Monday, October 8, 2012

Review: Bloodfever (Fever #2)

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
Fever #2
Published October 16th 2007 by Delacorte Press

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.
What can I say about Bloodfever, the second book in the fever series? It's definitely an addictive read pretty much from start to finish. I am officially a fan of Mac's since she has become much fiercer and stronger. Even when she lapses into Barbie Mac from time to time I find her all the more endearing. There are so many more layers to her now; she's sharp tough as nails... and still evolving. I am anxious to see how she will transform as the series progresses, how she will come into her powers; what she will accomplish with that fire inside her head.

The suspense and curiosity factor in Bloodfever are staggering. It's like a complex labyrinth of endless questions. And when you finally get an answer the price is high. Your reward? MORE questions. Everyone knows some big chunks of the puzzle, everyone is desperately oblivious to other parts and NOBODY is revealing much of anything. To me, it made the plot seem stagnant at times...even with so much going on, the story didn't really progress the way I had hoped. Moning keeps building and adding things to the world, without making much headway in actually advancing the plot. On the one hand it enhances my curiosity...but on the other hand, I found it a bit of a let down.

Speaking of never getting any answers. Jericho Barrons. While parts of him infuriate me to no ends. Like the chauvinistic, egomaniac and control freak parts. On the other hand...he's so freaking sexy I can't even wrap my head around it. He's a mystery more than anything and I'm a sucker for a dark mysterious man. Always have been, and always will be.  I can not wait to unravel the mystification that is Jerricho Barrons. And I hope he takes off his clothes more. Throw V'lane in there too for good measure, cause that hour in Faery was something else! *fans self*

Bloodfever has a quick pace and showcases unforgettable characters in a complex and well put-together world that is unlike any I've ever visited in a book. While I felt the action did drag a bit, it made up for it in character development and intrigue which is why I rated it infinitesimally better than it's predecessor I would have gotten rid of the pointless recaps during the first few chapters for sure. I mean come on we've read book one, skip to the new stuff! But other than that it was a fun, fast paced, addictive and dead-sexy read. I can't wait to see where Moning will go with this in book 3, Faefever.

My Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
(I struggled with my rating for this one, it wasn't quite a 4-star read
but it improved on the 1st book, hence the annoying rating)

5 comments:

  1. I felt the same way even when I finished the fourth book in the series- the questions just kept piling up. That's probably why the last book is almost 600 pages, lol. I was quite surprised by the size of Shadowfever when I went to pick it up at the library.

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    1. OMG I agree the last book IS giant, I was surprised too when I saw it! And SO many questions...curiosity is my undoing, and KMM writing style is teasing & it's just pure torture to me ;)

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  2. I love your explanation about the rating, I often find myself want to rate books between two different ratings, 3.75 sounds like a good compromise!

    While I haven't read any of Karen's books, I see her name everywhere and know I will have to read this series eventually. I hope the next book improves!

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    1. hahah well thanks! I often find myself comparing to past books I've rated similarly to see how it stacks up, and this was better than book 1 (which I'd rated 3.5-stars...but it wasn't quite up to par with my other 4-star books...so I had to improvise LOL I hope you'll love the books if/when you diced to read them :)

      And thanks so much for the follow-back ♥

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