Bitter Blood Paperback
by Rachel Caine
Part of the Morganville Vampires series
Now that the threat to the vampires of Morganville has been defeated, the gravest danger to the human residents is the enemy within ...For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville have managed to coexist in peace.
But thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have now 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.
College student Claire Danvers, with ties to both humans and vampires, isn't about to take sides.
To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville searching 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages
- Publisher: Allison & Busby
- Publication Date: 06/11/2012
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780749012809
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Review by katie1802
I never thought I'd see myself eager to read the thirteenth novel in a series, not least a vampire series. Good ones are few and far between, but Morganville stands among the best.I'll admit, Bitter Blood definitely lacked purpose at times in comparison to previous novels. The antagonist this time around wasn't nearly threatening enough and only became a real issue towards the end of this 500 whopper.Most of the book is about settling us back into good old Morganville which I can appreciate since we haven't seen the characters go about their business in the town in a while. One gripe I had is that using Michael and Eve's marriage as a catalyst for the conflict felt a bit....eh. I mean, there was no real rush for them to get married, so the hate that ensued felt avoidable and forced. Not to mention, Eve seems really weak now. She pretty much bases her existence around Michael? Also, she has a habit of acting like being married makes their relationship more valid. Nope, a happy non-married couple is worth as much as a happy marriage. She kinda put herself and Michael above Claire and Shane. Not cool.Also, the ghost hunter plot line was weird and not as prevalent as the synopsis made it seem like it would be. I'm happy that Miranda is still around but the ghost stuff is weird and messily addressed. I really don't know how to feel about that one.One thing I need to address is Myrnin's sudden (or at least it was to me) love for Claire. I like it, but I feel like I missed some hint earlier in the books, as if I was supposed to know that. I love Shane but I wouldn't complain about a little Myrnin/Claire action. Although, frankly, I never imagined Myrnin looking like a young-ish man. I always assumed he got turned 35 . Oops.The love conflict towards the end was sucky (pun intended) because Morganville has never been about the romantic tension. I felt it though. It was realistic, and consistent with the characters and how they've reacted to similar situations in the past. I like that Claire stuck to her guns and didn't go, "ya know what? Walk all over me and don't trust me". She held her ground and damn am I proud. She made difficult decisions for herself and that's all I can ask of her.This one gets my approval