Title: Bitter Blood (Morganville Vampires #13)
Author: Rachel Caine
Length: 404 pages
Genre: urban fantasy
Where Bethany’s Copy Came From: IndyPL
Plot Basics: After defeating the draug, the vampires of Morganville are taking the top spot again, despite promises to give humans more equality. When the humans are asked to carry identification, Claire and her friends take issue. As usual, Claire and co. get in way over their heads as they try to figure out what might be behind the vampires’ behavior.
Banter Points: I’ve been trying to finish this series for ever and I’m down to the last two after this one. The first six books are still the best, but of the recent ones, this one was really good, probably because it felt like a return to the beginning of the series. The humans v. the vampires was the main plot — no weird drugs, no strange enemies in the water-monster draug. Forcing the characters to figure out who they could trust, again, was a nice echo of the first few books.
This one also had interesting ideas about political resistance which felt a little too on point for today.
With two more books to go, I’ll be interested to see how Caine puts an end on the series.
Bummer Points: I started reading these books when the series launched in 2006. In the ensuing 11 years, I don’t have quite as much as patience for the YA side of these books, especially the romantic drama.
Also, there was a strange subplot with ghosts that was never fully explained and just bogged down the interesting part.
Word Nerd Recommendation: For an older teen reader, these are still a good choice.