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The Morganville Vampires Book Review

Updated on February 23, 2016


The Morganville Vampires is a series of novels written by Rachel Caine. Now we all know there are hundreds of different Vampire books out there on the market at this time, so what is so special about this one? Well, the characters. They are so real, they nearly jump off the page and sit in your lap! And each and every character is so different from the usual vampire style. Don't be under any illusion. These are not just a set of books.

 The Morganville Vampires are going to set the TV or Film World alight. In fact they are so popular there are a host of Video's on YouTube where the general public fans have already decided who they want for the characters, so each Video has a different actor for each character already! I will give you some of the names that have been suggested later. but first an explanation of the story.

Claire Danvers is a student at Texas Prairie University, and she shares a house with three other teens. And a town full of Vampires. Which is strange in itself. And it gets much more bizarre.

Being the newbie, Claire is an outsider, which is not a good thing in this town as you might imagine. But the problem is not just bullying. Claire finds herself arch enemies with Monica Morell who’s fan club friends are violent thugs. They beat Claire up so badly she ends up running away and straight to the door of the Glass House, aptly named after the family who have lived there for generations.

Feeling sorry for Claire, the three teens who reside there, take her under their wing and she becomes inseparable from them. Especially Shane Collins who very quickly becomes her boyfriend. Shane has a tragic past. He lost his family in a house fire. The only survivor apart from himself, was his father, who is a violent drunk. Shane has grown up knowing about the Vampires, but that doesn't mean he trusts them, in fact he would rather stake them than pass the time of day with them. But he falls for Claire in a big way, and begins to show a calmer, softer side, unless of course he thinks Claire is in danger, then the anger comes out, and he loses control. Not only fighting the Vampires but also causing mayhem amongst the humans.

The other friends are far from normal too. Michael Glass the owner of the house is a ghost who cannot leave the house. And as the books progress, he gets brought back to life and becomes a Vampire. Michael's girlfriend and fellow housemate is Eve Rosser who is a Gothic with an attitude. She works at the coffee shop with the second in command Vampire, Oliver.

Shane Morganville Vampires
Shane Morganville Vampires

Myrnin The Mad, Bad And Very Hot Vamp!

The one big difference about this town, is the fact that Vampires and Humans live together in peace. As long as you give blood once a month to the vamp blood bank, no refusals, and wear a protection bracelet to make sure that other Vampires realise that you belong to a specific vamp. Everyone gets protected, on the condition that they co-operate with the Vampires and never question their motives.

Oh and don’t forget to wear the bracelet otherwise you may well end up as lunch. Not too bad eh? Well, maybe, but then you have to add the fact that there is always loads of violence, people going missing and nasty horrible other vamp like creatures appearing in the town.

The town is under the leadership of the head Vampire Amelie who is the founder of Morganville. What she says goes, and believe me she is one you don’t want to mess with. Oliver is her side kick. He owns the local cafe where he can keep an eye on the locals and generally cause as much trouble as possible.

But my favorite character has to be Myrnin. He is an ancient Vampire who is an alchemist trying desperately to find a cure for a vampire disease. He is also Claire's teacher. The reason for this is because Claire has proved to be one clever cookie, and after a series of incidents where she keeps sticking her nose into things she shouldn't, and getting them nearly all killed in the bargain, Amelie decided that she needed her brains to help with the job of saving the Vampires.

Myrnin lives in the lab and is a fantastic character. He is mad as a hatter, wears bunny slippers with fangs on the toes and keeps a spider called Bob. He loves Claire in his own mad way, and spends most of his time either trying to eat her, literally, or save her life. The banter between him and Claire is very funny, and Rachel Caine the Author somehow manages to make the characters so real, you find yourself laughing along with them. The two of them together have some of the best lines in the book. If they ever make it into a film, they are going to have to find a really hot, insane but totally cool guy to fill the character. That will take some doing I can tell you!

This is what Myrnin should look like. Stuart Townsend. Photo Queen of the Damned
This is what Myrnin should look like. Stuart Townsend. Photo Queen of the Damned | Source

Quotes About and From Mad Myrnin

  1. 'Follow me,' Myrnin said. ' And do stay together. And by the way, this is the last time I go anywhere with you people, you are all insane!'
  2. On being told to swear on his life Myrnin replies. 'I Will' then proceeds with the words,'frothy fool born apple john! Cheater of vandals and defiler of dead dogs!' Then he did a twirl and a bow. Then learing at the man he said, with a red grin, 'Is that what you meant my Lord?'
  3. Myrnin popped in through the portal, wearing a big floppy black hat, a crazy stylish pimp coat and black leather goves, along with a black and silver walking stick. And on his lapel were the words, 'If you can read this, thank a teacher!
  4. Typical Myrnin, he just showed up at my door one night about a week ago, and said, 'Hi, nice to meet you. Can I borrow your Crock-Pot?'
  5. Claire to Myrnin. 'Oh shut up you medieval drama queen'
  6. Claire to Eve. I'm worried he's going to do something really crazy."
    "He lives in a hole in the ground, dresses funny, and occasionally eats his assistants," Eve said. "Define crazy.
  7. Conversation about Claire. 'Take her home. And Say nothing, yes, yes, I heard you the first seven hundred times," Myrnin said, much too sharply. "I'm ancient. I'm not deaf.”
  8. Now, could you please ask these idiots to stop pointing their bullets at me? It's terribly wasteful!
  9. Breathe," said Myrnin. "I'm not much for it myself, but I hear it's quite good for humans."
  10. And before you ask, no you're not driving, Myrnin. I remember what happened the last time."
    "That accident was not my fault."
    "You were the only one on the road, and the mailbox actually didn't leap out in front of you. No arguments. You sit in the back, too.”

All Quotes Copyright of Rachel Caine

Now I am sure you will agree, the quality of the writing is exceptional. The characters are so real, it makes you feel as though you know them. And that's not a easy feat to do. Not that I would want to meet Myrnin on a dark night, unless he was wearing his vamp bunny slippers and had eaten at least three people first!

Not an official Video for the series but really good. By MoreThanPublicity

Rachel Caine
Rachel Caine | Source

A Fang tastic Read!

Along with Frank Collins, Shane's father who is intent on killing all the Vamps, we have Sam Glass, Michael's grandfather another Vampire who is a real sweety, and Ada who was Myrnin’s girlfriend but after her death, got turned into a super computer. Myrnin uses her brain to keep the town safe, provide portals between the houses, streets and Vampire strongholds, and makes the Glass house and other houses have a more or less live consciousness to protect the people inside!

Keeping up? Good! We also have Portals that skip people across town without even leaving their house, old grandma’s with their shooters ready to take someone down if the get too close, especially if they are Vampires and last but not least each and every book has a fantastic storyline that will keep you riveted to the page.

And there are a lot of pages. I am on the eleventh book as we speak!

And I think that proves how fantastic this series is. Says it all really.

The Morganville Vampire series was supposed to stop after book 12. But there has been so much demand for the story and characters that Rachel Caine has had to bow to public demand. At the time of writing this review there has been word of at least another two books. Thank goodness for that!

The books are displayed as Young Adult books, but after looking at the fan base, the age of the reader is much higher too. And I can quite understand why. The characters in the books are a variety of ages, mostly teens, but most of the Vamps are older, such as Oliver who is probably around forty years old. So not just angry teen Vampires with a grudge. And I think that's what makes the books so special.

So if you want a good book to read, and characters you can get your teeth into, sorry about the pun, then this is the book for you. Or should I say books. And a lot of them. Thank goodness.

Morganville Vampires is currently under discussion for a TV Series.

Possible Casting for Morganville include, Chase Crawford as Shane, and in my opinion he is perfect, exactly as I imagined he would look like. Myrnin - David Tennant! Never! Not hot enough! Claire is a bit of a cunundrum, nobody seems to have got a real idea about who will play her yet. And of course the very hot, very blond michael. We shall have to see. Along with Oliver and of course the Founder Amelie. It will be interesting to see who they choose. But whoever is playing the main characters, I am looking forward to watching a fantastic series of books transferred to the screen.

Copyright Nell Rose

Rachel Caine Author

Rachel Caine is the internationally bestselling author of more than 30 novels, The Weather Warden Series, The Outcast Season series and of course the immensely popular Morganville Vampires. She lives in Fort Worth Texas.

Chase Crawford is a perfect Shane Collins Morganville Vampires
Chase Crawford is a perfect Shane Collins Morganville Vampires | Source


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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, kitty, these books are the best, they are so different, the characters range from teens to old and there is so much humour in them, you have got to read it! lol! you will be hooked! thanks for reading cheers nell

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      Ohhh, I'm very picky about vampire novels that I read as many tend to be a "bite" off of other famous vampire novels. But this serious sounds delightfully delicious! :) Thanks for sharing. Voted up and awesome.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, pmccray, I do agree with you, I am not a fan of Twilight, but Morganville would make a great TV program as the characters are so much better and more mysterious, thanks again, nell

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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      I'm old school vampire fan, the modern day vampires and werewolves have too much gore not enough mystery as the characters of old. Excellent hub, interesting subject matter. Beautifully written as usual.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Dabble, some of them are great others not so great! loads of books, but only some terrific ones like this, thanks again nell

      Hi, Freya, nice to see you! I am still witchy nell! ha ha thanks for reading, I will be over shortly, cheers nell

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      Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Hey! Why I don't know about this one before? Thank you, Nell! Love you! Ah, so you are one of us: the mythical fantasy books lover? Hmmm... no wonder I thought you are fit for the beautiful witch character. hehehe

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      DabbleYou 6 years ago

      Weird story. But I guess it's what people want to read and watch these days. They now have vampire romance. harhar!!

      Great hub, by the way. :)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Millionaire, I never thought I would end up reading a young adult vamp book! lol! but this set of books are the best, they really do aim at adults too, thanks again nell

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      I don't read vampire books much, but my daughter loved them. This set does sound interesting.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Hello hello, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Great review, Nell. I don't like reading about the competition. As long they don't move into my area and cut me don't on the bloodsupply that is alright then lol

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, kath he is cute isn't he? lol! he really is perfect for the part of shane, which probably means they will give it to someone who looks totally different! hum!! thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, christopher, thanks for reading, you are gonna love it! lol

      Hi, chablis, its well worth the read, I am on book eleven so it just goes to show how good they are! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, tebo, I think the trouble is people presume that Vampire books are always boring, like the original bram stoker, but these days they incorporate so much more they are fantastic, I think you will love them, thanks for reading cheers nell

      Hi, carrie, I think these are so much better than twilight, read them and you'll never go back! ha ha! thanks nell

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey nell i loved the twilight series i finished reading it and was missing the cullens and the blacks. This is something I am looking forward to start reading:)) nice review


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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Nell. A very good review. Although I haven't watched any vampire movies or read any of the books I know people who swear by them. Maybe I shall have to venture out of my comfort zone.

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      chablis345 6 years ago

      I never thought I would get into the Twighlight series but I did, so am definitely going to look up the Morganville Vampires. Thanks for the review.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      When they make a television series from the books, I will be the first to watch it.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Chase Crawford makes it even more interesting - Can I click it again? I'll try....

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Fang tastic Nell ;-) What a great job you did on this without giving up too much - just enough to spark an interest! Up and interesting!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, susan, thanks so much, I will be over in just a minute! lol

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      susan54 6 years ago

      Nell Rose, Great job VOTE UP! You are so talented.

      I just posted my first hub come see, thanks.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Green Lotus, amazing that Bela Lugosi had so many fans! I suppose it was because it was a new genre and a scary one too, seems we like our Vampires! lol I love some of the vampire books, but this series really is the best, thanks nell

      Hi, CMHypno, I must admit that I don't watch that one! I know, I must be missing a really good series, but I love the Vampire Diaries the best! lol especially Damon! thanks again, nell

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Never heard of these books before, so I will look out for them Nell. But it will take a lot to drag me away from my allegiance to Eric in Trueblood!

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Vampires seem to be the new sexy superheroes, but like some of us old gals, I have a hard time getting into the whole genre; nevertheless, you give us a compelling review.

      It's funny that way back when Bela Lugosi played the vampire, he was supposed to be irresistible to the ladies. Tastes in ghouls sure have changed. Cheers

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Jeannie, its one of the best I have ever read, well worth it! and thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      How have I not heard of this series before? I am going to investigate this one right away. Thanks for sharing!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, hrbunt, thanks for reading, I do love these books and can't wait for the next one! cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Quill, I have read loads of books in this genre, but this one definitely stands out amongst the rest, thanks as always, and nice to see you, cheers nell

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      hrbunt 6 years ago from Benson North Carolina

      Hi Nell

      I really loved Reading this post and the review is awesome.

      Your post held my interest and the music video toped it off

      Well happy bloging

      Your reader


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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, suzette, I think sometimes the authors get it right, and in this case she is brilliant, I have no idea why on earth anyone would make 'Twilight' the Movie, compared to this it is very mediocre, lol this would make a great film, all round action and I think that is the point of a good novel, thanks again nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Cardisa, lol I know exactly what you mean! mind you if we met them in real life it may well be different! I love the Myrnin character he is so different from any other books, and I think that's what makes the Morganville Vampires so special, it is a great story, that just happens to have Vampires! thanks again nell

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      "Quill Again" 6 years ago

      Hi Nell Hugs from Canada... thanks for the review I will be looking into her writing further. I ave read a few other reviews of her work.


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      Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

      This was really interesting, Nell. I'm not into vampires, but this series sounds interesting and funny. I can't imagine falling in love with a vampire, but okay, this might be fun. When I think of vampires, I always think of Dracula, so when these handsome hunks play vampires, it does pique my interest. Thanks for another amazing book(s) review.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Nell, why are vampires always so sexy? I found the hub kind of funny especially