Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning

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Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: Jan 20, 2015
Series: Fever #7
Pages: 512
Format: Hardcover


“KMM approaches this book with the same intensity of all her previous books – combine that and you get BURNED. ” ~ Under the Covers

Two years and two months later, Karen Marie Moning releases the seventh book in the highly anticipated Fever series with BURNED. After the countless delays and near-tear devastation readers experienced since the last release, the Moning Maniacs are in a frenzy waiting for this bomb to drop.

True to her signature style, KMM approaches this book with the same intensity of all her previous books –  combine that and you get BURNED. The questions that arise in the previous book get answered, but that’s not to say that there aren’t more twists and more questions along the way.

Every time I read a KMM book, I try to speculate what is going to happen. Weeks after reading it, I come up with my own theories about who this person really is and what KMM plans to do next. I’m constantly trying to outmaneuver the creator. I should know better because every time, I am still blown away by her choices.

To those of you who had a problem with Dani being too young, you have no reason to worry. As promised, KMM does age her, but it is HOW she does it that really changes the pace of the story. The strange tension between Dani and Ryo isn’t so taboo any longer. The question now is, does Ryodan prefer the sleek, calculated new Dani or prefer the old, fiery one?

I’m still coming to grips with this myself because what KMM reveals about Dani was not something I expected. It completely blindsided me and yet….IT WORKS. Readers didn’t like Dani’s fire, her tenacity and her innocence? Well, she fixed that. And I’m dying to know how the audience will react to it. Personally, I think it’s genius. Not only does it give readers what they wanted, but she will also make them wonder if that’s what they really wanted. You have to be careful what you wish for because KMM delivers. But with a twist!

Mac is back and better than ever! God, I missed this chick. It’s so easy to get back into her head. But whereas the previous Mac was parading around the city, killing things and creating havoc, this Mac is different. She’s slightly more passive but that’s because there’s more on her shoulders. Within her, she carries the Book and it speaks to her constantly, tempting her to give in and unleash it. Mac knows what’s at stake and if she loses her control, it’s death and destruction for all.

Surprisingly Barrons and Mac are going steady. Or as steady as a man like Barrons can be. He isn’t exactly the easiest man to handle. Mac has discovered something that he did to her. Given what happened to her before, it’s a breech of trust and whatever little happy little bubble they are in gets popped. Barrons isn’t a man to apologize and Mac is furious out of her mind. It kills me, but no doubt makes for an amazing story.

The rest of the gang are all present as well. Christian, Dancer, Kat, Jo and even the MacKelter twins all play key parts to make this story run smoothly. Most interesting is what transpires with Ryodan, Jo and Lor. KMM really enjoys toying with her characters and boy, she really messes with them here. I LOVE IT! She takes what she sets up between Jo and Ryodan in ICED and has a field day on their emotions. If you’re like me, by the end of it all, you’re dying to get more.utc-top-pick

What I enjoy most about KMM’s writing is that she’s a fearless writer. There’s this innate confidence in her writing and I truly believe she can pull off anything. You just have to have faith in her. When the twists and turns hit you and the bombs drop left and right, it’s easy to just let your emotions control you. But if you’re patient enough to see how the events come together in the end, you get a visceral experience unlike anything before.

I say this all the time but I’ll say it once again. If you haven’t read the Fever series, you simply must. There aren’t many authors out there who can still blow your mind like Karen Marie Moning can.



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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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Awesome review Annie! I totally agree with everything in your review! I already trying to figure out where all this might be going..LOL What else is new?! She has my wheels turning.
The twist with Dani worked for me, and I so curious about a lot things!
And I was worried…Silly me!! I loved it!

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LOLOL! I think a load of people are scared out of their mind to read this book. I really LOVE the avenue she took with this book. It stays true to her characters but she also loves to toy with their emotions! She’s a bit evil, isn’t she? I love that.

Luckily the next book isn’t too far away!


It’s sitting on my Kindle…starting it in a bit just need to finish a few things first.

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What are you doing, Timitra! GET ON THAT ASAP!!! ;P

I knew I shouldn’t have read your review LOL! I was trying to convince myself that I could finish my current read before starting this. I just don’t think that is going to happen. It. Must. Be. Read. NOW! Awesome review!

Thanks darling! I want to know what you think! Some big things happen! 😛


I’m still trying to get myself motivated to read iced.. it’s been on my tbr pile since its release :/


Amazing review!! I love the whole series and I believe KMM is a genius!!


I love this series! I only got half way through the book last night… darn work getting in the way! I’m so happy for my Barrons fix 🙂

Duuuuuuuuuuude! I loved what she did in Burned. I’m pretty sure everyone in a mile radius heard my celebrations after a certain event in the beginning of the book. And you’re right, there is no predicting when it comes to KMM. I’m a newer Fever fan but Burned did not disappoint me in the slightest. I’ve seen mixed reviews, especially among Dani fans, but I really felt like the whole aging thing was a necessary thing if the sexual tension between her and Ryodan was going to remain. Great review!!