Kiss of Death: The Morganville Vampires Book Eight – Rachel Caine

Book eight of The Morganville Vampires begins with something pretty normal – laundry. Claire’s screwed up and dyed everyone’s laundry pink. Not the end of the world for her and Eve, but the boys are going to be pretty peeved. Soon, though, it’s the least of Claire’s worries.

Bad-ass vampire Morley shows his face again and demands that Claire use her influence over Amelie to get him and his comrades out of town. Otherwise he’ll kill Eve and Shane. Naturally, Claire agrees, despite having no idea how she’s going to get Amelie to allow it. Soon, it appears her problem has been solved, as some “people passes” are delivered to her. Just as she’s about to rejoice, she realises they’re not for Morley and his crew, but for her, Shane, Eve and Michael. Amelie has allowed them to leave town, just for a little while so they can help Michael chase his dream of becoming a music sensation. That means one thing… road trip!

The four are excited, until they find out they must have someone accompanying them. And that someone, unfortunately, is unpopular vampire Oliver. He’s determined to stop them having any fun, and it appears he’s doing a damn good job of it.  Luckily, his bodyguard status helps them out when the three humans end up in jail for a crime they didn’t commit. Things really start hotting up when Morley, not Oliver, busts them out, only to bundle them onto a bus full of vampires and humans they’ve brought along to snack on.

Claire, Shane and Eve have no idea what their destination is, why they’ve been dragged along, and how the hell they’re going to get out of their predicament. Will Oliver and Michael come through? Or are the humans destined to be a snack after all, far away from Morganville and Amelie’s protection? Only one way to find out…

I’m quite disappointed that the book ended where it did, especially since I’ve got to wait until later in the year to read the next one. However, I thought it was a great read and couldn’t put it down. It was interesting to see the characters somewhere other than Morganville, and how this affected them and their actions. A great read, and with the kind of ending that doesn’t really hint what’s going to happen next… so this could go anywhere! I can’t wait to find out where that is.

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