Book Review: Black Dawn

Black Dawn CoverBook: Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

Published May 2012 by Penguin Group|Pages: 400

Source: E-book|Nook Store

Series: Morganville Vampires #12

Genre: YA Paranormal- Vampires

Goodreads|Rachel Caine’s Website

Summary: With its eclectic mix of vampire and human citizens, Morganville, Texas, has always been a risky place to call home. But with the invasion of the vampire’s deadliest enemy, Morganville isn’t just in danger–it’s dying…

Ever since the draug–mysterious creatures that prey on vampires–took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie–the town founder–has been infected by the master draug’s bite.

Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Morganville Vampire book, and I had forgotten how addicting this series is, because this was a hard book to put down!

We see Morganville go to war against the draug, and unsurprisingly, Morganville wins.  There was a point where the draug had Shane, and you’re reading it and it’s like, is this really happening?  This can’t be real…and of course, it’s not, but it was not my favorite part of the book…mostly because it didn’t fit in with how things usually go in the series.

And the whole thing with Amelie and Naomi and Oliver…goodness.  That’s all I want to say about that, because who know how things are going to turn out.

I also liked Miranda’s storyline, and how it kind of brought you back to the first book- in a VERY interesting way.

What’s amazing to me is that 12 books in is that I’m still completely riveted by what’s going on.  There’s also something completely weird going on, and Caine really is doing a great job with keeping things interesting, and with keeping the characters interesting.  Which isn’t really surprising, because I think I bring this up in almost every single review for this series.

I have to say that this is the book where I wasn’t really surprised by the defeat of Magnus and the survival of Amelie.  You really have to wonder if and how this will change things in Morganville.

I loved seeing how Myrnin does have a certain affection for Claire.  Seriously, I love how ridiculous Myrnin- he is seriously off his rocker, and he has this whole mad scientist thing going on.  But he really is this interesting character, and one of my favorites.

I have to say, I’m a little sorry to see Richard Morrell go.  He really is one of the good guys, but it’s also no surprise that he’s also a character who’s easily expendable.

Overall, it’ll be interesting to see how Morganville rebuilds after the events of this book and Last Breath, the one that precedes this one.

I really am at a loss with this one, because I don’t want to give away anything huge, and because I don’t want to sound like a broken record.

Final Thoughts:

Black Dawn is a great addition to the series!  I love how things are constantly changing in Morganville and how I never know what to expect.  Caine is so consistent with her characters and her worlds.  Black Dawn gets 5 stars.

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