|This is the fifth installment in the Morganville Vampire series. Here's what it says on the back of the cover:
In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the 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 cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.
Honestly, I don't think the blurb does the book justice. Not even close. I've tried to write my review a few times already, and failed miserably. My delete button has been getting quite a workout over the past week or so. See, I'm afraid to leave out anything crucial, but the problem with that is, everything that happens in this novel is important. Every single sentence, every single word has some greater significance.
See my conundrum?
So I've decided, that instead of giving a summary, in a rare moment of weakness I'm going to let my inner fan girl out. I usually try and keep that part of my personality out of my reviews, but the Morganville books have some kind of hold over me, and i'm incapable of being calm. So, I'll be writing a number of reviews of Lord of Misrule, each on focusing on a particular aspect of the novel. I've just got so much to say, and the book is so good, that I think it is totally warranted.
For this particular review, the winner is … drum roll please …
Shane and Claire.
*cue fan girl screams here*
The book opens exactly where Feast of Fools left off. Amelie is rounding everyone up, assigning people jobs and preparing her ‘army' against Bishop. Evidently, everyone is saying goodbye because Amelie split up all four members of the Glass House. It's a tense moment because all four of them know that there is a huge chance that some, or all, may not return alive. In a very public display of affection that stuns Eve into action, Michael tells her that he loves her before running out. When Shane and Claire say goodbye to each other I was sitting on the edge of my seat, fully expecting him to do the same. But much to my annoyance, he doesn't. And, neither does Claire. Frustration maximus.
*cue sad violin music now*
But fear not Shane and Claire fans. Although the scenes between the couple are so good that readers are tortured almost to boiling point, we do get a little pay off, and Shane eventually tells Claire that he loves her.
Praise the Vampire Lord!
The whole scene is very Shane-esque, but its still super sweet and my heart made a whole lot of little thumpa thumpa noises while I was reading it. As soon as it was over I went straight back to the beginning (twice) and read it again before moving on. What I liked most about the scene is not the fact that he Shane finally admits that he's in love with Claire (which of course, is what we've all been waiting for), but the fact that his character isn't lost in amongst all the lovey-dovey goo. I find that's a common problem with mushy scenes like this in YA books. When they're being written, because the target audience is so often female, writers really ham up the love-mush, and male characters end up doing and saying a whole bunch of things that seem out of place just to appease the female readership. Shane Collins, however, is anything but mushy and this is reflected supremely well in this scene. His character remains firmly in-tact and true to himself. He's quite direct about it all, actually, but Rachel Caine (being the goddess that she is) has weaved a tiny sprinkling of mushy love-goo in amongst Shane's brashness which should have hearts beating, and girls swooning, all over the world.
All I have to say is, move over Edward Cullen, you're about to lose your crown – to a vampire hating human!
There are many other Claire and Shane moments that really touched my heart throughout the novel, but I don't want to give everything away. Needless to say, I'm stoked with the way their relationship is growing throughout the series. Their characters are evolving, and their relationship is progressing the way a lot of adolescent relationships do. Vampire problems aside, they're believable in every way – something which I think is kind of rare in fiction for teens today.
Readers of Lord of Misrule are given just enough of Shane and Claire to temporarily satiate their hunger. But thats the thing about an appetite, it doesn't stay satisfied for long. After just a couple of reads through, I guarantee you'll be begging and screaming for more.
I'm sure the question on everyone's lips is, do they, or don't they? Their relationship comes a long way in this installment, and after you tell someone you love them, what else is there to do? I bet you'd like to know, right? Well, I'm not going to tell you. You're just going to have to read it for yourself to find out.
Till next time, over and out!