Review: Burned (#7, Fever) by Karen Marie Moning

My Thoughts

Burned scorches with fierce intensity, suspense and sexiness

5stars

My Thoughts

burned cover feverIt’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

My Review

As first published on USA Today

Fever fans, get ready. Karen Marie Moning is back, delivering the kind of spellbinding, addictive, twisted tale we love to devour. Magic and madness, intrigue and illusion, passion and power, sexual tension and more sexual tension —  Burned represents everything I love about the series. Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, Christian, Dani, Lor, Kat and so many others weave this story together, picking up where Iced left off, with Dani and Mac at a much-anticipated impasse. In an instant, Moning propels the story in an unexpected direction, which is both scary and exciting. She also explores the complicated dynamic of past relationships and the ever-shifting landscape of Dublin, as the powerful battle for dominion.

“Fire purifies and distills … Fire transforms. You must remember that when the time comes it seems only to ravage and destroy.”

One of the aspects I love about Burned is that we see more Barrons and Mac together … more of their mega-intense, superhot, set-the-world-ablaze kind of dynamic. They are always so attuned to each other, despite their constant antagonism. It’s an undeniable, fever-inducing connection that many times burns beneath the surface, between the beast that Barrons is and his “rainbow girl,” Ms. Lane.

“She’s chiffon and satin ribbons. I’m raw meat and razor blades.”

Despite the destruction of the Sinsar Dubh, its hold on Mac intensifies. Mac is the primary narrator in the book (although we also have seven other POVs), and we experience her struggles as new demons chase her and insecurities haunt her. The city she loves is under siege, and she needs to step up and fight once more. She needs to overcome the turmoil in her head and heart if she’s to again become the fierce sidhe-seer we’ve come to know and love.

“… when you fight evil every day, stare it in the face, engage it, learn to think like it, you face a choice: Be defeated by the limits of your own morality, or summon a beast in yourself that obeys none.”

In addition, in the terrible aftermath of the Hoar Frost King, there are new mysteries to unravel and solve before the world is sucked into darkness. Villains who made me shudder with their sheer brutality and creepiness. And past evildoers who return to fuel widening unrest. All of this, of course, while battles for power escalate and new characters emerge to threaten the already volatile faction of badasses.

And yes, yes, yes, oh yes, we get some more of that thrilling, rousing sexual tension for which Moning is renowned — you’ll have to read it to see exactly what and whom I refer to!

“Two wolves stand in this room, with a complicated past and an uncertain future, their lips a breath apart, and I’m not sure if they’ll kiss or kill each other.”

All in all, Burned is a book that shouldn’t be missed. Thrilling, suspenseful, sexy — it has all the right stuff to delight the most ardent of Fever fans.

“… revenge is a devil you don’t want to worship. In destroying your enemy you become it.”

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Reading Order and Links

Burned is the seventh book in the Fever series. Two more books are expected: Feverborn and Feversong.

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Review: Bloodfever (#2, Fever) by Karen Marie Moning

My Thoughts

Fae-tastic! Dark and dangerous, action-packed
and exciting, gruesome and vicious.
The series keeps getting better and better as the sinister situation
escalates and truths begin to be revealed in this harrowing
and captivating sequel! Could not put it down for one hot second!

6stars

Synopsis

bloodfever coverI used to be your average, everyday girl but all that changed one night in Dublin when I saw my first Fae, and got dragged into a world of deadly immortals and ancient secrets.

In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V’lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous.

For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them.

My Review

“My world began falling apart with the death of my sister, and hasn’t stopped since. And it’s not just my world that’s in trouble; it’s your world, too.”

O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D! I cannot stop reading these books! I am so consumed and gripped by the story and by its characters. I mean… WOW… JERICHO BARRONS! Has there ever been such an alluring, enigmatic, powerful man? What is he?! What are his intentions? His true motivations?! But I digress… first things first.

Bloodfever was an amazing sequel. It once again packed pulse-pumping action, suspense, mystery, murder and a new level of pent-up desire. I thought that Bloodfever was largely about Mac’s transformation… her evolution from a small-town girl, “part-time bartender, part-time sun-worshiper and full-time glamour girl” to someone who begins to harness her inner power and who is suddenly more driven by revenge than she expected to be in the first place. She was convincingly kick ass in this book, having to endure things that were torturous and agonizing to read.

“Gone is my long blond hair, chopped short for the sake of anonymity and dyed dark. Gone are my pretty pastel outfits, replaced by drab colors that don’t show blood. I’ve learned to cuss, steal, lie and kill. I’ve been assaulted by a death-by-sex Fae and made to strip, not once but twice, in public. I discovered I was adopted. I nearly died… In one short month I’ve managed to piss off virtually every being with magical power in this city. Half of those I’ve encountered want me dead; the other half want to use me to find the deadly, coveted Sinsar Dubh.”

In addition, we are revealed yet another layer of truth, only to discover the many layers still veiled beneath. So many secrets are shrouded, so many connections and motivations hidden. Not all the players in the game are known, and those that are known make it innately difficult to discern the side on which they play. Good and bad. Black and white. Alive and dead. And yet, as MacKayla attempts to piece it all together and find her place in this deadly game, she finds that they all persist in that amorphous, gray in-between. Nothing is clear. Are they all pawns of a bigger puppeteer?

“There are only shades of gray… Good and evil, in their purest form, are as intangible and forever beyond our ability to hold in our hand as any Fae illusion. We can only aim at them, aspire to them, and hope not to get lost in the shadows that we can no longer aim for light.”

The situation-at-hand infinitely intensifies, as the threats that once loomed take form and take action. Thankfully, Barrons is almost unfailingly there when it counts, saving MacKayla at the most dire hour. He’s so possessive, protective and controlling and yet it’s clear he values and cares for MacKayla, although his intentions remain hidden. It’s also evident that his power, physically and intrinsically, is far beyond what Mac first thought. He also has moments where his facade softens, his passion blazes and his desire is unexpectedly made evident… and let me tell you, it’s incredibly melt-worthy.

“One day you may kiss a man you can’t breathe without, and find breath is of little consequence.”

The push and pull between MacKayla and Barrons is captivating and exciting… I just can’t get enough. They need each other, but the make the other intensely mad. Despite Mac demanding answers, in typical Barrons fashion, he has none to offer, leaving Mac with more questions on which to ponder. Jericho Barrons is such a well-written, dark, passionate, mystery of a man that you can’t help but be drawn to him.

In summary, another unbelievable, brilliantly written book in this amazing series. SO much happens. SO much is YET to happen. But with stakes so high, however, Mac and Barrons need each other more than ever. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

“When everything else if gone, balls are all any of us really have left. The question is: Are yours made of flesh and blood, or steel?”

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