Feb 2, 2015

Burned (Fever, #7) by Karen Marie Moning

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Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance

Summary On Goodreads:

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.


*** REVIEW ***

MAYDAY, MAYDAY !!! The Fever fandom is divided yet again on Karen you rock! and How could you Karen??? side. Come and join the drama, we have cookies and burning matches! ;D

This book is a perfect example of the fact that you simply can't please everyone, no matter how hard you try. I respect everybody's opinion, really, I do, but I still don't get the whole drama about this and the previous installment, but especially this one. Before reading this book, I did the one thing I shouldn't have where I quickly skimmed the ratings on its GR page which turned my excitement into trepidation, because apparently, according to a couple of the most "liked" reviews my most expected read of 2015 should have sucked big time, but then I remembered that it was the same case with the previous one and I loved it, so I relaxed again and calmly dived again in the Fever world.

I'm so glad to say that, from my perspective, Karen Marie Moning delivered yet again another gripping, engaging & unputdownable installment which I devoured in one sitting. Oh, how I missed this series! It seems as if a century has passed since the last book and not two years. And now comes the part where I initially wrote about the reasons why I don't agree with those 1-2 stars rated reviews, but then I gave up on that idea, because there's just too much drama already and instead I'm going to tell you about the things which make this urban fantasy series and its author one of the best out there for me:

Reason No. 1 - Jerricho frigging Barrons!!! *_* There are no coherent words to describe my infatuation with that grumpy, fierce, at times infuriating, but sexy as hell bad boy. My thoughts about him are pretty much Pri-ya-alike/ X-rated, so I'll leave it at that.

Reason No. 2 - Outstanding paranormal world-building which keeps on expanding and getting better with every next installment.

Reason No. 3 - Exquisite writing style. 

Reason No. 4 - Christian The Unseelie Prince and Lor - Pri-ya-alike/ X rated thoughts again.

Reason No. 5 - Dani's "transformation." - Wicked! That's all I'm going to say.

Reason No. 6 - Mac's pov - The book is written from multiple povs, but mainly Mac's. She and Barrons were the only things I missed in Iced, so I couldn't wait to see what new the author has in store for them. Many readers, it seems, expect of Mac to be this pure kick-ass heroine after everything she's experienced in Dublin, but the one thing they keep forgetting is that for the most of her life she was this rich, girly and carefree Barbie-alike girl and that no matter how much she changed there'll always be that small childish part of her which'll occasionally come to surface. I accepted that long time ago, so I didn't have bigger problems with her at times goofy behavior. As far as Mac's and Barrons' relationship is concerned- well, every relationship has its ups and down moments, why not theirs? 

Reason No. 7 - Amazing secondary characters & multiple pov. Books from multiple povs were more of a miss than hit in my reading history, but it totally worked for me in this one. Probably because there are so many characters in this series that I adore and therefore I loved to be in their head from time to time and it definitely helped me to understand them better.

Reason No. 8 - Ryodan- Still not my favorite guy after "the thing" he pulled with Jo, but I'm slowly warming up to him. And *ahem*...Ok, I admit- some Pri-ya/ X-rated thoughts.

Reason No. 9 - The heartbreaking story of the Unseelie King & Queen. I hope he wins her back! 

Reason No. 10 - The addition of new bad ass characters and a glorious, gory ending of some existing ones. No spoilers, read the book and find out who!

Did I forget something? Probably, but these are the basic ones. Karen M. Moning is just one of those authors who can't do wrong in my book, at least not so far. I admit, there were some things she could have maybe handled a bit differently, but I'm mostly satisfied with the direction she's leading this story.

To conclude- I must say that I would have been perfectly okay if she continued this series from Dani's pov, more-soever I would have preferred it, because, while I wasn't Dani's biggest fan before, she totally won me over in Iced and it's obvious from the way the story developed that she planned it to be from her pov. If you read the book carefully you must have read those parts where the author clearly states her opinion about the infamous "age issue" which is in my opinion to blame for the pov switch.

And the ending? - It ended as always- with a damn  cliffhanger! *exasperated sigh *

All in all - this was a 4.5 stars read for me, because the previous books were slightly more amazing and as my friend Glass said- I'm a bit disappointed because the author didn't stick to her first decision and continued the story from Dani's pov.

P. S. Sorry about the picture and no offense to anyone. It's just a joke resulted out of boredom and too much free time. I  promise I usually draw much better. ;P




  1. Ah yes. The great divide. :) I'm looking forward to being in this fandom again. I have yet to read Iced, but it's on my priority.

    1. Hurry up, Joy! I'm really curious which side you'll be on. ;)

  2. Nice review! I take no offense to your picture! I kind of get reclusive in even the internet world. I stick to blogging, twitter when I'm awake (lol) and instagram, so I might have missed some of the flack going about this series! I just read Iced because I didn't want to have a super long wait between books and I have to say I loved it too! There were tidbits that made me uneasy, but I still enjoyed it!

    Sad to hear that Dani won't be our main storyteller, but I can see why there were comments about her age and everything. Needless to say, I need to read this soon! Though I did hear we won't have to wait nearly as long for the next one and that eases the upcoming cliffhanger I will be enduring...so I say now. Granted when I read it, you might hear screaming coming from my direction of the world! LOL!

    Great review! Looking forward to reading this one soonish!

    1. Thanks, Jessica! :) I'm referring on the top reviews on GR, but the book still has a very good rating. I loved Iced too despite those tidbits that made me a bit uncomfortable.

      Yeah, the age issues was a bit sensitive, but I was okay with it because nothing sexual actually happened and that's why I didn't see any reason for the story not to continue from Dan's pov while many others did.

      Can't wait for you to read Burned! I think there'll be screaming, but in a good way. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. As always when it comes to this series - I agree with everything you wrote. :)
    I just hope that we won't have to wait x years for the next book again.

    Great review, Purple!

    1. I knew that I 'm gonna like it after I read your review. :) Me too!

      Thanks, Boss!

  4. This is a series I've been wanting to jump into forever: I'm just waiting on a super good deal to buy the entire set. I love your little infographic on the Burned divide- I really can't imagine being the author of such a successful series and having to please everyone. In that situation, I have to say I'm glad I'm just a book blogger.
    Excellent review!
    ~Litha Nelle

    1. Agree, it takes a lot of work to be a writer, especially when it comes to fulfilling expectations of the fans. I really hope you give this series a try.

      Thanks, Litha! :)

  5. I rated this 4.5 stars as well, Purple, and I'm glad I didn't surf through the reviews and see all negativity before diving in. I, too, fell for Dani in Iced (she annoyed me previously) and was disappointed when I found out she wouldn't be the major narrator, but when I dove in I remembered why I LOVED Mac and Barrons all over again. I don't get all the Mac hate. She's a character who's been through a lot, like you said, spoiled girly, girl before all this stuff went down, and she's far from perfect, but who would be in the same situations?! As far as their relationship, I felt it wasn't really even in question. Like any real committed couple, when there are ups and downs, you work it out!

    I'm totally for a Dani/Ryodan match up. I didn't like Jo at all in Iced (sorry if you did) but I hope she finds happiness with the other hottie now! I too have x-rated thoughts for these men: Ryodan, Barrons & Lor! Holy heck, Lor!! He can turn me Pri-ya anytime he likes.

    I do hope we get the next book in October. I'm excited for the next installment. Wonderful review, Purple! :)

    1. So glad we are of the same opinion, Rachel. :)

      Don't worry, my opinion of Jo isn't exactly high, especially now after she threw herself on you know who, lol. Ryodan still has to do a lot of making up in my book for messing with her of all the willing woman. That was a low blow for me. And then there's Christian *_*...He totally won me over in iced and I kinda like him better, but it's obvious whom the author has in mind for Dani and i'm okay with that too.

      Me, too! Karen is a true sadist for ending a book like that! I thought I was missing pages. xD Thanks! :)

  6. It really has been crazy seeing the differences. It's been so split on what people thought. I'm opting to skip for a while. I love her highlanders but this series while I liked it never sparked that omg must have NOW for me.

    1. In my case is the other way around. I love this series, but I still haven't read her highlander series, probably because historical romances, even though I'm not a stranger to them, are not on the top my tbr list and I know you are a big fan of that genre, but this author is one of a kind for me and I'm definitely gonna try those series too. :)


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