Monday, March 10, 2014

Daylighters by Rachel Caine

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Goodreads Summary 

While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.

It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end.


The series all together


Yes, Ghost Town and Bite Club are switched. I'm sorry about that. It took so long to make this collage and then I screwed it up. But I lost the file that had all the pictures together and I don't have the time to fix it... So just pretend like I didn't mess up. I'm sorry (/.\)

Review

I have never been so sad to watch a series end. For the longest time, I was just waiting for my local library to get this series. By the time it did, it was six books in and I tore through them. I was in seventh grade at the time, so I was exactly a seasoned reader and I was certainly not a review by any standards. But I loved them and I knew I wanted more. I knew this was going to be a long series. I just never actually considered it ending.

Soon after I read the first six, the next two came out. And I tore through those as well. And then I was caught up and I had to wait along with everyone else for each next book. And it was torture. But back then I didn't look up the next release date. So each time a new book came out it was the greatest surprise ever. I really liked that, but I so doubt I could ever do that again. I'm impatient and I like planning things and I'm just weird.



Needless to say, after I read Fall of Night, I had no idea the last book was coming out November 2013. Until I rejoined the book community in September 2013. So then I waited anxiously until its release and then even more anxiously until I was able to buy it in December and then I waited until February to slip off the dust jacket. And then I deliberated over reading it. I was scared. I really was. I wasn't sure if I'd like it, to be honest. Maybe I was different now.


Yeah, I'm not really all that different. I loved this book. Seeing everyone again was just amazing. They were old friends, quite literally. I watched them all grow up while I grew up and it's just an incredible feeling. I'm dying to reread Glass Houses just so I can compare the ending to the beginning.

One thing I always loved about this series is the amount of action in it. Drama, sure. But they live in a town with honest-to-goodness vampires. So there's real action. And it's so suiting that the ending is just more of that trend - lives at stake (haha, pun not intended but it's cool that it happened), things happening. I was scared for them, excited for them, couldn't be believe it was ending for them.

There were a couple moves that Rachel Caine made that I didn't necessarily like - namely the werewolf move and the resurrection move. The werewolf move was explained nicely, so that one could slide. After the draug, and ghosts, and Myrnin, the weird dog things were just more of the same in Morganville. But the resurrection thing, while relieving, also kind of pissed me off. It pains me to say that I'd rather the person had stayed dead. Really, it does. But I almost wish she had let that one go. Wow, I feel heartless saying that.

So why the five stars? Because this is one of my favorite series and I loved how Rachel Caine ended it, despite what I mentioned above. She nicely tied up loose ends and left our characters off in a place where I could be satisfied. It's happy, by Morganville Standards. So make of that what you will. But I, for one, was glad. Not a Mockingjay-type epilogue but that's okay. I still loved it. I still love the series. That's quite an accomplishment.

Well done, Rachel Caine. Well done. Thank you for these books. It was one heck of a ride.

^ The part where I get overly sentimental

Rating: 5 stars


Recommendation: for those who love the series. For those who haven't even started the series, you have no excuse. They are all out now. Go read them! Just saying.

-Wolfie

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