Curran's POV Vol 2 shows what happened right after the final chapter of Magic Bleeds. The Beast Clans must explain their homicActual rating: 3.5 stars
Curran's POV Vol 2 shows what happened right after the final chapter of Magic Bleeds. The Beast Clans must explain their homicidal intentions toward Kate while Curran was comatose. In short, the Beast Lord is pissed and fur is about to fly.
I liked this more than the previous Curran POV. Although Curran is just out of bed when this takes place, he still has his usual drive and power and he has every right to be mad for how his people treated his mate while he was lying in a bed dying. When the going gets tough, you see who's truly loyal. Apparently Curran doesn't have as many loyal followers as you'd think.
A lot of the Alphas and Betas are skeptical of Kate's ability to be the female Alpha and they don't believe she's worthy to be the Beast Lord's mate. (As if it's their decision on that!) I think it comes down to jealousy. People are always hungry for power, and second in command is a high place to be.
These looks into Curran's head are fun and fascinating and I hope Gordan writes more in future. I highly recommend both this and Curran's POV Vol 1 to all fans of the Kate Daniels series.
Curran's POV Vol 1 is a free, online collection of four short scenes from Curran's POV set in the Kate Daniels series. There is one scene for each ofCurran's POV Vol 1 is a free, online collection of four short scenes from Curran's POV set in the Kate Daniels series. There is one scene for each of the first four books in the series.
The first scene is when Curran and Kate first meet. It was definitely interesting to read his initial thoughts about Kate. And if you thought the "Here, kitty, kitty, kitty" thing was funny in Magic Bites, just wait until you read Curran's reaction to it. That had me rolling.
The second is when Kate is injured and Curran is unsure of whether Doolittle can save her. I think this is when Curran first begins to realize that he feels more than just irritation toward Kate. It was sweet to see the moment when he began to really care for her.
The third short scene is the one where Curran is trapped in the cage and must convince Julie to let him out. Personally, out of all of the possible scenes from Magic Strikes, I would've prefered the hot tub scene, but that's just me. All jokes aside, this scene was funny, cute, and insightful. (view spoiler)[I had no idea that there was something brewing between Jim and Dali until Curran mentioned it in this scene. Goes to show you how perceptive I am! (hide spoiler)]
"She had broken into my place, messed up my weights, and even put catnip into my bed. In retaliation I had glued that cute butt of hers into her office chair. In short we were doing the mating dance."
That quote is taken from the fourth, and my personal favorite, scene.
If there's one thing that I've learned from reading this it is that Curran's POV is often as humorous as Kate's, and reading this has reaffirmed my love for the Beast Lord.
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Note: This review is only for Ilona Andrews' short story, Magic Mourns.
Length: 90 pages Actual rating: 3.5 stars
If you liked Andrea and Raphael in MagiNote: This review is only for Ilona Andrews' short story, Magic Mourns.
Length: 90 pages Actual rating: 3.5 stars
If you liked Andrea and Raphael in Magic Burns and Magic Strikes, this short story is a must read for you. That is, if you can ignore the repulsive cover.
Magic Mourns takes place about six weeks after the events in Magic Strikes and two weeks before the beginning of Magic Bleeds. In Magic Mourns, Andrea, a knight of the Order, must team up with Raphael, a werehyena with romantic feelings towards her, to eradicate the demonic dog that is chasing Raphael and causing problems with the bouda pack . . . all while trying to ignore her own amorous feelings for the seductive shapeshifter.
I like the way Andrea and Raphael come together in this. They're still working on their relationship, they're taking it easy, but Andrea starts treating Raphael with respect and she begins to realize that Raphael is more than just a werehyena (or bouda, whichever you perfer) and the sexual urges that come with being one. She realizes that Raphael is a man, a man with real feelings and that he truly cares for her. There's also lots of action, mythology, and violence that I've come to expect with Andrews' stories. Magic Mourns is a fast-paced, entertaining short story in a series that I've quickly come to love.
The ending of this short story is very interesting because a rather surprising tidbit is revealed about Curran. (view spoiler)[The magic that Curran has is even older and stronger than Kate's? Well, well, well . . . (hide spoiler)] I'm interested to see how it'll play into the upcoming installments.
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While the covers never cease being hideous, each installment in the Kate Daniels series hasn't ceased to entertain me thus far. The fourth installmentWhile the covers never cease being hideous, each installment in the Kate Daniels series hasn't ceased to entertain me thus far. The fourth installment, Magic Bleeds, features a crocodile shapeshifter, a splendid impersonation of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and a battle to end all battles. It is one hell of a ride.
I think one of the best things about this series is that it is appealing to both genders. It has lots of action, which of course men like, but I think I speak for all women when I say that we like action, too. It keeps things interesting and wards off dullness. There's also just the right amount of romance. Not so much that would make guys squeamish, but still enough to keep the ladies satisfied. And, while I think the first book was slightly lacking in this area, the humor is now on par with my taste as well. Kate seems to have better quips with each installment and never looses her nerve, even with Curran. And the banter and antics between Kate and Curran are sure to entertain most readers.
I have theories on some of the reasons why Kate and Curran are attracted to each other. I think Kate likes Curran because he's one of the few people who could take her in a fight. Imagine if every guy you met you were superior to in fighting skills and he couldn't even win against you in a late-night arm wrestle. I'm sure there are plenty of women who enjoy being the stronger of the two in their relationship, but I don't believe that's the kind of relationship Kate wants. That is just one of the many reasons why Kate and Crest never would have worked out. I think Curran makes Kate feel like a woman for the first time in a long time. And although he'd probably never admit it, I believe Curran's attracted to Kate because she doesn't take any of his shit. Unlike everyone else in his life, she doesn't bow to him, literally or figuratively. I think, secretly, the Beast Lord wants someone to treat him like a normal man, like he's just another person, even if only in private. At times, Curran and Kate collide like fire and kerosene - but they truly fit together like two matching jigsaw pieces.
And do I smell a potential spin-off series in the oven? Granted, the buzzer won't go off for at least a couple of years, but when it does it'll surely be some good eatin'! Here's my reasoning: In Magic Strikes we find out through a conversation that Kate was nine when Curran was fifteen and made Lord of all Beasts. This, of course, tells us that Curran is six years older than Kate. Well, we know that Julie and Derek are thirteen and nineteen, respectively, as of now. Do you see where I'm going with this? Once Julie gets older, her and Derek could have their own series! Her abilities coupled with the adolescent attraction she currently has for Derek could really make for an interesting future series. . . .
I'll be honest: people with weak stomachs may not be able to stomach some of the talk of entrails and the bloody descriptions in this series. With lots of action comes lots of violence and gore. Normally that sort of thing would bother me, but I've gotten so used to it with this series that I don't even notice anymore. Plus it just seems to fit with this world.
I'm actually feeling a little sad now because I know that once I finish the next installment, Magic Slays, that'll be it until February of 2013 when the next book is released. I've quickly become addicted to this series and I'm reluctant to leave it.
P.S. But, luckily, Andrews won't leave us hanging until then! For the full info, go here.
I can't believe no one mentioned this series to me, recommended this series to me, or spammed my profile with comments and PMs proclaiming this seriesI can't believe no one mentioned this series to me, recommended this series to me, or spammed my profile with comments and PMs proclaiming this series' awesomeness. They should have. To everyone that didn't, you're on my shit list.
Luckily for me, I finally made the decision on my own, like a big girl, and decided to give this series a try. Once I did, it wasn't exactly love at first page, but I've quickly moved into the honeymoon stage. Here's to the honeymoon never ending. Very rarely do I come across a series that I don't want to end, but the Kate Daniels series is one of those cases. Every time I start one of these books, I know I won't be disappointed. This series has turned out one thousand times better than I ever imagined it would be.
This series takes time. The first book is good but not great, and it takes time getting used to the world as well as Kate's personality. It is more than worth it, though. Having not read a lot of UF titles prior to this series, I'm not claiming that my opinion on this genre is reputable. However, based on my meager experience with urban fantasy, I can honestly say that this series is the best for me in terms of characters, writing, pacing, and overall likability. (For a more reputable opinion on UF, please see Maja a.k.a. the Queen of Urban Fantasy's profile.) I knew when we met Saiman in Magic Bites that he would eventually play a bigger role. And he definitely does in Magic Strikes. In this we find out more about his heritage, his original form, and we learn that there is more to him than just a lot of knowledge and a high sex drive. His character is very unique and refreshing. Some . . . *clears throat* . . . progress happens between Curran and Kate in this. I like the way their relationship is developing and the rate that it is doing so. Too many series seem to be too focused on the romance aspect too early on in the series. I like the way the authors have teased us thus far, only giving us little hints that there is much more than hostility boiling under the surface of their relationship.
Series like this don't come around for me that often. I've tried the first book in a lot of YA and adult series, and, even though there isn't anything necessarily wrong with them, they've failed to make me want to continue on and see what happens to the characters. A lot of series I've tried just don't seem worth the effort. But lately I've been gobbling up these books like Americans do turkey during Thanksgiving. Earlier this year I was beginning to feel as if I was loosing my interest in reading. If you're a longtime book reader, you've probably been there. I have a back-up list, though: it is a list of books that I know can always pull me out of my reading slump, should I ever need them. This series will be added to that list. Right now Kate seems to have a lot of big things coming up in her life. (view spoiler)[e.g. meeting and killing Roland, admiting her true feelings to Curran, etc. (hide spoiler)] I'm very interested to see where things go and how some certain things play out. Easy as it may seem to just let this series go and read one of the many other UF series out there, I think people should at least give this series a try. And just like with any book, there's going to be positive and negative opinions. I almost skipped this series entirely because of some of the negative reviews I've read, and to think how terrible that would've been! I've been having a blast with this series and I implore anyone with even an ounce of interest to go get Magic Bites from their library and simply try it. Seriously, go start reading this series now. !
P.S. I thought chapter 15 was good, but that was before I read chapter 28. Yowzah.
My reviews of other titles in this series:
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Note: This review is only for Ilona Andrews' short story, A Questionable Client.
Length: 45 pages
Call me strange if you'd like, but I found Saiman inteNote: This review is only for Ilona Andrews' short story, A Questionable Client.
Length: 45 pages
Call me strange if you'd like, but I found Saiman interesting in the short glimpses we get of his character in Magic Bites and Magic Burns. Since I've been devouring each installment in the Kate Daniels series with vigor lately, I figured I should read the series prequel before moving any further. And when I found out that this prequel is Saiman and Kate's back story, I knew I had to check it out.
In A Questionable Client, Kate Daniels, who works for the Mercenary Guild, is hired to act as bodyguard to a very wealthy — and strange — man named Saiman. The job is only for one night but Kate will be paid $3,000 if she's able to protect Saiman from the unknown-to-her threat that wants to kill him. Since Kate is highly experienced in this line of work, it sounds pretty easy — but it turns out to be anything but that when Kate finds out what's after Saiman, and what Saiman himself is capable of.
This story is fine. Kate has all of her trademark sarcasm and her trusty Slayer in hand, and the story is a short but nice, entertaining read; you find out some things about Saiman's past that I honestly didn't see coming; and Saiman spends a fair portion of this story naked, so that was a plus for me.
I wouldn't say that this story is mandatory for readers of the Kate Daniels series, but if you have an interest in Saiman like I do, or if you're all caught up with the series and are desperate for more until the next book is released, definitely check this out. Or, if you're new to the series and want to start from the very beginning, get a little background on what happens to Kate before the events in Magic Bites, this is a good place to start....more
In Magic Burns Kate is faced with a whole new challenge, and even though it sounds simple it turns out to be anything but; Kate is tasked with retrievIn Magic Burns Kate is faced with a whole new challenge, and even though it sounds simple it turns out to be anything but; Kate is tasked with retrieving important maps stolen from the shapeshifter Pack of Atlanta. Along the way Kate crosses paths with a seductive-but-evil guy who worships a Celtic goddess of three, gets strapped with a thirteen-year-old girl whom she must search for the possibly-dead mother of, meets a pack of kinky werehyenas, and once again she manages to antagonize the Beast Lord, Curran. (Not that that's overly hard to do . . .) Meanwhile the magic vs. technology war that controls everything from the toaster oven to a shifter's hair growth is going haywire and continues to randomly shift more rapidly than ever before. But this is all just in a day's work when you're Kate Daniels. Taking the readers from the shady streets of Atlanta — filled with strange creatures known and unknown — to the belly of a tortoise, the second installment in the Kate Daniels series is sure to please fans of its predecessor.
According to my usual standards, I shouldn't like this series. It is set in an alternate-universe Atlanta. No, I have nothing against southern accents, I just have trouble believing in/getting used to the idea of an alternate universe. Put me in the future with aliens in bath robes and dogs that effortlessly walk on two legs while drinking tea with their "arms" and I'm fine, but every time I try books with alternate universes they fail to entertain me. But Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series is certainly the exception. It just works for me. There's something about the way it is written that just makes me want to immerse myself in this world and not surface for hours. It's unique, action-packed and with streets with names like Unicorn Lane, how could you not be intrigued? Plus you can be sitting in your favorite restaurant, eating fried chicken, and all of sudden a hideous, hopping vampire walks in with his half-man half-beast frenemy in tow. I get a serious kick out of this world.
There is a new character, a bad guy (well, a sort-of-bad guy), introduced in this and let me just say . . . I liked Bran A LOT. I've always been the type to fall for the bad-yet-so-hot-that-you-don't-care-that-he's-bad guy (*cough*Barrons*cough*) and Bran was no exception. (view spoiler)[It is a shame, however, what happened to him. It seems like Kate just can't catch a break. Nevertheless, he would've stood in the way of what is doubtlessly blossoming between her and Curran. Speaking of Curran . . . (hide spoiler)]
There are a lot of interesting male characters in this series, but Curran takes the cake. If I liked Bran A LOT, than I like Curran A WHOLE HELLUVA LOT. He makes me think of all sorts of naughty things. (Ha! Bet you wasn't expecting that image, was ya, Flann?)
One of the things I like most about Kate is, despite how many incredibly attractive men she has in her life, she doesn't just fall into their arms — or their beds. Kate is fierce and indepentent, but not so much so that she comes off as stuck up and/or unwilling to accept help from the opposite sex. It's the perfect balance for me.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "Just to make sure the odd humanoid aberration doesn't get away, always pin it through the nuts."
Wise advice, Kate.
I'm very happy with the way this series is going, and I'm eager to begin reading the next installment, Magic Strikes.
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Well . . . damn. This didn't turn out as I'd planned. While reading this I kept thinking to myself, Just go with three stars,Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Well . . . damn. This didn't turn out as I'd planned. While reading this I kept thinking to myself, Just go with three stars, almost everyone else you know has. The series will get better as it goes, just as everyone says, then you can rave and give them four. Although there were plenty things that bothered me about this, there were still more things that I liked. In fact, I would say that this surpassed my expectations.
But let us get the bad stuff out of the way first: I think my biggest problem was the beginning. All of a sudden you're thrust into this world where vampires are more reptilian/alien-esque Spider-Men than the (supposedly) gorgeous immortal gods we're currently used to (which is rather nice, actually), and there's talk of dhaes and I'm like, what the hell are those? I think there should've been some type of guide in the beginning or a prologue where Kate does an introduction of the world you're about to enter. Like a preparation chapter or something.
Even though I was a little leery of her at first, I quickly grew to like Kate. She has one of those personalities that you have to get used to, but once you do she isn't bad. She has spunk and I like how simple she tries to keep her life even in the midst of the chaotic world she lives in. And I think we've only touched the surface when it comes to the magic she can wield.
I kept thinking that when Kate met the Beast Lord a.k.a. Curran, he would have a long mane of golden hair — you know, because he's a lion shapechanger — well, if it had turned out that way, that would've undoubtedly been the end for me. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. Curran is described as having blonde hair that is too short to grab. Yahtzee.
The romance in this is very light, which is nice when compared to the sex fest I read not long ago. Still, I enjoy a little romance in my reading, so I'm interested to see if anything arises between Kate and Curran one of the men in her life in the next installment. In Magic Bites Kate has a love interest for a short time but things didn't really seem right between them IMO. But there does seem to be some sexual tension (or is that just plain ol' tension?) between Kate and Curran. We shall see what becomes of that.
Although this has nothing to do with the book itself, it begs to be mentioned: I hate the cover. It looks like an amateur design effort and the girl looks like an unsuccessful* hooker brandishing a sword. Plus her nose looks as big as the cat's and she's wearing too much makeup to be the always-fuctionally-dressed Kate Daniels. Just an observation.
I do see a lot of potential in this series and if the ratings are anything to go by, this series gets better. So I'm quite anxious to begin the reading the sequel, Magic Burns.
*Unsuccessful because there is no man in his right mind who would go near a hooker with a sword. I'm sure you get my meaning.
Moning has been promising her fans a sex scene from Barrons' POV since heShe will never know that tonight she was mine.
So . . . this was damn good.
Moning has been promising her fans a sex scene from Barrons' POV since he won the Alpha Showdown on vampirebookclub.net back in early June. Well folks, it is finally here and, just like the man himself, it doesn't disappoint.
For me, getting inside Barrons' head is the equivalent of getting to eat a hot fudge sundae after having been on a diet for five months. It's delicious and it gives you a high that takes hours to come back down from. I read the Fever series back in February of this year, and I must say that this has me wanting to do a reread.
This short scene was wickedly sexy and certainly worth the wait.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to take a cold shower....more
**spoiler alert** WARNING: This isn't a review so much as a hodgepodge of gushing and complaining. Also, this gushing and complaining fest is quite lo**spoiler alert** WARNING: This isn't a review so much as a hodgepodge of gushing and complaining. Also, this gushing and complaining fest is quite long. You've been warned.
"Although it may not seem like it, this isn't a story about darkness. It's about light. Kahlil Gibran says 'Your joy can fill you only as deeply your sorrow has carved you.' It you've never tasted bitterness, sweet is just another pleasant flavor on your tongue. One day I'm going to hold a lot of joy."----Bloodfever
Mac wasn't lying when she said that. This story really is ultimately about light and happiness.
For me, the beginning of Shadowfever was quite disappointing. I don't know what happened to Mac while she was traveling through those dimensions toward the end of Dreamfever, but something must have happened, because she's been more dense ever since. I always thought that Mac was rather smart for a blonde (no offense to any blondes reading this), but starting with her not picking up on the fact that Barrons was the beast, and ending with when she decided to suck face with the man she presumes to be her sister's murderer, she lost all sense that she seemed to possess in the earlier installments. I realize that she was overcome with grief, thinking that Barrons was dead, but, come on, it was like she just threw caution to the wind and gave herself over to the dark side. In one passage she states that she's planning to actually sleep with Darroc in order to obtain the information needed to take control of the book and use it to erase her mistakes and bring Barrons back from the dead. She calls kissing and associating with Darroc a sort of self-inflicted "punishment" for her killing Barrons. Riiiight. I'm with ya there, Mac. And then, when Barrons comes back on his own, like I knew he would (oh come on, it would've ruined the whole series), she quickly decides that she was too hasty in her grieving and that she shouldn't reveal her true feelings to him. And my thoughts were, How could you be bawling, lying down in the dirt, kiss-the-corpse distraught with grief, and then have the reason for your grief eradicated, the man you love come back to you, and deside to let everything go? She acted as if Barrons interest in her was infallible and would never cease. There's a passage I'd like to share with you where Barrons finally sets her straight on this little misconception and gives her an ultimatum. It's one of my favorite scenes:
"How much longer will you dissemble?" "Who uses words like dissemble?" He leaned back against the door and folded his arms. "I won't wait much longer. You're on your last chance with me."
Over the course of the series Mac accuses Barrons of evading and being closed up all of the time, but, as you've just read, she's more than guilty of doing so herself. As I mentioned in my review for Dreamfever, I think that Mac is just as much to blame for her and Barrons' relationship not moving forward earlier as Barrons is. If not more so IMHO.
And then there's V'lane. Or should I say, Cruce. That pompous, over used prick was never one for which I was a fan. (Please excuse the language, that's just how I feel.) From the very beginning I sensed something fishy with his character. And I was right.
I found Barrons' cohorts to be very . . . interesting. Barrons may be the man of this series, but I see a lot of potential in his fellow men. Ryodan, Lor, Kasteo, Fade . . . all of them. I'd love to see more of them and learn more of their back stories.
Another character that I see a lot of potential in: Dani. Her story is just sort of left off and you don't really know what'll happen to her next. Ms. Moning tries to tie up her story with a few short sentences on the very last page, but I think she could be a good heroine in her own story. Provided that she grows up and starts speaking a little differently, of course.
Which brings me to another fact: I can't believe who Alina's murderer ended up being! I mean, I can, but I didn't see it coming. Rowena was another character that I wasn't very found of, but I sure wouldn't have guessed her to be Alina's real murderer.
And that wasn't the only shocker. Barrons' son . . . that was very sad. However I do think that the conclusion to his story was maybe a little too rushed.
And now I believe it's time for the quote's portion:
"I had a secret. A terrible secret that had been eating me alive. What did you wear to your senior prom, Mac? That had been the last thing I'd heard, Pri-ya. Everything from that moment on had really happened. I'd faked. I'd lied to him and myself. I stayed. And it hadn't felt any different."
I was both elated and shocked by that one.
For those of you who've read this and may not remember, these next two quotes are extracted from a scene where Mac and Barrons are kissing and Mac gets into his head. She's trying to find out what his feelings and thoughts were while they were together intimately in the beginning of Dreamfever:
"Keep hoping to see the light in her eyes. Even knowing it'll mean she's saying good-bye."
"When you know who I am. Let me be your man."
Those two quotes, and, really, that entire scene, undid me. Seeing that Barrons feels that way was easily one of the most emotional parts of Shadowfever for me. And it certainly makes their time together in Dreamfever have more meaning.
"And here we go. She's bristling and my hackles go up. Bloody hell, I feel fangs coming on. Tell you what, Ms. Lane," he said softly, "anytime you want to have a conversation with me, leave the myriad issues you have with wanting to fuck me every time you look at me outside my cave, come on in, and see what you find. You might like it."
He sure does have a way with words.
"We cannot restore the walls without the Song," V'lane was saying. "Who says we need the walls back up?" Barrons demanded. "You're roaches, we're Raid. We'll get rid of you eventually."
And I'm pretty sure I busted a rib on that one.
"You're Mac," he says. "And I'm Jericho. And nothing else matters. Never will. You exist in a place that is beyond all rules for me. Do you understand that?" I do. Jericho Barrons just told me he loves me.
"I was happy. I knew why you'd lied." His dark gaze was ancient, inhuman, uncharacteristically gentle. Because you love me."
And, of course, my very favorite:
"Don't leave me, Rainbow Girl."
Now, the second and third to the last quote are all you really get as far as declarations of love go. But I wasn't expecting either one of them to drop to their knees and declare their undying love for one another. But they both know that they love each other. And that's enough for this reader. For me, their relationship turned out exactly how I wanted it to. I think that the way Ms. Moning wrote it was perfect and true to her characters and very satisfying. And am I mistaken or was the scene where they finally give in to their feelings just as much emotional as it was erotic? When Barrons is fighting to stay in his human skin and Mac takes his head and cradles it to her breast and tries to soothe him? Wow. Just . . . wow.
And although I wasn't very pleased with Mac in the beginning of Shadowfever, she ended up making the right decisions later on and therefore I still love her. And don't even get me started on Barrons. That man . . . there are no words. I bow to Ms. Moning's awesomeness in that she was even able to create a character such as him. He's very special to me and for that reason alone I'm sad to see this series end. (I hear there may be some sort of spin off series or something? If so, you can bet your petunia I'll be reading it. I'll read anything Ms. Moning decides to publish. Seriously, grocery lists, anything.)
After everything just said, I have to take the good with the not-so-good and say that I really, really enjoyed this series and that, ultimately, I'm very pleased. And that is why I'm giving this one five stars. As a whole, I'd give this series ten stars. Because I love the characters, faults and all, I love Ms. Moning's writing (I have found a new favorite author in her), and I have enjoyed MacKayla's story immensely....more
For those who don't have Facebook and didn't see this . . .
Moning posted a deleted scene from Dreamfever on her Facebook page on 4/21/13. Here it is iFor those who don't have Facebook and didn't see this . . .
Moning posted a deleted scene from Dreamfever on her Facebook page on 4/21/13. Here it is in full, but be warned, it is spoilery unless you've read all of Dreamfever:
“You’re not the only fucking one that got branded!” Barrons slammed his fist into the wall behind my head. Bits of plaster dusted my shoulders.
Oh, really? I wasn’t the only one walking around with a mark on me I didn’t want? Our gazes locked and I jerked. Was he letting me see this, or had intimacy given me a window into his soul. As if he had one. He deserved no less. He hadn’t done it to save me. He’d had sex with me because it was the only way he could continue using me. He’d had sex with me to steal my services back from his enemies at Camp Pri-ya.
And for the first time since the morning he’d gotten up and walked out, leaving me painfully, horrifically aware of both who I was and where I was—in Jericho Barron’s lust-drenched bed on the verge of begging him not to leave me while in full possession of my senses--I could see that it hadn’t left him nearly as untouched as I’d thought. As he’d led me to think.
I searched his face. Beneath his left eye, a tiny muscle contracted, smoothed, contracted again. That minute betrayal was Barron’s equivalent of a normal person having a full-blown hissy fit. Oh, no, far from untouched. Had he stood outside my door as I’d stood outside his, fists at his sides, lips drawn back? Did it have him as bad as it had me? Was it eating at him, gnawing at him with the same sharp vicious little teeth that wouldn’t let me sleep?
Yes, it was. I could see the rage of insatiable, uninvited lust in every line of that dark, stoic face that had once been too subtly etched for me to read. I wasn’t the only one lying awake at night, fevered with memories, tossing, turning, soaking my sheets, burning up--not for Fae sex, but him, damn it all to hell, him.
Remembering being too naked in body and soul, trembling with need. Backing to him, a wild animal. Later, straddling him, holding him down and demanding more and more because Jericho Barrons couldn‘t be depleted. Of anything. Whatever he was. He was without limit.
He hadn’t erased the Fae Princes’ marks--he’d burned his own into them until I could no longer discern the shape of the marks they‘d left. He‘d scarred their scars out of me with a bigger scar. The bastard. And if I’d managed to carve up some part of him in return—
“Good,” I said, hard and low. “Welcome to my world, Barrons. I hope it hurts like hell.”
His hand was on my throat and my back was to the wall. I couldn’t breathe. I didn’t need to. He was touching me. Two enormous magnets, repelling and attracting; a manifest of nature, not a matter of will at all. The air between us crackled with energy. Did I smell flesh burning?
“Good?” he said softly, and staring into those black eyes was like staring down the shadowy, demon-littered corridor of the Unseelie mirror in his study. “You think it’s good to have something like me obsessed with you? My dear, dear, bloody idiotic, suicidal Ms. Lane, you have no fucking idea what’s gotten the scent of you in its nostrils, what has the taste of you in its blood, or you’d run. You’d run for what little remains of what you think of as your life.”
He whirled, long black coat fluttering, was out the door, and gone.
I stared into the deepening twilight into which he’d disappeared. Nightfall was painting the stone walkway one of those new Fae shades that hadn’t existed before the walls had come crashing down around our ears; a dreamy silvery-violet, spider-webbed with moonbeams that was eerily beautiful. I shivered. I hated the new colors. They were….somehow just…wrong.
I shook it off.
Obsessed, Barrons had said.
I smiled. Good.
Okay, and this was deleted why?! It's fecking awesome and HOT!
Behold, I give to you my reaction to the first 50 pages of Dreamfever: #*$@%*%@$@&$*(@!>?<#&WTF?*faints*#**&^@!$%^#%^7053 .........................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More on that later.
Remember when I said in my review for Darkfever that I wasn't as batshit crazy over Barrons as most people but that I eventually would be? That day has come, my friend. With each book I've grown to love him more and more. I've slowly learned how he operates and slowly become used to his ways of doing things. And let me tell you, they're anything but conventional. Barrons isn't like any leading male character that you will encounter in any genre. Simply put, he's one of a kind. Barrons is the type of character where you have to stay very open minded upon meeting him else you'll be offended almost immediately. I almost was, myself. But patience and keeping an open mind will pay off. The thing about Barrons is, most of the time, he's rude, insensitive, stoic, and, at times, barbaric. But despite all of this he's become one of my very favorite male characters. If Ms. Moning ever chose to write a story solely about him, I'd be the first person at the bookstore to buy it.
Mac's character continues to surprise me and she'll always be a favorite of mine. The only idiotic err she made in this was at the end. How could she NOT know that he was the beast? I mean, come on! I started to figure that out in book 1! I thought that that was a simple 2 + 2 = 4 equation, but apparently I was wrong. I don't know what Mac was thinking.
Since reading Darkfever I've been thinking that it's Barrons keeping his and Mac's nonexistent relationship from ever becoming something more. I was wrong. Dreamfever shows you something else. In Dreamfever we see that while Barrons is often times aloof and hard for Mac to understand, he's been wanting Mac for quite some time. You see that if Mac would just take her foot out of her ass and take what she really wants (let's be honest with ourselves, she wants Barrons -- Who in their right mind doesn't, anyway?) she'd be a hell of a lot happier and less confused. Besides the beginning that I dare you to only read once, there're quite a few luscious little moments between these two that I really enjoyed. One of them was this:
"I'll snoop anywhere I damned well please, Ms. Lane. I'll snoop inside your skin if I feel like it." "You just try," I said, eyes narrowing. He moved forward in one swift, violent lunge but caught him- self and locked down hard. I mirrored the move, without conscious thought at all, as if our bodies were connected by puppet strings. Lunged forward, froze. Fisted my hands at my sides. They wanted to touch him. I looked down. His hands were fisted, too. I uncurled my hands and crossed my arms. He crossed his at exactly the same moment. We both practically flung them down at our sides. We stared at each other. The silence lengthened.
You could cut the sexual tension with a knife. I found that scene to be both adorable and frustrating.
Dreamfever is easily my favorite of the series thus far because even though it's not under the circumstances I would've liked, Barrons and Mac finally get intimate. And, all jokes aside, I cried during parts of those scenes. This is one of the parts that really got to me:
He touches my face. There is something different in his touch. It feels like he's saying good-bye, and I know a moment of panic. But my dream sky darkens and sleep's moon fills the horizon. "Don't leave me." I thrash in the sheets. "I'm not, Mac." I know I am dreaming then, because dreams are home to the absurd and what he says next is beyond absurd. "You're leaving me, Rainbow Girl."
If you've read this then you know what that is referring to and you know what it means for Barrons to say something like that. Yep, I'm a complete sap and I'm not afraid to admit it; I went from having totally inappropriate/appropriate feelings while reading that scene to crying to the point where I could no longer make out the words on the page. Any author that can make me feel such contrary emotions juxtaposing within the same scene is at the top tier in my opinion.
Bottom line, Dreamfever is fantastic, this whole series is fantastic, and Ms. Moning herself is one fantastic writer.
Here's to hoping that Shadowfever won't disappoint. Cheers, fellow Fever fans!...more
**spoiler alert** Well, I'd like to say that I was surprised by the ending, but I wasn't. A while back, I was interested in reading this series, but I**spoiler alert** Well, I'd like to say that I was surprised by the ending, but I wasn't. A while back, I was interested in reading this series, but I've had bad experiences with the Urban Fantasy genre, so I decided to read reviews of the first three installments so that I would know what I was getting into. And when I read that the main character, Mac, is gang raped in the ending of this installment, I quickly decided that this series wasn't for me. BUT, because of some helpful information I've recently received from a friend (you know who you are), and because EVERYONE insists that this series is sheer awesomeness, I decided to give it a try. And I'm still very glad I did.
The ending of this one had me disgusted, saddened, and on the verge of tears, because I've grow very found of Mac's character in a short time, and it was horrible to read what happened to her. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this installment despite its brutal ending. But not as much as its predecessor.
Faefever felt a little like a filler to me. Not much happens until the end where the Faery world's inhabitants cross over into our world and wreak havoc. And of course Mac gets turned into a Pri-ya, a human sex slave. The rest of Faefever is basically just Mac preparing for the impending doom that the faeries are sure to cause, alternating her alliances between Barrons and V'lane, and searching for the Sinsar Dubh; only to find it and not take it! Her and Barrons come this close *holds forefinger and thumb a millimeter apart* to having the Sinsar Dubh in their possession. And while I understand why Barrons didn't pick it up, it still seems like a lot of searching only to leave it upon finding it.
And then you've got the whole V'lane thing. Love him or hate him, I've had a bad feeling about his character since book 1. And am I mistaken, or was he in this one more than Barrons? I know that lack of page time for your favorite character isn't a valid reason to dislike a novel, but it matters to me when you're talking about Barrons (those of you who are a fan of him surely know what I'm talking about).
But the majority of this I still enjoyed. Although we don't find out what exactly Barrons is, I have a theory that just might be plausible. There's also a couple of really interesting scenes in this one:
1. The MacHalo. Completely adorable and hilarious on Mac's part, and I LOVED it when Barrons couldn't stop laughing at her. 2. The scene where Barrons and V'lane are having an altercation over Mac. Lots of testosterone there.
And much like Lucky Charms, Barrons is magically delicious. 'Nuff said.
Now, honestly, I don't think that if I were reading this series upon its original release that I would wait for Dreamfever and continue reading. But, I have Dreamfever sitting beside me as I type this and that helps a lot. Plus, for me, the ending of this doesn't negate my earlier enjoyment with this series.
And with all of that said, I'm on to Dreamfever.
"In the Serengeti, Ms. Lane, I would be the cheetah. I'm stronger, smarter, faster, and hungrier than everything else out there. And I don't apologize to the gazelle when I take it down."
CAUTION: This review contains minor spoilers and some spoilery quotes at the end.
More often times than not, sequels are either a hit or a miss, and I'CAUTION: This review contains minor spoilers and some spoilery quotes at the end.
More often times than not, sequels are either a hit or a miss, and I'm happy to report that, for me, this one was a definite hit.
Bloodfever starts off slow and steady, letting you get back into the story of MacKayla Lane and the enigmatic Jericho Barrons, a man who's not only more mysterious than he is trustworthy, but who's Mac's mentor and only protector without an alterior motive (at least, not much of one). Over the course of the novel you learn a bit more about its characters, see a little more of there buried feelings for one another surface, both friendly and amorous. And, most of all, you get a lot more action and suspense, if that's possible.
Suspense because we still don't know who or what Barrons really is. Is he Fae? Or something else altogether? And if so, what? One thing's for sure, he's certainly not human. Somehow Barrons holds sway over people----both human and inhuman----no one else can stand a chance against. They back down to him and either ignore him altogether or even treat him as if they fear him. It's never revealed as to what exactly he is, and I'm unsure as to whether I want to know. I'm torn between chomping at the bits in anticipation for the moment when all is revealed, and wanting the suspense to never end because I find Barrons very intriguing and attractive. While I'm certain he would still have these qualities even if the readers and Mac learned of his secrets, he's quite enjoyable as he is (that's an understatement). A fair amount of Barrons' earlier stoicism and aloofness is missing in this installment. You see with much more certainty that he cares for Mac and isn't as impervious to her as he would have you believe.
And Mac's character is the same and yet not the same; she grows quite a bit in this one, albeit by force and brutal torture, but grow she does. But Mac kicks ass in this and doesn't fail me as a reader even once. That's not something I can say of many heroines.
Another thing that I really liked: You don't see a lot of V'lane in this one. I believe his character only makes two appearances throughout the entire duration of the novel, something I found very nice. It's safe to say I'm not a member of the V'lane fan club.
This installment literally had me gripping my couch cushions, bursting out laughing, and feeling other things that are too inappropriate to include in this review (hint: they had something to do with Barrons). And all I can say is that I'm very glad that I have Faefever on my nightstand.
"I heard there are no male sidhe-seers." "Where did you hear that?" "Around." "And which one of those are you in doubt about, Ms. Lane?" "Which one of what?" "Whether I see the Fae, or whether I'm a man. I believe I've laid your mind to rest on the former; shall I relieve it on the latter?" He reached for his belt.
"The only things you feel are greed, mockery, and occasionally you probably get a hard-on, but I bet it's not over a woman, it's over money or an artifact or a book. You're no different than any other player in this game. You're no different than V'lane. You're just a cold, mercenary---" His hand was on my throat, and he was crushing me back with his body into the cold steel beam behind me. "Yes, I have loved, Ms. Lane, and although it's none of your business, I have lost. Many things. And no, I am not like any other player in this game and I will never be like V'lane, and I get a hard-on a great deal more often than occasionally." He leaned fully against me and I gasped. "Sometimes it's over a spoiled little girl, not a woman at all."
(As you can see, Barrons is quite intriguing.)...more
Well, I think it's official: I'm the last woman on the planet to read this. Seriously, this book/series is EVERYWHERE. I've got the covers of these boWell, I think it's official: I'm the last woman on the planet to read this. Seriously, this book/series is EVERYWHERE. I've got the covers of these books popping up in my sleep. So, I figured I should meet Barrons try them.
I had a bad experience with an Urban Fantasy novel a while back and decided to judge all novels of this genre accordingly. But, after reading this, I'm beginning to think that maybe I need to give this genre another try. Because if there's any other Urban Fantasy series this good (or even close), sign me up!
I thought that the author's take on faery mythology was . . . different. (view spoiler)[I'm not sure how I feel about the whole "alien" thing. At one point I think I don't like it because I'm so used to the traditional faery lore; then I think sometimes it's better to write your own take on things rather than to follow others'. To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about her changing the entire origin of the faeries. (hide spoiler)]
Another thing I'm not sure about: Mac's encounters with V'lane. *makes a gagging sound* Very strange and somewhat . . . nauseating. The whole death-by-sex fae thing was rather weird. And what is it with faeries and sex, anyway? I can't tell you how many books I've read (both YA and adult) where the faeries seem hornier than an antelope.
Mac, herself, wasn't bad. I know some readers probably think of her as ditzy and stupid, but to me that seems like more of a stereotypical judgement than an actual fair assessment of her character. If you look at the choices she makes and pay attention to her narrative, you see that she's not that bad. I think she's got a lot of room to grow and will probably change a lot through the course of the series, but I ended up really liking her character.
Now, what you're all most interested in: Barrons. While I'm probably not nearly as batshit crazy over him as I probably will be after reading the next installments, I'm definitely seeing a lot of potential in his character. It's just that he's so stoic and indifferent to everything (including Mac, most of the time). There're glimpses where you see that he actually does have feelings, but they're few and far between. However, the passages where you see this were some of my favorite, naturally. Barrons is very mysterious and there are hints throughout the novel that make me think he's something . . . other. I'm just not sure what. I definitely foresee myself liking him more in the next installments, though.
I can't end this review without mentioning the ending. (view spoiler)[The last chapter where Mac has Barrons paint her fingernails . . . classic! I was seriously cracking up while reading that scene. For some reason imagining Barrons painting her nails . . . makes me think all sorts of naughty and unmentionable things. *grins evilly* It was so uncharacteristic of him that I found it absolutely adorable and attractive. (I'm weird, I know.) (hide spoiler)]
All in all, I'd say that I really liked this and I'm very anxious to start on Bloodfever.
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