Saturday, 12 May 2012

Review: Black Dawn by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #12)

Title: Black Dawn
Author: Rachel Caine
Publication date: May 1st 2012
Publisher: Allison and Bubsy
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Cover rating: 4/5
Content rating: 5/5
Buy: Amazon / The Book Depository

Description via Goodreads
In Last Breath, the rain brought a new and dire threat to Morganville and its vampires... their ancient enemies, the draug. Now, the vampires are fighting a losing war, and it will fall to the residents of the Glass House: Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire, to take the fight to an enemy who threatens to destroy the town, forever.
My thoughts:
I love The Morganville Vampires series with all my heart. I've read all the books to date a few times and I only do that with absolute all-time favourites. I tend to complain when a series just goes on and on but seriously? I don't want this one to end, ever. I don't know how I can ever let go of these wonderfully developed characters and their scarily addictive story.  Everything about these books just draw me in and refuses to let go. They're so incredibly gripping and entertaining. The only bad thing is that I get so caught up in them I finish them in no time and then I'm left waiting impatiently for the next book. I try to pace myself but it's just not possible.

Black Dawn picks up right where book eleven left off. Morganville is in serious danger as the draug (the only thing that really terrifies vampires) are in town and threatening to ruin everything! We see humans and vampires somewhat reluctantly joining together to fight a common enemy. This whole book was so insanely intense. I had to put it down several times because it was freaking me out so much! It really messes with your emotions and I was so terrified for my favourite characters because they have to face some awful situations. Yet they do it with courage and never really think about not fighting. They're all seriously brave and I love how, as always, Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire look out for each other even when they're not getting on.

Shane gets a lot of focus in this book- something I'm sure many fans won't mind at all! Of course, as always where Shane is concerned, it's not always good focus and will probably make your heart freak out and have you refusing to believe what you've just read. Shane has a way of always getting into sticky situations (not always his fault, really) and terrifying both the characters and the readers! Claire is awesome and has gotten even tougher, something I didn't think was even possible. She's so selfless and smart, it's hard not to like her. Their relationship faces some problems but neither of them run away from the problems and it's interesting watching them try to deal.

Myrnin is as awesome (and wacky) as ever and made me laugh out loud so many times. He's also getting really sweet and at times was seemed to be becoming a bit of a softie! Michael and Eve are still reeling from the events of book eleven. This book is told from many POVs, which works sometimes and doesn't work other times. I like seeing things from Shane and Claires perspective, but I'm really wasn't too crazy about the times it switched to Eve. I really love her as a character but her POVs just don't work for me. Overall, this is book is amazing and I have no idea how I'm going to handle the wait until book 13, which isn't out until November of this year. I can't recommend this series enough, even though new-comers will certainly have a lot to catch up on!


  1. Mrynin is amazing! I love that guy. :D I completely agree with you. I NEVER want this series to end and it's pretty astounding really that it's 12 books in and things are still turning. Brilliant review, Nicola!

  2. Okay, so I've heard that this series is awesome from a number of people. BUT IT'S ON LIKE BOOK 1000 NOW SO HOW WILL I EVER CATCH UP? Haha, kidding obviously but... woah. I'll probably wait until all the books are published (although maybe that will never even happen and they'll just keep coming) to read them. Then I can read them all in one shot! The characters definitely sound great and if they can still keep you entertained after this long, there must be something special about them. Great review, Nicola! :)


    1. You should start reading now, looking forward to "the next book" is one of the greatest things about the series!! ;D

    2. You should start reading now, looking forward to "the next book" is one of the greatest things about the series!! ;D

  3. I still haven't manage to start reading this series! :/ Guess I really need to dive in to my tbr-pile :D

    Thanks for stopping by, new follower!

    Monaliz @ Mind Reading?

  4. Here, you might kick me now. I confess that I haven't read this series yet! I know, I really need to start it soon because everyone keep gushing how much they love this book. You know, peer pressure... LOL, no I do intend to start reading it the first book, once my pile of TBR books get smaller. Finger crossed it will! :)

    Fantastic review, Nicola! And I can't believe that I haven't followed you yet! New follower here! :)

  5. Great review. I don't want this series to end ever either. And I agree about the POV, I much preferred Shane and Claire's. Rachel said the next book has a POV of Myrnin and its very funny. Can't wait for that :)

  6. Oh I'm looking forward to this, the last ended on such a cliffhanger, but there are SOOOOOOOO many books out this month that seem to have got priority for me...City of Lost Souls, Insurgent, Until I Die...the list goes on & on & on LOL
    Great review :)

  7. Nice new design! Can't believe they're on book twelve...I never read book two. Really does seem like it's been going on forever, and itseems weird when you think about long running series finishing. I really do need to catch up with this...

  8. Looooovveeddd your review of Black Dawn! I really enjoyed it and I completely agree :D

  9. Great review Nicola :)

    I also enjoyed this book! Love how you included both the UK and the US cover. They're both pretty and I love the UK the best!

    Thanks for visiting my WoW this week.:)

  10. Glad to see that this series is still amazing even though it is quite the long series at this point. Normally when series go past books 4ish they start to go downhill fast but it looks like this one has still captured readers.

    Thanks for the amazing review! I have the first four books in this series so now I'm really excited to read them!


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