Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning
Published by Random House Publishing Group on January 19th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
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In Karen Marie Moning's latest installment of the epic #1 New York Times bestselling Fever series, Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada are back--and the stakes have never been higher or the chemistry hotter. Hurtling us into a realm of labyrinthine intrigue and consummate seduction, Feverborn is a riveting tale of ancient evil, lust, betrayal, forgiveness, and the redemptive power of love. When the immortal Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged, and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making--a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of life itself--can save the planet. But those who seek the mythic song must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: the Keltar at war with nine immortals who've secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among--and within--themselves. Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And on those war-torn streets, Mac will come face-to-face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.
I get now why he fucks with the single-minded devotion of a dying man hunting God. Sex with him is the closest thing to holy I’ve ever known. Barrons is my church. Every caress, each kiss, a hallelujah.
I’m sorry, but I’m just so over Mac and Barrons at this point.
Feverborn seems to be appealing to those Fever fans who hated the direction Moning took in Burned. To be honest, it does contain a lot of traditional Fever elements – Mac and Barrons screwing, alpha males posturing, Sinsar-Dubh issues, and Cruce, but that’s why it left me feeling tired (and with a sense of deja vu).
Burned introduced the Jada story, which I personally found interesting. I thought it brought something new and fresh to a series that was being seriously milked to exhaustion. Feverborn, however, feels like a return to old, resolved plot lines that should be laid to rest.
Moning really has nothing new to say about Mac and Barrons, and Mac’s many chapters were dull recaps of things we learned in the past, as well as a rehash of the Alina story line. The relationship between Mac and Barrons, plus the Sinsar-Dubh, plus Alina… this is what the first five books were about. I don’t need to read it again. Wrap it up already.
The series feels stuck in a rut and I wonder if maybe it never should have been extended beyond the first five wonderful installments. The first five books all feel like one long story, moving fluidly into one another and leaving us desperate for more. At this point, I almost feel like I’m reading fanfiction, specifically written for those who can’t let go.
I’m even tired of all the things I once loved. Some people find Mac annoying, but I always liked her character; now, I long for the chapters where she isn’t narrating. I used to crave some Mac/Barrons sexy time, but the romantic angst has passed, leaving behind repetitive declarations about how amazing Barrons’ penis is.
Barrons is a commando man. I love his dick. I love what he does to me with it. I adore his balls.
I mean, firstly, balls are freaking balls. Even Jericho Barrons’ balls are just freaking balls. Secondly, I think there’s something wrong with these two if they’re literally gasping with desire each time the other speaks. Mac hears Barrons voice and she’s wet, which I suppose is meant to be hot, but is really just something you should see a doctor about.
For me, Jada is the only remotely interesting thing now and even she can’t hold this book up alone. Also, Ryodan’s possessive alpha male crap is honestly more creepy and annoying than sexy. I still can’t imagine them together. The only thing that could save the next book is if the focus turns to Jada, but the cliffhanger ending makes me think that won’t happen (looks like another book of Mac and Barrons).
I feel like so much of this book is stuff I’ve read before. Maybe it works as a way of reminiscing for old school Fever fans, but I have rereads for that. I’ll hold fire before preordering the next book.
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