed." ~ Myrnin to Claire
  • "Morganville lately had seemed exasperating, a broken toy that would never be put right no matter how much time and love I lavished on the repairs." ~ Amelie
  • "In an insane world, sanity made very little sense." ~ Myrnin
  • "You're not a killer. Fangs aside, I know you, man. You've got a nice-guy streak a mile wide. Now me ... Me, I'm more of a 'Welcome to the dark side' kind of person." ~ Shane to Michael
  • "It's not our fault you have more baggage than an airport at Christmas." ~ Claire to Monica
  • "The Apocalypse must be near, because a guy is arguing against grilling. That's just un-Texan, Michael." ~ Claire
  • "Could you maybe not admire the evil enemy quite so much, and focus more on how we're going to get out of this? Because I'm pretty sure we're going to die, too." ~ Claire to Myrnin
  • "My, if I didn't loathe her so much, I'd admire her." ~ Myrnin about Naomi

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