Sunday, June 26, 2011

Lord of Misrule (Spoiler-Free, for those who haven't read the series...yet)

Review Time! I decided to give myself two days off blogging and now I'm back! The problem with taking breaks is that the reviews just pile up right now I have six books in desperate need of a review! Lord of Misrule is the fifth book in the Morganville Vampires series written by Rachel Caine! Thanks to Penguin for the review copy!

(Goodreads) Morganville. Texas. Just south of normal. In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, a master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn't the only threat. Violent black clouds promise a storm of devastating proportions. As student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against the elements - both natural and unnatural - the unexpected happens: Morganville's vampires begin to vanish one by one. Discovering why leads Claire to one last choice: swear allegiance to Bishop...or die.

The Short Story - I lied in my last review of this series. Feast of Fools wasn't my favourite...this one is! Exciting, unpredictable and action-packed! It's war in Morganville! Brilliant plot that's only getting better, characters that you simply have to love and a vampire series like no other! It's different, it's unique and if you haven't read Morganville Vampires haven't experienced vampire fiction at it's best!

The Long Story - Okay, so I've changed my mind and said this novel is my favourite of the lot so far. Numerous reasons for this change of heart that I will be sharing in this review. My hope is that you will stay for the duration of this pent-out rant on how awesome Lord of Misrule is! It's spoiler free for those of you who haven't dug into the series yet.

So I'm a romance junkie yes? There are two types of romances in YA fiction - 1) marketed romance 2) love that's real and believable. I admit that I like both but the romance in Morganville falls into the latter category. Caine hasn't promised us a happy ending between my favourite characters Shane and Claire or their less-awesome but still awesome roommates Eve and Michael but the love is real or as real as fiction can get :P As far as romance goes, Lord of Misrule was an important milestone.For one, three very important words were said, two, their love for each other is really put to the test as Morganville starts to crumble around them! Some of the best romance I have read!

The characterisation was absolutely fantastic as always! I didn't think it was possible for me to fall more in love with them but I did! Brilliant characters, every one of them different and significant in one way or another. I even started to like the characters that I once thought I would never like. The relationship between the characters have developed as well. New friends and allies are made and everyones' sticking together because there is a more dangerous threat in town ( Bishop). Again, I can't say tell you how much I appreciate Caine's take on vampires. They aren't sparkly or all that attractive but they're mean and cunning and how vampires should be. Thank-you Caine for writing vampires as they should be!

However the epic plot was definitely the cherry on top! Fast-paced, unpredictable, heart-thumping action! With the new arrivals in town, Morganville is in chaos! Brilliant, lots of action but still with room left for romance and an epic killer ending that leaves me wanting for more! Fantastic from start to finish, Lord of Misrule is a guaranteed good read with no boring bits. I read this in one ( reasonable short) sitting! Fantastic narrative voice that's comfortable and easy to understand. YA as it should be written!

I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record but The Morganville Vampires is one series you must read. Add it to your bucket list, head to the nearest bookstore, this is vampire faction written as it should be. Authentic, exciting and absolutely brilliant! This is one series you wouldn't want to miss!

Badass Bookie xx


  1. I HAVE book 1... but have yet to read it!!!

  2. I need to start with book one so I can get to this one.

  3. I read the first book and loved it to bits. I'm still looking out for the next books here but it looks like I've got to order them from TBD. :D Great review! Thank you!