The book: Feast of Fools, the fourth in the series. I know I read Glass Houses, the first in the series, and I'm sure I haven't read any others. Still, her first chapter was masterful in leading the reader into the new installment of "how to deal with benign and not-so-benign vampires". I really sat up and took notice when I learned the MC's over-protective parents had moved to Morganville and needed protection from their daughter in this new environment. Whatever, by the end of the first chapter, I was back in the loop with a good idea of the new problems facing Claire, new villains, and what had happened to the main/secondary characters in the previous books. All as the story surged ahead.
Loved the opening hook for the book too. "It was hard to imagine how Claire's day -- even by Morganville standards -- could get any worse ... and then the vampires holding her hostage wanted breakfast." I leave you to wonder what the big, bad vampires wanted for breakfast.
Oh, the vampires. They wanted scrambled eggs, which was good since Claire didn't know how to cook eggs over easy. A sad commentary on today's young adults. My kids, even the male, could cook a whole meal by the time they were 12.