When I heard Karen was going to start a new series that wasn t a romance, but along the lines of a paranormal mystery about a young woman who goes in search of her sister s killer, I wasn t interested in reading When Darkfever came out, I didn t pay much mind But then as books were published and the ultimate cliffhanger with Faefever and the electric Chapter 4 in Dreamfever, including the elusive, mysterious and cocky character of Barrons, that s when I started to change my mind When so many are so far gone over a series of books and the word crack is used, I think of JR Ward s BDB series, which is my crack So, two weeks before Shadowfever was published I started reading the first four books so by the time Shadowfever came out I d be caught up on everything.
I m warning all the Fever and Barrons fans that this post isn t going to praise these books So, if you are a hardcore lover of these books, you may want to stop reading here and move onto another blog that has big accolades of the Fever series I m in the minority because on a whole the Fever series was a big disappointment for me waits as Bieber Fever girls oops I mean Barrons Fever girls leave to sigh over le Douche Yes, that s right, my nickname for Jericho Barrons is le Douche When did I come to the conclusion that Barrons is a douche Pretty much by the second book But before I go on with my rant about Barrons le Douche, let s start at the beginning with MacKayla Lane MacKayla, who everyone calls Mac, lives in Ashford, Georgia with her parents The twenty two year old spends her days bartending, tanning hanging out with friends and is a proud girly girl who has a pink fetish, loves doing her hair and nails and has no qualms that she s beautiful Her older sister Alina is in Dublin, Ireland studying at Trinity College Mac s entire world is about to go to hell in a hand basket one hot summer day when she finds out Alina has been killed No one knows why Alina was murdered, and the authorities in Dublin pretty much close the case even before they can start to investigate Mac refuses to let this be, especially since Alina left a frightened message on her cell phone a few hours before she was killed Mac takes it upon herself to go over to Dublin and get answers She owes it to Alina and herself to find out what happened.
Mac goes to Dublin without any real plan The police can t or won t answers her questions and Alina s teachers and fellow students have no clue about her whereabouts or who she hung out with because she began to cut class and became secretive Alina had a lover named Darroc who has the power of the persuasive voice behind him Mac believes Darroc A character who has appeared in Moning s Highlander series knows what may have happened to Alina, or he kiled her, but doesn t want to be found Mac is basically backed into a corner and it looks like Alina s murder will never get solved But then Mac starts seeing things that are not normal Very freaky OMGWTFBBQ things.
Cutting to the chase here Mac has the ability to see the Fae because she s a sidhe seer, from an ancient Celtic blood line who can see the Fae The Fae uses illusions, and there are different types, a cast system or sorts from the Seelie to the Unseelie and a whole bunch that would take an entire semester of history class to understand The wall between Man and Faery is coming down and Mac will be the one to stop it as she continues to find her sister s killer and hunt a book called the Sinsar Dubh, a Fae relic that can possess humans Mac meets Jericho Barrons, who runs Barrons books and Baubles Barrons doesn t like Mac at all and keeps it just business between them by calling her Ms Lane while she calls him Barrons I call him Le Douche Douche needs Mac because she s the only one who can locate the Sinsar Dubh Most of the action are these two searching for the demon book and Mac opening her eyes to the Fae around her, such as V lane the prince of the Tuath De Danaan, a fine specimen of Fae who can literally kill you through too many orgasms during sex Mac and V lane become friends in a strange way while Barrons is always there taunting Mac and NEVER ANSWERING ANY QUESTIONS SHE HAS Mac gets frustrated by Barrons s aloofness and cruel demeanor while she fantasizes about his body, tattoos and his fast cars and bookstore she lusts after as much as she lust after him, but doesn t want the scary thing hiding under his garage that Barrons won t say what it is because BARRONS DOESN T ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS MAC ASKS HIM Slowly oh so very slowly, Mac gets closer to the truth as she goes from cutesy Barbie doll Legally Blonde Elle Woods to black wearing, I m going to kick some ass ala Linda Hamilton from Terminator 2 All the while she lusts after Barrons, who acts like Batman, appearing for short amounts of time to act snarky and rude to Mac knowing she s practically in heat for him I guess his snappish insults are like foreplay for them both.
I have three big issues why the Fever series didn t work The fact that Barrons le Douche refuses to answer any questions thrown his way by Mac is a poor attempt to keep the tension alive It s a throwback plot device that doesn t work and is a weakness on the part of the author to keep the reader invested in finding the answers Having Barrons act like a petulant spoiled boy, much like a douche, by refusing to give up anything is almost insulting Also the screen time with Barrons is very minimal if you think of it He comes and goes with no real purpose and I wonder if Karen s original plans for Barrons wasn t as important to the overall story arc who was transformed into a important role based on readers reactions I had a big issue with Mac s constant internalization Shadowfever is very guilty of this Mac is a wonderful character who grows in every single book even with the long winded inner monologues, while Barrons is stagnant The excuse could be is because Barrons is thousands upon thousands of years old, but you think he d have some therapeutic change based on Mac being in his life I was waiting for that moment where Barrons does have that light bulb moment with Mac Sorry, by him accepting Mac as his lover and showing through hot sex that she s the one for him, is not good enough for me.
Finally, The Fever series as a whole is very watered down I can appreciate the mythology of it all, but at times I felt this was very surface type reading It may just be me, but I like descriptive explanations and much of the action was glossed over I had problems trying to get a handle on things and what was going on I also felt poor Mac was being thrown in every which direction for no purpose this happens a great deal in Shadowfever And destroying a character s psyche and spirit by constantly throwing horrible things at them such as a death of a loved one, being threatened, brutally raped and then being insulted left and right, is not a good enough or valid reason to show how your main character, such as Mac, can walk though the fires, be burned to a crisp and come out stronger than ever.
The Fever series just didn t work for me I could continue to go on with other reasons, including why I think Barrons is the perfect example of an abusive, manipulative emotionally stunted jerk, but that would take a whole other post For what it s worth, I do have to mention how the tone of Feminism is very strong in this series At no point does Mac rely on a man to save her Barrons doesn t really come to her rescue at any point, unless you count the one time when he helps her bring her out of her Py ra, the almost death by Fae sex Which I kept thinking of She Ra But the again, it wasn t a totally unselfish move on Barrons part either Karen does make a great case for Girl Power in the form of Mac and the thirteen year old Dani who becomes Mac s backup and her new found sister and sidhe warrior in arms.
How I wished I could have enjoyed these books, but they fell so flat for me Also, this could have worked better as a trilogy than over five books Bloodfever, book 2, doesn t bring anything worthwhile to the series I will say this, Karen does sure know how to write some great one liners and dialogue What may be the most effective line from all these books still sticks with me It was first mentioned by Barrons in Dreamfever and brought up by Mac again toward the end of Shadowfever where Mac and Barrons finally are completely honest with one another Barrons tells Mac she ll find a man who will kiss her until she can t breathe, where she ll realize she doesn t need air Mac has found that with Barrons, and since the Fever series isn t technically a romance, their HEA is the least likely normal one that should be expected, even if their road to their HEA was less than ideal for me For this reader, I very much had my breath the entire time while reading the Fever series and didn t lose my breath once because of the overall lacking enjoyment I found as I read.
I cannot believe it s over I am still stunned by all the information we were given, all the revelationsIt is so much to process.
Yet, I revel in every thought and feeling that assaults my body, and trust me, there are many Absolutely Astonishing Breathtaking.
I was right I was wrong I was stupefied I want I need.
I must read it again Slowly Savoring every bit over and over My chest hurts, my brain spins, and all I want to do is hug this book and dive right back in I am ADDICTED and will never get enough Orig post I m not sure I can wait any longer The theories and questions running rampant in my mind are going to drive me insane However, I just know this book will be amazingI can feel it in my bones 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 YearsWhat 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 WorldsIn 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 LovesWho 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 Basically, every single one of these books makes me want to break into song and dance They got the UNSEELIE oooooooout Shoulder Chin Shoulder, shoulder, shoulder DOUBLE DREAM HANDS There may be minor spoilers in this review They are mainly just spoilers about the general feeling of the end result, definitely not about any specifics or plot twists I don t think it s any big spoiler to say that by the end of this book, the Unseelie are mostly wiped out of Dublin Most people probably assumed that would happen or at least hoped.
As I sit here wearing my Dublin rocks t shirt I m not exaggerating , pondering and daydreaming, I have come across a great revelation.
I am ruined I am ruined for every single other urban fantasy I am ruined for every other paranormal romance Hell, I m ruined for every other book EVER How could I go back to YA after this How can I go on in urban fantasy when I started at the top How can I ever read another book again Of course, I m being melodramatic but somewhere inside, I feel it s true I know I ll get over it Eventually.
While I loved it, I had quite a few issues with this book, so here we go 1 The Dani Perspective Dani is a relentless spitfire Unfortunately that means what often spews forth from her is fire and it s painful It burns my eyes and my brain I love Dani but enough with the rambling, woman I felt like every time we were dumped into Dani s head, it was tedious and unnessecary A technique that is used by writers of lesser talent to rachett up the tension between the scenes that you actually want to be in KMM is better than that She doesn t need to use this ploy Not to mention, it s annoying as feck inside Dani s head.
2 The Gimmicks The Dani Daily, the quotes and song lyrics before every part , the conversations with the Sinsar Dubh, switching of perspectives Once again, KMM is better than this And if all these things are so important to the mythology of the series, where were they in all the previous books Why fling these on us now We didn t need them All it did was take away from time I d rather be spending with our main characters.
3 The info dumps and recaps By the halfway point, I felt like almost nothing had happened So much time was spent rehashing past events and reintroducing red herrings and clues This was happening much often than was necessary Along with tons of internal dialogue and speculation Am I this Am I that Is he this or that Blah blah blah Just get to the action.
5 Lovetastic Endless Forever Love Yes, its what we ve always wished for But as soon as Barrons and Mac got together and sort of declared their love, I was bored I know that s childish of me but I wanted hate sex Not loooooove sex Boring I know that once again I m being melodramatic but KMM basically turned us into Pavlov s dogs, training us to drool every time Barrons acted animalistic And she did it with good reason I felt the scenes thereafter were a little too cheesealicious And apparently, view spoiler Barrons has a magic wingding hide spoiler Well after that marathon reading session I am exhausted.
Started the first book about a week ago and could not stop It was intriguing I loved it and I usually do not read fantasy, paranormal, call it what you will Bloody hell, Ms Lane, you drive me bloody fucking crazy I THOUGHT I D LOST EVERYTHING.
HOW IGNORANT I WAS.
HE WARNED ME.
I HAD SO MUCH MORE TO LOSE.
I WANT TO DIE.
This review will be mostly visual 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 It was great that it was set in Ireland and even set in places very near to where I grew up in the West of Irealnd 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 You mind fuck with me again, I ll fuck you back But it won t be with my mind I LOVED Jericho Barrons, yes Irene, you were right.
I LOVED Barrons and Mac together eventhough I felt they were not together enoughMACSeelies Unseelies FaesIf you are looking for a book with hot, erotic sex scenes Well All the men in the book were droolworthy, definitely don t see men like that when I go back to Ireland on holidays I felt like crying The day I set foot in the Emereld Isle, the slow erosion of me had begun V lane I didn t ask Some things are better left unsaid.
He looked at me and I shivered I never get enough of him Never will.
I want Him Always.
Fire to my ice Ice to my fever.
Later we would go to bed, and when he rose over me, dark and vast and eternal, I d know joy ROWENARYODAN maybe not ALL the men are drool worthy DARROC Why does it always take you so long to tell me the important things DANII LOVED DANI, WITH HER FECKING FECKERS Love knows no right or wrong Love is Only is THERE WERE WORSE WAYS TO BE TORTURED THAN WITH A VISION OF JERICHO BARRONS NAKED You re leaving me, Rainbow Girl The first part and the last part of the book were exciting, did not know what to expect, I felt it was just a tad bit drawn out in the middle but the author is a suckler for detail so I suppose she had to include EVERYTHING LIKE A MOTH TO A FLAME, I FOLLOWED Keep your friends close and your enemies closer Will I give fantasy paranormal another shot Well, I think I am signed up for a BR of the BDB on Monday so the answer is YESYes, I will admit throughout most of this series I was so I think I have to go find me a nice little hot book now I know a lot of friend readers and bloggers adored this book, and I completely understand and respect that Usually every book I read has at least some issues that are, to a varying degree, overlookable The tragedy happens when the flaws for the reader overpower the attractions, and sadly, this is what happened for me with Shadowfever Warning, SPOILERS Here is the truth This book drove me BANANAS with the endless paragraphs of questions Shadowfever did NOT need to be the length that it was, that it was stretched out entirely too long with unnecessary emo verse and Mac Version 200 Questions made me want to stab someone.
Here are just 2 of endless examples in which a paragraph of questions are used to tell the story What would happen when we finally had the Book under lock and key How did Barrons think he was going to use it once it was contained Did he know the First Language Was he that old Had he learned it over time, or been taught Did he plan to let us re inter it at the abbey again, then sit down and read it And do what with the knowledge pg 372 Was she bad because she d loved him Was he evil because he d wanted to reclaim what had been taken from him Hadn t the same motives driven the Unseelie King and his concubine Didn t the same motives drive humans every day Why hadn t the queen just let the king have the woman he loved Why couldn t the king be happy with one lifetime What might have happened to the Unseelie if they d never been imprisoned Might they have turned out like the Seelie court And what about my sister and me Would we really doom the world Nurture or nature What were we pg 452That is just crappy storytelling, for me The equivalent to pages and pages of paragraph questions like this throughout the book is not endearing to me I know that KMM has used this style of writing in previous books, but it was too excessive for me to forgive.
Should I go on with the things that really bothered me She is looking through a photo album of Alina s, and she opens up to a picture Alina took of her and Darroc having sex and the shot is him as he s coming Wait What Let me get this straight Alina took a picture of Darroc right when he is orgasming inside of her, had it developed, and then put it in to her photo album along with photos of her birthday parties and shit Are you serious INSERT ME GAGGING HERE From the look on his face, I knew he was coming when she took it And I could see it in his eyes He d loved her, too That just ain t right By the middle of the book I was channeling Dave Chappelle chanting Wrap It Up She s the concubine No, she s the Unseelie King, no wait, she s only one of many parts of him, she s becoming Fae, she s here, she s there, what is he, where is he, it just became ridiculous By the time she takes Barrons by the hand and kills him AGAIN by trying to get him through the Unseelie King s silver in his boudoir, I threw in the towel Again she kills him Again she says I m sorry Overkill Enough Tell us what the BLEEP is going on, already Then, what is ultimately revealed about who Mac is, is just silly She was touched in the womb by the Sinshar Du and that s how she and it are connected How she has all these memories I ve waited over a year for this And Christian What was the point of Christian s evolution from Druid to Unseelie Prince Huh I did like several parts of the book I enjoyed the world building I felt like I could really see the White Mansion, and the Unseelie Prison I also loved when Darroc was decapitated, and all Mac was concerned about was putting his head back on and torturing information out of him That was AWESOME I think this was my favorite quote from the book Darroc is no longer about to kiss me, because his head is gone just gone and you re never ready for that, no matter how cold and hard and dead you think you are inside Being sprayed by the blood of a headless corpse especially someone you know, whether you like him or not gets you on a visceral level Doubly so when you were about to kiss that person But even upsetting is that I don t know how to merge with the Book All I can think is His head is gone and I don t know how to merge with the Book He eats Unseelie Can I put his head back on If I do, can he talk Maybe I can patch him up and torture it out of him pg 149Another part that highly amused me, even if it was not totally buyable, was that V lane this entire time was Cruce, the last Unseelie Prince I honestly did not see V lane s deception coming at all I did like the plot twist of Dani leading Alina to her demise, too.
I loved of course that she and Barrons AFTER 4 books and 450 PAGES OF THIS BOOK finally gave in to one another, but by the time it happened, for me it was too little too late I was really passed the point where I could take their anger stress sexual tension any longer and I was sick of them both by part 4.
And then, after all these millennia of Barrons searching for the Sinshar Du at all costs to end his son s suffering, that part of the story is resolved in the last 2 pages and it is something so ridiculously simple All the things he has done to track the book, the people he has hurt and killed, and his problem is solved, wrapped up in a nice little bow at the very end And we never learn what Barrons really is other than a Beast What are he and his 8 really She couldn t give that to her readers Who was the mother of his child And how did Fiona know all of this about his inability to die and , than Mac did How did Fiona initially fit in to all this Hey This entire paragraph of questions makes me sound like wait for it Mac Version 200 Questions Sorry, KMM, but 2.
5 stars I am disappointed with the end result I don t feel you gave us readers the true ending to the series we deserved, but I ain t mad at ya You had a story to tell and I am just one fan who didn t like it.
Qu sera sera.
originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews I ve fucking done it I ve re read this series and reviewed all of them in some semblance of a calm and rational manner But this fucking book Where do I go from here What do I read What is this world we live in It fucking SUCKS compared to the one I just left I haven t seen my friends or family in a fucking WEEK But you know what Because I want Jericho Barrons Jericho Barrons.
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Have you got THE FEVER KMM s Fever series has been the talk of GR town for the past two months My interest was first piqued back in December I d been going about my daily business here on GoodReads by which I mean I was stalking everyone I know , when up pops an update relating to something called a Barrons I ignored it.
But then up pops another And another AND ANOTHER This went on for about 90 minutes.
My curiosity got the better of me WHAT is a Barrons and WHY is everyone talking about it and importantly WHERE can I get one The many ladies who hang out at the Fever Water Cooler are constantly gushing over the unparalleled hotness of a one Jericho Barrons They claim he is THE most delicious thing to have ever graced our bookshelves Let me be the one to tell you THEYWERENOTKIDDINGI have done nothing, NOTHING at all for the past four days except drink coffee, pee when necessary, and swoon over Jericho Barrons And now it s over Cue my husbands giant sigh of relief So here s a question for you Karen Marie What the FECK am I supposed to do now I read this book back in early March March And I left one of those little notes saying that I was going to compile my thoughts and would be back soon to write a review Well, um, it seems it took me a bit longer than I thought possible to get over everything I experienced with this series Truth be told, I m still reeling from it.
Unlike a good few other readers, I didn t nab each book as it came out and it wasn t until around the time that Shadowfever was being released that I actually picked up the first book Darkfever But I read them all in the space of a week I honestly don t know how I would have survived if I d read each book as they were released and I m just thankful that I didn t have to wait between that dreaded cliffhanger at the end of Dreamfever and the final book How did some of you cope This series is an addiction in every way The last time I became so addicted to a story and its characters was back when I was watching Buffy.
This is a book and a series that I feel very strongly about and, because of that, I want to say what needs to be said to get everyone to read it What can I tell you Well there s a heroine who both kicks ass and paints her nails Barbie pink, Mac is the perfect mix of strong and feminine Don t let Kristin Cashore kid you that those two don t mix, Mac will prove you wrong If it weren t for Barrons I d probably have developed a literary crush on Mac instead Ah, but BarronsApparently a few women don t like Barrons and I suppose everyone s entitled to their own opinion butSERIOUSLY WTF YOU DON T LIKE BARRONS I m joking Sort of Maybe Anyway, I happen to think Barrons is one of the sexiest characters in any book I ve ever read He takes crap from no one, he seems serious most of the time but he s got a wicked sexy grin when he wants to I like how KMM didn t make him into some hero, she never tried to redeem him and made it clear that Barrons has no time or need for redemption He s the biggest, baddest alpha and he loves it and you know you do too But I m going to sell this series all wrong if I m not careful This isn t a paranormal romance, it s an urban fantasy The key difference being the quality of the story and mythology Don t go thinking that it was just these awesome characters that kept me mesmerised for the full five books There s mystery and supernatural creatures yes, they re fairies but DO NOT let that put you off , there s murder and the dredging up of past secrets it has everything.
This series is one of my all time favourites It can make you laugh and make you cry There s smut woo without making it a book all about sex and there s well thought out mythology that is never boring What else can I say read it.
NO SPOILERS I wouldn t do this to you But there might be some in comments OMG What an exciting ride it has been And how satisfying So much depended on the quality of this last installment and, thank goodness, Moning didn t disappoint Shadowfever is not one of those series finales that you want to forget ever reading Quite the opposite There is a lot to be said about benefits of series outlining I strongly believe that a series with no pre planning has almost no chance of succeeding We are lucky Moning knows her stuff.
This last installment is a twisty tale, with so many revelations and surprises, your head will spin After speculating for months who was who or what and what everyone s motives were, I have to admit, I guessed correctly almost none of it It takes talent to write an ending that is so satisfying and with the outcome we all wanted, and make it so exciting and unpredictable until the very last page.
Shadowfever is not a flawless book Some vital revelations were not foreshadowed properly I also found the 1st part of the book a little hard to connect with It gave me painful flashbacks of being in Katniss head in Mockingjay I love that book by the way But the moment the 2nd part begins, oh my, there is no stopping that train I ended up staying up most of last night telling myself just one chapter And the flaws Well, even though there is plenty of them, the final result is still deliciously satisfying.
I feel exhilarated and uplifted after finishing Shadowfever Do not worry, it ends well, even though the path to HEA is a thorny and angsty one Yes, the series became darker and darker over time, but Moning wasn t lying assuring us that Fever series was about light and not darkness Indeed it is Shadowfever is about light, about survival and, of course, love Love makes appearance in many unexpected forms in this novel I also have to give Moning a special credit the fae world she had created It is by far the most creative, complex and convoluted in a good way take on fae mythology I have ever encountered.
And of course there is that VERY IMPORTANT part of the series we all can t get enough of I don t think there are many fantasy hunks out there who could rival Jericho Barrons He is the one very very bad guy who you simultaneously want to run away from and do bad bad things to him behind the bookshelves in BBB Goodness, I feel hot flashes just thinking about him I look forward to reading Fever books again and again in all their sexy, violent, intriguing glory And there are Fever universe books on the way Isn t that great