Kiss of Death (Morganville Vampires Series #8)

Kiss of Death (Morganville Vampires Series #8)

by Rachel Caine

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A new chapter in the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires saga.

Vampire musician Michael Glass has attracted the attention of a big- time producer who wants to cut a demo and play some gigs-which means Michael will have to enter the human world. For this, he's been assigned escorts that include both a dangerous immortal as well as Michael's all-too-human friends. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451229731
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Series: Morganville Vampires Series , #8
Pages: 243
Sales rank: 328,350
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).

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Kiss of Death (Morganville Vampires Series #8) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 516 reviews.
sj11 More than 1 year ago
I also had my doubts about this newest installment of the Morganville Vampire series, but I was proved completely wrong! It was the best one by far. Rachel Caine just keeps throwing random, awesome curve ball, every time you open her newest book. This is my favorite series of all time, and if you haven't read them yet, go out and buy them all right this instant! Claire's character has developed so much since the first book, and truly she is my favorite main character ever! Shane is still Shane, but he too has grown. You learn more about his cryptic past in each book. Eve, well there are no words to describe Eve. She's really cool and hilarious. Michael is still sweet Michael, but has grown up a lot since the beginning. I personally can't wait until November 2, when the 9th book comes out. It's called Ghost Town. It just sounds so cool. The cover is amazing and the best one yet. Well, just to sum it up, Morganville = Amazing!!
SeekerAZ More than 1 year ago
I was instantly hooked after reading the first book, just had to get used to the author writing in the 3rd person. Glad to hear there's a 9th book to look forward to. After reading book 8th I hoped this wasn't the end, the main characters have more dangers and experiences to deal with. I have recommend this series to all my friends.
Alecsuhs More than 1 year ago
This was surely a good book. I wouldn't say it was as good as all the other books in the series but it was a good book. Claire, in my opinion, is pretty annoying. She always has to be so fakely "badass". Shane is still Shane, broad and pretty smooth with his comebacks and sarcasm. Michael is becoming to feel closer to Eve and *SPOILER* feels bad that he is not able to give her children. Eve is clingy and has lost her edge. She's crying and passing out every second. Grrrrr! And of course Myrnin's crazyness is greatly missed in the book. Oliver is a complete badass and actually shows that he has a great sense of humor in this book. I don't really like how the book ended but yeah, it was a pretty good book. Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked Morganville Vampires more than the Twilight series. I hope she keeps them coming, a must read! I just could not put the book down. It keeps you interested from page to page.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Claire just made a deal to save her life, but before she can meet her end of the bargain, she and her friends gain passes out of town. Record producers want to hear Michael perform. Claire, Eve, and Shane will accompany him to Dallas. They can't believe their good luck, until they learn they will be escorted and supervised by Oliver. First, Oliver disappears on business. Then they offend people at a truck stop. They find a nearby motel to crash for the night. Instead of a peaceful night, though, trouble finds them. The men from the truck stop torch their car before they go missing. After shopping for a new car, Claire, Eve, and Shane return to the motel to find the police waiting for them. They're arrested in connection with the men's suspicious disappearances. They know it will be nightfall before the rescue party comes knocking, but the vampire rescuing them is the vampire who wants to kill them. Now, they're fighting for their lives once again. Will the human trio become a vampire snack, or will Oliver be their only chance at survival? Claire and her friends find deadly trouble wherever they go, even outside Morganville. KISS OF DEATH continues in this series of wild adventures, fatal danger, and trouble at every turn. Through it all, these four friends remain together and united. Rachel Caine delivers another winning chapter of this addicting series.
zgarza01 More than 1 year ago
Love the book but it's a fast read. I wish they were more story content to read since we have to wait 6 months or more for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Morganville Vampires series, and this book kept me entertained. I loved that Claire and her friends got to leave Morganville to travel with Michael for his studio recording. And their escort person makes the adventure that much more entertaining. You never know who is going to be the good or bad guys. As the series continue, the characters, especially some of the more mysterious ones, get more intertwined in Claire's life. I really like how Claire and her friends always stick together through everything. They are tempermental and emotional and it only makes the read that much more fun. I can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Series! These books are funny and different and a really fun read. I love them and recommend them.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Morganville, Texas was founded by vampires led by Amelia who sought a safe haven for her species from human hunters. The town is a melting pot of sorts but to keep mortals safe, each human resident has a vampiric Protector. Blood is dispensed at blood banks and no one is allowed to leave once you enter although Amelia has allowed one exception; Claire, Shane, Michael and Evie may go to Dallas so that the vampire Michael can record his music. On their way, their guard and escort Oliver has them stop in Durrram where he and Michael conduct business while leaving Claire alone. However, Morley and his vampiric followers who oppose the Morganville rules hijack them. Michael and Oliver rescue the others, but they end up on the deserted town of Blacke. The Morley vampires attack, but something more feral assaults both sides as zombie vampires seek to dine on each of the combatants. The eighth Morganville Vampire saga is different than most of the previous entries as the heroes are outside the town so obtain a taste where the local rules do not apply. Thus the audience sees a diverse species as vampires come in different types and philosophies especially re humans. A refreshing and totally entertaining tale, Kiss of Death is a super Texas fantasy as the Rachel Caine's world of vampires expands to the delight of teen readers and us folks in the Twilight of our years. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one series i cant get enough of!!!!
halo776 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
SarahZee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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! on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
kassyavon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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
JacobsBeloved on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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).
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
flemmily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Allizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
peaceloveandpat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
rexrobotreviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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. :)
bookluvrmindy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!?!?!?
amberic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!! I am very impatient!!
jennclack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you just want to keep reading - hard book to put down
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
Another win for Ms. Caine and her vampires! I love this series, I'm only bummed I waited so long to read it. This whole time we've been reading, thinking that leaving Morganville isn't going to happen for our main four...but it DOES! And, of course, madness ensues. This book was Anything but predictable! We may have assumed that trouble would follow these four as they venture out into the world, but not this much trouble from this many sources. It's just one thing after another for our group and even with an older experience vamp as an escort, things just keep going down hill. This book will definitely keep you on your toes, on the edge of your seat and just wondering what will happen next! There wasn't so much of a cliffhanger this time, so readers can rest assured that if they do not have book 9, they will not be screaming at themselves. But the series is good enough that they WILL want to get their hands on it quickly.