Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fever Series Double Review | Book 3: FAEFEVER by Karen Marie Moning

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / Romance published September 16, 2008
Delacorte Press
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

He calls me his Queen of the Night. I’d die for him. I’d kill for him, too.  When MacKayla Lane receives a torn page from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt: For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil, it corrupts anyone who touches it.

Mac’s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shape-shifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V’lane, an insatiable Fae prince of lethally erotic tastes, and Jericho Barrons, a man of primal desires and untold secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.

As All Hallows’ Eve approaches and the city descends into chaos, as a shocking truth about the Dark Book is uncovered, not even Mac can prevent a deadly race of immortals from shattering the walls between worlds—with devastating consequences.…
Shelly's Thoughts... (Minor Spoilers)
S*&# is about to get real in this series and this book will keep you on the edge of your seat and then you get to the end and you thank all things holy that you didn't start reading these books when they first came out so you don't have to wait a WHOLE year for the next one!  PHEW...that was one long run on sentence and even as an English Ed major, I DON'T CARE!  There is nothing better than finishing one book and immediately picking up the next one, that's for sure.

Mac is going even more dark in this book.  She's stuck between Barrons and V'lane in a sort of, but not really, love triangle.  V'lane is clearly interested in pursuing her and she's developing feelings for Jericho, but he continues to keep her at arms length.  She learns that Jericho is a Druid and he is going to be working with Christian and his uncles the MacKeltars, to strengthen the walls between worlds on All Hallow's Eve.  In the meantime, someone is sending Mac pages out of Alina's journal.  Mac assumes it's Darroc (the Lord Master) since that's who they all believe killed Alina.  Darroc also practices Druidry and is able to use Voice to control others so Jericho is teaching Mac to resist Voice so that she's more protected.

They are still on the hunt for the Sinsar Dubh which is taking over the bodes of humans and making them do unspeakable things.  To top it all off the Unseelie Hunters are searching for Mac all over the city.  Dani is still a big presence in this book and between she and Mac they are able to cause some pretty intense damage to the Unseelie who appear to be taking over many of the public jobs in the city of Dublin.  

This book is a roller coaster ride of crazy, intense scenes that all lead up to the cliffhanger conclusion that will have you holding your breath until you are able to start the next book.  All Hallows Eve comes and with it Pestilence, Famine, War and Death....who will save Mac when she needs it the most?  I am telling you, this book is mind blowing and you won't be able to put it down!

What Victoria thinks....(minor spoilers).
Faefever was kind of a hard read for me. I was still trying to absorb all the information uncovered in Bloodfever, so there were multiple times I had to stop and read back over a section I’d just read. I will say, to be the “middle man” novel, that novel that falls right in the middle of a series, Faefever did a great job at connecting the dots on a few issues I was concerned about. It was a smooth read and really brought out the depth of each character, which gave a better insight to the novel as a whole I thought.

Once Mac recruits Officer Janye in her fight for peace, life on the street becomes a bit more bearable for everyone. By allowing parts of the Garda to patrol the streets, Mac is able to still claim her nightly dues and hunt the Sinsar-Dubh. Thanks to Christian MacKeltar, Mac has brushed up on her Compact history and has figured out a way to pull both V’lane and Barrons into being tight allies. It finally seems like everyone is getting on the same page about finding the Sinsar-Dubh and restoring Dublin back to its original grandeur. 

However, Rowena at Arlington abbey still doesn’t trust Mac or her companions. After a show of dominance from Mac and V’lane, Rowena warns the rest of the sidhe-seers that Mac is dangerous and only cares about herself. Having that many powerful individuals mistrust her puts Mac in a very hard position. Because of this, Barrons begins to teach her Voice, the ability to command someone else with the power of your voice alone. Mac hopes that by possessing such talent, she won’t get herself into another Malluce situation. However,  when the D’Jai Orb lets loose thousands of shades inside the abbey,  causing even more chaos to erupt, Mac has to reassure herself that there is still a light at the end of the tunnel. 

I really liked how Moning matured each character in Faefever. We know that Mac has been replaced by 2.0, but now, she’s almost functioning on a 2.5 level. She’s more stable, less frilly, though still just as passionate as she was the day she stepped foot in Dublin. Barrons is still an enigma, which I doubt will ever change. V’lane has become closer to Mac; he’s “turned off” the sexual vibes he used to throw at her, which has really blossomed out their friendship.  Faefever is definitely a thriller, which as always I recommend reading. Just when I think Moning can’t surprise me, she blows my socks off! 

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