The 7th installment of the Morganville vampire series is still kicking some tush! I honestly couldn't see how FadeOut would hold my interest after all Claire and the gang have been through with Bishop, but was I ever glad to be wrong! Fade Out not only held my interest, but I read the whole book in one sitting. A new character is introduced into the story, and you totally feel for Claire, as Eve makes this person her new BFF. But sometimes you have to be careful of the friends you make, especially in Morganville.
//FadeOut// is the seventh book in Rachel Caine's popular MorganvilleVampires series, which is set in a fictional town ruled by vampires. This is very much a part of a series, for it deals with the aftermath of dramatic events in previous books, but Caine's writing is so engaging that at times, it can override the bewilderment felt by a new reader. The plot begins simple enough: the town of Morganville has rid itself of the evil vampire overlord Bishop, and everyone hopes things can return to normal. Claire Danvers and her friends, typical teens with snark and heart, are the most hopeful, until friend Eve joins the theater and things get spooky real fast. Dangerous events prove that Bishop's absence hasn't lessened the threat vampires pose to humans, and Caine quickly turns what began as a typical teenage drama into a taut chiller, where Claire quickly proves her mettle. However, as mentioned above, //Fade Out// is part of a somewhat long series, and while I am glad Caine didn't constantly reference past events in the narrative, it was a bit frustrating to have to gloss over holes in the plot that could only be filled by reading the other books. Otherwise, //Fade Out// proves that the vampire craze sees no sudden end as long as well-written and engaging books like this are published.
Probably the best one since the first few of the series.
I enjoyed this series, but it was getting a little too much lately, but finally, this book snapped it out of the over-the-top drama that made me tired mentally. This book was a good stand alone book (better than the others at least), and it did not end with a cliff hanger, which was a relief.
Spoilers coming up, so read on with caution!!!!!
In this book, Eve becomes friends with another goth named Kim, who is called the historian by the vampires because she is chronicling their history on video. However, she is actually using this as a way to shoot a reality show about Morganville. It becomes clear that she had help from a vampire or two when Claire and her friends discover that there are multiple cameras (almost 75) hidden throughout town and even in houses (Glass house included) and in restricted vampire only places. When Kim comes up missing from the play rehearsal that she is starring with Eve in the local theater, the group goes to Kim's house to find her. Instead, they find hidden cameras and discover the truth about Kim. They remove and destroy the cameras and the hard drives backing up the footage eventually. Later, they find Kim has been brain damaged by Ada. Ada was the secret one helping Kim, along with a few rogue vampires (Morley). Ada did this because she wants to take control of Morganville in her warped mind now that she has become defective through Myrnin's virus.
Ada has spent the entire book trying to kill Claire with spiders and vampires and sabotaging the portal travel. She has to be reset, and when she realizes that she is beyond repair, she commits suicide. It also turns out that Myrnin and Ada were deeply in love, and this is very sad character development since Ada dies in the end. Amelie is of little help herself, as she mourns for Sam, and even tries to commit suicide.
You get to see softer sides of the vampires, but ironically, Michael is slipping away from his softness and is slowly becoming less human. Also, Myrnin, even though healed, is still crazy and unpredictable. He is more of a murderer than he let on, virus or not. Oliver seems to have the hots for Amelie, who may or may not return the favor. He pushes her back in her normal mode of business by challenging her and keeping their cat and mouse game continuing.
The book ends with Morley making a pact with the group that if Claire cannot get them and other rogue vamps a pass out of town, they will kill them--in a month. Also, Monica is back to her mean self, and she is no longer meek. Michael gets a big break in his music career, and things begin to calm down in the human vampire equality pact.
The crazy thing--two sex tapes came out of the Glass House in this book. Funny, right?
Morganville is a town built and ran by Vampires they keep there selves secluded and protected from all outside influences. Once your there you may not leave. All mail, internet and phone call are monitored by the vampires to make sure there town stays secrete. Each human must have a protector who they sign a contract with in which the vampire guarantees there safety from of other vampires in the town in return for their loyalty and servitude. Those who have a protector ware a bracelet with the markings of their protector on it for all to see to keep them self from becoming lunch. Those who do not sign , well let just say they need to learn to run really fast if they expect to survive a night in Morganville.
Amelie is the founder and leader of the town. There is some who'd like nothing better than to destroy her and take over the town. Then we have vigilante humans who are tired of the vampire way and are revolting. Of course there is just the way to brave humans who think none of the rules apply to them and wind up causing all kinds of unnecessary drama. Thrown into the mix is these four friends who are just trying to survive Morganville without incident, but seam to always wind up at the heart of the drama every time.
You have Michael the strong handsome musician, did I mention is also vampire not just any vampire the youngest vampire in town. There is Even the Goth crazy hot chic, also Michaels' girl friend. She has chosen not to sign with a vampire after the abusive vampire who held her parent's contract tried to get her once she turned eighteen to sign with him. Then there is Shane the ruggedly handsome bad boy slacker, has a bad attitude towards all vampires including his best friend Michael at times. Lastly there is Claire all the books are from her point of view. She is super smart , she skipped two years of high school to come to collage in Morganville just as a step before moving on to a university. But instead of the Collage education she was looking for she got a crash course in vampires.
In this book Claire and her friends must try and find Eves friend who's gone missing after starting her work on short documentary. As they investigate they soon realize that not only is the subject of the film the vampires themselves, but that the project is a whole lot bigger and way more dangerous. Then also trying to deal with the Rouge Vamps who are set on killing them just to anger Amelie . Not to mention the Crazy computer that runs the whole town is set to kill Claire any way possible. They must do all this wail just trying to stay alive in Morganville.
I loved this series it is my Favorite YA series. This book was great I think my favorite book was book 6 but this one did not disappoint at all. IT had all the action and a good story. I think my favorite character is Shane he is just the bad boy and he loves Claire so much and is willing to run in without thinking and save her or his friends at all costs. I think that's what makes him so likeable. But I do have to say that Myrnin is defiantly a close second the series would be the same without him. He is Claire's' Vampire boss who is a not all together upstairs. He just is so funny, the way he dresses and talks.
I have included two of my favorite quotes of Myrnins from Fade Out:
Claire found herself staring at his feet, which were in bunny slippers.
Myrnin looked down "what?" He asked "they're quite comfortable." He lifted one to look at it and the ears wobbled in the air. .....
"I'm surprised you didn't get the ones with fangs, "she said
"They have ones with fangs? Excellent!"
"What happened to your face?" -Myrnin
"You," Claire snapped. "Remember?"
"I certainly did not order you to stand out in the sun. What possible good would that do?" - Myrnin
"Box? UV bomb? Ringing any bells?" - Claire
"Oh." Myrnin considered this carefully,then sighed. "Yes. Quite my fault. So sorry. What were we talking about?"
I started reading this series because my daughter wanted to read them. It is now a series I look forward to sitting down with. I learned a lesson with this one don't start the book at bedtime. It has been some time since I wanted to skip sleep to finish a book. I read this cover to cover in one sitting. The characters are so real in their unreal world. I would recommend it for the 15+ group.
Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again-
Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve-s castmates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realize that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger-and way more dangerous-than anyone suspected.