Title: Feast of Fools
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Series
Book #: 4
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: .8
Published: June 4th, 2008.
The wait is over. Dig into the feast...
In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though—especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town’s living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he’s set for Morganville.Taschima's POV:
Possible spoilers for books 1 (Glass Houses), 2 (The Dead Girl's Dance), and 3 (Midnight Alley). This is book 4 in the series, if you have come here for a review you probably know whats been going on by now.
And thus I've returned to the land of the vampires. Morganville, I didn't really miss you, but I felt a sort of duty to finish you off. A self challenge if you will. Now I look back at myself and pat myself in the back with a grin, because if the first 3 books in the series were "okay" from this point on it seems like it's going to be "awesome!".
Feast of Fools is really a turning point book were the reading goes from "I'll read it cause I have to finish it" to "holy crap I MUST finish it!". What I've always liked about the Morganville series, and this is also the reason I returned, it's that the vampires here are so not black and white. They are not evil per se, but they aren't good either. Most important of all, they always keep you guessing.
Claire is this 16 year old girl who is ridiculously smart. She is so smart that she got into MIT (at 16), but since her parents didn't think she was mature enough to live so far away from home they send her to Morganville, an hour away, to begin her studies. They figured she would be safe there. Boy, they couldn't have been more wrong. All sorts of bad stuff happens in this town, a town were vampires rule all the humans. Claire's, along with her roommates Michael, Eve, and Shane, sole purpose is to stay alive. Claire has also become a sort of "pet" to the main founder of the town, Amelie, and along with Myrnin, a crazy vampire scientist (emphasis on the crazy part) must find a cure for a quiet disease that it's slowly but surely attacking all the clueless vampires of Morganville. But this is not their only problem, at the end of the last book (Midnight Alley) a new big bad vamp comes to town claiming to be Amelie's father, Mister Bishop. And let me just say that he's out for blood.
Something I really liked about this novel was that at the beginning there was a part were the author catches you up on what's happened "thus far". I thought it was a nice touch since I didn't completely remember. But now I'm up to date. See, I was never a big fan of the series so I stopped reading on the third book, but boy was that a mistake. The fourth book is a turning point in the story line, and the whole way the story went took me by surprise. I have to say I like it, I like it very much.
The characters, Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael, are all still pretty much the same though all of them develop in some degree. My favorite character is by far Myrnin, he was the reason I kept reading book 3 in the first place. He is such a crazy, eccentric vampire. I am never sure what he'll do next exactly, and I love it. Also the big bad Mister Bishop is not easy to kill, he is smart and deadly, but like I like my bad guys. It's so boring when they just die fast.
The only annoying part of the novel for me was the romance between Claire and Shane. She is so full of doubt, and the whole "will they or won't they do it" every time they went behind closed doors was a bit of a moo point (Side note: FRIENDS anybody?). The romance didn't keep us guessing, nor was it that passionate, it was just nice. Michael and Eve on the other hand? I'm so rooting for those two crazy kids.
If you, like me, were thinking of giving up on the series, alas don't. You will go through these pages soo quick you won't even know what hit you. Better have the next book (Lord of Misrule) beside you, because after Feast of Fools, it only gets better.
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