Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
In Karen Marie Moning’s latest installment of the epic #1 New York Times bestselling Fever series, the stakes have never been higher and the chemistry has never been hotter. Hurtling us into a realm of labyrinthine intrigue and consummate seduction, FEVERBORN is a riveting tale of ancient evil, lust, betrayal, forgiveness and the redemptive power of love.When the immortal race of the Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making—a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of all life itself—can save the planet.But those who seek the mythic Song—Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada—must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: The Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among—and within—themselves.Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And in those war-torn streets, Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.
What I Thought...
I must say, my expectations of this novel were much higher than what was actually produced. I’ll make this quick, because I wasn’t impressed with Feverborn and even more disappointed in Moning. I feel like Moning could have taken the novel in multiple directions, rather than the one she chose. Needless to say, I wasn't impressed.
Since this was the 8th novel of the series, I knew there would be some repetition. However, I think Moning’s largest mistake was making Feverborn a stand alone novel. Because of this, there is an abundance of repetition. Yet, for how long the book is, there is little accomplished between the characters and the story-line. Alina is “brought back from the dead”, but yet we aren’t told HOW. I was extremely annoyed with that because that’s a very significant situation. Instead, there is mindless chatter about unimportant topics. In my opinion, the story doesn’t progress enough to be worth the read and that’s very disheartening.
Also, I can’t STAND Jada! Her character and story-line is all sorts of messed up. Moning depicts her as a hard-ass, but yet at the end of the novel, we see Dani come through… I hated it. However, my BIGGEST issue with Feverborn was how out of sync Barrons and Mac were with each other. The very few times they came together, or were together, weren’t very encouraging. He’s a jerk, more so than normal, to her throughout most of the novel, except for when they are being intimate, which again, is jerkish. What I loved about the series before was how close, yet so far away, Barrons and Mac were at any given moment. They always had each other’s back and had that sappy love story mix, without losing their self-respect. Yet, in Feverborn, I just saw rudeness. It kindaaaaa broke my heart.
Overall, I hope the next book of the series is better, because this one is getting a solid 3.5 stars. Better luck next time, Moning.