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Kiss of Death

(The Morganville Vampires #8)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  38,133 ratings  ·  1,067 reviews
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 frien
Paperback, 246 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Penguin Group USA Inc. (first published January 1st 2010)
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Rachel Do the isbn's match? If so, its just a typo. I usually add a new edition book to the list and put in the correct page numbers that way.…moreDo the isbn's match? If so, its just a typo. I usually add a new edition book to the list and put in the correct page numbers that way.(less)
ᴳᵃᵇʳⁱᵉˡᵃ so basically Claire and her friends have to go to Dallas. Michael has the chance to make a demo with his music and they are allowed to leave temporari…moreso basically Claire and her friends have to go to Dallas. Michael has the chance to make a demo with his music and they are allowed to leave temporarily from Morganville. But something goes wrong on their way there and the action starts from there.(less)

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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Needs more cowbell vampire bunny slippers.

I wanted more of my favorite mad scientist Myrnin and his awesome slippers. Alas, my heart was fractured just a tiny little bit.

This installment of Morganville has us headed out of town for a crazy and dangerous road trip. The book was full of peril and bizarre happenings as usual, but I have to admit that I prefer our little disfunctional family when they're actually raising hell in their own town.

I was happy that it was easy enough for me t
MissBecka Gee
A road trip out of Morganville left some of my favourite characters behind.
My poor poor Myrnin was one of them.
The story was lacking "something."
Whether that was the absence of characters or missing the weird charm of Morganville, or what they did get up to just wasn't interesting enough?
No idea if it was one or all these things that drowned the book.

They did have some adventure times on the way to Dallas.
Hoping the next one gets back on track with the series I was loving.
Victoria ♡
Taking computers were my limit. After that it felt like a waste of my time reading these books. I really liked the first 3/4 books in the series...kept going thinking that eh it's a long series there's bound to be a few bad ones but I just give up. It just kinda got confusing and pretty stupid. If I'm ever struggling to reach my goodreads goal catch me reading the rest but until that desperate day nope. ...more
Amber J
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

Micheal has a gig in Dallas and the whole crew is going. Finally, leaving Morganville. It's only temporary of course and they have to take a vampire escort with them. But a road trip is about to begin. But then one thing after another happens, and they start to thin
Literary Ames
Road trip, baby! This one takes us out of Morganville and into the "real" world, but perhaps the real world is scarier than Morganville. The road trip is innocent enough, until the group are given a chaperone who insists on stopping in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Cue bad luck and horror movie action.

I love the you-can-never-leave-Morganville thing so stepping out of it was new. For about 5 minutes. Then, I began to miss Myrnin's quirkiness, Amelie's smooth self-control, and damn, even
The Flooze

Rachel Caine handles suspense quite well. Kiss of Death is no exception, as the residents of Glass House head off on a road trip that includes some unexpected and terrifying detours.

There are a few things beginning to bother me about Morganville, however. One is the need for a new story arc. Now that vamp-Alzheimer’s has been cured and the Bishop threat obliterated, Caine has yet to establish another major storyline. As a result, there seems to be a lot of focus on relationship drama, an
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
It feels like each book is now self contained, no real cliffhangers or story lines that span more than 1 book. This is okay for now, but there are 15 books in the series so I hope we get a bigger plot to follow soon.
I like Claire and how smart she is, but sometimes she really shows her age by the immature comments and reckless decisions she makes. Her mouth gets her in trouble and even though I'm all for sticking up for yourself, sometimes you have to know when to hold back and keep quiet. It w
Apr 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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Wow! What a GREAT sequel!! I did not want this book to end. It was full of action, crazy vamps, snarky dialog, and constant twists and turns. For a portion of the book, I felt like I took a turn into Night of the Living Dead, and I loved every moment of it. INSANE.ABSOLUTELY.INSANE!!

In this book, Michael gets a recording deal in Dallas and is granted a leave from Morganville. As part of the agreement he’s made with Amelie, he is able to have Eve, Shane and Claire join him on his road trip. Just
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“Another thing I don't want on my tombstone," Shane said.

You have others?" Claire asked.

He held up one finger. "I thought it wasn't loaded," Shane said. Second finger. "Hand me a match so I can check the gas tank." Third finger. "Killed over ice cream. Basically, any death that requires me to be stupid first.”

Hands down, Shane is still the best part of this story. Well, Myrnin too, but since he was largely absent from this one...


oh well, what can you do.

I actually liked this one! I mean I
May 09, 2010 rated it liked it
It was OK.

I'm not saying that as a bad thing, this book was absolutely better than Fade Out (wich in case i hadn't say it enough was awful).

On the bright side we get a lot of Shane and Claire, that just made me realize how much i've missed them and their relationship, the witty dialogues are back and i even had a couple of fuzzy moments remembering how much i love the four main characters of this series.
Regardless of that, i still think the plot was weak. Sure, after the first 100 pages things
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: Not Liking It
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Better than a few previous books
Characters: Well Done
Plot: Getting out of town and into trouble
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Sure
Recommend: Yeah
Book Boyfriend: Oliver

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What can I say? This book was better than some others. Some of their actions were stupid but then again these are new adults with the exception of Claire. They got themselves into a bunch of trouble with the local folks and then had t
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, vampires
Well, once again Rachel Caine did not disappoint! I love how she can throw you for loops and make unexpected turns and then conclude in such a strong way! Every book seems to end with you longing for more! (SHANE!!)

Kiss of Death was another fantastic tribute to The Morganville Vampire series. If anything stands out that makes me just love this series even more is the bantering between the characters. I mean, the stuff they say and the come-backs are pure awesomeness! I think it really makes the
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Eeeehhhh. Kiss of Death did have a pretty interesting premise with the gang having a chance to get out of Morganville for a while, but the execution was just so. boring. I mean, there was a lot of action and danger, as usual, but the majority of the novel was about everything going wrong for everyone again??? And we know nothing bad will happen to them, permanently, so meh. Kind of pointless. Also, Eve was the one I wouldn't stand this time around \o/ ...more
Mar 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
How the heck did I get sucked into the Morganville Vampires?? This is teenage, brainless vampire smut at it's finest. Seriously! I'll tell you how it happened to me.

It was such a mindless easy read...I flew through the the first book in a day. I must give credit to the author, Ms. Caine. She lead me into a clever trap at the endings of the first few books. I couldn't walk away without knowing what happened to these stupid, annoying teenagers in the Glass House. I went straight to my ipad Amazon
Maria V. Snyder
Jun 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book even though it was a bit thin on plot and Clare should know by now that she isn't going to die. I just love these characters so much, they could be hanging around the Glass house reading the paper and I would be happy - they get into so much trouble - it's nice to see them have a little fun for a change. ...more
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
“My dad used to say that life's a journey, but somebody screwed up and lost the map.”

So I have no idea if I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, didn't have enough coffee, or I'm super annoyed at the people who decided that 6am was a fantastic time to cut down a tree outside my house but long story short these characters just annoyed me for most of the book. I feel like this series is just going to be meh now for me. I mean everything has been pretty consistent lately and I either
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
The fact that Michael is actually able to get his music out there is amazing. I love the fact they get to leave the town. If only Oliver wasn't sent as their dang babysitter. I like the part with the abandoned town. I feel like we could've really been able to see some sort of apocalypse. I love the fact they leave the town and still find themselves surrounded by vamps and in danger. This one was a bit of a let down - now there were some cool things that happened like the town and such but it jus ...more
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
2.5 stars My least favorite in the series. :/

Read my full review at Book Obsession
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The whole Glasshouse gang is given permission to leave Morganville to take Michael to Dallas to have a music demo made, accompanied by a chaperone in the form of Oliver. Their road trip takes a detour in a strange small town and it turns out they also have some unexpected tagalongs.

This was a fun installment of the series. I loved how excited everyone was to get out of Morganville, only to find that danger lurks everywhere and perhaps their lives in Morganville are not as bad as they thought. N
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Morganville Vampires has slowly become one of my favorite series. This past year I read them non-stop, so I read Kiss of Death sparingly until deciding to finish it yesterday.

First of all, it was great to see Michael, Eve, Shane, and Claire out of Morganville. After books 6 and 7, it was time to have some happy thoughts. Knowing Rachel Caine, however, I knew it would not last long (and I love her for that). One thing I have to say about the Morganville Vamps series is that it never, ever st
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow, did I ever miss these guys!!!!

Reading a Morganville book is like welcoming home friends you haven't seen in six months, the visits are always to fast and you wish they'd stay forever.
So what's going on with our favorite foursome?
ROAD TRIP...Morganville style;)
...Dallas wants Michael to go and record some of his music and despite the fact that they need to get passes to Morley and his flock, Michael, Eve, Claire and Shane are finally, FINALLY going to be able to leave hells-town and set off
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

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Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Young Adult; Vampire

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: eh
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 2.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 4
Characters: 5
World Building: 5
Flow: 5
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 7
Ending: 6

Total: 5

In Dept

Best Part:
There was some good action scenes
Worst Part: Filler book anyone....
Thoughts Had: no way; that is dumb; this is dumb!!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: not this book, skip it.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Kiss of Death is the eighth book in the Morganville Vampire series. Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael are granted permission to leave Morganville and take a road trip to Dallas to a recording studio that wants Michael. Of course with anything thing this group takes on it doesn't turn out as planned.

Kind of another slower edition of the series. There are some good moments in it but with most of the cast of characters back in Morganville it felt a bit on the dull side. Couldn't help but miss crazy o
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Well I finished this book in two days & I absolutely loved it. It definitely had the wow factor. Amazing characters & brilliant storylines throughout
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
When Claire gets passes for the four of them to leave town for Michael's audition at a major studio, She is super excited to be able to leave Morganville, even if it is only for a few days. Considering their track record, they should have known things just couldn't go smoothly. To start off the crazy train trip their least favorite vampire is coming along as a chaperone. When he makes then stop in a one horse town with a order to stay put until he can get back, the gang gets extremely annoyed, a ...more
Brandi Kosiner
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Peace Love and Reviews
Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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, chape
DarkHeart "Vehngeance"
Hmm... I think I tend to start my reviews of this series with "another great entry in the series...", or something along those lines - and at the risk of sounding repetitive, this is just that. I've noticed that this one has gotten mixed reviews so far, mainly it seems because outside of Morganville, many of the cast and crew have been left behind. But you know what, I think it's just what the series needed. The gang was back together, and danger and hilarity ensued. Suddenly vampires weren't th ...more
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“Another thing I don't want on my tombstone," Shane said.

You have others?" Claire asked.

He held up one finger. "I thought it wasn't loaded," Shane said. Second finger. "Hand me a match so I can check the gas tank." Third finger. "Killed over ice cream. Basically, any death that requires me to be stupid first.”
“Shane looked down at the staked vamp at his feet. 'Claire?'
'You staked a vampire with a number two pencil.'
'I didn’t actually check the number.'
'Have I told you lately how freaking awesome you are?'
She tried to smile, but her heart was fluttering in her chest now, and not in a good way. 'Compliments later. We really need to get out of here and get to the car. Any ideas?'
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