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Feb 23 2012

Last Breath by Rachel Caine

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Penguin, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-921880-10-0.
(Age: 14+) Last Breath by Rachel Caine is number eleven in the Morganville series and it is a fantastic novel.
Unlike most of Rachel Caine's other Morganville novels she writes this novel from not just Claire's perspective, but Eve's, Michael's, Shane's and Amelie's also. The thrilling happenings in this novel push forward a new light in the ever bright Morganville novels. There are countless turns of events, and so many genres of surprises that so far this makes it the hardest book to stop reading in my bookshelf, as it's addictive and beautifully easy to get into. Even if you haven't read another book in the Morganville series, besides dropping a few hints of past happenings it is so easy to delve into. Even though it's book eleven, not getting caught in the story is the least of your worries.
The target audience of this novel are teens to adult, written in a fast pace with flashes of every emotion on call. The characters in this novel are easy to relate to. Rachel has given them such realistic emotions and thoughts that I often pull out of this novel thinking, 'Hmm, I wonder what mischievous Myrnin is up to, what will he do next', or in times of thrill, after hours I find myself wondering what is going to happen to a certain character, feeling his or her emotions as my own. The plot is fool-proof and has so many unexpected twists that I believe even the most skeptic readers will be hooked.
The story centres on Claire Danvers. Claire and her friends all live together in one of Morganville's founder homes, The Glass House. It starts with the average happenings in Morganville, average business etc. But, everyone finds it a tad strange when vampires from all over town start to go missing, shops start to shut and the cracks in Amelie's exquisitely controlled armour start to show. It gets worse when a stranger from a small orbital town appears with nothing but an envelope directed to the Founder of Morganville, Amelie. Things start to get out of hand when Claire starts seeing a person that she's never seen before and after a glimpse, can hardly remember what she saw. And everything goes downhill when the vamps start to worry.
Buckle up and enjoy this thrilling tale of events that is Morganville.
Sarah Filkin, Year 10

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