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Review: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: January 18, 2011
Series: Fever #5
Pages: 594


Everything comes down to this and KMM made this so epic, so unbelievably good that I knew I had to take my time reading this. I don’t think I’ve spent so much time with a book in my life. Knowing that this was the end, I wanted to savour every word on each page and I still don’t think it’s enough in the end! I NEED more Fever!

MacKayla Lane is one of my favourites UF heroines! Her narration is so unique and distinctly hers that I find any other changes in the POV to be annoying (No offence, Dani). I just get so into Mac’s head that reading from another POV throws me off. I adore her courage and her resiliency. Despite the fact that who she thought she was in the past was all wrong, she still stays true to herself in the most important ways. And I couldn’t ask for more in a heroine. Mac kicks ass!

Barrons, you infuriating man! Sometimes I just want to maul him for being so incredibly secretive, but then later I always find myself giving in and loving him despite his mysterious ways. His beast explains his animal magnetism and makes him that much more irresistible. How Mac can keep her hands off him is a mystery to me! And his secret? I didn’t see that coming AT ALL. It’s no wonder he kept it all under wraps this entire time!

And my girl Dani! I fecking lost it when I found out that she was Alina’s murderer! What the hell. A murderer. At thirteen.

All because of that stupid lady, Rowena. I’ve always hated this old hag. Manipulating Dani was the last straw for me. Die! What KMM does is crazy! You think Mac is talking to Isla, her “MOTHER” but no, she’s Ro – ha! Gotcha! It’s the Sinsar Dubh! My head is still reeling from all this. I couldn’t possibly understand this world even if I wanted to.

Then all this time I hated LM for all the damage he caused. For Mac’s rape, for supposedly killing Alina. But he really did love Alina, didn’t he? That was another thing I loved about this book. There was heart and hope even through all the dark times. Mac’s grief in the beginning is enough to bring on the tears.

Then there’s V’lane /Cruce – *rubs temples*

And Christian – I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him again in the new series. Please let it be about him! PLEASE! Lots of unanswered questions with him…

But most of all, the Fever world is what captivated me from the beginning. So intensely mysterious and alluring, I found myself mesmerized by KMM’s worldbuilding. I would say I’d love to live in this world, but I really don’t. I’m way too chickenshit to live a second in Mac’s shoes.

Nevertheless, I’m saddened to have Mac’s journey end…for now. But I will definitely be picking up this series again and again!



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About Karen Marie Moning

“The only other calling I ever felt was an irrepressible desire to be Captain of my own Starship. I was born in the wrong century and it wasn’t possible, so I chose to explore the universe by writing fiction instead. Books are doors to endless adventure.” -KMM

Karen Marie Moning was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1964, the daughter of Anthony R. and Janet L. Moning. The family moved to a self-sustaining farm in Indiana when she was six years old, where she spent her youth raising cows, horses, tobacco, corn and other crops with her sisters and brother.

An alum of the Immaculate Conception Academy, at seventeen she attended Purdue University where she completed a BA in Society & Law, with minors in Philosophy, Creative Writing and Theatre, while working full time as a bartender and computer consultant. She intended to go to law school but after an internship with a firm of Criminal Attorneys, decided against it. For the next decade, she worked in insurance, where she wrote intercompany arbitrations and directed commercial litigation. At the age of thirty, she decided it was time to get serious and do what she’d always wanted to do: write fiction novels.
Beyond the Highland Mist was published in 1999 and nominated for two RITA awards. She then published six more novels in her award-winning HIGHLANDER series, and received the RITA Award in 2001 for The Highlander’s Touch.

In 2004, she began writing the #1 New York Times bestselling FEVER series. The books have been optioned twice for potential franchise development by Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Studios, but the rights are currently held by Moning who has expressed a desire to one day see it as a television series. Her novels have been published in thirty-five countries and are performed on audio by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross. She divides her time between Ohio and Florida and is working on two future projects for Random House Publishing.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges


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