Book Review: Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward

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Genre: General Fiction > Adult Paranormal Romance

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #10)

Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance, unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld—Tohr turns to the angel Lassiter to save his former mate. The only way to rescue her is for Tohr to love another. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vie for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past and a hot, passion-filled future. But can his heart let go and set all of them free?

Book 1: Dark Lover review

Book 2: Lover Eternal review

Book 3: Lover Awakened review

Book 4: Lover Revealed review

Book 5: Lover Unbound review

Book 6: Lover Enshrined review

Book 7: Lover Avenged review

Book 8: Lover Mine review

Book 9: Lover Unleashed review

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That’s right, buddy. Our future has come.

Blay is a user, so I love Qhuinn more.

This installment is second best to Lover Awakened. Naturally, Tohr is the next favorite brother, following Z.

Tohr is actually nice, and kind. Given the possessiveness of vampires in this series, I think he growled just once, and wasn’t that a joy! His true worth as a male has already been displayed in Lover Unleashed, and Lover Reborn is an extension of that. It was sad, seeing him torture himself over the loss of his shellan. It was sadder, seeing him fall in love with someone else but he cannot admit it because he cannot let go of Wellsie.

No’One was a surprise, but given her history with Tohr (and I love their back story!), it made sense. Her quiet strength unhinged Tohr, her submission wholeheartedly given to the male was something to be admired. But when push comes to shove, I am happy that she stood up and held her ground against that jerk.

John and Xhex are all over this book, as if I couldn’t get enough of their drama in their installment. Still, John bore witness to Tohr’s downfall, and it only goes to show that not all of the mating goes well once their installment has concluded.

But of all the pairings J.R. Ward has done, Layla and a very unlikely male is probably my least favorite. Meaning, whoever opposes Wrath and the Brotherhood, will never be in my favor, ever. Ha.

No threats of lesser here. Wrath is so badass, I’m liking him more and more as this series continues!

So now that I’m through with Lover Reborn, I’m so psyched for Lover at Last. Oh yeah!

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LOVER REBORN by J.R. Ward

Paperback, 617 pages

Published October 2nd 2012 by Signet

4/5 stars

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Book Review: Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

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Genre: General Fiction > Adult Paranormal Romance

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #9)

Payne, twin sister of the Black Dagger Brother Vishous, suffers a devastating injury, and brilliant human surgeon Manuel Manello is called in to save her. Their attraction is instant, and as powerful as it is dangerous. But as human and vampire worlds collide, a centuries- old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in jeopardy.

Book 1: Dark Lover review

Book 2: Lover Eternal review        Book 3: Lover Awakened review

Book 4: Lover Revealed review     Book 5: Lover Unbound review

Book 6: Lover Enshrined review   Book 7: Lover Avenged review

Book 8: Lover Mine review

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“And I say to you now, I killed my father, not yours.” Lifting her palm, she peeled back and slapped him across the face. “And do not insult my blood.”

Heh. Payne is badass. :))

Lover Unleashed featured more of Vishous than Payne. Why is that? I mean, I did not like Lover Unbound‘s ending, so I don’t want anything to do with V and Doc Jane anymore. *huffs* (Although it was here that I only realized that they were not formally mated in their book installment.)

Fine. Good thing I have patience to sustain me so I can continue reading this series.

Manello, I like. He’s funny, can stand toe-to-toe with V or Butch, and he’s undeterred by a strong female like Payne. She, on the other hand, has no inkling on worldly desires, and it’s kind of funny (for me) that she can trash Wrath, beat him to bits during their sparring sessions, and then not know what kissing was. 😀 But she’s cool. Her loyalty to her twin is scary, despite being separated for more than a hundred years.

The back story of the Bloodletter is the intriguing part. Imagine Payne who is not afraid to kill him, and now she is being hunted by the Band of Bastards that stayed loyal to him.

I was anticipating the showdown between Payne and Xcor… then nothing happens. WTH.

Lover Unleashed is all about Payne being introduced to the world other than what she was used to with the Virgin’s Scribe spiritual abode. It’s about her romance with the human surgeon, V’s drama, and a lot of non-action.

But… I feel for Qhuinn. 😦

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LOVER UNLEASHED by J.R. Ward

Paperback, 537 pages

Published November 1st 2011 by Signet

3/5 stars

Book Review: Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

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Genre: General Fiction > Adult Paranormal Romance

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #8)

John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.

Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.

Book 1: Dark Lover review

Book 2: Lover Eternal review

Book 3: Lover Awakened review

Book 4: Lover Revealed review

Book 5: Lover Unbound review

Book 6: Lover Enshrined review

Book 7: Lover Avenged review

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Wish I could skip the next books and go straight to Lover at Last. 😀 Qhuinn!

I am more tuned in to the story of John Matthew’s best friends, Blaylock and Qhuinn. Imagine me looking at each chapter, expecting to read more, only to see that it will take me 5-6 chapters before I see them again after the last chapter they had. No wonder I finished Lover Mine in no time! Blay’s full of longing, Qhuinn is full of ghosts inside his head.

Xhex does not need John to save her, and when she escaped from hell out of her own resources, I was electrified with her success. A true female of worth, as the brothers would say. She’s one of the strongest female characters in this series.

John has a lot of baggage from his past life as a human. His blindness perfectly complimented Xhex’s symphath nature, and wasn’t that something for me smile about. He’s not intimidated by Xhex’s strength, so plus points for him. Although his connection with his best friends went out the window when Xhex stepped into his life.

Darius‘ and Tohrment‘s back stories are some of the best parts, I think (after Blay & Qhuinn, of course). Not all Brothers are good to their offspring, or doomed to a life of loneliness.

I’m thinking, have I seen the last of Lash? I like Payne, too.

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LOVER MINE by J.R. Ward

Hardcover, 512 pages

Published April 27th 2010 by NAL

3/5 stars

Book Review: The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams

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Paranormal | Urban Fantasy

There can only be one allegiance.
It’s her time to choose.

Some humans can see the fae. McKenzie Lewis can track them, reading the shadows they leave behind. But some shadows lead to danger. Others lead to lies.

A Houston college student trying to finish her degree, McKenzie has been working for the fae king for years, tracking vicious rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn’t her only secret. For just as long, she’s been in love with Kyol, the king’s sword-master—and relationships between humans and fae are forbidden.

But any hope for a normal life is shattered when she’s captured by Aren, the fierce and uncompromising rebel leader. He teaches her the forbidden fae language and tells her dark truths about the Court, all to persuade her to turn against the king. Time is running out, and as the fight starts to claim human lives, McKenzie has no choice but to decide once and for all whom to trust and where she ultimately stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.

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I expected this to be in par with Karen Marie Moning‘s Fever series… but, no. I’m 100% sure even Pink Mac can whip McKenzie’s ass in a flash.

Kyol – I like. Aren – I really like.
(McKenzie – dumbass.)

The cover is very misleading, I kid you not. She is not a sword-wielding chick! What a disappointment. The Shadow Reader is my typical UF – human caught up in a world she doesn’t want to be in. Poor McKenzie. Although that did not stop her from nurturing an unrequited love towards Kyol.

Should I change my rating to a 2?… Because McKenzie is a not as developed as a character I thought she would be. A string of bad, bad decisions seemed to be her specialty. Ding ding! I cannot help rolling my eyes, and smirking about her idiotic thoughts that led to her idiotic decisions.

Kyol reminded me of Chaol of Throne of Glass, only because they are both captains and seemed to take their jobs very seriously. Aren, I like… until he became this obnoxious guy because of his supposed “claim” for McKenzie. Really man, I’d go for Team Kyol, if you will always this immature.

The constant itch I had while I’m reading The Shadow Reader is that Fae are too human in behavior. Vindictive, yes. Selfish, yes. And yet, if I try to compare Fae here to Fae in the Iron Fey series, the former lot are so inferior. Fae are more wicked and more wicked in Julie Kagawa‘s books, and that’s YA.

If ever the next installment shifts to Kyol, I’m going to curse someone to be stuck in the In-Between.

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THE SHADOW READER by Sandy Williams

Paperback, 307 pages

Published October 25th 2011 by Ace

3/5 stars

Book Review: Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward

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Genre: General Fiction > Adult Paranormal Romance

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #7)

Caldwell, NY, has long been the battleground for the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and notorious nightclub that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King, and leader of the Brotherhood. Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood, even though his sister is married to a member. Because he’s a sympath, his identity is a deadly secret- the revelation of which will result in his banishment to a colony for sociopaths. And as plots within and outside the Brotherhood take their toll against Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in a darkening world- Elhena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him- and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

Book 1: Dark Lover review     Book 2: Lover Eternal review     Book 3: Lover Awakened review

Book 4: Lover Revealed review       Book 5: Lover Unbound review       Book 6: Lover Enshrined review

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Rehvenge will not be a favorite, but he’s okay. It’s like him and me have come into a civil agreement: “You’re okay as long as the Family/Brotherhood is okay.” Ha.

Ehlena is also okay, not quite rising to the other heroines in this series. I do have to applaud her brass balls, because she stands up to Xhex, and knowing Rehv’s personal guard, that is not easy.

The ending rankled my chains in protest, but it’s a good protest. It just means I need to pick Lover Mine soon. Man, I hate Lash. Someone needs to teach that traitor a painful lesson.

Rhage is still funny. Wrath and Beth’s growing relationship is nice to see. and Z is so gentle 🙂 still my favorite brother! I have to mention Trev and iAm, because they are really interesting characters, more intruiging than Rehv IMO.

Lover Avenged is a slight improvement over the last book, Lover Enshrined. It might not be as stellar as the other books, but compared to Phury’s lame story, Rehv’s is much better.

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LOVER AVENGED by J.R. Ward

Paperback, 642 pages

Published Nov 24th 2009 by Signet

3.5/5 stars

Book Review: Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh

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Adult Paranormal Romance > Angels | Vampires

(Guild Hunter #6)

Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.

Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.

Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.

Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…

Book 1: Angel’s Blood review       Book 2: Archangel’s Kiss review

Book 3: Archangel’s Consort review       Book 4: Archangel’s Blade review

Book 5: Archangel’s Storm review

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…so badass. 😀

I believe this is the most action-packed Guild Hunter novel to date. And I was not even distracted by Elena-Raphael lovey-dovey scenes. And that ending, holy smokes, that was ten ways of awesome!

I knew I was right to continue this series. *fist pump*

War is inevitable. When angels fall from the sky, and the Hudson river runs red, it won’t be long before the archangels lose their minds (or stand greater than they ever were) and begin the war.

I saw glimpses of Aodhan, and Illium, too. Yay! And after every installment, Elena and Raphael’s relationship reached a new level, and I liked that. Not only is the plot evolving to new heights, but the characters are turning into hero- and villain-worthy roles. =)

The last few chapters are fantastic. I could not quite turn the pages faster than my excitement! I believe New York is now ready to face the war that’s been brewing even before the Cascade began? *grins*

Archangel’s Legion. I could not grasp the enormity of it, the impact it might have for Elena and Raphael‘s future. But I am going to find that out. Let’s get moving with the writing then,Nalini Singh! (Pretty please?)

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ARCHANGEL’S LEGION by Nalini Singh

Ebook, 384 pages

Published October 29th 2013 by Penguin Group (USA)
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4.5/5 stars

Book Review: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

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Adult Paranormal > Fantasy

“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 have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.

In 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 loves.

Who 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 card?

From 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 it.

Book 1: Darkfever review      Book 2: Bloodfever review      Book 3: Faefever review

Book 4: Dreamfever review

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O.o Goodness, WTH did I read?!!!

So… this is the what they’ve been talking about. The explosive finale that will leave readers wanting, gasping, and aching for more. And I am so happy (and relieved!) that Shadowfever surpassed all my expectations for an urban fantasy novel. Fever series was worth it, from book 1!

(I think I just became Pri-ya for this series.)

For one month, I read all 5 books, and I was plagued with sleepless nights. Forget being a zombie at work, or neglecting my blog. I need to finish, no, devour a Fever book once I lay my hands on it. I simply need it! (Yes, this is me as a raving lunatic.)

Thank you, Karen Marie Moning for providing me the entertainment I wanted from Faery, and very bad boys. 😀 I take back all the negative things I said about other Fever books. Shadowfever erased all my frustrations, period. That being said, can I take home Jericho Barrons? *winks*

I’m not sure if you’ll get a proper review from me for Shadowfever. It left me breathless, to tell you frankly. It was 100% absolute entertainment, for a reader frantic for the truth about Mac, Barrons, V’lane, the Unseelie King, and that monster book.

All those doubts you have when you started Darkfever? And  all those freaking rants you are holding back at the end of Dreamfever, making you think that this will blow up pretty badly in the finale?

Believe me, Karen Marie Moning have the answers (amazing ones) in Shadowfever. So, so much more than a Fever fanatic can ever hoped for, and that’s what you’ll get.

Shadowfever is one f*cking outstanding finale. The reveal for each character is a mindf*ck. Don’t ask anymore, just read it. And feel the fever that is Mac and Barrons. Wohoo!

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SHADOWFEVER by Karen Marie Moning

Ebook, 510 pages

Published January 8th 2011 by Delacorte Press
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5/5 stars

Book Review: Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

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Adult Paranormal > Fantasy

He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister’s murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac’s every thought—and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust.

As the enigmatic Jericho Barrons and the sensual Fae prince V’lane vie for her body and soul, as cryptic entries from her sister’s diary mysteriously appear and the power of the Dark Book weaves its annihilating path through the city, Mac’s greatest enemy delivers a final challenge.…

It’s an invitation Mac cannot refuse, one that sends her racing home to Georgia, where an even darker threat awaits. With her parents missing and the lives of her loved ones under siege, Mac is about to come face-to-face with a soul-shattering truth—about herself and her sister, about Jericho Barrons…and about the world she thought she knew.

Book 1: Darkfever review      Book 2: Bloodfever review      Book 3: Faefever review

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“What the fuck?” V’lane exploded.

My sentiments exactly.

*deep, deep breath*

What a wild and crazy ride. I can barely hear myself think! But oh, Jericho Barrons. *fans self* Feel free to take me away, and lock me up, and use me however and whenever you want to. (It would not hurt if you admit you have feelings for me).Ha! *ahem*

Mac. Would I even trade places with you?

The reality of what hit Mac after the wall crumbled was devastating. Her very fear coming to life, and without Barrons (even V’lane) to rescue her, was too much. And the fae power was too much as well, for she succumbed to the very thing she detested, a slave to a Fae when she’d rather kill them all.

But of course, the chapters when Mac was in a dream-like state were awesome (Barrons!). It was so uncharacteristic of her to behave that way, so uninhibited, untamed, and undisciplined, that Barrons was afraid even he cannot roused her to live once more. It was not everyday that I get to see Barrons wistful, regretful even. For the things he did, he knows Mac will never, ever forgive him (even if he’s getting the Old Mac back).

Dani was a cool addition to the cast. Funny girl, that one (cannot decide between Barrons or V’lane, she’ll take one or the other, so long as she’s sated, lol). And Rowena, goodness how I hated that sidhe-seer.

When the “IYD” call went through, I went to a stupor. There’s no putting down the book, for I will not be left hanging on things that are about to happen…! Crazy, I tell you. CRAZY! and that includes the ending. If my heart could break more right now, I’d let it. 😦 Not this way, I thought. Not this way.

If Faefever was the stake, Deamfever was the force that drove it in.

If you’d just fight like you fuck, you’d’ve walked out of this room the day I carried you in.

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DREAMFEVER by Karen Marie Moning

Hardcover, 400 pages

Published August 18th 2009 by Delacorte Press
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5/5 stars

Book Review: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

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Adult Paranormal > Fantasy

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.…

Book 1: Darkfever review      Book 2: Bloodfever review

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I can finally admit that Karen Marie Moning got me to a fever. *shudders*

For the life of me, I cannot imagine that ending. So… brutal and merciless. I got to hand it to Karen Marie Moning, for only the loyal and absurdly addicted to the Fever series can contain (and grudgingly accept) Mac’s unfortunate event, if only until they can get their hands on Dreamfever… And I am one of them. *grins*

(praying that Mac would overcome this savage time of her life)

It occurred to me that while I see Mac and Barrons’ relationship barely progressed, the storyline is getting more and more daring and intriguing. Mac was being taunted with pages from her sister’s journal, frustrating her as she is nowhere close to catching the killer. Barrons is ever elusive, and V’lane, although showing hints of being human, cannot be trusted still. I am on book 3 already, and this is still the setting that we have.

Annoying, I know.
But how come I am still glued to this sh*t?

Because it’s very entertaining. After that mindf*ck of an ending, who knows why.

What I am trying to say is this: Stick with Mac and Barrons and V’lane. Sometimes they are freaking irritating – dancing around a bush every single banter – but other bunch of times, they are awesome. and funny. and darn sexy. 😀

I forgot that I should be tearing my hair off because of what happened to Mac in the end. But I think I have no choice but to put my faith in Moning. You better have some explosive comeback for Mac!

*stands up and picks up Dreamfever*

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FAEFEVER by Karen Marie Moning

Hardcover, 327 pages

Published September 16th 2008 by Delacorte Press
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4/5 stars

Book Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

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Adult Paranormal > Fantasy

I used to be your average, everyday girl but all that changed one night in Dublin when I saw my first Fae, and got dragged into a world of deadly immortals and ancient secrets. . . .

In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V’lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous.

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.

Book 1: Darkfever review

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Sweet Bloody Hell. 😀

The gory twist of Mac’s appetite with regards to fae is so, so good. Find the Sinsar Dubh. Locate the other fae relics. Kill Fae as needed. This is her reality now. No more Pink Mac.

Bloodfever was repetitive on the first half, if you look into Barrons-Mac violent tandem. Romance is moot, so let’s resort to blood-and-guts aggressiveness! LOL. Anyway, the good part came when Mac finds herself in a tight spot (again). And who will come to her rescue when she’s near death: Barrons or V’lane?…

That cave scene was so freaky, I loved it! It’s disturbing yes, considering the effects on Mac, but oh, I would rather see her evolved than gone!

V’lane is still this arrogant Fae, and almost as arrogant as Barrons. If I focused more on the fae lore than on the characters, I could say that I really, really like how this sequel turned out. More stories on fae, but still nothing from Barrons. C’mon!

Mac is better here, although she is still a fashionista (substituting pink for black, right?). Haha! She still does not take sh*t from Barrons, but for goodness sake, if she listened to him rather than antagonize him, I think they would’ve accomplished more in searching for the Sinsar Dubh.

Bloodfever is right up my alley for a sequel. It kept me wanting more, more of this fae madness. And the bloody bit in the end is a major plus. 😀

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BLOODFEVER by Karen Marie Moning

Ebook, 269 pages

Published October 16th 2007 by Dial
4/5 stars