Sunday, May 27, 2012

Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy
Morganville Vampires Series, Book 12

Description (taken from 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.

Oh boy, me reviewing the twelfth book in a series without trying to give the plot away.  Yeah, this isn't going to work.  So, let me tell you, I will not talk about the plot at all because it'll ruin parts of the last book and some gradual parts that grew with the story.  Instead, I'll give you my opinion of this book (maybe).

First off, I have always been a Myrnin fan from the very beginning.  I like Shane, but he's not my favorite, and I'd totally be okay with Claire leaving Shane for Myrnin if I knew it wouldn't break any hearts.  Last Breath was by far my favorite book of the series, and those who've read it can probably guess why.  So, this one left me slightly disappointed.  I still love the series and the characters, this just wasn't one of my favorite reads.

So why was I disappointed?  You see a heck of a lot of character growth in the first eleven books.  And I felt like a lot of it was thrown out the window when I read, "I'm not worth his/her love.  I don't know how on earth we ended up and are still together.  I'm not worthy of his/her love.  It would only make sense for him/her to leave me."  Something along those lines.  What is up with all the self-doubt and low self-worth?!?  Is it a teenager thing?  I remember thinking things along those lines when I was younger, but I don't think them anymore.  Because honestly, I'm my biggest cheerleader after I realized no one's going to do the job for me.  So hearing those thoughts from my favorite characters turned me off from the book.  Maybe it was still appropriate for the characters and the plot helps justify some of it, but I was not sympathetic.

The Morganville Vampire Series as a whole is just awesome.  And I will tell all young adult vampire fans to read these books.  But you're going to see highs and lows within a series; this was a low for me.  Regardless, I'm still eagerly anticipating the next one.

Challenges:  Young Adult Reading Challenge

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