Book Review: Daylighters by Rachel Caine

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Title: Daylighters
Author: Rachel Caine
Pages: 354
Published: November 5th, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

From Goodreads: "While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one. Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better. It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly. Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end."

I've been a huge fan of the Morganville Vampires series since 2006, and when I saw that Daylighters was going to be the final book in the series, it's safe to say that my heart broke. It's even safer to say that I cried, very hard, when I finished this book. Not because it ended poorly, but because I felt like I had lost a huge part of my literary life. Being so attached to a series for so many years, it was hard for me to be okay with letting go. But I realized, I can go back and revisit Morganville whenever I want. Or whenever I won't break down and sob again.

Daylighters begins right where Fall of Night left off: everyone is being taken into custody, and no one will tell them why. The group soon meets Rhys Fallon, the leader of the Daylighters, and a very bad guy. At first, he seems like he really wants the best for Morganville, and the residents really take to him and his ideals. He cleans up the town, and locks up the vampires, making Morganville a safe and human-friendly town. But his real intentions soon come to light, and they're not as innocent as they appear. 

The only negative thing I can even possibly think of to say about this book is that it's over, and that there will be no more Morganville books. I was glued to this book from start to finish, and was absolutely devastated that it was the final one in the series. Letting go of a book series that I've loved for so long is hard, but I couldn't have asked for a better ending to my favorite series.

It's safe to say that Claire and Shane will forever be my two favorite characters, and to see them finally get the happy ending that I always hoped they would was more than satisfying. After everything that they have been through, it's so nice to end on a happy note, despite me wanting to read more and more about the Glass House gang.

I will never forget Morganville, and all of the adventures that this series has taken me through. Thank you, Rachel Caine.

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