09 September 2009

Review: Karen Moning - Dreamfever

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Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1 edition (August 18, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385341652
ISBN-13: 978-0385341653
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 Lord Master’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.…

!!!The synopsis above & review can contain small spoilers!!!

After closing Dreamfever I must say that Karen Moning is the Queen of torturing the reader’s patience in the best of ways. It is both frustrating as it gives ultimate pleasure. It reveals that what I longed to know as it also adds new mysteries. It catches up on all the characters I came to love and hate as it also introduces new ones and I am loving it. I confess that I am not a patient woman, I often want instant gratification, I want to know it all in one book and it mystifies me that Karen Moning has been able to hold my attention and my readers loyalty and love for 4 consecutive years without one real conclusion.

I believe it largely lies within the fact that I have attached myself to many characters that make up the Fever world. Mac is the foundation of every book as it is written from the first person point of view. She has her own lingo, I will never think of petunia as only a flower, she is the inventor of the MacHalo, she has gone from all girly girl in pink to a strong, self reliable woman who is in search for many answer to intricate questions. At the end of Faefever all I could think of was how was she going to manage, but Mac did, she showed a resilience that is born from hardship, from willpower, to fight for herself and the ones who matter the most to her. From the ending of Faefever and the first chapters in Dreamfever Mac 4.0 dawned. No more Ms. Nice, she wanted answers, she wanted to kick ass and she was going for it full force.

I was right beside her, charging in to get me some answers too but then things got complicated again with the Sidhe-Seers, with Barrons, V‘Lane, Ryodan and LM. Who said getting the answers were easy? Rowena, the Grand Mistress of the Sidhe-Seers isn’t budging for Mac’s questions and she really got under my skin. Rowena aggravated me with her closed off attitude and at the same time I pondered in what she is up to. What is her reasoning behind all that she is hiding, for in my mind there must be reasons; why else keep Mac from the holy Sidhe grail? V‘Lane is no longer only a devilishly charming Death-By-Sex Fae and full of himself, something serious crept in to him, and with the renewed Mac their relationship alters. V’Lane is a Fae mystery and he is one of those unknown factors that makes you want to unravel it all. He genuinely seems to care for Mac and tries to help her only, there are more strings that yank at him and I wonder what his part really is in the overall plot arc. If there aren’t already enough intricately layered characters in the Fever world Ryodan had to step up to the plate and expand his presence within Dreamfever. He is blunt, apparently on Barrons side, very powerful and part of a group that adds to the “whose side are you on and where do I place you” riddle.

If V’Lane is a mystery than Barrons is a mystery wrapped within an enigma. When Mac went Pri-Ya I thought I would get to know another side of Barrons and while I got slivers of events, images and emotions I was so hungry for more. This is where I got frustrated, this is where my impatience started to rise its head and Karen Moning worked my fascination for this man like no tomorrow. Barrons only became more intriguing, more intricate, more mysterious, more tightlipped-in control-you-will-do-as-I-say-when-I-say-it-Mss. Lane. Until there were moments he wasn’t all that in control, or just plain allowed Mac to rummage in his memory, which is always a possibility too with Barrons. I never got enough of the man and at the same time love the feel he is giving me in this series with the fact I still have so much to look forward to. Of slowly peeling the layers of him and find out what is hidden at the core, what and who he truly is. Mac and Barrons, Barrons and Mac, how they move in this dark compelling, sensuous dance of which they are learning the steps as they go along. There exists something between them that is very unique and one of the reasons what makes me return to this world and series every single time.

The character development is going hand in hand with the plot. Now the plot is moving along, not too slowly that my interest may be lost. But not too quickly either so my thirst for all the answers is instantly quenched and the character development might lose its impact. It is an formidable place Karen Moning is keeping me in as I remain engaged to all that is going on with the characters. It made me want to read Dreamfever fast and slow at the same time. Fast, as to find out all Moning was willing to give me yet slow to let me savor every detail and nuance of the plot and dialogues. Of course there is also action but at times the story was very dialogue driven and Mac was meeting each opponent head on. Still, when there was action to be had, it exploded from the pages and I could see in my mind’s eye; the Sidhe-Seer’s invading Dublin, kicking various creatures petunia left and right.

As I was nearing the end the stakes raised another notch and I got to meet Christian MacKeltar again. I really would like to hear his story. He is just such a MacKeltar and I can’t get enough of these Celtic Druids. As with every Fever book Karen Moning ends with a cliff hanger of gigantic proportions and all I am saying is that I refuse, I just flat-out refuse to believe what is implied in the ending of Dreamfever. Of course now I just want book five or pick Moning’s brain, either one would be fine and just as impossible to get.

I got it all with Dreamfever, I was instantly sucked in the vortex of the Fever world with a renewed Mac to meet. I got thriving action, passion and sizzling dialogues, I got a step ahead in the overall plot arc and I got Fae magic in all its forms. It was an exciting chapter in Mac’s tale and I look forward to its conclusion. Dreamfever gives it all to the urban-fantasy reader.

Quote Mac:
“You are the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen,” I tell him.
“You are perfect.”
He makes a strangled sound and mutters something about how I might seriously reconsider that at some point. I ignore it. He says many mystifying things. I ignore them all. I admire the prenatural grace of his body. Dark, strong, he pads like a great beast, muscles rippling. Black and crimson symbols cover much of his skin. It’s exotic, exciting. He is large. The first time I almost couldn’t take him. He fills me, sates me completely. Until he is no longer inside me and I am empty again.

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  1. Hi :)
    Thank you for a great review.
    DREAMFEVER sounds intriguing and it is on my ToBeRead list now.
    All the best,

  2. Hey, great job. You kept me interested but didn't ruin anything for me. I appreciate that LOL. I think I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and get this book!

  3. I've heard so much about this series, and I confess, I've been intrigued but two things hold me back...the romance, and the hussy factor. Think there's enough of both in there to satisfy this hussy?

  4. I kind of jumped it all in fear of spoilers :)
    I must finish my podcast or read that e-book

  5. Leontine,

    Wonderful review. I'm glad you enjoyed this book - it is one of my favorite series and I have Dreamfever on my tbr shelf. :)


  6. Great review. You got all the characters summed up perfectly, and Barrons...shivers...I just love the drama between him and Mac. At one point I want everything to be over already and for them to just get together, but on the other hand, I like all the excitement being hyped up between them. I've already got Shadowfever's release date on my calendar. I Hate Waiting.

  7. Wonderful review - you really got into all the things that make this series one of my all-time favorites. Ms. Moning kills me with her cliffhangers! And, Barrons *swoons*, I liked his character before, this book made me fall in love (can you do that with a fictional character?).

  8. @RK Charron,the Fever world is really an exhilirating world to explore :)

    @Stacy, Oh, I am so glad it didn't give away too much. Sometimes I think something might be a spoiler and post a warning above review.

    @Sophie, there isn't much romance but a fabulous chemistry between barrons and Mac and between mac and V'Lane in a different but exciting way too. There isn't much physical sexuality found but their is a rich sensuous overall vibe.

    I don't think it is going to satisfy your inner hussy :)

    @Blodeuedd, thanks for stopping by girl :D

    @Michelle, KMM has not let me down and am completely absorbed by each book she dishes out.

    @Jam, release date Shadowfever??!!! Spill girl, share the details, I didn't think a release date would be out there yet.

  9. @Patti, Yes you can fall in love with a character! We all have our crushes on a few fictional characters, so welcome, you have achieved another step in to the wonderful world of reading books *grin*

  10. This does sound really good. I think I will have to start this series at some point. Thanks for the great review :)

  11. Oh..what to say. Barrons is such a well written character. I seriously obsess over him. It killed me to read the distrust between him and Mac after part one. I became frustrated with it..I have 100% faith in KMM..but I am having anxiety over the final book. And I still have a year to wait:)

    I loved savage Mac...have a ton of questions about Christian.

    Want to know who the fourth concealed prince is!

    Was she ever in some sort of dream state? I mean, the book is called dreamfever...at the end..was she in a weird dream place?

  12. Leontine, thanks for the honesty! Chemistry works, but I have to be in the right frame of mind to read something like this. I'll keep it on my radar in case I ever feel like reading something like this!

  13. I probably need to seek therapy with my unhealthy obsession with this series... seriously KMM is such a tease, I wants to read the last book now! I need closure on the Mac+Barrons scenario. Great Review, I've been waiting till you finished this book so we can geek out together *hug*!

  14. Wonderful review Leontine! This one sounds amazing. I have heard such great things about KMM (and was majorly inspired by your KMM week) I really do have to get my tush in gear and get more of her books including this one! I did get a few the other day woohooo something to look forward too if I can ever get to moving faster on my TBR pile now lol! Dang RL interfering with my reading time again!!!

  15. @Book Chick City - I really hope you're going to give this series a go :)

    @Mandi I have anxiety over the fourth novel too, I mean how it all ended in Dreamfever isn't all roses and daisies. Between Barrons and Mac I felt the deepened their connection and then went back to the surface again...which was a frustrating part.

    And Christian MacKeltar, oh yes, me wants more, lots and lots more. I'm kinda hoping he will be the epicenter of 1 of the 2 new UF series KMM is talking about. I am really wondering if the overall battle will be concluded in Mac's final chapter, or that she is simply the first part in e much larger scheme.

    The fourth prince makes me curious too, it triggers my need to uncover and find out what is hidden. KMM is a master in doing it slowly but soooo good LOL

    @Smokinhotbooks - I know what you mean. I always have it that out of the whole year it takes KMM to write a story I am sane 9 month out of them but it is the month before, the month of and the month after release that I go nuts over it. I so need a mental pill to stay sane :D

    @JennJ - I know what you mean, RL sometimes has that effect that leads you away from the TBR pile. Which isn't bad, as long as you find your way back to it. I hope your KMM experience is going to be a good one :)

  16. I finished Darkfever this weekend and really enjoyed it. I've now ordered 'Bloodfever' and 'Faefever'. I'll try to space them out so that I'm all set for next summer! Thanks for the series recommendation.

  17. Hi Sarah,
    Take the Fever series in managable portions, I am one who would gulp it done in one go *grin* I hope the continuation of the series keeps you on the edge of your seat by you :)


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