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I Belong

Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Bloodfever

Author: Karen Marie Moning

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Fever (Book 2)

Publication Date: August 26, 2008

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0440240999 (Bantam Dell)

ISBN-13: 978-0440240990 (Bantam Dell)

Synopsis (Product Description):

Mackayla Lane’s ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland’s shores and was plunged into a dark, deadly realm unlike any she ever imagined. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million-year old book of the blackest magic imaginable that holds the key to power over both the worlds of Fae and Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V’lane, the insatiable Fae, who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman; and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious.

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…

Quick & Dirty: This dark and riveting novel has extraordinary world-building, and deliciously dangerous characters.

Opening Sentence: All of us have our little problems and insecurities.

Excerpt: Chapter 4

The Review:

MacKayla “Mac” Lane is still on the hunt.  Determined to track her sister’s killer and the deadly Sinsar Dubh, a powerful Unseelie artifact, Mac soon realizes that she needs help to stay alive in the process.  Knowing that she can’t completely trust the secretive Barrons, her “otherworldly” employer or the deadly sexy fae, Prince V’lane, Mac is constantly looking for ways to gain the upper hand.  Mac struggles with ways to handle these two very powerful men and not lose herself in the process.

Bloodfever is the second book in the Fever series.  This series has quickly become one of my favorites.  The world-building captivated me in Darkfever and continues to seduce in Bloodfever.  The hazardous world in which these characters live continues its descent into madness.  Ms. Moning ratchets up the fear and danger, making you wonder if these beloved characters will survive.  The unique characters and intricate plots are believable, but most importantly, the character development is outstanding.  I’m really impressed with Mac’s growth.  Sometimes her courage may falter, but she’s strong, independent, and fierce.

Barrons is still an enigma.  As a result, I want more of him.  There’s just something about him.  We do learn some interesting details about him, but it only leaves you with more questions.  At least we know that Barrons is a lefty  Enough said…  I have no idea what he is, but I’m hoping this little tidbit will be revealed in the next book in the series, Faefever.  I’ve really wanted to Google Jericho Barrons just to find out the answer, but I just can’t bring myself to spoil the big reveal.

Prince V’lane, the infamous “death-by-sex” fae, has me all out of sorts.  I just don’t know what to make of him.  I know he’s more than Mac’s creepy protector.  I’m intrigued, fascinated, and drawn to his character.  His powers are stunning and I really enjoyed his interactions with Mac.  I can’t wait to find out more about Prince V’lane.

Overall, Bloodfever more than met my expectations.  Ms. Moning is a master storyteller, dishing up sexual tension, danger, and edge-of-your-seat action.  This darkly compelling series has kept me up late at night, and day dreaming about the irresistible Barrons during the day.  Basically, I’m hooked.  Dublin here I come.

Notable Scene:

For a moment it was hard to separate the thing from the night; they were both forged of blackness.  Then my vision cleared and something in my genes kicked in, and it was clearly visible.  Great, dark, leathery wings flapped from a great, dark, leathery body, with a massive satyrlike head, cloven hooves, and a forked tail.  Its tongue was long and bisected down the middle.  It had along curved black horns with bloody tips.  It was black, but it was more than black; it was absolute, utter, and complete absence of light.  It absorbed the light around it, swallowed it up, took it into its body, devoured it, and spit it back out again as a miasma of darkness and desolation.  And it was cold.  The air paddled by its slow-moving wings churned with glittering black ice flakes, swirling beneath the great, leathery sails.  It was the only Fae – besides V’lane, that first time we’d met – whose presence in our world altered our world around it.  V’lane, too, had iced the air, though not so overtly or dramatically.  It was powerful.  It was making me feel so sick to my stomach that I almost couldn’t breathe.

The Fever Series:

1. Darkfever

2. Bloodfever

3. Faefever

4. Dreamfever

5. Shadowfever

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FTC Advisory: Random House provided me with a copy of Bloodfever.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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3 Responses to “Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

  1. Midnyte ReaderNo Gravatar

    This sounds like a story I’d love. I have to read the first one.

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  2. Chas @ LLLNo Gravatar

    This series is fantastic!!! I am a HUGE Barrons fan. Love the notable scene you chose!!

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  3. Lisa MunleyNo Gravatar

    I love it!! Fantastic review, thank you so much for being on this tour!

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