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Kiss of Death

Kiss of Death

Written by Rachel Caine

Narrated by Cynthia Holloway


Kiss of Death

Written by Rachel Caine

Narrated by Cynthia Holloway

ratings:
4/5 (28 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Jul 20, 2010
ISBN:
9781400185344
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Vampire Michael Glass just received the call he's been waiting for all his life. His music has attracted the attention of a heavily connected music producer who wants him to cut a demo and play some dates-which means that Michael will have to enter the human world.



But he won't be alone. He's been assigned an undead escort, which includes immortal enforcer Oliver, as well as Michael's human friends: rebellious Eve, oft-misunderstood Claire, and courageous Shane. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell.



But what waits for them proves more perilous than they thought. Caught between humans who hate them and a savage party of traveling vampires out to create a blood-soaked feast for themselves, Michael and his friends may not make it to the show on time...or ever.
Publisher:
Released:
Jul 20, 2010
ISBN:
9781400185344
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Rachel Caine is the coauthor of the Honors series and has written more than fifty novels in multiple genres, including young adult, thriller, science fiction/fantasy, horror, and paranormal romance. She is best known for the #1 internationally bestselling fifteen-book Morganville Vampires series and her Weather Warden series in urban fantasy. She lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband, artist, actor, and comic historian R. Cat Conrad. www.rachelcaine.com


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  • (3/5)
    Never ending action in this one. I think it resolves in an interesting way a lingering plot point from earlier books, and gives an intriguing new spin on the relationships between all the characters (and not just the young ones living in Glass House).
  • (5/5)
    This one reminded me very much of the first few books- which is a really good thing. It was hilarious. This book follows Shane, Eve, Michael and Claire as they venture out of Morganville- the first time ever, for some of them. Of course, it doesn't go as planned, and they get themselves into all sorts of trouble before they're even halfway to their destination. It was really fun watching the characters interact with each other outside of their usual environment. The second half focused on a new bunch of vampires that have been made- with the old disease- and they have to cure them or kill them before it gets worse. The end was enjoyable but I found it rather hard to keep up with all the characters. Overall, a really funny and entertaining read.
  • (4/5)
    Well I liked this story much better then the rest of the series! I like the fact that the four friends finally get to leave Morganville even though they run into the same problems in the outside world! I like though how no matter where the four friends go they always seem to find trouble! Overall I don't think I really enjoy the series but this one is better then they have been. Defintely the road trip from hell!!
  • (3/5)
    I love this series. Nothing too serious, just fun. The characters are well developed and it's easy to get drawn into the drama that is constant in the little town of Morganville, TX. I liked that this book took the characters into the city of Dallas and gave us a chance to see how they get along outside the confines of Morganville.
  • (4/5)
    All the action you've come to expect from a Morganville Vampires book is present in Kiss of Death. Claire's kicking butts and taking names, Shane's sexy as usual, Michael's typically protective and sensitive at the same time, and Eve...well, she's still the cute Goth girl who loves flipping off Shane. However, I felt something was missing in this book, and that "something" is...Morganville itself.In this book, the foursome is allowed to take a roadtrip to Dallas for Michael to record in a music studio. Amelie sends Oliver as an escort. (And, let's be honest, how interesting would a Morganville Vampires book be without the villain we love to hate?) As you'd expect, things fall apart for the group, leaving them to wonder if they'll ever make it to Dallas on time. They encounter a vindictive group of rednecks, Oliver goes off on his own and appears to be in some kind of trouble, Jason Ross appears (I'll let you read to discover whether that's a good-or bad-thing), and Morley and his band of reckless vampires decide to have a little fun with Claire, Eve, and Shane. But that's not the worst that could happen, which Claire and her friends find out when they encounter an eerie town filled with sick, recently-turned vamps. Everyone from Morganville must join together for the fight of their lives.I've come to love this series, and this book is no exception. I do miss the unique setting of Morganville, as it's a little strange to see trouble following the group outside the city limits. While Oliver's presence kept it interesting, I really missed Myrnin and can't wait to see him in the next book, Ghost Town. (My previous reviews for this series can attest to my unhealthy adoration for the lovable vamp.) If you're new to this series, please, please, please begin with Book 1: Glass Houses. There are so many twists and turns you won't want to miss!
  • (2/5)
    I don't think I'm a fan of the last two books in this series. Yes I get it, Claire and the gang are trouble magnets, but at this point of the series I wanted to see something new, maybe something more emotional than dramatic all the freaking time, and seriously, enough with the cliff-hangs already! we get it! I don't think I will read more books if there's any, I just got bored with the constant on-going tries to kill Claire. Maybe I shouldn't have read the books back to back, but at the moment, I can't stand another murder attempt of Claire!
  • (4/5)
    I think Rachel Caine could make a trip to the grocery store intoxicating, as long as it took place in Morganville. Kiss of Death introduced a wide variety of variables to play with by allowing the residents of Glass House a road trip outside of town, in the company of the less-than-companionable Oliver. Little did they know that they would not be truly leaving Morganville's craziness behind. From a near-death experience at a late-night truck stop to the destruction of Eve's beloved vehicle, from the surprising usefulness of Eve's brother Jason to the after-effects of Bishop's passage through Texas, Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael were forced to fight for their lives and freedom from cover to cover, with barely enough time to throw out a few Buffy-esque quips to keep me laughing as I read as fast as I could.The progression of the various relationships of the main characters were quite interesting. Eve and Michael's relationship is filled with angst and stress over their biological differences, but ironically still makes for typical young love issues. Shane and Claire's relationship lacks the drama of Eve and Michael's, but provides a solid foundation for the two in the midst of the chaos of their lives without becoming sickly sweet. Eve's brother Jason also seems to be in pursuit of redemption with the relationship he has with Eve, even despite his ignoble views about life in Morganville. The reader even gets a broader view of Oliver that shows he may actually have some concern for the lowly humans.The town of Blacke and its inhabitants could possibly add a new dimension to the series that I hope to see in the next book, Ghost Town (Morganville Vampires, Book 9).
  • (4/5)
    One of the best of the Morganville Vampire Series, (and that's saying a lot!!!). Can't put them down, and can't wait for more. Excellent plot and, as always, amazing characters!
  • (4/5)
    Loved it! Loved the Dallas part, and how Oliver seems more human. At least just a little bit. And how Jason is kind of accepted. I hope to see him more in the next book. And I hope Micheal will go on with his not-started-yet career.Waiting for Ghost Town now!
  • (5/5)
    Oh Gosh, I am not going to make it waiting to read the next book. My library has this book on order so they do not even have it. And when they do get it 2 people are ahead of me... So if anyone wants to buy it for me, please be my guest.lol!! I am very impatient!!
  • (4/5)
    I thought I was caught up on my Morganville books when I picked up Rachel's last book (#9). But I quickly realized that I hadn't read this book and searched my house to find in which stack it was hidden. Luckily, I found it quickly and had a long weekend to read it.This is a neat book since we get out of Morganville with our main characters and my second-favorite vampire, Oliver. But before they leave, we get to see some nice side-story with Myrnin & Monica. We see Claire's family issues and the complications that face her now that they live in Morganville. It seems like leaving town for a little while will be such a relief for her. But that relief doesn't last long. Their typical troubles follow them out of town. It's still fun to see Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve out of their normal setting. There are lots of new characters of course, once they leave town. I liked the motel owner and the librarian a lot. There was tons of action and drama. Just as you start to relax after the group gets out of one danger, you get thrown back into another. There are some cool twists along the way and a satisfying ending. I'm glad I can go straight to her 9th book. This series continues to provide awesome adventures and characters.
  • (4/5)
    This series feels a little repetitive/nowhere-left-to- go to me at this point. Details change (they leave Morganville in this installment, for example) but plots are beginning to blur together, and character development has slowed to a trickle. I like Claire as a character, but I don't like her enough to remain engaged.
  • (4/5)
    Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine was the 8th fun, action packed installment for the Morganville Vampires. Things are tame in Morganville, no one is on the verge of losing a life- and that's not fun is it? Nope, so it's time for a road trip! Michael has been made an offer from a record label in Dallas, so the group receives permission from Amelie to take a trip... under one condition. Oliver gets to chaperon. And just like a normal day in Morganville- their much anticipated road trip becomes the trip from hell. They stop at a town a couple hours outside of Dallas and everything starts spiraling out of control. Eve angers some locals, Oliver disappears, their car is destroyed and then they're arrested for murder. Talk about it all hitting the fan at once. Do these kids ever get a break?Kiss of Death took place outside of Morganville for the entirety of the book and I was just as refreshed as Claire and the crew to get out of town. It is a little depressing that they're all so excited to leave town, but end up having one crisis after another. This made me roll my eyes a little, I mean, come ON. I know things are like this in Morganville, but everywhere? Just like in Fade Out, the action didn't start until about 100 pages in. Then it unfolded like a typical (and awesome) horror flick. I can deal with a few slow chapters if the end really kills it for me! Spoiler. Eve gets a new car! A hearse! I loved this, it is about time that girl gets a hearse!So our little Claire is finally growing up, she's beginning to really look and act like the strong woman she is and Shane notices. As their relationship grows stronger, Michael and Eve struggle to keep theirs together. Eve is increasingly insecure with Michael as a vampire and musician. Eve drives me a little nuts, less Eve more Myrnin! Yes, I was upset because our eccentric vampire Myrnin did not make much of an appearance in this book. But it was nice to see Oliver as such an involved character- still didn't make up for the void that Myrnin once filled... and Monica too. Did not think I would miss her dreadfully selfish attitude.Even though this wasn't an incredibly enthusiastic review, this book was great. Not my favorite in the series, but I really enjoyed myself and I can't wait to see what the next installment, Ghost Town, has in store for us! I have so many unanswered questions- Will Myrnin make a move for Claire? Will Claire and Shane's too-perfect-for-words relationship become lackluster?! Why does Claire's scar ache! If you haven't read any Morganville book yet, I suggest starting with the first one and if you have- you will love this book just as much as the first seven. :)
  • (5/5)
    This series has yet to disappoint me. Eight books in that means something. In this volume, Michael has a chance to go to Texas and record a demo tape. Everyone is beyond shocked when Amalie gives her approval and they get a pass straight out of Morganville. Unfortunately they have to have a chaperone and even more unfortunately its second vampire in command, Oliver. Oliver, is along for other reasons. He has been asked to run a special errand for Amalie. This errand plays a huge part in the drama that unfolds in this story. While the vampire (paranormal) elements and the world building play a significant part in why the Morganville series is so successful, it is at the heart a charcter driven series. These are strong, fun, courageous and likeable characters. The reader wants these kids to be sucessful. Even the side characters...even the vampires...are more than what they appear at first glance. As a famous ogre once said, 'they have layers'. I hesitate to give much more away because I fear it will be too much. If you enjoyed the other books, you must get this one and you shouldn't be disappointed. This was the last Morganville book to be published in paperback first. Ghost Town, book 9 is going to be originally relased in hardback. I avoid buying in hardback due to the costs and the fact that I like my book sereis to match. I hate having one series on my shelf in different formats (just a little weird quirk). That said, I will have to buy Ghost Town in hardback because I can't wait another year for it! Also I think it would be a nice salute to the author to buy it in hardback as thanks for this incredible series. I can't sing praises enough for these books.
  • (5/5)
    This book fairly romps along as our heroes are given a pass to get out of Morganville for a week so Michael can be recorded in a professional studio.Of course it's not that simple. There are a couple of lovely scenes where they don't adjust to rural Texas outside Morganville that well, and Oliver is along as their baby-sitter, plus a "simple side matter" that turns out to be the dominant part of the story.But it's all nicely handled and fun. Not a place to start the series, but a great read.
  • (5/5)
    This is too awesome. Our awesome foursome is back again with more adventure and more dangerous situations outside Morganville. Yes, can you believe it? I never thought the day would come. We were left wondering how the hell can Claire fulfill his promise to the new villain vampire Morley. It always seems to be a moot point when situations like these arise. Yet Claire and Amelie always surprise us.In this book Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve is granted a pass to leave Morganville for a week, chaperoned by Oliver, to accompany Michael to Dallas to see a potential record deal. It was a very exciting prospect for a road trip, not even Oliver's looming presence can dampen their mood. On their way to Dallas, Oliver announced an unprecedented stop on a small town named Durram where trouble started brewing. They soon found themselves in the middle of another vampire revolt that lead them to Blacke where Bishop left his wake of vampires with infections. It was one heck of a crazy ride.As usually, Caine did not disappoint. I love where this series is going and it is going strong. I miss a whole lot of Myrnin humor on this book and that snarky attitude from Monica but everything else was just perfect. Every sequel gives us a lot of breath taking action and some killer thrill and it always ends with "I want the next book now!" reaction. And what about the Claire-Shane romance? its not on the adult level yet but not really one you can call puppy love. It has become more intense on the emotional scale. My friend Tina from GoodReads was right reading a Morganville book is like welcoming back home friends.
  • (5/5)
    I wanted to read this one because I have been hardcore addicted to this series, and it is so nice that they are all released and I don't have to play the waiting game. I love the pink laundry, the softer side of Eve even though its hard to see her insecure and not fully understanding where things stand, not only with Michael but with her newly reformed brother. I did enjoy seeing Michael in his element with the rock star deal, but he seemed more distant in this one and I was afraid that I would lose the caring, protective and cuddly Michael to the hardened vampire persona. One quote I love though that describes the development of Shane's character and how being in love and living out his protective streak is changing him. (from Michael) "Huh. The universe explodes, hell freezes over and Shane does something reasonable." It just so fits their dynamic perfectly... What started out and what they hoped would be a nice taste of freedom from Morganville and a good time with friends, of course, couldn't be just that with this group of friends. They found trouble in so many ways. Some of it their escort helped them get into and others they did just fine getting into it all own their own. There were some steamy moments with Shane and Claire to keep me going. And Myrnin was there for part of it, and I love our crazy vamp. Claire mentioned at one point in time that he was both mad and brilliant, and it battled which would exhibit in any given moment. The ending was perfect but bittersweet. As many of you may have guessed, I will def be continuing this series. And soon. Bottom Line: The trouble they always seemed to find had me on my toes.
  • (5/5)
    Man I love Claire. She is so bad ass ;-)
  • (3/5)
    Kiss of Death is a lot like other books in the Morganville Vampires series. It was interesting and had the potential to be awesome, but somehow fell short. That seems to the be the norm in this series. The book was a little different in that the four residents of the Glass House (plus Oliver) leave Morganville to go to Dallas. Of course, vampire-related chaos and drama ensues. Unfortunately, the chaos isn't really all that interesting, as usual. I always seem to enjoy the chapters leading up to the chaos, but find the actual action in the books to be boring.It is nice to see Claire coming out of her shell more with each book. I like that the heroine of the series can be geeky and kickass. That is rather empowering.The interactions among the characters are always entertaining. (They're the best part of the whole series.) I especially love the snarky sibling-like relationship between Shane and Eve. It can always provide a laugh or two. It's also cool to see the romances between the characters developing.I would say that I hope weaker parts of the stories improve, but I figure that this far into the series, that seems unlikely. I guess I might grow accustomed to it soon. Either that or I'll just continue to feel a bit disappointed in the series.
  • (3/5)
    Unlike the previous book, this didn’t feel as much like filler, so I kind of enjoyed it a little more.

    Even though I’ve just started reading these books, I liked being able to get out Morganville and seeing how these sheltered kids (in a sense) would react to being able to go out of time for the first time in a while. It’s amusing to hear Eve talk about going to movie theaters with stadium seating as being a cool thing—and yet, actually somewhat realistic. (I know people in a stuck-in-a-small-town situation.) And even though they have to have an escort under Oliver, I do like that the kids try not to let their whole trip get ruined.

    Speaking of Oliver, he became a more interesting character in this book. Again, I need to read the earlier volumes to get a better idea of his character, seeing as he comes off as more of a hardcore vampire who’s unwilling to bend the rules. (And because of that, his hippie persona amuses me.) I want to see if there’s more to his character, and see where his development goes.

    The plot does lag a lot in this. There’s a lot of emphasis on “YAY ROAD TRIP” and the antics that the kids get up to in Durram. It does have an eventual pay-off, but I would have liked an earlier introduction to the messed-up vampires and the town of Blacke. Additionally, I want to see more with Morley—he just gets introduced in the previous book, so I want to know of his backstory and why he holds so much contempt for Amelie and the Morganville vampires.

    It’s a lot better than the last book, since it feels like the events will have a bigger impact in the overall series, and it was still a fun and enjoyable read. I look forward to picking up more of the Morganville series.
  • (3/5)
    I am going to have a hard time writing a review for this book unless I want to have spoilers. After reading Fade Out I was wondering where Rachel Caine could go with this series. Now that I have read this book, I am a little confused about who Claire should trust. Rachel Caine’s writing style in this book was a little irritating with her repeating phrases and recapping throughout the whole book. One thing that I actually did like about this book, was the change in setting and that Rachel Caine brought back the horror to the series. I felt that in the last book, there was very little reason to be concerned if Claire, Eve, Shane or Michael were in danger. I feel that Claire is a little too much of a tough girl than I think she should be. What is with her being superhuman when it comes to self-defense against vampires AND she happens to be the one that can talk them out of bad situations? Eve is still a little crybaby but she is not as irritating to me than she was in the last book. All in all, I love Shane and Michael, but Shane...Can you please stop kissing Claire's fingers already!?!?!?
  • (5/5)
    Kiss of death starts off with Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael finding out they were all granted passes to leave Morganville so Michael can record some songs in Dallas but their delight in leaving Morganville is only short lived once they find out who their chaperone is, Oliver. A simple trip to Dallas quickly turns into a nightmare when their drive to Dallas doesn’t go exactly to plan when Oliver decides to take a detour without Claire, Shane, Eve and Michaels knowledge. Soon after the detour the group has to survive a few obstacles such as being arrested, having a car trashed, being kidnapped, encountering a town of crazy vampires and dealing with vampire hating humans. Rachel Caine has done it again, I could not put this book down I burned through it, this series keeps getting better and better. Throughout the series Claire has developed into an extremely strong and brave character and kiss of death only adds to this. I particularly enjoyed the part where she decided not to take anymore of Monica’s demands and sets her up with the help of an unwitting Oliver, pure genius. The relationship between Claire and Shane also develops more with Shane giving Claire his sisters’ ring which is a really big step for Shane who has had issues dealing with his emotions throughout the books. At the start of the book we see that Eve is second guessing her relationship with Michael because she is scared she’s losing him, however Eves fears about her relationship takes a back-seat when the action starts. Kiss of death is another great addition to the Morganville series, I cannot wait until Ghost Town comes out in October!
  • (5/5)
    About~ Leaving Morganville Texas, has never been easy. Living outside of it may be impossible.Vampire Michael Glass just received the call he’s been waiting for all his life. His music has attracted the attention of a heavily of a heavily connected music producer who wants him to cut a demo and play some dates-which means Michael will have to enter the human world.But he won’t be alone. He’s been assigned an undead escort, which includes immortal enforcer Oliver, as well as Michael’s human friends: rebellious Eve, oft-misunderstood Claire, and courageous Shane. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell.But what waits for them proves more perilous then they thought. Caught between humans who hate them and a savage party of traveling vampires out to a blood-soaked feast for themselves, Michael and his friends may not make it to the show on time…or ever.My Review~ Rachel Caine never disappoints me. The Morganville Vampire series just keeps getting better and better and better…I love how the main character Claire Danvers matures throughout the series. And how her relationship with Shane is sweeter then ever. She is always so nice and sweet and in every book she gets more brave and braver and is never to afraid to try to stake a vampire (Well sometimes she is never afraid).Eve, Michael, and Shane are always their funny self’s, and act like their brave when ever they need to be. And of course Oliver, he might be hard to like at first, but he tends to grow on you.In the eighth book of the Morganville Vampire series, Michael Glass gets the call of his dream, to cut a demo at a recording studio. Amelie sends passes to Claire and her friends so they can go to Dallas, but they have to bring an escort, and that is where Oliver comes in. As they try to get to Dallas, they have so many obstacles to face before they can arrive on time or if they arrive at all…The author met all my expectations and leaves us without any cliffhangers. I recommend that you put this book on the top TBR pile and read all the Morganville Vampire books as soon as you can. You will love it. I can’t wait for the next book, Ghost Town coming out October 2010.Plot: ♥♥♥♥♥Characters: ♥♥♥♥♥Ending: ♥♥♥♥♥Cover Art: ♥♥♥♥♥Pages in Novel: 241ISBN: 978-0-451-22973-1Other Books in the Series: Glass Houses, The Dead Girls’ Dance, Midnight Alley, Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule, Carpe Corpus, Fade Out