Sunday, September 11, 2011

Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

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Bloodfever (Fever #2)
Karen Marie Moning
First published October 4th, 2007

MacKayla Lane’s ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland’s shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets.

In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh-a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of 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.

Ok ok… I’m starting to get it. This second instalment was Much better than the first. It has lots of action and with all the mayhem it gets pretty hard to put down. The mystery, though, is still there picking away at my brain cells. We got no real answers in this one, especially from Barrons. Only more questions. Which ended up being ok because the book is fully loaded and it couldn’t possibly all fit in here. Plus the anticipation is kind of fun.

Mac is becoming more independent and grown up which is great. I think she kind of has to with this new world she’s been thrown in. I like how she herself knows there are “two” Macs and she refers to them both. She acknowledges that her Barbie doll side does not mix well with the Unseelie and especially not Barrons. And talking about the devil… what can I say Barrons? I love you! You are probably the most antagonizing son of a bitch I have ever encountered. There are so many questions about this guy that it’s almost a torture. Damn you Karen!

There are also new characters added to the storyline – but who cares about them? Moving on..

Like any other UF novel, there are a few twists, and most of them just add to the questions already in the air. I didn’t see them coming either. Although who/what the spectre was did cross my mind, but even the small stuff all went over my head. It may just be because I was too busy inside the story to ponder anything. But I never figured out what was eating the Rhino-boys, or Mallucé’s power source. Even though we aren’t given answers to any of the big mysteries, we do find out little snippets. Just enough to keep us fed and craving for more.

I did enjoy the plot quite a bit. I like lots of action, I like mystery and I love a well built world, and this novel delivers. The world building was formed in the first book, but it’s deepened and I enjoy the vivid descriptions and depictions of everything. It’s all pretty nerve wracking. There is quite a bit of gore but there is also humour thrown in there to balance it out a bit. I especially liked when the Shade flipped Mac off. Lol. So all in all the writing is pretty good, I would even say improved from book #1. I think the constant and sometimes weird metaphors could be cut out. But that and maybe a few little quirks here and there can be overlooked if you even notice at all.

4/5 hot espressos
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6 Responses to “Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning”

  1. Shannon@BooksDevoured

    I love this series so much! I am such a a chicken though, I have not read the last book. I think I am scared that I will not like it and it will bring down the series for me. Also, I think I just don’t want it to be over!

    I agree with you about Mac. She really does start to grow up here and become more independent.

    I love this: “There are also new characters added to the storyline – but who cares about them? Moving on..”

    That is one of the funniest things I have ever read in a review!! Love it!!

  2. Giselle

    I have JUST finished the last book – like an hour ago, and I was not disappointed. It answers everything and I found it was really well done (I’m going to upload the rest of the reviews for this series this week). But I know how the last book in a series can sometimes make or break it. I though it was very well thought out. Plus there is a spin off new series coming out!!

    And thanks! I’m happy when I make someone laugh! 😀

  3. Rebs @ Book-Rants

    I attempted to read the first book and couldn’t get into it. Mostly because I didn’t like how much Mac complained about Ireland, I’ve been there and it is amazing and the people are wonderful. Maybe it gets better but I just couldn’t get past the 100th page. I’m glad you are enjoying though