Review: Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

 

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (October 26, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0440244404
  • Source: Publisher
  • *The following review contains spoilers. If you have not read the previous four books in the MacKayla Lane series please do not proceed*

    At the end of Faefever, book three in the MacKayla Lane series, the walls separating the Fae and the human world have come crashing down.  Mac has been captured by the Fae Lord Master, turned into a Pri-ya,  a Fae sex-addict.  Her body & soul are being ravaged by the unseelie princes.

    “When I was in high school, I used to hate that Sylvia Plath poem where she talked about knowing the bottom, that she knew it with her great taproot and that it was what everybody else feared, but she didn’t, because she’d been there.  I still hate it.  But I get it now.”

    Dani, the thirteen year old sidhe-seer who has formed a bond with Mac, breaks into the cell holding Mac & attempts to rescue her.  She is stopped by none other than Jericho Barrons, who pulls Mac from the throws of torture. 

    Over the next several weeks, Jericho uses unconventional methods to cure Mac of her condition and Mac is revivied, stronger than ever.  She learns a bit more about her mysterious childhood, making her wonder if she is the cause to all the turmoil the world is currently facing. Is this her destiny? Was her sister meant to be killed so young?  While Mac continues the hunt for the elusive Sinsar Dubh, she continues to seek out answers to her many questions about origins.

    I have to say, I think Dreamfever is my favorite of this series.  The issues I had with Mac’s naivety & overall immaturity are long gone. The Mac in this book is strong, kicking butt & taking names.  While this book ends without answering many questions (and adding a whole list of new questions to the bunch) the fact that this series continues to hold my attention is a testament to Moning’s skill as an author. 

    Dreamfever is very different than the previous books in the series. It’s darker, sexier, and quite addictive!  I cannot bear to wait for the release of Shadowfever, the fifth and final book in this series.  The MacKayla Lane series is a drug…and I’m hooked!

    Note: this book contains a great deal of violence & sex.  None of it is gratuitous, all necessary to portray the story.

    The end of Dreamfever is packed with additional resources, including a glossary from Mac’s journal, recipes from Dublin, deleted scenes, & an interview between Karen Marie Moning & Jericho Barrons!

    Thank you once again to TLC Book Tours for getting me hooked on this series & providing me with the opportunity to participate in this tour!

    Review: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (July 28, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0440244390
  • Source: Purchased eBook
  • In the third of the Macayla Lane series, Macayla “Mac” continues on her search for the evil Sinsar Dubh, a book of black magic that has existed for over a million years.  Her hard work appears to be paying off; when Mac receives a page torn out of her dead sister’s journal, she knows she must be getting close. Mac is torn between her allegience to Jericho Barrons, a book-store owner with deep, dark secrets and V’lane, a lethal Fae prince.  Mac doesn’t know who to trust, and must rely on her growing skills as a sidhe-seer.  She’s still desperate to seek revenge for her sisters death, but also feels the need to help out her fellow sidhe-seers prevent the  the walls between the human world and Faery from collapsing.

    I mentioned in my reviews of the two previous books that I disliked Mac’s character.  She seemed selfish, naive, and overall irritating.  She seemed more concerned about her attire than the lives of those around her.  That said, I’m starting to warm up to her.  Her character has grown a great deal in the past two books. 

    Faefever is much darker (literally) that the other two books.  The city of Dublin is smack dab in the middle of a feud between humans and the Fae world.  This book exudes sex and sexual tension which is a bit different than the previous two.  But, like in the other books in this series, the storyline and characters are addictive.  Following the norm for these books, the ending is hot and, like Mac’s, leaves you gasping for more.

    As stated above, this is the third in a series. I do recommend that you read this books in order.  While Moning provides substantial backstory at the start of each book, you really can’t get the essense of the characters without reading the previous books.

    I highly recommend this series for fans of paranormal fiction and romance.

    Thank you once again to TLC Book Tours for providing me the opportunity to partcipate in this tour. Be sure to check out the other stops:

    Thursday, October 21st:  Rundpinne

    Monday, October 25th:  All Things Urban Fantasy

    Wednesday, October 27th:  Mindful Musings

    Monday, November 1st:  Peeking Between the Pages

    Wednesday, November 3rd:  Parajunkee’s Views

    Monday, September 13th:  Dark Faerie Tales

    Monday, November 8th:  The Cajun Book Lady

    Wednesday, November 10th:  Luxury Reading

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    Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

    • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
    • Publisher: Dell (August 28, 2007)
    • ISBN-10: 0440240980
    • Source: Publisher

    MacKayla (Mac) Lane is a small town, Southern girl. Her days consist of basking in the sun and shopping.  When her sister Alina, a student in Ireland, dies mysteriously MacKayla drops everything and sets off to Dublin to find out more about her sister’s death.  Her only clues are a cryptic message left on her cell phone by Alina:

    “I thought I knew what I was doing. I thought he was helping me, but –God, I can’t believe I was so stupid.  I thought I was in love with him and he’s one of them, Mac!  He’s one of them!”

    Alina’s message closes with her desperate plea to Mac to find the Sinsar Dubah (the Dark Book)Upon her arrival in Dublin, Mac soon learns her sister was living a completely different life.  Gone were the days of attending class or hanging out with friends.  The local law enforcement assumed Alina had turned to drugs, what else would explain the drastic change in her behavior.

    Mac is unsure of how or where to start her investigation.  She starts out in pubs, asking random people what a Sinsar Dubh is.  Mac’s “investigating” leads her to a bookstore run by Jericho Barrons.  Barrons obviously knows something about the situation surrounding Alina’s death but won’t divulge any information.  Until later that night when he appears outside the bed & breakfast where Mac is staying.  Mac learns she has a gift to see into the realm of the Fae. It is also likely that Alina had this power as well.  In addition, Mac is able to sense what she refers to as OOPs (Objects of Power).  She and Barron reluctantly join forces: Barron needs her powers to track down the Sinsar Dubh and Mac needs Barron to help keep her alive!

    This is my first foray into Moning’s writing.  While advertised as a romance, I would categorize this more as a paranormal or urban fiction.  There is a bit of romance (if can call it that…a Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women) and some pretty illicit scenes, so not for the faint of heart.  The storyline moved fast, I literally read this in one afternoon.  My only issue was Mac’s character:   She’s a 22 year-old girl, but she acts more like a teenage beauty queen.  She spends much too much time discussing her outfit and the color of nail polish she is wearing.   Barron’s character is dark and mysterious.  It’s obvious that he has some sort of power but it isn’t revealed in this book.  There is definite sexual tension between Mac & Barron and it’s pretty much a given that something will happen between these two.

    I should warn you, DARKFEVER does end with a total cliffhanger ending.  If that sort of thing drives you crazy, I suggest you have the next book, BLOODFEVER waiting on your bookshelf.   So, despite my flaws with Mac’s character, I’m eagerly looking forward to reading and reviewing the next book in this series next month.

    Thank you to TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to review this book!  Please be sure to check out the other stops on this tour:

    Monday, August 23rd:  Rundpinne

    Wednesday, August 25th:  Tynga’s Reviews

    Thursday, August 26th:  Savvy Verse and Wit

    Monday, August 30th:  Peeking Between the Pages

    Wednesday, September 1st:  The Cajun Book Lady

    Tuesday, September 7th:  Book Junkie

    Thursday, September 9th:  Angieville

    Friday, September 10th:  Luxury Reading

    Monday, September 13th:  Dark Faerie Tales

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