With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?
Last Breath is the eleventh book in the Morganville Vampires series, a series that reads like a soap opera of small town Morganville's resident vampires and their sheep....I mean human citizens. Although each book is a stand-alone, I wish that I had read the other ten first so that I could learn some of the history of the characters mentioned in this book. Each person in town has an interesting life story that reaches back generations to the settlement of Morganville.Last Breath is one of the new genre called New Adult fiction which refers to any book about college students or 20-somethings. As an older woman with four teenagers at home, I thought that I would really dislike the book and the characters, as young and happy and attractive as they would be. However, from the first chapter, Claire, the protagonist, her boyfriend, Shane, and their two best friends, Eve and Michael, are in trouble up to their adorable necks. From issues about college to cross-species marriage to the town mean girls to houses that are alive and everything in between, there is trouble galore. The author, Rachel Caine, has created characters that are likable and imperfect, situations that are frightening and exciting to readers, lots of drama and a little bit of romance.
Besides being an excellent writer, Caine apparently is the typical nerdy girl because the inventions used by the mad vampire scientist, Myrnin, are very steam punk-like. The evil creature terrorizing the town (don't worry, I won't give it away;) ) is wonderfully imaginative and horrific. And Claire goes to college for Physics, a subject which she ruminates upon when she's nervous. It was all very believable and kept me entertained until the very cliff-hanger end. Definitely a five star!
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!
Thank you to the Publisher for the Donation of this book to the Read for your Future book Program in exchange for an honest review!