Jul 26, 2016

Review: Midnight Bites by Rachel Caine

Title: Midnight Bites
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: NAL
Publishing Date: March 1, 2016
Pages/Format: 512, Paperback
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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine presents a collection of stories—including six new tales—featuring the little Texas town that’s overrun by the undead. 
By day, Morganville, Texas, is just a typical college town. By night, the vampires emerge and take control.... 
In a town where it’s not safe to be out after dark, student Claire Danvers and her friends have had their fair share of thrills. But Morganville still has a few secrets left to tell.
Now, in this collection, you can venture down the town’s strange streets, revisit all the tales you’ve come to love, and experience six new stories featuring your favorite Morganville residents—both human and vampire...

Book in One Word: H O M E .

You know when a series you love comes to an end and you're filled with despair because you'll never get new stories from that world ever again? Can you imagine feeling that and then learning that, almost three years after one of your most favorite series came to a bittersweet end, there was going to be a new installment? I'll tell you what that feeling is. JOY. Pure, unadulterated JOY. But mixed in with some tears because YOU ARE GOING BACK TO MORGANVILLE...or, you know, a favorite series.

Rachel Caine began Midnight Bites with a little note, and in that note she said something that hit me like a stake to the heart: "Because, as you know, once you're a Morganville resident...you'll never want to leave." That's so very Morganville--because you can't actually really leave Morganville, Texas--and it's so very true because I'll always be a part of Morganville and Morganville will always be a part of me. Here's the thing about this now sixteen-book series: it's like home to me. When I read these books, I am home. In a middle-of-nowhere town where all kinds of bad and crazy things happen, and where humans and vampires live, somewhat coexisting, I am home. I can picture Claire, Shane, Eve, and Michael walking down the streets of the real world, I can see them right there. I know them. I love this world and the stories and the characters and everything. Sure, it's not perfect. But I don't really give a damn. Because I LOVE this series. And returning to it was a TREAT.

Midnight Bites isn't exactly new or a continuation of the Morganville Vampires series. This sixteenth installment (that may seem like a large number, but I swear to you it's not. You will never want this series to end, and there will never be enough books) is a collection of Morganville short stories that Rachel Caine wrote for various websites and collections throughout Morganville's publishing reign. And there are SIX NEW STORIES. Six. I loved the older stories because I'd already read most of them, and it was a nice refresher to get to experience them again. But the new stuff? I need all the new stuff. All of it. I am a monster whose hunger can never be satiated, and that hunger is more Morganville, forever and always.

Through Midnight Bites I was really able to see the varying voices of the Morganville characters, for the majority of the books were told through Claire's point of view. I also appreciated the time spectrum--way, way back in the present to post-Daylighters. My favorite short stories are always Claire's or Shane's, because one typically involves the other and THOSE TWO. And of course I adore Michael and Eve. These four are my Morganville Gang, my bedazzled-stake-wielding gang. But the standout was new content from the one and only vampire-bunny-slipper-wearing, mad-scientist vampire Myrnin. The voice and writing was so different from the other stories, but it was also so damn good. Like, wow. It was eloquent and fitting of the times and just worked. I loved it. PERFECTION.

My struggle with this review--and whenever I write about this series--is that it's hard to write anything else except "I love this series." I could write infinite love letters to the Morganville Vampires, and I don't think I'm exaggerating in the slightest. I will note that you could read Midnight Bites before reading the rest of the series, but I would recommend reading it after, for the stories take place all over the series and you will be spoiled. Just know that you should absolutely read this series. I'm not saying vampires will come to your house with the Bloodmobile if you don't, but I'm just saying. And if you're already a fan of this series and haven't read Midnight Bites, what in the bloody hell are you waiting for? Oh, and Rachel Caine? Please return to Morganville again soon. I'm a little homesick. And thirsty for some Common Grounds.

Did I like it? Yesss.
Did I love it? I will sign proof of my love for this series with my own blood.
Would I reread it? Absolutely.
Would I purchase it? Of course I had this preordered.
Who would I recommend it to? If you like to be immersed in series or are a fan of vampires, then voila. Also, are you my friend? Because here, have one of my favorite series.


  1. Off topic but--- Your hair would look so awesome the color of this girl's!!! Seriously!! You should think about it!

  2. Morganville fans would be really happy with this im sure! im not a fan but i liked the book. but cant deny the fact that stories was a little dragged this time. And i felt all the stories were kind of a same.


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