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Monday, March 29, 2010

Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

Lord of Misrule – The Morganville Vampires Book 5 by Rachel Caine
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (231 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat.

Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.

Vampires and humans can get along, right? Only when there’s understanding and cooperation—or a giant tornado heading into town to destroy everything. Now that I have your attention, you need to read Lord of Misrule.

This is the fifth book in the Morganville Vampires series, but I have to say, it’s a great read on its own. Yes, it does help to have the subplots of the prior stories explained, but really, you don’t need it.

I liked that the vampires and humans co-existed for the most part. I even liked that despite the crazy nature of a college town, things are pretty low key in Morganville. As I’d expect with a teen novel, there is plenty of angst. Claire and Shane have a gutsy little romance going and for a heroine, Claire kicks some serious behind. She is a great role model for teen girls because she sticks up for herself and those she cares about. That’s not to say she’s perfect, but she’s relatable.

The writing is tight and fast-paced. I went through this book in one sitting and raved for more! Bishop is everything I wanted to hate in a bad guy and the dichotomy of the town once they decide to choose sides gripped me and made me laugh out loud at times.

If you want a story that will pull you in and make you hunger for more, then you’ve found what you need in Lord of Misrule. I give this book 4 suns.

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