Title: Fade Out
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Series: The Morganville Vampires #7
Type: Young Adult Paranormal
Now Bishop has been removed from Morganville, Claire and her friends are
enjoying a modicum of peace. But when Eve's role in the town play brings Kim
into their world Claire begins to feel left out. Kim has a history with Shane
and as Eve's new best friend, Claire is left to deal with a homicidal computer
by herself. When Kim mysteriously disappears, it soon becomes apparent that Kim
was playing with forces in Morganville best left alone.
This is the seventh book in the Morganville Vampires series (after Glass Houses, The Dead Girls' Dance, Midnight Alley, Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule and Carpe Corpus) and was a little disappointing after the previous installment. While in some ways it was nice to take a break from the frenetic pace of the last book, this takes half the book to even get started. The slower pace does allow a more normal day-to-day view of life in Morganville and there are as many twists and turns as usual.
Claire acts more immature in this book than any
other. She spends most of the book whining about how Shane had a relationship
with Kim and how everyone seems to like Kim more than her. By the time Kim goes
missing (in chapter 9) I was already bored of her drama, especially as Ada's
attempts to kill Claire have been getting more and more worrysome. Also Kim's
activities in Morganville were really interesting and could have been far better
developed had she disappeared earlier. Michael is also put in the position of
choosing between being on the human side or the vampire side, leaving his
relationship with Eve more strained than ever.
Sadly the vampire/human
relations post-Bishop are not fully explored, and with the new rights awarded to
Morganville's human residents at the end of the last book I was really looking
forward to this. Some plot lines are continued, one of which is Amelie's grief
over the loss of Sam and it is cleverly written echoing throughout her whole
All in all this was a fun read and I'm looking forward to reading Kiss of Death.