Book: Fade Out by Rachel Caine
Published November 2009|Published by Signet Books|191 Pages|Purchased for my Nook
Series: Yes, Morganville Vampires #7
Genre: YA: Paranormal-Vampires
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Goodreads.com Summary: Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again.
Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve’s castmates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realize that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger and way more dangerous than anyone suspected.
I cannot put this series down! Things seem normal in Morganville, which doesn’t last very long. I mean, we are talking about Morganville, after all. There isn’t a lot of action in Fade Out, but we do see a lot more of Ada, who gets reset and then dies. I thought Ada was a great character, with how she wanted to destroy Morganville. I don’t blame her, with how she became the machine that keeps it running. You can’t help but wonder how Morganville is going to change with Ada being down and Claire and Myrnin needing to find a new way to keep things going.
I didn’t like Kim, and while her idea of exposing Morganville was kind of brilliant, I half expected her to try to break up Shane and Claire, which would not be cool. At all. I wasn’t surprised that Michael had to make a choice between the vampires and Claire, Eve, and Shane. I’m also not surprised that Eve is finally dealing with Michael as a vampire and that he’s different now.
We also see Amelie mourning over Sam, and not being on top of things as the founder of Morganville…until Oliver suggests that he act as regent while she deals with her grief. This, of course, snaps Amelie out of her grieving, because she doesn’t want to hand things over to Oliver. We do get a little more of their background, and their relationship.
The humans in Morganville have a lot more rights, which is nice. And Shane, Eve and Claire having Neutral status in Morganville (which is very rare, as less than 10 people have had Neutral status) was something I wasn’t expecting. I’m not completely sure why Amelie would change Claire’s status to Neutral, and it makes me feel like she has something in store for Claire.
Final thoughts: I love how consistent this series is- Caine keeps building on each book, and things flow so naturally. It’s not one of my favorite books, but it does feel like the turning point in the series. Things are definitely changing in Morganville, and Caine does a great job at keeping you interested while wrapping up loose ends and bringing in new mysteries. It gets 4 stars.