ALRIGHT. I am geeking out right now. See, here’s the think, Jen has been telling me how AWESOME the Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine is and how I seriously need to go read it. And I finally did – and she’s RIGHT. I love it! They’re dark and engaging and swoonworthy and oh-so-good. So I’m thrilled to be a part of this tour.
Scroll down for my review of the fourth book, Feast of Fools, as well as an interview with Rachel Caine, and an opportunity to win a signed copy of Feast of Fools and a signed Black Dawn bookmark!
Here are the rest of the blogs participating in the tour -
In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though, especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town’s living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he’s set for Morganville. – Goodreads
Review of Feast of Fools
GUYS. I read the first four of the Morganville Vampires series in the past 24 hours or something ridiculous, and I’m kind of on a Morganville Vampires high! And Feast of Fools, by far, has been my favourite so far!
For one thing, the plot. I mean, the plot was intense in all of the previous Morganville Vampires books, but in this one in particular I really enjoyed it. Maybe it was the addition of the new characters, not to mention the character growth we see from the ones we already know, AND THAT ENDING. Damn, that ending.
And BISHOP! He is one of the most convincingly evil bad guys I’ve ever come across. He was such a jerk, but I thought his character was very interesting and well-developed.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a proper vampire book if there wasn’t a certain amount of swoon. And swoon there was. I loved Shane, of course, and I’m kind of sort of falling for Myrnin. I mean, more so than in Midnight Alley. Because he was fun in Midnight Alley, but in Feast of Fools he’s just…brilliant.
Basically – I should have picked up the Morganville Vampires series a lot earlier. Feast of Fools was my favourite of the Rachel Caine books I’ve read so far, but I can’t wait to continue reading and see which book usurps it! Check out this series if you haven’t already.
Rachel Caine, author The Morganville Vampires
What kicked off the concept for this book?
I really had a vision this time around for Bishop’s big welcome party, and the image of it being a costume party with an evil twist was what set the whole book in motion. (However, clearly, no party is safe to attend in Morganville, ever.)
Which character do I think stood out in this book, and why?
This was the book in which Myrnin really brought the crazy (literally) to the party, with his choice of Harlequin and Pierrot costumes for himself and Claire; I think he really solidified into a character who was both fun to read and dangerous to know.
Five things I loved about writing this book:
A. Monica. There was something fun about having her be so blindly happy about getting invited to the biggest party in town, only to discover that she was just the prettiest pig at the barbecue.
B. I thought it was a nice, gut-wrenching twist for the vampire Ysandre to be able to compel Shane to her will, and basically hijack him as her date to the vampire party. Mean, but fun.
C. The spiraling-inward dance between Shane and Claire really starts heating up in a big way, and man, that was super fun to write.
D. Getting into Eve’s family life (toxic as it was) … I thought it was interesting to see how her background really influenced how she grew up into the girl we know.
E. Myrnin’s oscillation between crazy and vulnerable really was a huge challenge to write, and I love a challenge. Also, I love to write the crazy.
Five things I didn’t love about writing this book:
A. This book came at a hard time in my life, so there’s a little shadow of that in it for me — but then again, it also wrote itself very easily, so that was a balance!
B. I wanted to make Bishop even more of a threat, but there were limits to how much I thought I could do without going over the edge. So holding back is a bit of a regret.
C. I think this is the first book where I began really think about where the plot was heading, and it was quite difficult, once I’d done that, not to rush it into a definite conclusion
D. I didn’t like Bishop. He was unpleasant to write, but effective as a villain, I thought. (Mostly he was unpleasant because there was a lot of nasty backstory to him I never put into the story!)
E. That was a really mean cliffhanger. Okay, that’s true, but I actually like writing cliffhangers, so maybe that was cheating when I put it on this list.
If I could do this book over, what would I do differently, and why?
I think this is the first book I’ve written where I wouldn’t honestly change much, if anything. I was really quite satisfied with how it came out!
Favorite quoted passage from the book:
Myrnin: “I think I’m getting better.”
Claire: “I don’t think so. I wish that was true, but …”
He shoved a Tupperware container between the bars of the cell. “Here.”
Claire froze, eyeing the container doubtfully. “Umm … what is that?”
Myrnin adjusted his glasses and looked at her over the tops. “I said, brain tissue.”
“Whose brain tissue?”
He looked around the cell, eyebrows raised. “I haven’t a lot of volunteers in easy reach, you know.”
Claire had a horrible thought. She couldn’t actually bring herself to say it.
Myrnin gave her an evil smile. “We are testing the serum, are we not? And so far, I am the only test subject?”
“How can you … I don’t think I want to know.”
“Truly, I think that’s best. Please take it. I’m giving you a piece of my mind.”
What I learned from this book:
I learned that however nice the printed invitation might be, sometimes it’s better just to stay home. Also, that sometimes, a book just comes out in one nice, clean draft. VERY RARELY.
Fun research moment:
I had to research the process by which illegal drugs are created, so I could describe the process of creating and drying the crystals that Myrnin takes as an antidote for his vampire dementia. This is trickier than it seems. I think I’m still on quite a few watch lists.
Thanks so much to Rachel Caine for stopping by! I’m so glad I got a chance to finally pick up the Morganville Vampires series and read it.
Penguin is also so kindly giving away a signed copy of Feast of Fools and a Black Dawn bookmark!
How do you enter? Check out these rules and then just click the rafflecoper stuff :)
13 years or older
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