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: Faefever (#3) and Dreamfever (#4) by Karen Marie Monig

My Thoughts

The Fever series is simply unstoppable!
Stunning writing, enthralling story, unforgettable characters all come together to captivate and consume me, making me love every minute, every page, every moment of these highly addictive books! This has definitely become an all-time favorite series.

6stars

Synopsis – Faefever

faefever1The New York Times bestselling author of Darkfever and Bloodfeverreturns to Dublin’s Fae-infested shores in a bold, sensual new novel. Hurtling us into a realm of seduction and shadows, Karen Marie Moning tells the enthralling tale of a woman who explores the limits of her mysterious powers as she enters a world of ancient sorcery—and confronts an enemy more insidious than she could ever have imagined.

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 MacKaylaknows 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.…

Synopsis – Dreamfever

dreamfever1MacKayla Lane lies naked on the cold stone floor of a church, at the mercy of the erotic Fae master she once swore to kill. Far from home, unable to control her sexual hungers, MacKayla is now fully under the Lord Master’s spell.…In New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning’s stunning new novel, the walls between human and Fae worlds have come crashing down. And as Mac fights for survival on Dublin’s battle-scarred streets, she will embark on the darkest—and most erotically charged—adventure of her life.

He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister’s murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac’s every thought—and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust.

As the enigmatic Jericho Barrons and the sensual Fae prince V’lane vie for her body and soul, as cryptic entries from her sister’s diary mysteriously appear and the power of the Dark Book weaves its annihilating path through the city, Mac’s greatest enemy delivers a final challenge.…

It’s an invitation Mac cannot refuse, one that sends her racing home to Georgia, where an even darker threat awaits. With her parents missing and the lives of her loved ones under siege, Mac is about to come face-to-face with a soul-shattering truth—about herself and her sister, about Jericho Barrons…and about the world she thought she knew.

My Review

Absolutely incredible. Unconventionally, I’ll start with the end and work my way back to my overall thoughts. To say I was shocked… horrified… is an utter understatement. I was reading with my mouth fully agape, stupefied at everything that had transpired. I have never seen endings as gripping, so expertly tearing you apart than the ones that Karen Marie Moning writes. Just wow.

“Nobody looks good in their darkest hours. But it’s those hours that make us what we are.”

This series seriously just keeps getting better and better! Fever… welcome to my top 3 spots for all-time favorite paranormal series. Un-be-freakin-leavable.  This series has the ability to shock and surprise me so completely. The plot thickens with each book, adding another layer of mystery, another profusion of questions, another level of intensity and angst that have me at the edge of my seat. And yet… there is still so much on the horizon.

“The hard lessons were yet to come, waiting for me in the craic-filled streets of the Temple Bar District of Dublin, where I would watch people die, and learn to kill, where I would meet Jericho Barrons, V’lane and the Lord Master; where I would step-up to the plate as a major player in a deadly game of the fate-of-the-world stakes.”

MacKayla is literally inundated by a sea of questions. As players in the game made their moves, she finds only one rule to be true… always expect the unexpected. There is nothing predictable, nothing certain and nothing without cost. Everyone seems to want a piece of her and she doesn’t know who she can trust. The depths of Barrons’ power and knowledge continues to be more than expected, incredibly impressive and incredibly mysterious. WHO IS BARRONS?!

“Barrons was powerful, broodingly good-looking, insanely wealthy, frighteningly intelligent, and had exquisite taste, not to mention a hard body that emitted some kind of constant low-level charge. Bottom line: He was the stuff of heroes.”

The rising level of angst between them is unbearable for me. Admittedly, I just want them to grab each other and go at it! They are such complex individuals, existing in a permanent state of gray, full of pride and true grit, yet it’s clear they care. There are times where both of them could soften, but they don’t and it’s brilliant character development and completely frustrating at the same time. But Barrons is Barrons. Undeniably and always in control.

“You’ve mistaken me for someone else. Do not wait on me, Ms. Lane. Do not construct your world around mine. I’m not that man.”

The end of Faefever shocked me as I mentioned above and the beginning of Dreamfever possibly shocked me even more. It was terrible, wonderful, fulfilling, unfulfilling and scary all at once. What happened during those early chapters completely rattled me on the inside. Unforgettable moments.

“You’re leaving me, Rainbow Girl.”

You’ve got to experience the raw power of those scenes. I’m truly fascinated at the way Karen Marie Moning constructs these stories… The plot moves forward despite the multitude of questions it leaves in its wake, gripping us so completely without giving us exactly what we desire sometimes. It’s an incredibly addictive series with so much mystery that it’s impossible to let it go even for a moment.

“I was adrift in a sea of questions and if answers were lifeboats, I was in imminent danger of drowning.”

I absolutely loved Dani O’Malley. Her and Mac together are a veritable team of bad-asses! Both of their pasts still remain an enigma. They clearly have incredible skills and possibly undiscovered power. Dani sees Mac as a sister and she’s grown to care for her a great deal. I also love that the relationship between them is a way for the author to bring in some emotional grounding… some realism…  as well as perpetually connect us with the reality that Mac’s sister had been murdered. This constantly brings into focus what she is there for. To find the Sinsar Dubh and avenge Alina.

And then of course, the ending to book 4, Dreamfever, left me once again, completely shocked, breathless and clawing for the next book. It’s a KILLER cliffhanger!!!! I am so glad I am reading these when practically all the books are available, I would NOT have survived the wait!!!!

I can’t say enough good things about these books. They are worthy of every praise imaginable. Karen Marie Moning is a brilliant storyteller and writer. 6 bright shiny stars!!!

“He is in my soul and I am in his, and we are in bed but we are in a desert, and I do not know where he begins and I end.”

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