Burned by Karen Marie Moning

January 29, 2015 Book Review, The More The Merrier Review (TMTM) 0 ★★★★

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Burned by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #7
Published by Delacorte Press on January 20, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 512
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It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Happy, but a little frustrated…

From the very beginning there was a big smile on my face.

In the last week I have read the whole Fever series. The first five were re-reads and number six for the first time. This has been one Epic reading experience. I have read changes in the characters personalities and changes in my feelings for these characters.

The start of this book we get back to Mac and Barrons with a great big BANG! Really enjoyed the connection between them and felt like we were going to see great things between them. But it was misleading. There was still the ever present sexual hum that Ms. Moning provides in all her books, but it was more tension than connection. This left me a little disappointed. I wanted to see them together as a formidable couple, but it just wasn’t to be. Maybe one day…

There was a lot going on which I don’t want to give away that kept me riveted from the beginning to the end. We get to know some of the Nine a little more with some classic moments with Lor. Jada was an interesting character and I enjoyed hearing her history and what she went through to get to this stage in her life. Ryodan was his usual egotistical self, but I am warming to him a little. Disappointed to not see Dancer much, loved him in Iced. Glad to see Jo get a backbone.

Very unhappy with the abrupt end.

Sassy’s Rating: 4 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. Some parts I loved, but some parts frustrated me. I’m happy KMM continued with Mac in this one. Though I loved Dani as a secondary character, I can’t see myself enjoying a book where she’s the lead. My feelings were all over the place in Iced and that was an okay read for me.

Here we find Mac at crossroads. From the end of Shadowfever we know that the book is in her. Ever present in her consciousness, waiting for her to let her guard down so it could take over. So she descends into passivity, we don’t get kickass Mac for most of the book. She has a lot of inner monologue. I enjoyed the bickering among all the characters which could be childish at times, but it was handled in a way that did not make me roll my eyes.

I’m so glad Barrons remained true to character although I would have liked to have read more tender scenes between him and Mac like we’ve seen in Shadowfever. I like the way KMM wrote JZB’s lines. Very believable philosophical views from a person who had lived thousands and thousands of years.

The power-grabbing in New Dublin held my attention. Loved the politics and jockeying for power.

There was something at the end that almost made me throw my kindle. View Spoiler »

I was disappointed when the book ended because I wanted to read more. Don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing. I can’t wait for the next one, but maybe I should wait until the entire series is complete.

Hot Lips Rating: 4.5 Stars

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