ARC Review: Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning

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ARC Review: Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: January 19th 2016
Series: Fever #8
Published by Delacorte Press
Pages: 512

Recommended Read!

“FEVERBORN is a masterpiece of epic proportions. With this book, Karen Marie Moning shows us exactly why she is such an indispensible writer in the genre.”
~ Under the Covers

If you’re reading this and haven’t read the other books in the series, SHAME ON YOU! But also, if you’re contemplating on starting this series by reading this review be warned that some events that could be considered spoilery may be mentioned in this review. You’ve been warned.

First off, I want to say that every time I pick up a Karen Marie Moning book I am once again reminded of how epic this world is. Not only is Moning’s writing gripping and all-consuming, but her characters simply leap off the pages of this book. There are characters in this series that you may love or you may hate deeply. More often then not, you’ll grow frustrated with something a character does in this series but I always like to remind people, there is still more to come. The story isn’t finished yet and you will get your answers. Perhaps you may even change your mind about certain characters. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that Moning can make you feel a full range of emotions when reading her books.

As I read FEVERBORN, I grew crazed. I started talking to myself, whispering, “Oh my god” over and over as I read certain scenes. Despite the current predicament Mac is in with humans the trying to kill her and the whole black hole mess they need to clean up, Mac is stronger than ever. Surprisingly, her relationship with Barrons is even more so. For all you readers who have been wanting Moning to explore more of the romance between Mac and Barrons throughout the series, she does in this one. She gives us those raw moments, those infuriating ones but she also delivers on those steamy ones. Hell, I’m getting all hot just thinking about it again!

The big change she made in the last book with Dani is fully explored in this one. Mac and the rest of the crew are having a hard time accepting Jada but there are a couple of people who are glad to see her back and will take her any way they can get her. This strange, dangerous thing between her and Ryodan is heating up and I LOVED watching it unfold. I will admit, I didn’t like Jada in the last book. She was too cold, too detached from the wild Dani we all knew and loved. But the Jada in this book surprised me. We see more of her vulnerabilities, her wants and desires and I found myself relating to her character way more than I have ever before. Before I was just tolerating her until the return of Dani. Now I am quickly understanding why KMM did what she did with her character.

KMM is not only a master at words but I truly believe she excels are writing heroes. The Highlanders, the Nine, Christian, Dancer, Ryodan. And of course, the one that beats them all – Jericho Barrons. They’re an infuriating bunch, yes, but I just adore the way they can be all alpha but soften that tiny bit when in the presence of a woman they love. They don’t often show that they care but when they do…just try not melting into a puddle of goo.

This is one of my favorite series with Ryodan:

“Let me tattoo you.” He was silent a long moment then said, “Jada.”

She went utterly still, not liking him this way, not trusting this at all. He was being direct, noncaustic. Treating her as if she was exactly what she was – a woman who’d been through hell and made it back by sheer force of will and the skin of her teeth. He was calling her by her chosen name. Asking her to “allow” him to do something. No longer berating her for not being who he wanted her to be. Offering his protection. No longer jabbing at her or giving her anything to fight.

She didn’t know how to deal with this man without fighting him. “No,” she said.

“At least carry the phone.”

She regarded it as if it were a snake that would bite her the instant she reached for it. “It’s a little late to start worrying about me.”

utc-top-pick“I always worried about you.”

And because I get a lot of crap at UTC for loving a bastard like Barrons, I have to include a line that fully encompasses why I love him. In this scene Ryodan is telling Barrons to stop Mac from eating Unseelie. His response?

“She makes her own decisions,” he said.

Ah, finally a man who not only can appreciate a woman but sees her as something of an equal. A partner. Nothing gets sexier than that!

I urge you to read this series if you haven’t already. FEVERBORN is a masterpiece of epic proportions. With this book, Karen Marie Moning shows us exactly why she is such an indispensible writer in the genre.





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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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Reading right now and loving!

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Yay! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it!


I’m waiting to see where she goes with this series.. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed the first 5 books was I started reading them late and didn’t have to wait long between books and, of couurse, because of mac and barrons… I know book 8 gets back to them but I haven’t been able to get into book 6 :-/

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I know a lot of people have trouble with that book because it’s such a departure from what we know and love but if you can push yourself through it, I think you’ll get back to enjoying the series. Mac comes back and she’s as awesome as ever. And you get to see a different side of Barrons that I think you’ll enjoy if you liked the first books so much. ICED and BURNED have some interesting things that happen in it so I’m curious to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Sophia Rose

I had to stop after the first few sentences because I’m one of the gals not caught up on the series yet and in the ‘shame on you’ category. LOL Glad it was awesome!

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LOL! I hope you continue! It’s a thrilling series. And I love that KMM loves to take risks. Keeps things exciting!

I’m behindddddd! I’m trying to devour Burned as fast as I can right now!

Oh, that’s not far behind! I was actually like you. I wanted to read DREAMFEVER until SHADOWFEVER came out because I heard that the cliffhangers were especially brutal in those books. Luckily the cliffhanger in this book isn’t as bad! Hope you enjoy!

Amy R

I haven’t read this series.

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Give it a shot! It’s my all-time favourite series!