Book Review: Bite Club

Bite Club CoverBook: Bite Club by Rachel Caine

Published May 2011|Published by Penguin Group|368 pages|Purchased for my Nook

Part of a series? Yes, Morganville Vampires #10

Genre: YA/Paranormal- Vampires

Find out more: Goodreads|Barnes And Noble|Amazon|Rachel Caine’s Website Summary: After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble. 

There’s a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville…

Morganville Vampires!  I really do like this series more and more, and Bite Club is no exception to that.

First of all, the title of the book is super cute and super appropriate, given what happens in the book.  It’s no surprise that Shane is one of the humans fighting vampires.  He’s definitely angrier in Bite Club than we’ve ever seen him- and you have to wonder if maybe he’s always been so angry, and going to the gym really brought that out.  But I just didn’t like seeing him so angry and wounded (even if maybe I knew it was kind of there, just simmering under the surface).

There is a bit of trouble where Shane and Claire’s relationship is concerned- he, understandably so, is worried that Claire’s relationship with Myrnin is more than a teacher-student relationship.  I really hope it doesn’t kill their relationship in the next few books, but I have the feeling it could become more of an issue for the rest of the series.

One thing I thought was interesting was seeing certain things from Shane’s perspective.  It really made me wish he were really so I could slap him!  It worked a lot better than I expected.  I like that you see his thought process.  While his parts of the book were in italics, Caine seemed to slip in his perspective a little too suddenly.  I’m willing to overlook it, though, because it’s the first time I’ve seen her do the multiple narrator thing.

Also weird?  Everyone seemed to figure out something was wrong a little too slowly, and it took them a while to figure out what to do about it.  Either there’s a side of Shane we’ve never seen, or they’re just really being stupid for not noticing that he’s acting really different.  I do wonder what’s in store for Michael and Eve, what with the huge life decision they’ve made- which also kind of seemed to come out of nowhere.  And Kim was completely ridiculous, especially at the end of the book.  Goodness, how many times does Shane have to say that he loves Claire?

And Claire NOT GOING TO MIT?!?!?!  What is going on with that?  For pretty much the entire series, we’ve heard about how much Claire wants to go to MIT, and when she actually gets the chance to go, she passes it up?  And all because MIT and science will be there, but she only has so much time to learn what she can from Myrnin?  Seriously?  There’d better be a dang good reason for this…

I’m definitely looking forward to Last Breath (the next book in the series) because I can’t wait to see how things play out.

Final thoughts:

There were definitely some surprises in Bite Club, and it was definitely interesting…and made things in Morganville super-interesting.  As much as I loved this book, there were some things that were frustrating.  Bite Club gets 5 stars.

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