Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dreamfever (Fever #4), Karen Marie Moning + GIVEAWAY

Title: Dreamfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning (author website)
Release Date:Aug. 18th 2009 by Delacorte Press
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star4 star

Brutal, uncompromising and black as pitch, Dreamfever, the Fever series' fourth, and penultimate installment, pulls no punches, and I'm starting to thing Karen Moning takes a kind of malicious glee from torturing her characters and readers alike...

From Goodreads:
MacKayla Lane lies naked on the cold stone floor of a church, at the mercy of the erotic Fae master she once swore to kill. Far from home, unable to control her sexual hungers, MacKayla is now fully under the LordMaster's spell....In "New York Times" bestselling author Karen Marie Moning's stunning new novel, the walls between human and Fae worlds have come crashing down. And as Mac fights for survival on Dublin's battle-scarred streets, she will embark on the darkest-and most erotically charged--adventure of her life.

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.

Dreamfever is a very different creature from its forebears. Dublin has fallen. The walls dividing our world from Faery have come crashing down, and nightmares no longer hide their faces as they stalk post-apocalyptic city streets. Goodbye world, hello Unseelie wasteland. But the hunt for the Sinsar Dubh is not over, and all the major players have survived the cataclysm. The events of Faefever cost Mac terribly, but with the deadly tome still on the loose, she can't afford to wallow in her pain. Mac is back, baby, and this time, she has a gun.

Black Mac:

Mac couldn't have survived Faefever and come out the same. After the tragedy and perverse torture she survived, she's a very different girl. Princess Pink is gone, and replaced with, as she calls herself, 'Black Mac'. Watching the evolution of Mac over the course of the series has been a painful, beautiful thing. Darkfever Mac is no longer recognizable in the raven-haired, leather-clad woman in Dreamfever's pages. She has finally graduated into the action-chick she was always destined to me. Mac has truly evolved, and is still evolving. Literally. In surprising and inexplicable ways...

The Rest:

I could wax poetic about the delicious, cryptic, maddening Barrons for hours, but with Mac’s evolution has come independence. While not always making the right decisions, Mac is making her own, and it means Barrons is getting less page time… while still somehow playing an even larger part in the story. And the threads of a love triangle have solidified, in the sense that intentions have been declared. Fae Prince V’lane, and whatever-the-hell-he-is Barrons both want Mac… and have made it very clear. But, once again, after Faefever, things have changed. The world is unrecogniseable, and so is Mac… the relationship between Mac and Barrons is more intense and raw than it ever has been before. The strain and tension between the two is at fever pitch.

Young Sidhe-Seer prodigy, Dani, plays a much larger part in this book than ever before. In fact, for the first time, we get chapters from her point of view. The high-speed teen is fascinating, and the bond she shares with Mac is warm and sweet… but she’s hiding her own mysteries. And, of course, politics finally come into play with the Sidhe Seers, and Mac finally uncovers a couple of truths about her past. The Side-Seers play a far larger role in Dreamfever, and each of the pieces in the vast, complex game Moning is playing are moving into their final places, waiting for what can only be an epic conclusion in Shadowfever.

Riddles, Wrapped in Mysteries:

Dreamfever is one of the most surprising and cryptic installments in the series yet. Once again, I’m left with a myriad of questions. Not just who is Mac, but what? We finally learn something about her past and family, but precious little, and it leaves more questions. We get a tantalizing clue about the ‘what’ of Barrons, which creates still more questions. What the hell is the Sidhe-Seers’ part in this all this, and what is the, frankly pernicious Grand Mistress, Rowena, hiding? What does the Sinsar Dubh want, evil, sentient book that it is... And Barron's eight? Who and what the hell are they? What’s with the Keltar druids? What’s happened to Christian MacKelter? For all the questions Moning finally answers—or at the very least alludes too—we’re once again left with a dozen more.

The Verdict:

If the cliffhanger of Faefever was shocking, Moning’s done it again with gusto. Shocking hardly comes close. I’ve so many words for Dreamfever: deeper, darker, more complex, dangerous, beautiful and broken. It’s exactly what the series was always meant to be. Moning has finally pulled everything together and we’re just starting to see the bigger picture.

Where Moning could possibly take the next book, I can hardly imagine. Old enemies remain, and new dangers in the form of shady allies emerge. The stakes have always been high, but the danger and forboding is a constant in Dreamfever. The world has changed, and so have the rules. Dreamfever is one big infuriatingly cryptic riddle. The answer to which is just within sight.

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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  1. Don't you just love when there is real character growth over the course of a series? I DO! And it sounds like Karen has pulled that off brilliantly with Mac. I love watching how the main character has visibly changed over multiple novels. AND YOU'RE STILL QUESTIONING BARRONS. I LOVE THIS. LOVE IT. 4th novel in and WTFing over him? Author has talent.

    This series clearly gets better and better with each book. I can only imagine what your review for Shadowfever is going to be like!

    1. YES! YES YES YES!
      And it's AMAZING!
      AND OMG. Barrons? I was questioning him until the final book. I SWEAR. He's... ugh! I want to shake him... except I think he'd kill me O___O

      It DOES get better. And darker! And I don't even know how that's POSSIBLE :S

  2. If I remember correctly, this is my favorite book by far. What Mac goes through and how Barrons helps her is just jaw dropping. I LOVE Dani and getting to see the book in her point of view for a bit. I did miss Barrons though. I think after this Mac is finally who she was meant to be. I really have to give props to Moning because I have never seen an author finish so many books with almost no answers to the many questions readers have and still fans crave more. Totally jelly of her talent.

    1. YESSSS! Ooooh, and I was SO mad at Mac for not trusting Barrons, and accusing him of taking advantage, even though she remembers all the tenderness, and even--to an extent--vulnerability, he shows her. YES. It's HERE that Mac becomes who she was meant to be, and it sucks that she had to suffer what she did to get there.

      "I really have to give props to Moning because I have never seen an author finish so many books with almost no answers to the many questions readers have and still fans crave more. Totally jelly of her talent." HELL YES! EXACTLY!

  3. "Dreamfever is a very different creature from its forebears."

    This is the perfect sentence to describe this book. I remember being almost shell-shocked at how different the tone of Dreamfever felt from the other books, but then I realized that that was probably exactly how Mac was feeling at times as well, and I appreciated Karen Marie Moning all the more for being able to recreate that feeling in me as a reader!

    1. Hehe! Thanks Natalie! It's just... it's SO different. I mean, Mac has changed, but now that the walls are down, the whole world has... Dublin and it's 'craic filled streets' were such a character in the earlier books, and it's like Dublin was a character, and it died...

      "I appreciated Karen Marie Moning all the more for being able to recreate that feeling in me as a reader!"

      YES! What KMM has done with these books is AMAZING. I mean, romance novelists get a lot of rubbish, and--don't get me wrong, I'm not calling the Fever series PNR, they're PURE UF--but I loved seeing an author who cut her teeth in the genre prove them all wrong :D

  4. I've heard a lot of really good things about this series so I'm really curious to try it out for myself at some point.

    1. Oh, Rebecca, it's GOOD. SO addictive. I recommend reading them all back to back and going crazy ;D

  5. Well if you liked this series than I have high hopes that I will too! I only skimmed the review so I don't find out too much before reading book 1!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    1. *nods* good idea :D
      My reviews before this one are spoiler free, but there is no way to talk about this one without talking about something HUGE that happenened in the last ;D

      They're definitely not YA, but I LOVE them.

  6. Reply to your reply: I know, at this point it did frustrate me when Mac didn't trust Barrons. I mean COME ON. He did EVERYTHING (okay I just went to some naughty thoughts) to bring her back and you just can't fake the true emotions that he showed in what she remembered of the whole incident.

    1. *snort*
      Hell YES! He did everything imaginable.
      And then some things not entirely imaginable, but that are a lot of fun to try XD

      THANK YOU. EXACTLY. Just. UGH. I LOVED it, but it was frustrating. It just made Shadowfever that much sweeter, though ;D

  7. Awesome review, Sarah! I love that this book managed to have you guessing. It sounds awesome and I can't actually wait to get started on this series (I haven't read them yet - Don't give me that look!) I promise I will soon! :D

    1. Mwaha! It's fine, the only people I judge for not having yet read a series are the ones who tell me that series is Harry Potter ;D

      Seriously, the Fever series kept getting better and better. It was AWESOME :D

  8. Oh my gosh, I seriously LOVE your Fever reviews. They give me goose-bumps and those creepy shudders when I go back to remember the darkness and intensity the series is going towards... I so can't wait to hear what you think of the final installment! Awesome, AWESOME review. o:

    1. Eeee! Thank you! I seriously loved reading and reviewing them! The books are SOOOO good!

      Oh goodness... Shadowfever is the best in the whole series!!

  9. "I could wax poetic about the delicious, cryptic, maddening Barrons for hours..." <-- L. O. L!! x) If it wasn't enough that you already gave me the fever to want to read these books (one that's increasing like crazy in temperature every time I read your reviews!), I want to pull up a chair and listen to you go on for hours about this Barron character! He sounds so yummy! x)

    Feverishly amazing review, Sarah the super-duper-sweet bear-a!! :)

    P.S. Ignore my attempts at being punny LOL -- it's almost midnight here, but I just couldn't help but read your review before I called it a night! <3 (Which, as it turns out, is NOT the best plan if you want to bring your excitement levels down.)

    1. Aahhhh! Mimi! You seriously made me giggle! Thank yoooou!

      And NO! I shall not ignore your attempts at being funny, because they're adorable and HILARIOUS! *hugs* You made my day XD

      Hmmm... for my next feat: write a boring review to put Mimi to sleep XD

  10. Is Shadowfever the last book or is there going to be more? Because, from what I've read, of your reactions to each one, I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU CAN STAND IT. The cliffhangers, the crazy changes, the crazy love triangle, GEEZUS SPICE. Too much to bear. *tears at hair*

    I hope you like the next one even more, though, Sarah. And DEF. let me know if it's the last one.


    1. Shadowfever is the last book in the Fever series (there are 5), but KMM's announced she's writing a spinoff series, with one of the key characters in the series. Dani... and 14 year old Sidhe-seer with cool superpowers :D

      She's also promised another couple of books about Mac and Barrons, so that should be SUPER cool, but the main arc is kind of tied up nicely in Shadowfever :D

      Asher, I kid you not, the last in the series was my favorite. It was AMAZING. OMG, the TENSION... AAAAAAAAAH!

  11. I loved this .... " I could wax poetic about the delicious, cryptic, maddening Barrons for hours, but with Mac’s evolution has come independence."

    I can not tell you how many discussions I had with sooooo many people regarding Barron's and V'Lane and that bloody enourmous amount of mysteries...I have never talked so much about a series...this was before Shadowfever was released and nobody knew any answers and we were all discussing and discussing. Kind of a book reading highlight was the enthusiasm that everybody had as none of us knew any answers.

    Wonderfully written review.

    I can't wait for Iced, Burned and Flayed...Dani's spinoff and the 2 Barron's and I assume Mac extra books . There is a book coming out soon that Karen has written and it's not the one that says Fever on front..another one, darn can I think of it's name...nope. I saw it on Heroes and Heartbreakers blog.

    Oh this is one of my fave series. So glad you are enjoying it. I am entering this comp because generous me leant all my paperbacks out as I was just getting all my friends to read this series...and they look very sad now. Same with BDB , they look very sad now too. Bindings wrinkled...:(

    But my friends enjoyed reading and that's the main thing:D


    p.s. You gotta I think take notes with Shadowfever...lots of answers!!! hehe!!

    1. Awww, Michelle, thank you!
      Oh, seriously. I read the books back-to-back in a week, but I've been spacing publishing the reviews. If I had have read them before Shadowfever was published, I would have DIED. I can't believe how many unanswered questions she managed to keep to the last book. It's crazy! If it were me writing, I would have crumbled and started showiung my cards :D

      I am SO excited for the new books! I'm not... I'm not entirely sure about Dani as the protagonist, but then again, I wasn't entirely sure about the Fever series before I started reading. Err... yeah. Egg on face.

      AAAH! And as for the wrinkled paperbacks? UGH! I hate that! I've leant my Night Huntress books out a few times, and they look pathetic... as do my Soulless books, from Gail Carigger :(

      Seriously, I want to give everyone a copy... and Shadowfever? ASFDAKSDGJAGDGHFS! I've, err... re-read that garage scene more times than it's probably proper to admit :P

      And the answers! FINALLY! SO MANY! But what you don't realise at first is how many more questions she poses! :O

      Also, I kind of of love DEB/SK. I want more :D

  12. ha!! Just saw MIMI liked same quote from ur review...see...it was a great quote:D


  13. I know you usually don't participate in these things but I still had to give it to you. Cuz I lurrrv your blog sooo much. hehe

    I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. Take a look if you would like to participate in passing this award around to bloggers you like: http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/2012/03/this-blog-won-versatile-blogger-award.html

  14. Dear! you were cheap with the stars! this whole series deserve 10000 of them XD LOL!

    HOLY COW! I cant wait to read your reaction to Shadowfever OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I totally agree with the mystery part. OMG! seriously, this series have SO much stuff in it!! You'll get to know everythig in the final book my dear. OMFG! enjoy it! you will finally get to know what the hell is sexy Barrons!! aaaaaaaaaah!!

    enjoy! and drool!! omg!!!

    1. Mwahaha! Awww, now I feel bad. OMFG. Shadowfever? TOTALLY 5 STARS.

      I'm kind of giddy. FINALLY finding out about Barrons. It's like coming up for air after suffocating under water. THANK YOU. FINALLY! I've re-read that garage scene SO. MANY. TIMES.
      But I still want to know the HOW of what Barrons is, now I know the WHAT ;D

  15. I don't even know how to explain how much I love your (Fever) reviews! I mean, I love all of them, but the Fever reviews are absolutely amazing!

    1. Awww! Patricia! THANK YOU!
      You know, I LOVE writing reviews for series, for some reason. I tend to read them back-to-back, so when I write reviews, it's like ther flow? They're easier for me to write than for standalones, or for series installments I've had to wait a year for :D

  16. Ahhhhhhh I'm loving that you're adoring this series. <3 <3 <3 YOU'RE MAKING ME CRAVE IT LIKE CRAZY. fhdsufhsdaodhu. Need these books NOWWW.

    The plot just sounds so AWESOME and CRAZY and INTERESTING and gah. I just can't describe my emotions here. I can't wait until you read the last book. :D ENJOY IT BB. IT'S THE LAAAAAAST ONE!

    1. Allliiiiiice! THANK YOU! LOVE IT SO BAAAAAD.
      I LOVED the last book. It was my favorite in the series. I swear :D

  17. OMG! This book is really nice. But I still want to buy a Darkfever first. I don't want to be spoiled. :))

    1. Yep, DEFINITELY read the series first, and in order. They seriously get better as they go on :D



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