Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review: Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

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(Fever, #4)
Karen Marie Moning
Released August 18th, 2009
by Delacorte Press

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They may have stolen my past, but I’ll never let them take my future.

When the walls between Man and Fae come crashing down, freeing the insatiable, immortal Unseelie from their icy prison, MacKayla Lane is caught in a deadly trap. Captured by the Fae Lord Master, she is left with no memory of who or what she is: the only sidhe-seer alive who can track the Sinsar Dubh, a book of arcane black magic that holds the key to controlling both worlds.

Clawing her way back from oblivion is only the first step Mac must take down a perilous path, from the battle-filled streets of Dublin to the treacherous politics of an ancient, secret sect, through the tangled lies of men who claim to be her allies into the illusory world of the Fae themselves, where nothing is as it seems—and Mac is forced to face a soul-shattering truth.

Who do you trust when you can’t even trust yourself?

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? If I didn’t have book #5 I would be FURIOUS. She can’t leave us hanging like THAT!! Mean, mean woman!

Oh my god. This book ends on a Huge cliffhanger so beware! In this 4th instalment, all hell has broken loose and Mac has been through worse than hell. Or maybe not? I’m not sure. It didn’t seem so bad, right? o_O  The novel starts strong and keeps going with tons of energy. But, not surprisingly, the questions are still piling up. We got a teasing glance in Barrons’ past, but other than that, book 5 has to be packed full of answers – or I may harm somebody.

The characters have changed in big ways, in this book especially, and I love how Moning has voiced them. It’s not enough to tell us that Mac is different, she took her character and showed us. It was amazing to be in her head while she was being “cured” and see the raw animalism that makes a person pra-ya. It makes us understand the fae world that she has built. World building is definitely not overlooked in this series: One of the best I’ve ever read.

Dani was also much more present in this one and actually had a few chapters in her POV. Dani is 13 years old, and you could tell! Moning wrote her nonchalance and teenage behaviour wonderfully. It served well to differentiate the characters and mindsets. I’ve read lots of books where there are multiple POVs but they all sort of blend in together. So props to fantastic writing.

At this point in the game there is nothing much else to say. This series is definitely a drug. I LOVE the anticipation and mystery regardless of how much it pisses me off. 🙂 

*Note: This review was originally written in September, 2011*
5 Hot Espressos

Previous reviews in the Fever series:
1. Darkfever
2. Bloodfever
3. Faefever

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30 Responses to “Review: Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning”

  1. Alisa

    Ah, one of my favorite series. OMG. I read the 4th a couple of months before the 5th and final book came out. Yeah, talk about the cliffhanger. It left me dying alright. So glad you loved it :0)

  2. Natalia Belikov @ Dazzling Reads

    My dear Giselle!

    you have no idea how freakign glad I am that you are reading this series! this one is my fav of all times! HOLY COW! I kneel in front of Karen Marie Moning for creating the best, hottest, most perfect bad hero ever! Oh My Jericho Barrons!!
    Sry Dimitri, Sry Jace, but Jericho Barrons does kick your asses! And hell I love those two! but Barrons is simply a GOD! =D

    I love your review my dear!very emotional and natural! I love reading people’s reaction towards this book! great review! =D I hope you jump into Shadowfever right now! because..dude…the cliffhanger in this one is such a torture! I had to wait a freaking year to stop that agony. OH LORD I cant wait for the spin-off and the next two books about Mac and Baroons!! FANGRIL SCREAM!!!!!!! KYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

  3. Spazzy

    Hello there Giselle!

    I really appreciate your comment on my IMM and just love the design on your blog. Its gorgeous- considering my favorite color is pink! And the expresso rating system is very creative. Considering I just started my blog its rather boring rating with stars. I have been trying very hard to make it creative and uniquely mine. which is never easy!

    in case you hadn’t realized… I’m Jade from OnceUponAWanderer and I’m just incredibly eager just to talk to new people about books.

    So you loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone? I have read a ridiculous amount of amazing things about it and its been on the top of my to-read list on goodreads for quite a while. I’m about of 1/3 of the way through and am enjoying it throughly. I read quite a bit every week but writing intriguing and readable reviews is almost a chore. Mine lately have sounded very cookie cutter. I’m very good at writing summaries if I do say so myself but writing out my thoughts about the books is so HARD. You can’t just write how you feel about a book and have it perfect right away. I have been considering just re-writing all the review so far.

    Anyway- I apologize for my ramblings.

    I hope your holidays are happy and your book pile always full!
    Jade @ OnceUponAWanderer

  4. Giselle

    Thanks guys!

    @Natalia Belikov: I’ve actually finished the last book and I agree it was awesome! I’m glad we got all the answers and I had a BLAST with my TOTALLY WRONG theories!! 😀

    @Spazzy: Hi Jade! Thank you! Reviews do take practice. When I started reviewing last year I was like you and had NO IDEA how to formulate my opinions on the book. So it will come. 🙂 And yes – Smoke and bone was fabulous!!

  5. Sarah Brown

    I loove this series especially Barrons, did you know that there’s gonna be a spin-off Fever series featuring Dani O’Malley which will be 3 books then after them there will be another 3 books written for the Fever series, yay more Barrons.

  6. Wendy Darling

    Hah, I hear you have to have ALL the book ready and waiting, because they’re all huge cliffhangers. 🙂 Glad you liked it though! I guess I have to read these at some point.

  7. Mimi Valentine

    LOOOOOOOOL!!!! I love your review, Giselle — it made me grin like crazy! x) We react pretty much the same way to cliffhangers LOL: freaking out, then checking to see if we can get our hands on the book after it. And if not, then we freak out again!!

    This was such an awesome review, Giselle! If I hadn’t already put this series on my TBR list, then I definitely would’ve after reading your review! It sounds SO AMAZING and your excitement is so contagious!! Can’t wait!!!! 🙂

    And I love that the POVs are distinct! Not a lot of authors can accomplish that!

  8. Rebecca

    Hahah, you’re describing everything I felt! It was totally addicting and that ending?! Seriously. I had to wait a month and it was torture! I feel for those having to wait from the beginning o: Great review!

  9. Jenny

    This book almost killed me. I think I got an ulcer because of that ending! I didn’t have book 5 when I read this and had to wait an excruciating 17 months (17 Giselle!) for Shadowfever to come out. *dies* I love this series so much though:)

  10. Me

    I laughed out loud at your first sentence. That was exactly how I felt upon finishing it. Unfortunately though, I had to wait like 8 months for book 5 to come out when I finished it.

    The 5 books in this series are my all time favorite books ever. They are so masterful and genius and I could never get enough of them. And as for answers, don’t worry, you’ll get them in Shadowfever 🙂

    Jessi @ Auntie Spinelli Reads
    I am new to book blogging and in need of followers!

  11. Spazzy

    @ Giselle
    Thank you for the advice!
    Yeah it is definitly a process. And Last night I finished Smoke and Bone and it was indeed fantastic! I loved it. The ending almost made me angry because of how it ended… Kinda like the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

    What a cliffhanger, eh!

    Jade @OnceUponAWanderer

  12. Giselle

    @Andrea @The Bookish Babes: *GASP*. You have… never.. heard of this!? *double gasp* One of the BEST urban fantasy series EVER! GET. IT. NOW!! =)

    Thanks for the comments! I’m really happy I wasn’t one of those who had to wait months for the next book!!

  13. Giselle

    @Spazzy: Ugh! I didn’t like Mara Dyer at all the ending got me so underwhelmed! I enjoyed the Smoke and Bone ending though – but now I don’t really recall much of it haha.

  14. Aylee

    Heh, that is why I don’t like to read series until they are completely written so I don’t have to wait for long periods in between.

  15. Novels On The Run

    Oh how I LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this series!!!

    I so can’t wait for Iced, Burned and Flayed and the 2 more books that Karen will write with Barrons and Mac….* looks up at the sky*..THANKYOU!!!!


  16. Novels On The Run

    p.s. forgot to say great review…and yes this series is very very addictive!!!! Once I had finished Shadowfever I was rather lost without more of these books…but that’s the book world:D


  17. Sarah (saz101)

    Oh ah! I’ve heard such wonderful things about this series. I’ve just gone and bought Darkfever–It’s on $1.99 at Amazon for the Kindle edition!
    I’m hating the sound of this ending… actually, I’ve read a couple of spoilers. I know why. I’m seriously excited to read these now!