Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Shadowfever (Fever #5), Karen Marie Moning + GIVEAWAY

Title: Shadowfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning (author website)
Release Date: Jan. 18 2011 by Delacorte Press
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star4 star5 star

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow(fever)


Buckle up, girls and guys. Shadowfever’s here, and Moning finally delivers everything she’s promised... and then some.

From Goodreads:
“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.

With three billion people dead, the walls still down between Faery and earth, Mac has lost everything. Her sister, her home, her identity, her world, and now it seems the one remaining thread tethering her to what’s left of it. Bitter, jaded, and now as ruthless as her mentor, Mac will stop at nothing to find the cursed Sinsar Dubh, and bring an end to the Fae madness that has taken over the planet. But nothing’s as easy as it seems, and Mac must get to the bottom of a million-year old network of lies, deceit, prophecy and mythology to discover who she is, and who to trust, all while fighting to stay alive long enough to complete her task. More than ever, Mac must uncover answers: Who and where is the Unseelie King? Where is the Seelie Queen? What really happened to the concubine who set this whole series of tragedies in motion, and caused the Sinsar Dubh to be brought into creation? Mac may just be the only person with the answer.

Wow.

With the final page closed on the Fever series, and looking back at the journey as a whole, I can honestly say I’d never imagined it would wind up here. When Pink Mac, or Mac 1.0, as she calls her old self, first stumbled, grieving her sister, through the craic-filled streets of Dublin, I don’t imagine she did either. I remember that Barbie-girl, and I remember wanting to shake her. Shallow and selfish, over-confident and outright silly, that girl is gone. Mac is battle-scarred, jaded and bitter, but she’s learned that “Hope strengthens, [and] Fear kills”, and she clings to that adage. Mac’s been brutalized, tortured, betrayed, and manipulated countless times, but rather than letting it destroy her, she’s let it build her, shape her into a stronger, better, version of herself. I can’t believe the girl I could barely stand in Darkfever is now one of my favorite characters. Mac is one of the best examples of character growth I’ve seen in literature. Ever. She’s unrecognizable from her old self.

That’s not to say this book isn’t a journey for her. When we open the page on Shadowfever, we find a stricken, broken woman, overwhelmed with towering grief and fury. That fury and grief turns to cold resolve, and that resolve leads to one hell of a journey.

In Shadowfever, the players become clear. We finally see the true faces of the good guys, the bad guys, and the questions we’ve been asking, the riddles we’ve been agonizing over for four long, brilliant books are finally, finally, finally answered. Infuriating, cryptic Jericho Barrons. Pernicious Sidhe-Seer Grand Mistress, Rowena. Fae Prince, V’lane. Mac herself. Who and what she is. All is revealed. And despite an obsession rivaling Mac’s own when it comes to the question of Jericho Barrons, it’s perhaps the question of Mac herself that is Shadowfever’s biggest mystery and revelation.

And finally, after hundreds and hundreds of pages of the most electric, palpable, frustrating sexual tension I’ve ever read, we get satisfaction. Real satisfaction. I almost expected disappointment. How could anything possibly live up to the towering build-up? Disappointment? Not a drip, not a drop. Jericho Barrons is neither hero nor anti-hero. He just is. One of the most prickly, acerbic, powerfully sexual and utterly compelling characters I’ve ever read, well, I never expected him to break my heart. Barrons and Mac are a match forged in the fires of hell, and cooled in the springs of heaven. Believe me when I say the wait has been worth it.

The Verdict:

Through five books, and over many hundreds of pages, Karen Marie Moning has built a world as dangerous, broken and terrifying as it is seductive, beautiful and compelling. She’s populated it with characters I love and loathe. She’s given it depth and painted it in colors beyond imagination. With the dozens of questions, cryptic clues, and frustrating mysteries she’s created over the series, I wasn’t sure how she could possibly wrap the series up, and deliver a satisfying dénouement. I don’t know what to say beyond, well, she does. Has Shadowfever left me with questions? Of course. Good books allow you to think for yourself. To imagine futures, and worlds and possibilities beyond a final, finished page. But has Moning delivered the satisfaction I longed for? The answers I needed? Yes, and then some.

The most sexually-charged installment of the series on a whole, Shadowfever delivers. I can’t possibly imagine the series ending any other way. Mac’s world will never be the same, nor will she. Yet despite unimaginable loss, tragedy, and heartache... they might just be better. Five books, one apocalypse, billions of dead, and an inter-dimensional war later, I still have the Fever.

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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34 comments:

  1. Oh, man! I've heard such amazing things about this series! It's fantastic that Moning has written a series that consistently delivers good content. Great review! :)
    Lauren

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    1. AGREED COMPLETELY.
      The series is SO addictive, and--for me--it actually got better as it went along! Thanks, Lauren!

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  2. I just finished the series, and I am pleased with how it ended. I loved seeing Barrons have fun with Mac. Did you read that Moning will return to the series when she finishes the spin-off?

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    1. Yes! I love the bits where you actually see Mac and Barrons genuinely enjoy each others company... I still remember that bit where he paints her nails when her arm's broken? ;D

      YES! I have heard about the spin-off... seriously intrigued. Dani wasn't my favorite character, but I'm intrigued nonetheless--I think she'll make a great protagonist :D

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  3. Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Saz! It sounds like a series I need to read :)

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  4. Best. Review. EVER. Yes! You've yet again captured everything, every emotion, I feel about the series, and especially this book. It's simply...thought provoking (and provoking in other ways too heh heh heh) and I just adore it. I feel like nothing is an accident in these books; KMM led us around by the nose, giving us tantalizing little tastes of everything we wanted, but not the whole bite, until the very end. And even then, it's not enough. It's NEVER ENOUGH. Halloween and ICED can't come fast enough. :)
    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

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    1. EEEEE! Thanks Jenn!
      Mwahaha! Yesss... thought provoking... and... hmmm *re-reads garage scene* THOUGHT provoking. YES :D

      CAN'T WAIT FOR ICED, EITHER!!! :D

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  5. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!! Oh my gosh, Sarah, I was waiting for this review and I'm so happy that it's here!! <3 Every time I read more of your Fever-gushing, my TBR pile order was rearranged because it sounds so absolutely amazing, but I was wondering where the final fifth star was hiding... so it makes me grin from ear to ear that it has finally arrived! :D I already feel like I've gone through a tough and terrible and exciting journey with Mac, and I think she definitely deserves that final star! :)

    Sarah-bara, I honestly don't know how you always manage to squeeze so much awesomeness into one post! AMAZING REVIEW! :) <3

    P.S. I love love LOVE how you say "dénouement" with a French accent! We had a debate about it in English class the other day, and I'm aaaaall for it! ;)

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    1. Mimi! AAAAAAH! Thank yooooou!
      Mwahaha! OK, seriously, I try to be kind of stingy with my 5-stars, because 5 is like... perfect, right? It's like how Lord of the Rings never got its Academy Award until the final one... so the fifth star is kind of for this book, and for the series?

      I mean, if 5 is P E R F E C T, I want the books I mark 5 to BE perfect... and I LOVE each book in this series, and I'd 5-star the series, but... errr... does that make any sense?

      MIMI! SERIOUSLY! I can't get over how much I just ENJOYED this series! It was wonderful!

      Mwahaha! Dénouement! OK, seriously? I think I wrote that bit on my phone, and it added it in for me with autocorrect... but I'm all for french accents whenever I can get away with them, so WIN :D

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  6. HOLY CRAP, SARAH. I totally feel for you. I didn't realize there were going to be TWO MORE sequels.

    But, the way you write this one... sounds ominous, like emotions are going to be wrung and punched and clawed open. I can't even imagine being in Mac's position at this point. She sounds so broken yet strong. That kind of the pulls at the heartstrings.

    AND WHAT DO YOU MEAN JERICHO BREAKS YOUR HEART?! No way! I mean, satisfaction aside, which I imagine was very... imaginative and sexy and wonderful, WHAT DID HE DO? I feel like I've been reading this series with you. AHH!

    And that's because you paint such a picture with your reviews, Sarah. I'm living through it and experiencing everything you felt and were exposed to. You're awesome! This review is AWESOME!

    Asher

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    1. Mahaha! YES! MORE BOOOOOKS! But the initial story-arc is tied up nice and neatly here :)

      "But, the way you write this one... sounds ominous, like emotions are going to be wrung and punched and clawed open."
      Hmm... yes. Basically :D

      But don't get me wrong: this has the BEST ending. Oh my goodness, I've rarely been so pleased with a book.

      As for Barrons breaking my heart... hm... OK, we find out about his history, and what's made him who and what he is. THAT broke my heart ;D

      Eeee! Thank you, Asher! ♥♥♥

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  7. I wish, I wish, I wish I could feel the same way. Don't get me wrong, this is one of the best, most raw, most savage series ever written. It was a thrill-ride to say the least. Every book just sucked me in and in and in. And do we get answers, hell yes. But I felt it lacked in some areas. For me, I felt like with all the build up with what Mac is and how she is pivotal in saving the world, she really didn't do much in the end. That bothered me the most. Maybe if I read the books one after the other I might have felt different. I know that sometimes makes the difference.

    "Jericho Barrons is neither hero nor anti-hero. He just is. One of the most prickly, acerbic, powerfully sexual and utterly compelling characters I’ve ever read"

    I couldn't have said it better myself. Best character ever. And Mac's growth is just amazing. No one will ever be able to deny that Moning is a master as character development.

    I still loved your beautiful review. You said everything that needed to be said. :)

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    1. Awwww, Jen, I'm sorry you didn't love it as much as I did... I mean... after back-to-backing the series, it was SUCH a satisfying conclusion... but I think the experience you get from reading a series that way, as opposed to waiting is SO different.

      OK, true story: when I read the Twilight books, I read the b2b over 5 days. When I read Breaking Dawn, I LOVED it, because after all that tension and build and nerves and angst, I was just so relieved to have a happy ending. I just watched the movie, and spent the entire thing either rolling my eyes in disgust, or laughing hysterically. And the movie is JUST like the book. NOT. VERY. GOOD. The way I read the books TOTALLY affected how I felt about the books.

      Having said that, I REALLY did love Shadowfever. I DO get there'd be dissapointment, because there are still so many unanswered question, and after EVERYTHING that happens, basically XXXXXX rocks up, XXXXX reveals who they were all along, and everything's sorted out with Mac doing... nothing. Much. Hmmm... seriously good point, though... I'm fascinated... and I'm still obsessed with that garage scene >:D

      Did you still like it at the end of the day? I just stalked you on Goodreads to find out, but I couldn't find your rating :(

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  8. So how excited are you now for Iced, the first book in the trilogy written from Dani's point of view? It better be fekking awesome!:D

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    1. ADALKGHSFHDFAHDAHKAGDJHFASHGSDGS!
      *jumps up and down*
      *screams*
      *SPINS*

      That's about how excited I am XD
      I'm a bit... Dani wasn't my fave character. I forgive her completely for... you know... I'm not angry at her... but yeah.

      I wonder if the title Iced has something to do with a certain frozen... err... yes :D
      *sings*I'm so excited! That I just can't hide it!*sings*

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  9. OMG OMG OMG OMG YES YOU'VE FINALLY GIVEN A BOOK IN THIS SERIES 5 STARS! *fist pump* AWESOME. :D

    Okay...I'm refraining myself from reading any of the review since I don't want spoilers since I havent' read this series yet but EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK. I am so excited to get into this world and I am SO GLAD that you loved it this much! *glomps*

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    1. HEHEHE! I LOVED it, Alice! I so hope you do, tooooo! ♥

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  10. DAMN, SARAH. I have LOVED your reviews for this series. I honestly can't remember the last time I read an adult novel/series, it's been YA YA YA YA for many years now, but oh my gosh do you have me wanting to pick up some UF novels! This series in particular, I have got to get around to eventually because wow... it's been a journey just reading your REVIEWS. I can't imagine waht the actual novels will do to me.

    And YOU FINALLY LEARN WHAT THE FRACKING DEAL WITH BARRONS IS?! HOOZAH! :D And the mystery of Mac is ever so intriguing, despite that I've never met her. AUSIHDSJD GAH. I might go check out an excerpt of the first novel tomorrow... your goddamn reviews are amazing and incredible and you somehow keep managing to top yourself and I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT.

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    1. ASDAKHSHFHG! Brodie, I swear, if my ego was fueled by your comment love alone, it could go to the moon and back a few dozen times over :D

      YES! BARRONS! FINALLY! I kind of can't believe how addicted I got to this series. I'd felt like I was in a bit of a reading slump, and honestly, I started the first book because I was... slumpy... and didn't expect to like it, but at least then I wouldn't be ruining a book I was really looking forward to? It was AMAZING.

      THANK YOOOOOU! ♥♥♥

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  11. Brilliant review! I'm glad you thought this was a good end to a series you love. And the most sexually-charged, you say? ;) WHY haven't I started this series already?! *eyes TBR mountain*

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    1. Mwaha! I totally have this visual of you opening your bedroom door, and books exploding out into the hallway XD

      I know how you feel about that TBR, but seriously. SO. GOOD O__O

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  12. Once again I bow to your review skills. I totally agree with you on everything - esp that mac is one of the best examples of character growth. She's seriously one of my fav characters, instead of letting everything she goes through tear her down, she uses the bricks in the rubble she's left with to build herself anew. I LOVED Shadowfever, and I seriously CANNOT wait for Iced.. I'm with you- 5 books later and I've got the Fever, almost hotter than ever.
    Jericho and Mac are probably one of my fav "couples" ever. KMM is a fricken genius.

    I could really go on forever and ever.. OH my fav side character in the last book K'VRUCK! I'm seriously gonna make a button that says nightwindflyhighfreeeee and express my love for K'Vruck. I just LOVE that (and THIS IS A SPOILER SORT OF FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN"T READ IT) that Mac fears the hunters almost more than anything else.. and yet they help Jericho in a way no one else can, and I just fell in love with K'Vruck so much :D <33333

    April @My Shelf Confessions

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    1. AGREED! AGREED! AGREED!

      My fave couples are now:

      1. Cat and Bones
      2. Anna and Etienne
      3. Mac and Barrons
      4. Rose and Dimka

      I SWEAR. LOVE. Oh goodness... Barrons... YES :D

      AND K'VRUCK! OMFG! I K'VRUCKING LOVE K'VRUCK!

      My favorite line from Shadowfever: "We're K'vrucked."

      MWAHAHA!

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  13. Hey why havent I read thsi series yet, I mean for real? *pouts* *runs to the book depo* ME. WANT. eeeh sounds so good I mean 5 stars? damn! gotta have the first book first. x Great review Sarah as always. <3 x

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    1. I LOVED it, Lalaine! And it got better and better as it went along! Amazering!

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  14. I love this series, I can't wait till later on in the year when the Dani O'Malley spin-off is released 3 books in that series and then after they are released there'll be two more in the Fever series.
    Yay more Jericho Barrons!

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    1. Oh, I am SO excited for the Dani books! But even more excited for more Fever books. MORE MAC AND BARRONS! HELL YES!

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  15. Awesome review..this series keeps popping up everywhere but I never get the chance to read it!! Hopefully one day soon I can :D

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  16. I'm one of those that got stuck after reading Darkfever. I read it and was like, "Wah happened?? Where's my ending??" So I just put the series aside. Then everyone was raving on and on so I kept buying the series, yada yada...

    So, you think I should give it try again, huh?? LOL!! You know I'm going to skewer Mac if she mentions her pink nailpolish, right??

    Btw - awesome review ;)

    -Kristin @myparahangover

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    1. Aw, yeah, I fully understand that. Honestly? It took me MONTHS to get through the first two chapters of DF. HATED it. I read the thing with a sneer, and I was totally judging Mac... but I later found out Mac's... err... pain in the assness? Was the point... I seriously wound up LOVING the series, and I I actually grew to LOVE the pink and the nailpolish as it became this kind of... symbol of clinging to who she was, and what she's lost? EPIC. I hope you enjoy it if you give it another gooO!

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  17. Ohhhh! I'm... speechless. I dunno what to say but YES. And I agree with you 100%. Shadowfever was a PERFECT ending to the series and I absolutely loved it. You make me want to go back to this book and re-read it again... Gosh, how I miss the strong emotions this book makes you feel... Awesome review, as always!

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  18. SARAH!!!

    My fave quote of your review

    "And finally, after hundreds and hundreds of pages of the most electric, palpable, frustrating sexual tension I’ve ever read, we get satisfaction. Real satisfaction. "

    YES!!

    I so do love this series!!!

    Again , it brings back memories reading your review. I feel like I want to start this whole series again , before Iced comes out.

    Up above you have your fave couples.

    Who is Anna and Etienne from? I don't know this couple, I may have to look into them.

    :D:D

    Michelle

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  19. Really random and nothing at all to do with the post, but the cover if this looks like one of Georgia O'Keefe's paintings about lady bits.

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