Monday, May 15, 2017

Fever Series by Karen M Moning- 4.5 stars

Shadowfever- bookish letter can be found at GlimpsesOfMe on Etsy
This series was completely new to me. Until a few weeks ago I had never heard of it before (or of the author). I found out about it through a customer on my etsy shop. For those who don't know, I paint book covers on wooden book letters. She wanted book 5 - Shadowfever (see pic) on one of her letters. 
I did not have high expectations, which sometimes is a good thing I suppose. It turns out, this is a very good series. I was highly immersed in its story and curious about how it would evolve from the gecko. 

The first book, Darkfever, was contagious. The series has crime, fantasy, passion, folklore, mystery.... it is fast paced and never predictable. 
The world building is great too. I don't recall any other book with a world quite like it. 
I dare you not to be intrigued with this story from the very first few lines: "My philosophy is pretty simple- any day nobody is trying to kill me is a good day in my book. I haven't had many good days lately." The main character goes through hell and -not back- through the first book. Her sister dies, she finds out things about herself, her sister and her family that throw her reality out of the window. Through it all she perseveres. With the help of the ever so rude Jericho Barons. He is very self-contained. Everything he says has meaning and purpose. Perhaps rude is not the right word... he is hard, tough, but not (with her anyway) with the intention to hurt, the intention is to teach Mac that her pink pretty life is not real. 

In the second book we get a look a new characters, new players... Mac and Barons are very much still the 'main event' but it is nice to get to know more about the world around them. In some ways, the second book is better than the first because of that. Our world grows! Giving the story room to grow with it. I am certain there was a great amount of planing in this series.
My only issue with the second book is the unresolved tension between Mac and Barrons. It started to get on my nerves half way through. The exact same is true on the third book. But the ending... oh my gosh the ending!!! Make sure you have the 4th book at hand when you get close to the end of the 3rd. It has an epic cliffhanger! And than, also make sure you have the 5th book, because the cliffhanger on the 4th is even worse! I went online and found a free preview of the first chapter because I HAD to know who...... (ahhh... you thought I was gonna tell yah hey?! LOL)
So, Dreamfever- the 4th book... After the 3rd book I was little discouraged. Even though the ending was great I was worried the story would not be as good as the others again. I was wrong! Mac grows a LOT in this book. By this point you will think Mac has gone through hell and back, wrong. There is still a lot more that can go wrong for her. 
V'lane (you will have met him a few books back) will have grown on you by this point. And there will be one scene that will break your heart. 
All other books in this series are great, but book 4 is by far the best. The ending is going to crush your soul (if you can see ahead and know exactly who the beast is).
Seriously... I was going to get the 5th book at the library and decided to buy on kindle instead because I just HAD to know what would happen next. Book 4 was intoxicating.
Shadowfever, the 5th book (and what was once upon the time supposed to be the last book in the series) was EPIC! What an amazing ending!
The author has written other books that follow up on loose ends, but the ending is perfect as it is. Only last week I finished reading acowar by Sarah J Maas and complained that the ending was unfulfilling. That she left it too open in order to write new books....well, although I love Sarah she needs a lesson on endings from KMM! There were many unanswered questions, but not enough to leave you feeling empty and unfulfilled by the series. It was absolutely perfect. I will eventually read the other books, but I loved it as it is as well. Perfection!  


All in all, my only complaint is that KMM repeats herself in every book in order to offer the reader a catch up. I'm sure that was nice for those who were reading the books as they came out, but for me, reading it one after the other, it was very very annoying. Luckily it was easy to just skip those parts. 

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