Review: Last Breath-Rachel Caine

Title: Last Breath
Author: Rachel Caine
Release Date: November 2011
Publisher: NAL
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Hoots
Reviewer: Rayna

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? (Goodreads)

There are very few young adult series that I follow and this is definitely one! I have to say there is never a dull moment in Morganville and even though the main characters get thrown into the most amazing debacles; the storyline always makes sense. One would come to wonder that after 11 books; how could Clare Danvers find more trouble to get into? Well its not that she goes looking for trouble, the environment in which she has been thrust into dictates that there will always be that element of danger. That being said I have come to expect the unexpected and that’s what makes this series one of the best YA series out there! Since this is the 11th book in the series I would strongly suggest starting from the beginning; the progression of this story and the growth of characters starts from Glass Houses and you would be missing out if you started with this book!
Caine has tried something new in this book versus the others; Last Breath is told from multiple POV’s and at times I found it distressing, but I finally figured out why certain characters react the way they do; the mind of Myrnin finally gets tackled. So now Caine has added new depth not only to her main characters but those secondary ones that we love so much!
When reading the title and the synopsis and following the story from the beginning, what I was expecting and what happened were on opposite ends of the spectrum! I was shocked to read what actually went down in this book and felt comforted by the outcome. It is hard not to reveal a whole lot of the plot twists, so all I can say is that what you think might happen doesn’t and what you thought wouldn’t even be in the cards may come to be! Although at times I wanted to throw the book across the room, sheer will brought me back to turn another page. That is what makes this series so good; even though the characters frustrate you to no end, you just can’t wait to see what happens next! Pick this series up and you won’t be disappointed!

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