Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Faefever (Fever #3), Karen Marie Moning + GIVEAWAY

Title: Faefever
Author: Karen Marie Moning (author website)
Release Date: Sept. 1st 2008 by Delacorte
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star4 star

“Evil books and mysterious players and plots within plots, and now prophesies, too,” comments Mac at one point in Faefever. And, well, there you have it. Evil, sentient books, cryptic players—both good and bad—and, yes, now we have prophesies, too. Once again, Karen Moning has upped the stakes, intensified the fever, and, after this, MacKayla Lane will never be the same again...

From Goodreads:
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.

Mac’s search for the ancient, evil book, the Sinsar Dubh continues in Faefever, but, as always, she's not the only person on the hunt for it. With enemies who should be allies, and allies who could as easily be against her--and just may be--she doesn't know who to trust. And the cryptic, mysterious Jericho Barrons and Fae Prince, V'lane are both vying for trust, loyalty, and something much more personal.

But time is running out. More Unseelie, the evil 'dark' Fae, are slipping through cracks between our world and theirs, and their prison may not hold. Mac's world is crumbling, and not even her powerful Sidhe-Seer abilities may be able to stop it.

The End of the Rainbow...

I thought Darkfever was dark. I thought Bloodfever was darker. If they were dark, Faefever reaches pure obsidian. No longer ‘Miss Rainbow’, Mac's grown, and become more independent. Rather than simply reacting to what's thrown at her (which is a LOT, give a girl a break), she's starting to make her own moves, plans, and she's asking questions. Yes, Mac's always been curious, she's always asked questions, but she's starting to ask them of herself. In Faefever, Mac is really asking herself who she can trust. And the answer she comes up with? Herself.

Mac finally puts her foot down, refuses to be a pawn to the players around her, whether Barrons, Fae Prince, V’lane, or Sidhe-Seer leader, Rowena. But my delight in her backbone is coupled with frustration: I’m desperate for her to look beyond words to actions. I want her to trust someone, and Barrons has been the only constant, the only one to prove his concern--far beyond the simple protection of his ‘investment’, over and over again.

The Players:

As the plot thickens, so does the complexity of its players. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this means you’ll get answers, though. Seelie Prince V’lane returns with a far larger role to play, determined to insinuate himself into Mac's life (and bed), and we see more of cold, calculating Sidhe-Seer Grand Mistress, Rowena. We finally meet other Sidhe-Seers... though not without great cost to Mac. Teenage faerie-hunter, Dani, pops up again, and it’s delightful seeing some light amongst the darkness of Faefever, in the form of a sisterly-bond they develop.

Mr Dark, Dangerous, and Infuriating

But once again, there’s one other ‘player’ who leaves me desperate for more, flicking scenes, pages, and whole chapters ahead: Jericho Barrons. The Fever series’ biggest riddle, we’re no closer to any answers. Who is he? What is he? Once again, the cryptic, inscrutable man gives away nothing, but for the first time, we’re given clues. Tiny hints about what he is, plenty of red-herrings, and still absolutely nothing remotely satisfying. The push/pull between Mac and Barrons intensifies, and I smell jealousy. Present in Bloodfever, it’s intensified, and now unmistakeable. Barrons’ poker face is slipping. I loved it.

The nuances of Barrons' and Mac's interactions are fascinating. None of their words are what they seem, and it's a reflection of the complexity of the series on a whole. Layer upon layer upon layer of meaning tied up in a sentence, and an expression. The unresolved sexual tension between Mac and Barrons is electric and scorching and maddening as ever, and I may just immolate if they don’t.

The Verdict:

It’s hard to look past the end of this book, the darkest hour, to the light within, to the detail, to its subtle nuances and how crucial it is to the series on a whole. Faefever is a key point, an essential fulcrum, to the progression of the series. The myth and folklore deepens, and we get closer to some long-awaited answers, including the origins of the sinister Sinsar Dubh. More questions are asked, and, of course, fewer yet are answered. Plots deepen, already complicated characters become infinitely more complex, and if I felt the previous two books in the series were dark, Faefever is dark, darker, and darkest still.

By the end of Faefever, Mac’s taken to places so dark, I don’t see how she can come back again. Surely she can’t walk away from this unbroken? Big, dark, cataclysmic things happen in Faefever, and the ending of this book was difficult to read. I’ve grown to love this girl, and my heart was torn open, shred apart, and swallowed whole by the fate she suffers. Fever fans, brace yourselves. And have book four handy.

Faefever is the first book in the series to end on a real cliffhanger, and its shocking conclusion left me horrified, shaken, and sick to my core. Easily the darkest place the series has reached so far, it’s also the most complicated, the most compelling, and once again, it’s left me desperate and 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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38 comments:

  1. I HAVE to read this series. All I see are great reviews! :)

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    1. Oooh, Erin, I SERIOUSLY think you'll like them. From POV, the first book is the weakest in the series (and it was GOOD, after I got past some initial reservations), but they get better from there. They have that kind of... addictive element to them? Eee. For reals. I haven't loved any UF or PNR this much since Cat and Bones!

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  2. Again, in case of spoilers, I didn't read the review! I saw the four stars though! Glad to see you're really enjoying it! So need to read this series!

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    1. Oooh, Jo, that is totally fair enough. I don't think reviews 1 through 3 have spoilers, but my review for 4 and 5 will have spoilers for something that happens in 3... then again, so do the blurbs for the books ;D

      I admire your restraint! Hehe!

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  3. Simply amazing review, I love it. You hit the nail on the head and touched on all the points I so desperately loved about Faefever.
    KMM really did something wonderful with these books, even down to their names: "Fever." It was as if I caught a fever that never quite subsided. I still have it today and it's been a year since I finished the last book. I'm still hungry for more! (please please PLEASE let October get here quickly!)

    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

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    1. Eeee! Jennifer! THANK YOU! Oh, I agree with you completely. I never expected to love the series so much, but I've caught it like a fever. I finished 2 weeks ago, and I can't get them out of my head. Umm... I may have re-read the Garage seen 5 times already *blushes* :s

      Oh, these ones are going to NEED a re-read.

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  4. Every time you write another review for a book in this series, I want to read it even more!! Oh my gosh, I probably shouldn't have read this review because the first two are still climbing up my TBR list, but I figured that since it was a Sarah Review, I just had to! x) I'm especially intrigued about this dark, dangerous, and infuriating boy (one of my fave combinations). Jericho Barrons... His name is pure awesome! <3

    Amazing review as always, Sarah-bara! And I love your fever pun! ;)

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    1. Hehe! I hope it wasn't spoilery? OMG. Barrons is just *screams* he's sexyinfuriatingamazingconfusingirritatingawesome/ I can't even explain. I kind of simulateously love and hate him? I mean... he scares me, but he's SO compelling, and I'm ADDICTED to this series... I finished weeks ago, and I keep going back to re-read my favorite bits :D

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  5. WHOA BABY. That bad of an ending, huh? it made you sick? :O I can't even imagine what must've happened to produce that reaction. Thank goodness, you have the rest of the series on hand, right? Right?!? Because, I don't know we'll keep your sanity intact otherwise, Sarah.

    "The push/pull between Mac and Barrons intensifies, and I smell jealousy. Present in Bloodfever, it’s intensified, and now unmistakeable. Barrons’ poker face is slipping..." I LOOOOVE it, with it a capital 'l' when the guy starts showing signs of jealousy and whatnot. It gets things so heated and wonderfully intense, that we become unstoppable in our rush to read on. :D I want this series so bad! Just to experience all this awesomeness with you!

    Asher

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    1. Oh my goodness... Asher. THE ENDING O____O

      I was kind of two minds about it... I mean... my reaction was: Oh no she did NOT pull THAT card... but having finished the series, and having read the books beforehand, I can see why it happened, how it needed to, and the foreshadowing that led to it... but this was a TRUE cliffhanger. Sometimes we confuse unresolved issues with cliffhangers... where we leave our hero right in the middle of a life-or-death situation... and this? This just... *shudder* it made me sick. I would have been F U R I O U S had I read this, and not had book 4 on standby :D

      Actually, it's kind of one of those endings I love the series DESPITE of ;D

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  6. How have I missed this series?! Faefever sounds great. I'll definitely add this series to my TBR list. Great review!

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    1. A N D R E A! It is SOOOO good. I can't even explain. TO be honest, I thought the covers were a bit nothing, and the blurbs didn't catch me... but seriously? SO. GOOD.

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  7. Do you know how badly I want to read this series now after reading your reviews? :P

    ME WANT WANT WANT to read this. I'm supposed to read this book since I've read the first 2 books but urgh, I NEED TIME!!! And ooo, Barrons and V'lane sounds awesome.

    AMAZING REVIEW, Sarah! <3 And thank you for telling me that Faefever ends in a cliffhanger so I can get the last 3 books in the series and read non-stop, LOL.

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    1. Mwahaa! Clearly I'm doing my job, then! Ooooh, Barrons is SO AWESOME, and while I was never, like, 'Team V'lane' reading the books, I kind of like him even though I want to hate him. Did you even read Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely books? He's kind of smug and self-assured and funny in the way Keenan was... but with none of the weakness and doubt (which I LOVED in Keenan ;D). AWESOMES.

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  8. umm why didnt I know this series? I mean it sounds sooo good, I got to read this series. thanks for the amazing review Sarah.

    Mr Dark, Dangerous, and Infuriating

    umm, I want to meet this intriguing Mr. *evil grin*
    <3

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    1. Aaaah, Lalaine, I'm OBSESSED. They're definitely adult, and the first half of the first book was a *little* slow, but after that? OMG. SO. EFFING. GOOD O____O

      Hehe! I know, right?

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    2. eeep you making me so excited ok ok! series added officially on my list! :))))) x0x

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  9. Wow! You're really ploughing through this series Sarah. I'm thrilled to see you're loving it. I've been meaning to read it for a while and each time you post a review of a book from this series I want it more, lol. I didn't know it was so far though. Think I'd like it?

    xx Fab review my lovely!

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    1. Oh, Rachel, seriously, I read them all in a week. I was CRAZY OBSSESSED. I did nothing but read. Eat? Pfft. Talk to friends and husband? Nah.

      You know what? I actually think you might. You read some adult UF/PNR, right? This is definitely adult, and quite dark in parts, but they're brilliant books and ADDICTIVE. I'll definitely admit I didn't like the first book for the first half of it. It was slow, and I didn't like Mac... but that quickly changed. I read the rest of it ADDICTIVELY. I LOVED it. I devoured the rest of the series. Seriously, once I got halfway, I was done for.

      The series is actually all complete and published, too! I don't know about you, but I LOVE reading series back-to-back and just immersing myself in the world, getting the whole story-arc in one delicious sitting? *nods* :D

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  10. Whoa you have read like a speed demon lol:P I would love to win this book *big grinny face*

    I'm also following you on GFC!

    Book Enslaved

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    1. Hehe! I swear, I read them all in a week. I was OBSESSED. Ooooh, a new blog to stalk! This is exciting :D

      Oh, seriously, I'm sad I can't give EVERYONE a copy of the book!

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  11. Oh God, I know. I left this book almost in tears. I don't know how anyone can come back from that. I know a lot of fans were upset with Moning for doing it but when you read the whole series, you see why it was important. But it was just devistating.

    I am going to disagree with you. At this point in the series I was yelling at Mac to NOT trust Barrons. He was starting to piss me off so bad with his secrets that I gave up on him a little. I know, I know, bad Jennifer. *hides face in shame* I couldn't help it though. He was frustrating "making me super hot" the hell out of me. :)

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    1. Oh goodness, I couldn't even cry, I was so shocked :O
      It was upsetting, and I really really HATE when... what happened to Mac is used a plot device... but I understand why, and it's always been the nature of KMM's Fae, and the Fever series.

      Mahaha! Disagree away. It was just shitting me, because Barrons is like "See ME." Trying to get her to see that while he may say something, look at what he does, over and over for her. Look at his actions. Look past the words to the meaning. They have all these wordless conversations, she should KNOW better. Yes, he's secretive and self-serving, but he ALWAYS has Mac's back, and he clearly cares for her in whatever fucked-up way he's capable of.

      Aaaah, but I SOOOO get why you felt that way. Hehe! Isn't it funny how different our reactions can be?

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  12. Once again amazingtastic review! I was reading Fever so fast (and yes feverishly) that I didn't even review the middle books - only Darkfever and Shadowfever haha. Fae Fever is definitely one of the darkest books.. it was shocking and you can't help but feel for Mac who finally has her rainbows ripped from her soul. The one thing I really loved was seeing the growth from Mac... and definitely showing that growth is usually a painful process and one we don't always do willingly.

    Such a great review Saz! I can't wait for your review of Dreamfever and Shadowfever :D

    <33 April @ My Shelf Confessions

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    1. Aprillll! YES! You NAILED it. It was shocking and hard, and it hurt watching Mac, but I was so amazed with her growth. Oh, seriously, I couldn't say it any better.

      Hehe, the only reason I wrote reviews was because I FORCED myself to before I read the next books :D

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  13. Dark, darker and obsidian? *is getting thrills* I love the fact that you are STILL guessing who and what this infuriating Barrons is. The fact that the author can successfully draw out such a mystery over three books speaks volumes for her talent. Me loves a mystery. Me loves a sexy, grrr-worthy mystery even more. But I love that 'his poker face is slipping' as you say :D

    Man and this shocking conclusion has me very nearly running to wikipedia to see what happens. BUT I WON'T. Even though you stupidly read a certain review I thought I IMPLIED not to read, even though I also stupidly gave you directions to it *mutters*

    Anywho, your review sucks! [/lies] I just figure I need to say that in at least one comment on your blog because your ego will explode from all the "AMAZING, SARAH!" responses you always get. Why are you so ridiculously talented? *sticks straw in brain and extracts pure genius* Mmmm. Taste good!

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    1. Oh.
      My.
      Goodness.

      SERIOUSLY. Until the last book you don't find out who and what Barrons is... and even then KMM doesn't answer all the questions! *glares* It is SOOOOOO good.

      With his poker face it's... oooh, it's delicious... he's so cool and composed, but all of this oh-so-urbane is like a shell for this kind of... inner animal-magnetism and raw... hmmm... masculinity? Inner-caveman? So he and Mac have these fabulous exchanges where he always has the upper hand, but you started seeing cracks in Faefever, like she was really getting under his skin, despite himself, and he HATED it, but was powerless--and really didn't even want--to stop it? LOVE LOVE!

      Oh, seriously... what happens in the end of this book? I actually felt nauseous... it's... it's kind of not cool, and I'm still not sure I liked that KMM pulled that card... but at the same time, I think it was almost necessary? You know? No? :D:D:D

      Mmmmm... brains... I wonder if brains are strawberry flavored. Don't you think they should be strawberry flavored?

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  14. Ahhhh, this sounds so good!! Seriously dark and creepy, too but I can handle that ;) I love that Mac has such a strong personality but I can see why it would be frustrating too. It's kind of tough for me to LOVE a character (not to mention relate to them) if they're so closed off and unwilling to trust.

    And oh, this Barrons character. I am ridiculously intrigued about him and the secrets he's keeping hidden for someone that hasn't even picked up the series! I love that the author has this huge web planned out. At least it should be exciting when everything is revealed :D

    Fantastic review as always, Sarah!

    Sonia

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    1. SONIA! IT. IS. SOOOOO. GOOOOOD! I SWEAR!

      You've got it PERFECTLY. But what is SO cool about Mac is tat it's a COMPLETE 180 (errr. I nearly wrote 360 XD) from where she started and we met her. When the series started, I SWEAR TO COFFEE that she was Elle Woods 2.0... but twice as dumb and half as tough. Now she's like... one of the coolest action chicks I've ever encountered, but it's tempered with the little shreds of her old self she tries to cling to. She's broken, but built a little better? I've never seen such amazing character growth, and it is KICKASS. LOVE. IT.

      And Barrons. OMG, BARRONS. I am OBSESSED with him. I kid you not.

      Oh, and when it's all revealed? BEST MOMENT IN THE ENTIRE SERIES.

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it :D

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  15. Oh my gosh, your reviews are just WONDERFUL and describes the series perfectly. *sigh* And wow, I so remember this cliffhanger. Wosh. And it gets worse. ._.

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    1. AAAH! BEX! YES! YOU KNOW!
      I know, right? The cliffhanger... ugh. Yes. Speechless. It made me feel seriously sick. Like, nauseous... oh the tension and build in the series, right? AMAZING.

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    2. I second that! Sarah, I love your Fever reviews! I wrote some last year and scheduled them, and rescheduled them, because they never seemed to fit. Argh. I might just copypaste yours. XD

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  16. Wow I love the cover of this book. I can't decide whether the second or third book has the more awesome cover, they both look so great.

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  17. I'm usually disappointed in cliffhanger endings but sometimes I don't mind them! Looking forward to this series!

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  18. AWESOME review!! I have to google ... "Faefever is a key point, an essential fulcrum, to the progression of the series."

    Sarah you have used a big word 'fulcrum', eeppp I need google. yes, that ending!!!! I had to wait for Dreamfever, cause I had no clue what? and what? and WT? with that ending, it was a painful wait for me.

    Oh those mysteries.....ha!! I so want to say something, but I won't. I am rather desperate for you to read Shadowfever.....*waggles eyebrows*

    Michelle

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  19. FSDHDSAOFHDSAUHFSDOU WOMAN I NEED THESE BOOKS. FDSHFOSDUHFOSADHUF. LIKE NOW. FHSDOUFHSD. NOW. ARGH.

    This is sooo hard to read because I'm scared I'm going to get spoiled because I need to read these beautiful amazing books! So I'm just going to cut to the chase and say that you're making them CRAVE them like a nutter, I need them in my hand NOW so I can flail with you and we can be awesome. ;D

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  20. I finished about an hour ago, and I had to read the last 3 pages 3 times. I just could not believe what was happening! Unfortunately, I don't have the next book, and will need to grab it ASAP!

    Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

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  21. I think this Series will be a BLAST. The story's really great. :))

    Thank you for the review! :D

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