Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bloodfever (Fever #2), Karen Marie Moning + GIVEAWAY


Title: Bloodfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning (author website)
Release Date: Oct. 1st 2007 by Delacorte Press
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star4 star

In Darkfever Karen Moning brought us a world of secrets, lies, and psychopathic faeries. You know, the kind where the tooth fairy beats you up, then wears your molars around on a necklace made from your intestines... or, more accurately, where beautiful, ethereal princes take you to bed until you’re screaming for mercy and death. If you didn’t think it was possible, she ups the stakes even further in Bloodfever, and the pages are dripping with menace, action, and repressed sexual tension. Buckle your seatbelts. It’s gonna be one hell of a ride.

From Goodreads:
I used to think my sister and I were just two nice southern girls who'd get married in a few years and settle down to a quiet life. Then I discovered that Alina and I descend, not from good wholesome southern stock, but from an ancient Celtic bloodline of powerful sidhe-seers, people who can see the Fae. Not only can I see the terrifying otherworldly race, but I can sense the sacred Fae relics that hold the deadliest of their magic.  When my sister was found dead in a trash-filled alley in Dublin, I came over to get answers. Now all I want is revenge. And after everything I've learned about myself, I know I have the power to get it...

MacKayla Lane's ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland's shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh-a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V'lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious.

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

Mac’s back.

She’s accepted what she is: a powerful sidhe-seer. After narrowly escaping death in Darkfever, she’s now waiting for inevitable backlash, in the form of a murderous fae, recovering from her injuries, and still bent on enacting bloody, violent revenge on her sister’s murderer... while she’s convinced she now has the murderer in her sights, she’s no closer to that revenge than before. Gone are the sunshine and rainbows, and sunny outlook the previously characterised Mac. They’re still there, to an extent, but they’re tempered with an edge of... well, let’s just say it can’t really be called ‘pessimism’, if it’s true. While Darkfever was about her discovering what she was, Bloodfever is more about discovering who she is at her core, what she’s capable of, and what she can live with... and deciding who to trust. A decision she still hasn’t come to by the book’s resolution, despite the so-far unflinching fidelity of a certain, infuriatingly cryptic ‘man’.

While Mac’s a little darker, she still carries an air of hope, and, for the sake of her own preservation, we hear Barrons remind her again that hope is essential to survival. Without it, you’re already defeated. I love that the series holds these surprising little insights and pieces of wisdom. Some occasional frustrations with Mac’s previous denial, current trust issues (however warranted they may be), and the numerous unanswered questions I was left with aside, there’s something I’m finding compulsively readable and utterly addictive about the Fever series. Though it is worth mentioning that, despite enjoying Bloodfever immensely, I was left feeling it hasn’t progressed the overall plot a great deal, and I’m desperate for answers to Darkfever's questions. Instead, I'm left with more than when I begun.

Bloody Barrons:

Ah, but there’s one question I want answers for most of all. One particularly cryptic, compelling aspect of the series. The one that just may drive Mac and me to the brink of madness: Jericho Barrons. The man is dark, cryptic, seemingly omniscient, and utterly infuriating. Incapable of a straight answer, it’s Barrons that keeps me flicking pages ahead, hanging on his every word, and hungry for more... despite the fact that he scares the hell out of me. The repressed sexual tension he and Mac share is scorching-hot, and I can’t wait for the moment it consumes them both.

The Verdict:

Where Darkfever built the theatre, set the scene, and positioned the players, Bloodfever is the dress rehearsal. We’re still building up to the main attraction, and the atmosphere is buzzing with foreboding, anticipation, the promise of action, and the absolute assurance of blood. People are beginning to take their places, and it’s getting (even more) interesting.

Blood fever is a book of questions: who is Mac, really? Who is the Lord Master? Who killed Alina? And O’Duffy? What on earth is going on with the Fae, and what do they really want? And perhaps the biggest question of all: what the hell is Jericho Barrons? Don’t expect answers. Yet Moning has a knack for making the journey every inch as exciting as the destination. the mystery thickens and deepens in Bloodfever, and it will leave you feverish for more.

Books in This Series:

  1. Darkfever
  2. Bloodfever
  3. Faefever
  4. Dreamfever
  5. Shadowfever

What's that, you say? Oh yes! The GIVEAWAY!

I'll be publishing reviews for the rest of this series over the next few weeks, and to celebrate the fact that I'm feverishly addicted to the Fever series, I'm giving away 2 copies of the first book in the series, Darkfever. You know, share the addiction. If you've read Darkfever, but you're still waiting on a copy of another book in the series? Well, I could be convinced to send you a copy of Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, or Shadowfever instead ;)

So, want to enter? Entry below the jump!



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45 comments:

  1. BLOODY BARRONS is precisely the phrase I often used when I read Bloodfever! I am really interested to read more about V'lane because he's kinda cool, I think! :P I read it a while ago and this was the last book I read in the series! I haven't continued the series at all but aaa, your reviews always make me want to read a book faster and quicker!

    I SO WANT TO READ FAEFEVER now! But I'll wait for your review to see what you think about it! Pretty sure you've finished the whole series right? And apparently, the last book: Shadow Fever is REALLY GOOD!

    Anyway, awesome review, Sarah! So glad you enjoyed it! <3

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    1. Oh, V'lane is FASCINATING! I mean, he's a bit of a douche in the first two books (I mean, uh, what he does to Mac in the gallery? :O), but I LIIIIKE him!

      Oh my goodness, I want you to read Faefever toooo! But the problem is, it ends on the most catastrophic cliffhanger, and if you read it, you NEED Dreamfever on standby... which ends on an equally enormous and horrid cliffhanger, so you need Shadowfever on standby... which is OVER SIX HUNDRED PAGES LONG. BUT SO. EFFING. GOOD! The last book, Shadowfever? Oh my goodness, Celine! It's perfection.

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    2. Last word: PERFECTION? Now you make me want to drop everything I've been reading and start reading Faefever. OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH!!!!!!! *calms down*

      Actually, I might read it in my holiday which is in about 4 weeks and thank you for telling me! I will definitely have Faever, Dreamfever and Shadowfever on standby when I read the series! ♥

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    3. AAAAAAAH! CELINE! I can't explain how addicted I got to the series... it's just the cliffhangers on 3 and 4 are KILLER. I was getting so stressed from the tension and excitment I stopped read #4 part way through, took a breather, read a novella with a nice, easy, happy ending, then read it again... OBSESSED >___<

      I hope you love them! The ending of 3 is... it's tough. I felt sick :(

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  2. Bloody Barrons. Hah. I wish I could write more, but my stomach is killing me so.. I love your review and the giveaway!

    I'm sooo wary about ICED and the other new Fever novels, but at the same time I'm really excited. It's horrible!

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    1. Aw, ouchy stomach=NO GOOD.
      THANK YOU! ♥

      I'm... yeah, I'm a little concerned, too. Hmmm... iced... I wonder if she's talking about Cruce? I like Dani a LOT... from MAC'S POV. In small doses. I'm wondering how it's gonna work out with a whole book, and I mean, the Fever world is really adult... Dani's fourteen. I'm not sure how that's gonna... yeah. But I DO want to know about this mysterious 'Dancer'.

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    2. She does say that the Dani O'Malley books are not YA, but straddle the YA/Adult line very haphazardly. I also think the title eludes to Cruce.

      Also, I'm a bit of a KMM stalker. These are my favorite books EVER. EVEEEEERRRRRRR.

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    3. Yessss! I was wondering about Cruce... and... hmm... I'm not sure about Dani. We shall see. I'm convinced I'll wind up ADORING them, but if they have Fever #3 and #4 style cliffhangers? I SHALL DIE.

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  3. I just read the first one, and I really liked it. The one aspect of the book that I did not like was the constant talk of what happens in the future. The author should have left certain things unfold instead of telling us what happens (e.g. V'lane/Mac). Great giveaway!

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    1. Oh, I HAVE to agree with you on that. It could be cute in small doses, but it almost starts to feel like the authorial equivelant of a verbal tic. *nods* Agreed. SO glad you liked it. The series gets more and more amazing as it goes on! :O

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  4. I keep giving myself whiplash from cheating and reading your reviews on Goodreads first, and then hopping back here and being like...but I KNOW she was farther along than this! Lol. Glad to hear you're enjoying the series so much. Finding books that make us this excited is why we all read in the first place, isn't it? :D

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    1. Mwaha! Natalie! Eeek... I wonder if I should not post my reviews on Goodreads until I'm ready to publish on the blog but... aaaah, I'm disorganised.

      Oh my goodness: "Finding books that make us this excited is why we all read in the first place, isn't it? :D" exactly. EXACTLY! You're so wiiiiise :O

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  5. Somehow I'm MORE excited for your next review than I am for reading this series. Though you're making really want to read these. YOU NEED TO STOP THIS TORTURE, SARAH. You know my weaknesses! And though it can be unintentional, you keep luring me in with the promise of all these fabulous reads, AND I DON'T HAVE THE TIME, yo. Still, oh how I long to meet Jericho Barrons... *dreamy sigh*

    Asher

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    1. Eeee! Asher! You're going to make my ego asplode :D

      Barrons is just... uh... well, I finished the book on Sunday, and I'm OBSESSED. I went back and re-read what I'm calling 'the garage chapter' in the final book last night, and I'm in a happy place. That's it. I'm never reading another book again. Just that one chapter, over and over.

      If you think it's torture for YOU, try reading the books. Seriously >___<

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  6. Despite probably mentioning this a thousand times on Goodreads already, I love your review!

    I won't enter the giveaway, because I already own Bloodfever, but I was dying to see what you'd put in your Terms & Conditions this time. Ah, Sarah. You never fail to make me laugh like a mad woman.

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    1. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaah! KIM! THANK YOU!
      Mwaha! I ♥ T&C's! They're FUN!

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  7. I am happy you liked it, and I toally understand it not being your fav. And unfortunately, that is how the series is: Leaves you with more questions than answers. But I found it kind of refreshing. It's nice to be kept in the dark sometimes because the climax is so much better then. Okay, totally not ment to be a sex reference. lol. Though, since I know you read the whole series, I found the last book to be somewhat anti-climactic. Though the books leading up to it were awesome. I agree with you on this book. It was like an in-between. But as you know it will get going. I like that Moning holds nothing back. Like her character Barrons, her writing is RAW!!! There are no limits in her world. That's what makes it so exciting. Love the review and totally agree.

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    1. Oooh, don't get me wrong... it's not my fav in the series overall, but I LOVED it... the whole unanswered question thing? I love it as much as I hate it :D

      *snort* it was SO a sex reference. I know it was ;D
      Awww! Shadowfever didn't really do it for you? I mean... I guess I can see that. All I wanted was the climax to all the tension between Mac and Barrons, and the rest was gravy... in terms of the rest of the rest of it? I can kind of see it... there were so many red herrings, and so many incorrect conclusions Mac jumps to, and then they figure it out, sort out the book, and TA-DA! I *did* love it, but I can see how you'd be a little bummed ;D

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  8. You know, your review of Darkfever made me want to read it so much that I started going for the giveaway (and besides Faye's back when I hadn't tried out book blogging yet, it's the first I've ever gone for)... but this review gave me actual chills. (I'm ruling out any possible weather influences. It's summer here and I want to die just a little bit!) So I really want to read Bloodfever now, and to find out the answers to all the questions the books have made you ask. Sure, that might mean I'll have to read the entire series, but, hey, it's going to be fun, right? And amazing. And. Gah! All the excitement!

    Oh, and "Bloody Barrons"? My face. You should have seen it. Love it! ;)

    Fingers crossed that I manage to win this giveaway. I've never been more excited to read an adult UF series. I'm so intrigued! But if I don't... Well, I'll most likely end up buying it somewhere. I'm already hooked on your reviews. It'll be even crazier once I get my hands on the series!

    Keep on reading and reviewing, Sarah! I love every single thing you do! ♥

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    1. Eeee! I want everyone to wiiiinnn! Seriously! Then you can all be as obsessed as I, and I'll have even more people to fangirl with! Oooh, the ONLY series I'd be as excited about making you read is Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress books. My favorite fictional couple. CAT AND BONES! ♥

      Aaaah! Käthe! You make me blush *hugs* thank yoooou! xx

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  9. Want want want want! Saraaaaaaah, you are so unhealthy for my TBR pile! <3 You've already convinced my that the first book in this series needed to be moved from my "To Be Read" pile to my "Must Reads Recommended by Sarah Or Else" pile, but now I want to read this one too! And all those questions at the end? You made me want to know the answers even though I'm strangers to the characters right now! x) It may have left you with more questions than answers, but with books in a series, I find that it's not uncommon LOL! ;)

    Amazing review, Sarah-bara! :) <3

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    1. HEHEHE! I want to check your Goodreads shelf and see if this shelf/pile actually exists! I LOVE it!

      I actually felt kind of weird reading/reviewing this series here, because I normally do YA, but I love it SOOOO much, and I've really enjoyed just reading something because I want to... and it's SO addictive, and I'm so excited everyone seems to like the sound of them so much! ♥

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  10. BEST. SERIES. EVER. lol I actuall just did my FF on it. I read the series twice last year, I just can't get enough of Barrons, he's just So damn hot! Glad you loved the book =D
    Tristan @ Reads With Wreckless Abandon

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    1. EEEEEEEE! YES! Oh my goodness. Twice in a year? YES PLEASE. I just want to read the garage chapter over and over and over... seriously, my review for Shadowfever is just going to be one word: FINALLY XD

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  11. You know, the kind where the tooth fairy beats you up, then wears your molars around on a necklace made from your intestines" HEE. How do you paint such gleefully gruesome visuals? Brodie like :D

    WHY are the 'incapable of a straight answer' guys the ones that intrigue us the most? UGH. The frustrating ones somehow manage to get the claws in the deepest and I hatelove them for it! But EEEEEE SARAH! STOP IT! I can't afford to add any more books - ESPECIALLY SERIES - to my TBR, yet you always, always, always force me to. Goddamn it, can I hit you repeatedly over the head so you lose a few brain cells and therefore stop writing such amazing reviews? Or is that going too far? Too violent? *scrolls back up to molars. intenstines.* Hmm, for you? No :P

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    1. Mwaha! Err... I blame your influence XD

      I KNOOOOOOW! What is it... the more cryptic and infuriating they are, the more compelling O___O

      Eee! I'm even more excited about the idea of making you read these because they are VERY adult. Mwahaha!

      And if you hit me over the head? Meh... maybe you'll be able to knock Barrons out of it? You'd be doing me a FAVOR. True story.

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  12. Oh great review I'm so glad you still enjou the series. lol you're lucky to start it now you have all the books out. It was more difficult to wait to have all of them. I'm sure you'll love all the others.

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    1. Oh my goodness, if I had to wait inbetween books, I'd go BATSHIT. I mean, the cliffhanger on 3 and 4? *dies*

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  13. Awesome review! Everyone seems to really love this series and I think it's about time I got down to reading it. ;) I have the first few books so I'm looking forward to getting started! :D I'm glad you like it!

    (By the way, your T&C's are hilarious ;))

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    1. Hehe! So glad you enjoyed them--I enjoyed writing them. They're special for this giveaway. Normally they're about zombies :D

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  14. I don't care WHAT you say, I just entered the contest and I am UNASHAMED. UNASHAMED, I SAY!!!

    I may have dropped in on your Barron/Bones conversation with Jennifer, but now I want to know what all the fuss is about.

    *hugs before I run away with one of your copies*

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    1. *hugs you right back*
      Psh, all I say is YAY!

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  15. Eeeeeee! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm still so happy you read all of these books! I know I keep saying that, but each time I do, it makes it even more true! True story. I am 200% serious.

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    1. Mwaha! I LOVE THEM JENNIFER! I'm obsessed. Crazy, I-can't-control-it O B S E S S E D. I was telling one of my friends that this is my brain at the moment: buzzzzzzBarronsBarronsBarronsBarronsBarronsBarronsBarronsBarronsBarronsbuzzzzzBarronsBarrons. WANT MORE! *sobs*"

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  16. HUDHSFOUSAHFASOUFHSAOUHF.

    GAGH. You are always making me SO JEALOUS about this series woman! I just want to break into your house and grab the books. ROAR. Your reviews are making me NUTTYYYY to read them. *mumble grumble*

    "it will leave you feverish for more."
    Oh ho ho ho. ;) Nice word choice there my dear. SURELY there was no pun intended there - hehehe.

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  17. Replying to your comment here since your page still hates me and wont let me reply in the orig comment. Grrrrr. *Slaps your blog* Don't worry, I was gentle.

    Oh good, I am so happy you loved the last book too. I was a little worried because it wasn't the best for me but it makes me happy to know that you liked it more than I expected.

    I hate to suggest people series and they just don't work for that person. But this series totally worked out it seems. :) Yaaay. Though I know others suggested this series too so I was going to totally blame them if you went funny in the head and actually didn't like the series.

    You are right though, having all the tension between Mac and Barrons is pretty much the best part of every book in the series. I don't know how Moning could handle keeping Barrons' secrets for so long. As a writer, I would have caved under the pressure and probably revealed things too soon. *hangs head in shame* I have a bad problem leaving people in suspense.....unless I am feeling evil that day. >) HAHAHAHEHEHEH

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  18. I haven't read your review just in case there are any spoilers for the first book, butI saw enough to know you really enjoyed it, which is awesome! I am so looking forward to trying Darkfever! Thanks for highlighting this series :)

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  19. I lovvve this series. It is one of my all time faves and it gets better and better. Oh yes the 'main attraction' I had such fun when reading this series discussing with sooooo many readers all the possibilities as Karen really holds onto her mystery very closely.

    A wonderful review!!! I am so looking forward to Iced even though it's spinoff. But then there will be two more Barrons books, so I am uber happy about that, just gotta sit and wait.

    Michelle

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  20. Yayay! I'm so glad you liked it. It's definitely a series that gets better with each book and gosh, the questions never end! LOL. I don't think I've read a series that's had me so confused and at a loss when it comes to what's going on or how it might end. This is where it started to get interesting for me and by book three I was completely hooked!

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  21. My dear and OH Bloody Barrons you are reading this series hell yeah oh my god I am hyper ventilating and omfg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dear Im so glad you got the fever! this one is MY favorite UF ever! OMG! OMFG!!!! enjoy it!!!

    btw, awesome review!! you are so freaking right about Barrons! I loooooooooooooooooove what you said and all those scorching hot adjs!! woohoooooo!! Oh Barrons oh YEAH!!

    You will have to wait a while until you really know who/what Mac is. Moning is such a master with all the mystery and sexual tension OMFG! I have to read these books again!! aaaaaaaaaah!!! HOT!!!

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  22. We don't get our questions about Barrons answered in this book *sigh*. That doesn't make me a happy bunny! Trying to find out something about him was what made me keep turning the pages of Darkfever.

    But I am looking forward to seeing the progression of Mac's character - as you know, she irritated me quite a bit in the first book! And your review has made me even more excited about picking up the series again :)

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  23. I've been looking for more books like this lately and I think this series is probably going to be one that I shall be picking up soon.

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  24. Your reviews have really intrigued me, Saz!

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  25. I literally just finished reading this one, and I have to agree, Barrons is "utterly infuriating." I actually just don't like him, but maybe that will change.

    Great review. :)

    Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

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  26. OMG! THE SECOND BOOK! I think I'll surely love this story. Hope I'll win and great review, btw. :)

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