Book #6 in the Morganville Vampires series picks up a month or so after book #5: Bishop is in charge of Morganville, and he is cutting no one, vamp or human, any slack as he exercises his evil muscles. Claire's at his beck and call, Shane and his father are imprisoned, Michael belongs to Bishop, and Eve is alone at the Glass House. Things seem desperate as Claire's 17th birthday arrives, until at last, Myrnin reveals that he isn't really on Bishop's side and that Amelie and her vamps are re-forming. But the race is still on to find a cure for the disease affecting the vamps, rescue Shane and his father, and destroy Bishop before he destroys Morganville.
Before you begin Carpe Corpus, make sure you've got a dedicated block of time because the action and the pages will fly once you start. It's one dangerous situation after another as plans go awry and major twists are thrown. Not only must Claire find a way to help Amelie, she's got to contend with her overprotective parents (I just kept wondering why on earth they'd even been brought into Morganville--they seemed so pointless most of the time) and try to regain Eve's skeptical trust. Finding a stopping point wasn't an easy task, I can assure you.
The relationship between the four friends has never been stronger as Carpe Corpus unfolds, but the relationship between Shane and Claire goes even further, advancing to its next natural level, complete with lots of deep emotion. While I have to question whether or not having sex was a good idea, I can say it was realistically shown and featured what seems to be a real love. Certainly for this reader, I was captured by the genuineness of emotion, but would have to recommend that these novels might be best read by older teens.
So what can I say at the conclusion of Carpe Corpus? I've already pre-ordered Fade Out, Book 7, and will be anxiously awaiting reuniting with my friends in Morganville. Fun reading and great action--it doesn't get much better than this.