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Monday, April 5, 2010

Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine

Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (241 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

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?

Power hungry vampires and humans under lockdown! What’s next? You have to read Carpe Corpus to find out.

This series is action-packed, no doubt. Rachel Caine knows how to draw the reader in and hold him or her firmly in the seat. I was hooked from page one.

As the story progresses from the previous installment, Claire, the main heroine comes into her own. She wants to see her boyfriend, restore order to town, and be a normal seventeen year old. Sounds daunting? It is. But I couldn’t put the book down. I liked the idea that Claire’s working for the other side—with the bad guy—in order to help keep the fragile peace. For teens, she’s a great role model.

But I have to admit, the secondary characters, the other inhabitants of the Glass House, really made the story come to life for me. The interplay between Amelie and her father The Bishop. I could relate to the power struggle between father and daughter. In this case, The Bishop is truly on the side of evil, but I could see how he could be interpreted as a puppet master.

Again, there is the typical young adult angst and plot twists to make this book a joy to read and made me want the next installment (and the rest of the series for that matter) right now!

If you want a great book for a summer afternoon, then you need to read Carpe Corpus. I give this novel 4 suns.

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