Saturday, March 18, 2017

Book Review: Feversong By Karen Marie Moning

Feversong (Fever #9)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press/ Brilliance Audio
Release Date: January 17th 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 16 hrs 26 min
Narrators: Amanda Leigh Cobb, Jim Frangione
Source: Purchased


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons return in the epic conclusion to the pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn.
As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely. Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the earth, yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: The Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.  

The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie queen, who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive. 

This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.

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I've been following this series from the very beginning and what a ride it has been. Now this is supposed to be the big and epic conclusion to the series and I had high hopes. I'm sad to say that this was just an okay book. I found my mind started to wander off a lot because I wasn't very interested in what was going on. At one point I thought it was wrapping everything up and coming to an end, but then part 2 started. (sighs loudly) That's saying something because I listened to all the Outlander books and they can be up to 45 hours long and still keep me engaged. 


With that being said, it was not all bad. I've listened to every book on audio and in this latest installment they up and changed the narrators. These new narrators did an excellent job. They distinguished each characters' voice so well. I especially loved Jim Frangione's voice. He can do an on-point Irish brogue that makes me swoon. 


There was some character development in Dani/Jada. She isn't as cold as she was upon her return from the silvers. She has taken the best of who she was and who she is now. She is more mature, bad-ass, but also vulnerable, which I think is a good thing because it lets us see the more sensitive side of her that she usually hides.

When it comes to the romance between Barons and Mac, there wasn't much to talk about. Sure there were scenes where they looked into each other's eyes, just like in previous books, and silently communicated how much they loved one another. There were a few scenes where they kissed passionately and there may have been a brief mention of how they made love, but there was no hot and steamy sex scenes like in previous books and that made me sad. I love a good steamy sex scene. As separate characters, I really like them. Mac seems to really take control of who she is and is more confident in what she can do. Barons is still the strong, take no shit guy I love but he is also more supportive of Mac. He seems to be showing more emotion than usual.

There was a good portion on the book where Mac is possessed by the Sinsar Dubh and we get to see the world from it's point of view. It's pretty much straight forward. It wants blood, and death, and to rule the world. End of story. 

Now let's talk about the shitstorm that is their world. They've got black holes destroying everything and seelie and unseelie running a muck. At one point they mention just going off world because they cant find a way to save the planet from the black holes. Mac somehow ends up saving the planet. (Is that a spoiler?) Then we finally close with Cruz conspiring to become the Unseelie King. If that's not a cliffhanger, I don't know what is!

Now, in the summary of the book it says this is the conclusion to the series, but i'm left with some unanswered questions. Will Cruz gain the power he seeks? What will Mac do with the power she has? Will the Seelie, Unseelie, and the human race co-exist on the same planet? Will anything become of Dani and Ryodan romantically? Gahhhh so many questions!

Fortunately, early this year KMM announced that there will be another book. In Goodreads it's being called High Voltage (Fever#10). Moning says it will be a Dani novel, but it won't pick up where this book ended. This leaves me very intrigued. There's no set release date as of yet, but it is said to be released early 2018. 

Even though, I was underwhelmed with Feversong, I do really enjoy the series as a whole am very much looking forward to High Voltage and hope it will give some of the answers i'm looking for. 

**This is my first real book review and I know it could be better. I'm sure as I keep writing reviews that I'll develop a stronger writing style. So just bear with me as I continue to evolve and thank you so much for taking the time to read my review.