Plot summary - In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans have learnt to live in relative peace. Still, Claire Danvers knows that after dark, her homework can take a backseat to staying alive. But this tenuous harmony is turned on its head with the arrival of Mr Bishop.
Bad to the bone, the ancient old-school vampire cares nothing about keeping the peace; staying at the top of the food chain is enough. What he wants from the town’s living and dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball attended by vampires and their human dates that Claire realises Bishop’s plan—and the elaborately evil trap he’s set for the warm-blooded souls of Morganville...
This is not your average teen vampire series. Trust me, I'm as stalled with the whole concept as much as you are, but the Morganville Vampire books barely count. Feast of Fools opens when an ancient vampire, Mr. Bishop, arrives, hell-bent on taking control of the measly little town. As employee/protogee/slave to the current ruler, Claire is left in a very dangerous position - is it safe to pick sides, or can she get by with keeping her head down? Fast forward through an action-packed plot and you're left with one of the most dazzling and stupendous endings to ever grace the pages of teen fiction.
There's a recap page! Is that not the best idea ever? I know I commented in my Midnight Alley review that I could catch up to a reasonable extent, even after the gap of a full year, but this page and a half of memory jogging makes all the difference. It's not really a complicated plot, but a little reminder of who the characters are doesn't go amiss.
I also complained a fair bit about how the last book ended - it wasn't a terrible finish exactly, but it led the story in a direction I didn't think I'd like. As it happens, I do. Hannah told me it all worked out, but I wasn't so sure - that'll teach me to doubt her judgement! All I'm saying is that even when you think Rachel Caine has made a huge mistake... keep calm and get the next book.
However, I do have a couple of criticisms. First off, and I said this last time - CLAIRE IS NOT TWELVE. Say it with me - NOT. TWELVE. Every single person treats her like she's just wandered out of the nursery with a tea cosy on her head, and she's a year and a half younger than they are. I swear if people talked to/about me the way they do her, they wouldn't live to see their next birthday. She gets told off by her housemate for almost saying 'bitch,' for God's sake.
Secondly, and this isn't so much of a criticsm, but why are they so dependant on vampires all of a sudden? The first couple of books were all about how they could survive on their own and fight-the-system-y. Now the first sign of trouble and they run off to Amelie/Oliver. I understand that certain circumstances require vampire input, but there's never even a consideration or thought process behind it.
Speaking of the vampires, I love
Right, so this is easily the best vampire book, the best in this series and one of the best teenage books full stop. It just feels a lot more powerful, more important, more dramatic than the others. The Morganville books are all a little short - quite frequently you get the feeling that they could have been condensed into fewer books, but this one... no. Not this one.