Review + Character Interviews + Giveaway: Convicted (#3, Consequences) by Aleatha Romig

My Thoughts

Riveting. Suspenseful. Consuming.
An epic conclusion to an incredible series that did not disappoint. Aleatha Romig’s masterful storytelling kept me biting my nails and furiously flipping the pages to finally get to the emotional, jaw-dropping conclusion.

5stars

Synopsis

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There were still lessons to learn and consequences for the truth!
When Claire Nichols met Anthony Rawlings, she didn’t know they had a past, or that he had plans for her future. Over time, the role of teacher changed—games became reality—and domination turned to desire. Despite an insurmountable history, Claire and Tony found their way back to one another.

Just when they seemed to have it all—love, respect, and the promise of a family—the game master exposed the truth. Claire’s world once again spun out of control. Unwilling to allow her child to suffer the consequences of an old vendetta, Claire fled…

At one time, Claire was held captive in an opulent mansion—then her incarceration was a cell inside a state penitentiary. Was her new prison—a tropical island—truly less lonely? Perhaps that was the game master’s plan, all along?

Who will save Claire from her oldest nightmare and her newest reality? Will it be Tony? Can he forgive her for leaving him—again? Harry? Will he utilize previously unknown connections to save the woman who infiltrates his thoughts? Maybe Phil? Will his devotion in keeping Claire and her child safe be rewarded?
As the cards are played—sins of the past, innocent victims, and truths are revealed. With compartmentalization no longer an option, is the reality too much? Could there be an even worse isolation?

With the game master dealing from a stacked deck, can this new high-stakes game possibly be won?

When it’s all over and their cards are on the table—SOME will discover their bets were too high—they have nothing left to lose—ALL will learn the crucial lesson—the most important rule—there are CONSEQUENCES for the TRUTH!

My Review

“If their relationship had been a poker tournament, unquestionably, they’d not been dealt the best cards. When faced with the same odds as Tony and Claire, many players would have folded and walked away. They hadn’t — they’d continued to play. In the process they’d grown and changed. At one time, they were opponents, strategizing against one another, now they were teammates, yet their tournament wasn’t over. It was too early to declare the winner. They both knew there were more cards to be revealed.”

WHAT A WILD RIDE! Suspense. Mystery. Emotion. Romance. Tragedy. Elation. Devastation. Did I mention nail-biting anxiety?! This final installment in Claire and Tony’s story had it all. The story crept through me, gripping me, holding me captive at the precarious edge of sanity. I felt seriously obsessed and consumed with trying to discern the whole game, seeing how each opponent played, anticipating the next surreptitious move. This clever, duplicitous cast of characters all had a story to tell, a plan in mind, a past that fueled their motivation. This story — this game — was one that shifted constantly beneath me. The entire book is a story told in parts, through various eyes and at different time periods. I thought the structure and format of the book was ingenious… it was a way to keep us in suspense, never seeing too much of the game at once. The story unfurled slowly, in ribbons of information that weaved together and twisted in ways that so many times I didn’t see coming.

“The story just wasn’t hers. The story belonged to so many others, so many others, who like her, would never be able to tell the world what happened; so many others who were now silenced — now and forever, yet Claire knew every word — she’d lived it.”

Chapter 1 blew. my. mind. Shook me to the core. I kept wondering WHAT?! Did I miss something?! OHMYGOD!!! WAIT… WHAT?! (Add in some expletives and that was pretty much the way it went, folks). Aleatha Romig’s mastery of setting up surprise and manipulating suspense was clearly evident as she worked to reset our assumptions from the get-go. The end game was not indeed clear at all. Harry, Meredith, Claire, Tony, Phil, Emily, Catherine and so many others were pawns of their past, gambits carefully orchestrated as a result of their own personal convictions. Whether the ultimate prize was love, a happily ever after, a solved case, money or power, everything was connected.

While Consequences and Truth packed a lot of emotional intensity throughout, I felt the first half of the book was filled with intensity of a different kind. It was about investigation and observation, trying to put all the pieces together. Admittedly I missed a little of that emotion-fueled angst, but I was captivated nonetheless. When Claire left Iowa and we found her on the island with ****, so much was set into motion.

“Claire’s leaving was only the final flake to start the tumble — a simple flake that became a small snowball, and lead to the avalanche which threatened to cover them all — forever.”

But this time, Claire took control and was determined to succeed. No more mistakes. No more trusting the wrong people.

“This time, it was her game — she was the one holding the cards.”

It was really intriguing to see how Claire was evolving. To me, she has always been such an interesting character… a mix of vulnerability, naivety and staunch determination. Over time, and as a result of so many consequences, her resolve steeled and her confidence grew. Phil (who is one of my favorite characters in the book), pushed her to listen to her gut and follow her instincts.

“At times, that power was intoxicating; at other times, it was daunting. After years of submission, it was a whole new way to live.”

The concept of power and control was a critical element for me. It was almost like a character all its own, it was that significant in my eyes. Claire needed to find herself, find her confidence and find the control she desperately yearned for in order to survive, while at the same time, simultaneously find the wisdom to know when to wield it and when to relinquish it to someone else. For Tony, control was a part of his DNA, but in order to show Claire he had truly changed, that they were partners, he had to share control and share decision making. I loved that Tony evolved and transformed into a man that was ultimately not defined by his past transgressions, but even more so that he remained true to the person he was. He was a man made better, a man who learned to feel, a man who let love in, but a man that was undeniably Tony through and through, even at the end. Tony is a man who despite relinquishing control, struggled in that surrender, as we would expect him to.

Despite what you think of Tony from past books, you will admire the depth of his love and determination to make things right with Claire, with their situation and even with his past.

“I will spend the rest of my life atoning for my sins against you and against others. I want my name to be something you’re proud to carry.”

The hopeless romantic in me relished in the ways Tony expressed himself to Claire. I was absolutely, irrevocably convinced that the love he felt for her was true and right. No questions.

“I fell  in love with you while you were supposed to be my prisoner; however, I’ve loved you since before I knew love existed.”

Claire struggles. She desperately desires their happily ever after, but she’s afraid to learn all the truths. Would it change her feelings for Tony? Could she handle it? Could she survive it? Would learning the truth have irreversible consequences? But perhaps the old adage of fearing fear itself is true… does the unknown fuel our thoughts to leap to places so dark, so scary that in actuality don’t exist?

“When someone is cloaked by the darkness of uncertainty, it’s a mystery. Allowing light to penetrate that darkness makes everything clear… In the darkness, all you can do is listen to the wind and the waves. You ask yourself, are there creatures, boats, or untold dangers lurking? We don’t know, and then, in our minds we create perils that do not truly exist.”

I felt that through what happens in the story, and through the truths that are revealed, I intrinsically understood both Tony and Claire so much better. Claire keeps these really intimate journals, her compartmentalized thoughts freed on paper, which not only evoked so much emotion, but which also helped shed understanding on the journey she took from prisoner to lover to soul mate. Claire and Tony are two twisted souls, as is Catherine as well, that are held captive by their past, downtrodden by their guilt and uncertain of their ability and worthiness to find redemption and happiness. And as for Tony, for me it’s not about loving or hating him in the end, it’s about accepting who he is, who he has become and in the end, seeing the true meaning in his final act of sacrifice and selflessness. Their relationship certainly started in the depths of darkness, and it may not be considered normal… but they are right for each other.

As usual, expect so much to transpire as Catherine’s final play hits the table. The last 15 to 20% of the book is absolutely amazing and incredibly suspenseful. What can you expect out of this book? Aleatha’s crisp yet emotionally-charged writing and masterful storytelling for sure. Expect more twists, more consequences and more truth as the character’s convictions drive the final plays in this twisted game. This continues to be one of my favorite all-time series… I’ve loved each book! Although this is Claire and Tony’s final story, Aleatha Romig is working on three reading companions (novellas), the first, Behind His Eyes, will be told through Tony’s POV. No release date yet.

“Claire was his — he was hers. It had been that way since before she even knew him — or knew of him. She could fight that revelation, but why? It wasn’t debatable; she couldn’t rewrite history. She didn’t want to  — it all worked to put them where they were right now.”

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Review: Beyond Fate (#1.5, Fate Series) by Heather Lyons

My Thoughts

Heartbreaking and moving. Getting into Jonah Whitecomb’s heart and mind is an intense and heartfelt experience, which gave me a deeper insight into his motivations, actions and emotions. Fans of the Fate series will love experiencing the most poignant moments through Jonah’s eyes.

5stars

Synopsis

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There are always two sides to every story . . .

His whole life, Jonah Whitecomb has strove to meet everyone’s expectations of him: the perfect student, dutiful son, loyal twin, accomplished surfer, and powerful Magical. But behind his carefully composed façade hides the truth of how his family has fallen apart, leaving Jonah more often than not feeling adrift. To complicate matters, he fell in love long ago with a girl in his dreams, one he’s never told anyone about, including his twin brother.

Just when life seems its bleakest, Jonah discovers that Chloe is real. Wanting to finally reach out and grab happiness for himself, he embarks on a journey to track down the girl of his dreams, only to find that happy endings aren’t always guaranteed, the best laid out plans can go horribly awry, and sometimes you have to simply let yourself go along for the ride.

*Beyond Fate is Jonah’s point-of-view of the events of A Matter of Fate*

My Review

“Everyone always remarks on how put together I am, but the joke’s on them. I’ve always had issues. I’ve just hidden them better than others.”

Jonah’s story. Oh how it broke my heart. This companion novella chronicles Jonah’s experience during portions of A Matter of Fate, giving us insight into his thoughts and his heart, which are so troubled, so full of misplaced guilt and responsibility. I thought I knew Jonah Whitecomb, but after this story, I felt like I understand him so much more. He’s incredibly private, holding all his emotions deep within… he’s an Emotional after all and what would people say if an Emotional couldn’t control his own emotions? Or at least that’s what his awful father has led him to believe.

The story begins during the time where Jonah and Chloe no longer see each other in their dreams and we begin to understand the depression that Jonah falls into. Not only does he miss Chloe (and that is an understatement), but life as he knows it begins to fade as he continues to spiral and retreat into himself. When his father sends him to a seer and he discovers that Chloe, the girl of his dreams, the girl he’s undeniably in love with, is REAL… well, the feeling of elation is palpable. I felt my own heart soar as if I was discovering the news for the first time myself.

“My girl. The girl I’ve been in love with my whole life. CHLOE IS REAL, CHLOE IS REAL, OH MY GOOD GOODS, CHLOE IS REAL.”

Suddenly, on a high, we know that Jonah goes on a mission to find Chloe. His determination is fierce and unwavering, and now that he knows she’s out there somewhere, nothing will detain him. No one yet knows about Chloe. She’s the one thing he’s kept hidden. You see, Jonah has always defined himself as one half of a set, one half of the Whitecomb twins, and this is exactly why he kept Chloe a secret from Kellan. She was his and his only.

“For once in my life, there was something that was mine, that wasn’t ours, and maybe that makes me the ultimate in selfish assholes, but you know what? I wanted one thing, one person, who wanted – loved – me…. Jonah. Not one of the Whitecomb twins.”

During the lows and the highs Jonah experiences, we get to see just how close his relationship — his connection — is with Kellan, his twin brother. At the risk of sounding a bit cheesy, their relationship is a beautiful thing to behold. They are so supportive of each other, always there, literally and metaphorically, always having each other’s back. To see how close they are, and then to see that relationship crumble and break is simply crushing. We see the anger, the hurt, the confusion, the disbelief and the depression all turn into an unstoppable maelstrom of emotion that causes a fissure so deep within each of them that you fear is irreversible.

“Every step Chloe and I take forward, Kel takes one back. The happier I am, the more miserable he is.”

During the time when the twins finally meet Chloe and Kellan and her are together, I felt so crushed and despondent. Looking at the whole situation from Jonah’s perspective is devastating.

“When you fall in love with somebody, you shouldn’t have to share them.”

As more happens and things truly unravel, Jonah continues to keep everything inside, unable to find solace and support. Let me tell you that as one who has been Team Kellan… I got it. 

Color me confused now. Undecided. Heart at war. Torn. Gahhh!!! 

Heather Lyons is incredibly adept at stressing me out… this series may have me rocking back-and-forth in a corner by the end of the last book. Beyond Fate is at true companion novel that tells the story through Jonah’s perspective… there is new material that we read through (since Chloe wasn’t there), but a lot of the material really is Jonah’s thoughts and feelings about what we know to happen. I should also note that A Matter of Fate is a lengthy novel, so we don’t experience every moment, but it is the significant moments we see, those that give us a new outlook. I didn’t feel it was a re-hash, because experiencing Jonah’s POV is intriguing, heartbreaking, captivating and unexpected. The book is intense, laden with heavy emotions that gripped me. Admittedly, I was in tears at the end. I thought releasing this novella prior to A Matter of Truth was a brilliant move because I felt I needed to experience another dimension of the situation.

I can’t wait to see where the story will take us, my heart is bracing itself already!

“I want to remember everything about this moment, the snow, her bliss, this love between us, everything, absolutely everything, so that when I’m old and near the end, I can remind myself of just how lucky I was.”

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Reading Order

This is *my* suggested reading order. Note that there are only 4 books for the main characters, the rest are either companion novellas or a related spin-off.

  1. A Matter of Fate (#1)
  2. A Matter of Heart (#2)
  3. Beyond Fate (#1.5 – Jonah’s novella) – October 10th
  4. A Matter of Truth (#3) – November 5th
  5. Unnamed (#2.5 – Kellan’s novella) – January 2014
  6. Unnamed (#4) – March 2014
  7. Unnamed (#5) – TBD 2014

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About Heather Lyons

HEATHERHeather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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Review: Shadowfever (#5, Fever) by Karen Marie Moning

My Thoughts

An intense, action-packed story worth every minute of the wait.
Long-awaited truths are exposed amidst betrayals, revelations and heart-stopping action as legends come to life in this epic conclusion.

6stars

Synopsis

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“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.

In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.

Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.

My Review

Jericho Barrons. What will I do without you?! This series consumed me so completely for a week. I was deeply immersed in this sinister Dublin underworld, fascinated by it’s complex, enigmatic characters, driven by the pursuit of solving the multi-layered mysteries, waiting for the moment MacKayla and Barrons would succumb to their desires, heart, body and soul. Karen Marie Moning is a master storyteller, who brilliantly constructed the series to keep us hooked, keep us guessing and undeniably keep us in a state of shock with plot twist after plot twist. Her endings are epic. They are the kind that make you start talking to yourself as you repeatedly say Ohmygod, Ohmygod, NO, Ohmygod, Ohmygod!!!! Yes. those are her books and this is the series that has become one of my all-time favorites and my recent obsession.

But back to Barrons. A man. A beast. A mystery. All-knowing. All-powerful. Unstoppable. Unkillable. Passionate. Powerful. Possessive. Always in control. And always sexy as hell. If at all possible, I actually fell a little harder for Barrons in Shadowfever. No one else makes controlling and overbearing so incredibly desirable.

“The moment I laid eyes on you, I knew you were trouble.”
“Ditto.”
“I wanted to drag you between the shelves, fuck you senseless, and send you home.”
“If you’d done that, I never would have left.”
“You’re still here anyway.”
“You don’t have to sound so sour about it.”
“You’re upsetting my entire existence.”
“Fine, I’ll leave.”
“Try and I’ll chain you up.”

After the shocking, heart-attack-inducing cliffhanger in Dreamfever that left me breathless and distressed, I locked myself away to finish this final installment in the Fever series. What can I say that I haven’t said before… it packs some serious action, unforseeable heart-stopping plot twists, bone-chilling evil, surprising betrayals and a whole lot more angst!!! The desire and passion between Mac and Barrons is palpable, maddening.

“Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything. They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.”

The final race to the truth is jarring, bloody, formidable, unexpected and full of clever participants with their own agenda. Yes, we finally get to know what Barrons is (kind of), who really killed Alina, who Mac really is and who everyone else truly is and what their intentions have always been. The wait is so worth it as the final scenes unfurl. And through it all, Barrons keeps his promise to do everything possible to keep Mac alive. And every time you think this is it… they’re going to be together… something inevitably happens. But boy did I relish in some of these moments.

“You’re Mac,” he says. “And I’m Jericho. And nothing else matters. Never will. You exist in a place that is beyond all rules for me. Do you understand that?”

The end is epic, worth the wait and conclusive. Even though we have the spinoff Dani O’Malley series and TWO more Mac and Barrons books everything was tied together nicely and I felt happy… save for the giant book hangover I am left with. This was my favorite book of this amazing, unforgettable 6-star series.

In my opinion, a good book is comprised of multiple elements coming together, but fundamentally, I think it’s two basic building blocks — good storytelling and good writing. Karen Marie Moning is a master of both and that is a very rare skill. She’s able to manipulate the story in such a way that keeps us in suspense, wanting more, questioning more.  To me, this series encapsulates everything I love about reading… the unrelenting fascination, the story that won’t let go, the characters that live within you, the complex mystery you can’t unravel, the adept ability to enthrall me, consume me and make me an addict to its very words.  I honestly couldn’t love this series any more than I do.  Perfection.

“I never get enough of him.
Never will.
He lives.
I breathe.
I want. Him. Always.
Fire to my ice. Ice to my fever.”

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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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