REVIEW ê Shadowfever

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“Evil is a completely different creature Mac Evil is bad that believes it’s good” MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister Alina were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever Twenty years later Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed Mac is plunged into a secret history an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who. I read this book back in early March March And I left one of those little notes saying that I was going to compile my thoughts and would be back soon to write a review Well um it seems it took me a bit longer than I thought possible to get over everything I experienced with this series Truth be told I'm still reeling from itUnlike a good few other readers I didn't nab each book as it came out and it wasn't until around the time that Shadowfever was being released that I actually picked up the first book Darkfever But I read them all in the space of a week I honestly don't know how I would have survived if I'd read each book as they were released and I'm just thankful that I didn't have to wait between that dreaded cliffhanger at the end of Dreamfever and the final book How did some of you cope This series is an addiction in every way The last time I became so addicted to a story and its characters was back when I was watching BuffyThis is a book and a series that I feel very strongly about and because of that I want to say what needs to be said to get everyone to read it What can I tell you Well there's a heroine who both kicks ass and paints her nails Barbie pink Mac is the perfect mix of strong and feminine Don't let Kristin Cashore kid you that those two don't mix Mac will prove you wrong If it weren't for Barrons I'd probably have developed a literary crush on Mac instead Ah but BarronsApparently a few women don't like Barrons and I suppose everyone's entitled to their own opinion butSERIOUSLY WTF YOU DON'T LIKE BARRONSI'm joking Sort of Maybe Anyway I happen to think Barrons is one of the sexiest characters in any book I've ever read He takes crap from no one he seems serious most of the time but he's got a wicked sexy grin when he wants to I like how KMM didn't make him into some hero she never tried to redeem him and made it clear that Barrons has no time or need for redemption He's the biggest baddest alpha and he loves it and you know you do tooBut I'm going to sell this series all wrong if I'm not careful This isn't a paranormal romance it's an urban fantasy The key difference being the uality of the story and mythology Don't go thinking that it was just these awesome characters that kept me mesmerised for the full five books There's mystery and supernatural creatures yes they're fairies but DO NOT let that put you off there's murder and the dredging up of past secrets it has everythingThis series is one of my all time favourites It can make you laugh and make you cry There's smut woo without making it a book all about sex and there's well thought out mythology that is never boring What else can I say Read it

CHARACTERS Shadowfever

ShadowfeverLovesWho can she turn to Who can she trust Who is the woman haunting her dreams More important who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot cardFrom the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile and to make a choice that will either save the world or destroy. This is of an opinion of the Fever series as a whole but most of my thoughts evolved after reading ShadowfeverOne of the biggest series to hit the Paranormal Romance and I guess the Urban Fantasy genre is Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series I’ve enjoyed Karen’s book in the past since they were straight up romance with larger than life heroes Lusty Scots who reminded me of Jamie from the Outlander series Och and the heroines who think they’re lacking in redeeming ualities but are adored and thought to be perfect by these lusty gimme an Och burly heroes that any women would tear off their kilts to get a taste of what they don’t wear underneath themWhen I heard Karen was going to start a new series that wasn’t a romance but along the lines of a paranormal mystery about a young woman who goes in search of her sister’s killer I wasn’t interested in reading When Darkfever came out I didn’t pay much mind But then as books were published and the ultimate cliffhanger with Faefever and the electric Chapter 4 in Dreamfever including the elusive mysterious and cocky character of Barrons that’s when I started to change my mind When so many are so far gone over a series of books and the word “crack” is used I think of JR Ward’s BDB series which is my crack So two weeks before Shadowfever was published I started reading the first four books so by the time Shadowfever came out I’d be caught up on everythingI’m warning all the Fever and Barrons fans that this post isn’t going to praise these books So if you are a hardcore lover of these books you may want to stop reading here and move onto another blog that has big accolades of the Fever series I’m in the minority because on a whole the Fever series was a big disappointment for mewaits as Bieber Fever girls oops I mean Barrons Fever girls leave to sigh over le DoucheYes that’s right my nickname for Jericho Barrons is le Douche When did I come to the conclusion that Barrons is a douche Pretty much by the second book But before I go on with my rant about Barrons le Douche let’s start at the beginning with MacKayla Lane MacKayla who everyone calls Mac lives in Ashford Georgia with her parents The twenty two year old spends her days bartending tanning hanging out with friends and is a proud girly girl who has a pink fetish loves doing her hair and nails and has no ualms that she’s beautiful Her older sister Alina is in Dublin Ireland studying at Trinity College Mac’s entire world is about to go to hell in a hand basket one hot summer day when she finds out Alina has been killed No one knows why Alina was murdered and the authorities in Dublin pretty much close the case even before they can start to investigate Mac refuses to let this be especially since Alina left a frightened message on her cell phone a few hours before she was killed Mac takes it upon herself to go over to Dublin and get answers She owes it to Alina and herself to find out what happenedMac goes to Dublin without any real plan The police can’t or won’t answers her uestions and Alina’s teachers and fellow students have no clue about her whereabouts or who she hung out with because she began to cut class and became secretive Alina had a lover named Darroc who has the power of the persuasive voice behind him Mac believes Darroc A character who has appeared in Moning's Highlander series knows what may have happened to Alina or he kiled her but doesn’t want to be found Mac is basically backed into a corner and it looks like Alina’s murder will never get solved But then Mac starts seeing things that are not normal Very freaky OMGWTFBB thingsCutting to the chase here Mac has the ability to see the Fae because she’s a sidhe seer from an ancient Celtic blood line who can see the Fae The Fae uses illusions and there are different types a cast system or sorts from the Seelie to the Unseelie and a whole bunch that would take an entire semester of history class to understand The wall between Man and Faery is coming down and Mac will be the one to stop it as she continues to find her sister’s killer and hunt a book called the Sinsar Dubh a Fae relic that can possess humans Mac meets Jericho Barrons who runs Barrons Books and Baubles Barrons doesn’t like Mac at all and keeps it just business between them by calling her Ms Lane while she calls him Barrons I call him Le Douche Douche needs Mac because she’s the only one who can locate the Sinsar Dubh Most of the action are these two searching for the demon book and Mac opening her eyes to the Fae around her such as V’lane the prince of the Tuath De’ Danaan a fine specimen of Fae who can literally kill you through too many orgasms during sex Mac and V’lane become friends in a strange way while Barrons is always there taunting Mac and NEVER ANSWERING ANY UESTIONS SHE HAS Mac gets frustrated by Barrons’s aloofness and cruel demeanor while she fantasizes about his body tattoos and his fast cars and bookstore she lusts after as much as she lust after him but doesn't want the scary thing hiding under his garage that Barrons won’t say what it is because BARRONS DOESN’T ANSWER ANY UESTIONS MAC ASKS HIM Slowly oh so very slowly Mac gets closer to the truth as she goes from cutesy Barbie doll Legally Blonde Elle Woods to black wearing I’m going to kick some ass ala Linda Hamilton from Terminator 2 All the while she lusts after Barrons who acts like Batman appearing for short amounts of time to act snarky and rude to Mac knowing she’s practically in heat for him I guess his snappish insults are like foreplay for them bothI have three big issues why the Fever series didn’t work The fact that Barrons le Douche refuses to answer any uestions thrown his way by Mac is a poor attempt to keep the tension alive It’s a throwback plot device that doesn’t work and is a weakness on the part of the author to keep the reader invested in finding the answers Having Barrons act like a petulant spoiled boy much like a douche by refusing to give up anything is almost insulting Also the screen time with Barrons is very minimal if you think of it He comes and goes with no real purpose and I wonder if Karen’s original plans for Barrons wasn’t as important to the overall story arc who was transformed into a important role based on readers’ reactions I had a big issue with Mac’s constant internalization Shadowfever is very guilty of this Mac is a wonderful character who grows in every single book even with the long winded inner monologues while Barrons is stagnant The excuse could be is because Barrons is thousands upon thousands of years old but you think he’d have some therapeutic change based on Mac being in his life I was waiting for that moment where Barrons does have that light bulb moment with Mac Sorry by him accepting Mac as his lover and showing through hot sex that she’s the one for him is not good enough for meFinally The Fever series as a whole is very watered down I can appreciate the mythology of it all but at times I felt this was very surface type reading It may just be me but I like descriptive explanations and much of the action was glossed over I had problems trying to get a handle on things and what was going on I also felt poor Mac was being thrown in every which direction for no purpose this happens a great deal in Shadowfever And destroying a character’s psyche and spirit by constantly throwing horrible things at them such as a death of a loved one being threatened brutally raped and then being insulted left and right is not a good enough or valid reason to show how your main character such as Mac can walk though the fires be burned to a crisp and come out stronger than everThe Fever series just didn’t work for me I could continue to go on with other reasons including why I think Barrons is the perfect example of an abusive manipulative emotionally stunted jerk but that would take a whole other post For what it’s worth I do have to mention how the tone of Feminism is very strong in this series At no point does Mac rely on a man to save her Barrons doesn’t really come to her rescue at any point unless you count the one time when he helps her bring her out of her Py’ra the almost death by Fae sex Which I kept thinking of She Ra But the again it wasn’t a totally unselfish move on Barrons part either Karen does make a great case for “Girl Power” in the form of Mac and the thirteen year old Dani who becomes Mac’s backup and her new found sister and sidhe warrior in armsHow I wished I could have enjoyed these books but they fell so flat for me Also this could have worked better as a trilogy than over five books Bloodfever book #2 doesn’t bring anything worthwhile to the series I will say this Karen does sure know how to write some great one liners and dialogue What may be the most effective line from all these books still sticks with me It was first mentioned by Barrons in Dreamfever and brought up by Mac again toward the end of Shadowfever where Mac and Barrons finally are completely honest with one another Barrons tells Mac she’ll find a man who will kiss her until she can’t breathe where she’ll realize she doesn’t need air Mac has found that with Barrons and since the Fever series isn’t technically a romance their HEA is the least likely normal one that should be expected even if their road to their HEA was less than ideal for me For this reader I very much had my breath the entire time while reading the Fever series and didn’t lose my breath once because of the overall lacking enjoyment I found as I read

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REVIEW ê Shadowfever ✓ ➽ [Download] ➺ Shadowfever By Karen Marie Moning ➸ – “Evil is a completely different creature Mac Evil is bad that believes it’s good” — MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister Alina were given up for adoption and banished from Ir “Evil is a completely diffeHave lived concealed among us for thousands of yearsWhat follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating conseuences and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acuire and control the Sinsar Dubh a book of dark forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King containing the power to create and destroy worldsIn an epic battle between humans and Fae the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she. Basically every single one of these books makes me want to break into song and dance They got the UNSEELIE ooooooooutShoulder Chin Shoulder shoulder shoulder DOUBLE DREAM HANDSThere may be minor spoilers in this review They are mainly just spoilers about the general feeling of the end result definitely not about any specifics or plot twists I don't think it's any big spoiler to say that by the end of this book the Unseelie are mostly wiped out of Dublin Most people probably assumed that would happen or at least hopedAs I sit here wearing my Dublin rocks t shirt I'm not exaggerating pondering and daydreaming I have come across a great revelationI am ruined I am ruined for every single other urban fantasy I am ruined for every other paranormal romance Hell I'm ruined for every other book EVER How could I go back to YA after this How can I go on in urban fantasy when I started at the top How can I ever read another book again Of course I'm being melodramatic but somewhere inside I feel it's true I know I'll get over it EventuallyWhile I loved it I had uite a few issues with this book so here we go1 The Dani Perspective Dani is a relentless spitfire Unfortunately that means what often spews forth from her is fire and it's painful It burns my eyes and my brain I love Dani but enough with the rambling woman I felt like every time we were dumped into Dani's head it was tedious and unnessecary A techniue that is used by writers of lesser talent to rachett up the tension between the scenes that you actually want to be in KMM is better than that She doesn't need to use this ploy Not to mention it's annoying as feck inside Dani's head2 The Gimmicks The Dani Daily the uotes and song lyrics before every part the conversations with the Sinsar Dubh switching of perspectives Once again KMM is better than this And if all these things are so important to the mythology of the series where were they in all the previous books Why fling these on us now We didn't need them All it did was take away from time I'd rather be spending with our main characters3 The info dumps and recaps By the halfway point I felt like almost nothing had happened So much time was spent rehashing past events and reintroducing red herrings and 'clues' This was happening much often than was necessary Along with tons of internal dialogue and speculation Am I this Am I that Is he this or that Blah blah blah Just get to the action5 Lovetastic Endless Forever Love Yes its what we've always wished for But as soon as Barrons and Mac got together and sort of declared their love I was bored I know that's childish of me but I wanted hate sex Not loooooove sex Boring I know that once again I'm being melodramatic but KMM basically turned us into Pavlov's dogs training us to drool every time Barrons acted animalistic And she did it with good reason I felt the scenes thereafter were a little too cheesealicious And apparently view spoilerBarrons has a magic wingding hide spoiler