Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fade Out by Rachel Caine

"Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again...

Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve's castmates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realize that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger-and way more dangerous-than anyone suspected." -From the back

Overall: 4/5

For being such a long-winded story (and I mean that in the nicest way possible), Caine has done a fantastic job of holding readers' attention. A chronic problem with YA book series that last more than five or so books is that, you always seem to come to a point where the story just seems to keep repeating itself. Not so, with the Morganville series. She continually twists this story into directions I never would have foreseen.

Her characters are well-developed and surprisingly distinguishable from each other, each carrying their own voice loud and clear. I could see Eve being my own best friend and easily see myself falling for Shane and/or Michael, though I could do without a few certain other characters.

Characters: 5/5

Plot: 4/5

Writing: 4/5

Ending: 4/5

Cover: 4/5

I am eagerly awaiting the next installment of this series, which, by the way, already has its cover out:

I can't decide if I love these covers, or if they remind me from something out of the early 90s. What do you think?

You can see where the cover designs changed between the 3rd and the 4th books. Unfortunately, I think I like the original style the best. It looks less 90s-ish. Oh well. The new design is pretty good too. Nice font, very dramatic.

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