Throwback Thursday: Karen Marie Moning – Faefever

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Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

Series: Fever, #3
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The New York Times bestselling author of Darkfever and Bloodfever returns to Dublin’s Fae-infested shores in a bold, sensual new novel. Hurtling us into a realm of seduction and shadows, Karen Marie Moning tells the enthralling tale of a woman who explores the limits of her mysterious powers as she enters a world of ancient sorcery—and confronts an enemy more insidious than she could ever have imagined.

He calls me his Queen of the Night. I’d die for him. I’d kill for him, too. When MacKayla Lane receives a torn page from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt: For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil, it corrupts anyone who touches it.

Mac’s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shape-shifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V’lane, an insatiable Fae prince of lethally erotic tastes, and Jericho Barrons, a man of primal desires and untold secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.

As All Hallows’ Eve approaches and the city descends into chaos, as a shocking truth about the Dark Book is uncovered, not even Mac can prevent a deadly race of immortals from shattering the walls between worlds—with devastating consequences.…

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Holy Mother Effing Cliffhanger OMG!

Nobody looks good in their darkest hours. But it’s those hours that make us what we are.

I was going to write this review lamenting the fact that the third book in the Fever series is an in-between-er… That is to say, a book within a series where nothing of huge importance happens. The kind of book that sets a lot of plots into motion and prepares us for a grand adventure in the next book, but that ultimately falls flat on its own.

Notice, I said I WAS going to write a review telling you that. I was bracing myself before I ever even finished the book.

Silly me…

In the last 10% of the book, EVERYTHING happened.
All of the things.

I was holding my breath, on the edge of my seat, ready to pass out from all the craziness that exploded out of the pages of my paperback! I barely survived the cliffhanger in this book – there was even a note to the readers from Karen Marie Moning talking us off the ledge… She knew what she was doing to us…

We were lured into a false sense of quiet and calm to the point that the final moments were like a punch to the face… In a good way, of course…

Nightfall.
What a strange word.
‘Night’ I get.
But ‘fall’ is a gentle word.
Autumn leaves fall, swirling with languid grace
To carpet the earth with their dying blaze.
Tears fall, like liquid diamonds
Shimmering softly, before they melt away.
Night doesn’t fall here.
It comes slamming down.

OK, that being said, there was just too much that didn’t happen with this book. If you’re like me and you’re waiting for some of the mystery which surrounds Jericho Barrons to be revealed, you’re out of luck.

I’m firmly Team Barrons, but I feel like I might go crazy if some of my theories about him aren’t confirmed or denied in the near future.

If you were hoping that a little romance would seep into the story? Nope. That didn’t happen either.

Here’s what DID happen:
Mac was the most awesome she has ever been.
She’s turned into a shockingly, applaud-worthy, badass.
When we first met her at the start of the series, I would not have believed she had it in her. She’s getting stronger and smarter. She’s less trusting, and she’s playing people off each other.

But the great thing about Mac?
She’s holing onto her sense of self – sometimes her grip slips, but she remembers who she is, where she came from, and why she’s doing this. She hasn’t lost herself to the violence and pressure of trying to save the world.

She still finds time to paint her nails…
Even if she has a spear strapped to her back while she does it.

She knows she’s on her own.
The people who she surrounds herself with have their own agendas.
She’s completely aware that nobody is her friend or companion.
Mac has calculated her usefulness to each of them and determined how to gain favors.

Yes, Mac’s character progression was the shining star in this episode of the Fever series, and I’m dying to find out what happens next!

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