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1.22.2011

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning - Review


DreamFever
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Paranormal Element: Fae
Series: Fever Series
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Purchased for admittance into Shadowfever release party.

PJVs QUICKIE POV:
As conclusions go, I have never waited more patiently for the end, than I did for Shadowfever. Ever since I laid Dreamfever down (well no, I threw it across the room upon completion) I have been patiently awaiting Shadowfever. I have never looked forward to a book as much as I did this one. Was it worth the wait? The heartache of the last two books? The jarring pain that thrust through my head every time Barrons and Mac blamed each other and bitched and tormented themselves!? HELL YES.

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

Shadowfever, Mr. Eliot, did not end the Fever Series world with a whimper. It definitely was a bang. A big, wet and fulfilling bang. Take that however you feel is necessary.

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE PERVIOUS BOOKS GO NO FURTHER! I have tried my hardest to not spoil Shadowfever…but it will spoil the earlier books.

REVIEW:
The conclusion of the Fever series picks right up where we left Mac in Dreamfever. She had killed someone dear to her. Someone that meant the world to her and their death would change her life forever. I had my suspicions as to who this was…but I couldn’t believe it. Couldn’t process it at all. I had all these replacements stuck in there, but my mind would always go… ‘Why would Mac care that much?’ KMM couldn’t have done what I think she just did! You’ll find out who it is within the first chapters (if you feel it necessary you can get those first two chapters on KMMs blog).

Mac’s world has become a dark place. She is trapped in the Silvers and she knows the LM is descending on her at any moment. She is now alone there, with no protection. She has to escape the Silvers and then still she must track and conquer the book all the while staying alive and protecting those that she loves. Her transition in Shadowfever is a hard one, Mac is no longer the Rainbow Girl she once was, but still desperately wants to retain some of her older self. With enemies popping up around every corner and secrets that put a death sentence on her head, will Mac be able to accomplish what she hasn’t be able to in the past? Will she finally find out what happened to Alina and destroy the book? And most importantly will her and Barrons finally stop bickering and start kissing???

Everything I ever wanted and more. KMM answered the questions I didn’t even think to ask. Her imagination was so outlandish that I basically read through this book dumbfounded that it was really that good. She just paints pictures with her words. I didn’t skim, I didn’t hurry, I actually would reread paragraphs over and over again to soak it in (which is why it took me three days to read this baby). Her words and conclusions were just excellent and then she wrapped everything up nicely in the end. There was one little end that didn’t have a bow on it…but KMM reassures that it is not necessarily The End in her Q&A sessions.

All in all a great great great read. Fan of the series, run and buy this, what are you waiting for??? But give yourself some time, you are going to be sucked in and not let out for awhile. Which is why I sit here. Writing this review in stunned silence, thinking “is it really over?”

There is nothing like the emotional trauma of a good book. Who needs drugs.


RECOMMENDATIONS:
Fans of the series. Read the other books first, it is not recommended that you read this one if you haven’t read the others. The cliff hangers and suspense aspects of these novels is what makes them so good.









8 comments:

Tiffany said...

I loved this series! The ending leaves so much room for continuation, though. Do you think she'll do a series in a supporting character's voice? Dani's, maybe?

Steph said...

SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

I haven't written my review yet, but curious about Barron's complete personality transplant. What did you think of his turning into a caring and sweet guy at the end?

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

I'm on a blog tour for this book, but the review copies weren't allowed to ship until the release date, so I'm still waiting on mine. Can't wait to see how the series ends though! Glad you enjoyed it!

Mariya said...

This book left me breathless. I am still processing the book before I am ready to write my review =D

Tena said...

I had to skip this review because I fall into the ones who have not read the series yet
::: hanging my head in shame:::: it is on my list to read this year

ParaJunkee said...

@Tiffany - Yes, she will be doing a continuation series. In KMMs words, she will not be leaving the Fever World for awhile. She mentioned Dani, Christian and Ryoden.


SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER


@Steph - I feel that it was a good transition. I think that both lost each other and that in turn "softened" them. Yet, KMM did maintain the hard exterior. IF you remember the all the sappy stuff was Mac's interpretation. The 'silent' conversation that you really never know if it is interpreted correctly. Barrons never said I love you, or anything like that, no declaration of love. It was more she interpreted his actions and round about things he said. I basically got it that him "peeing" on her was a declaration of ownership = love.

@Nat - I hope you really enjoy it.

@Mariya - It took me awhile to process this. I was ridiculously tempted to reread.

@Tena - read it!

Candace said...

I finished this book a day or so ago and I still like it's a bit surreal. I can't believe we finally have answers! It was a perfect ending though!
Before I even read this book I got a feeling that she might do a spin off with Dani, her saying that it's necessarily the end makes me wonder if I'm right. I hope so!

L. Blanchard said...

I loved your review. I'm a UF blogger too and I wondered if I was the only one obsessed with this series and this book in particular so thanks for sharing such a well thought out review. I had a few things that bothered me a little but certainly not enough to stop the overall wonderment that was Shadowfever but oh...waiting for it was miserable.
I too, threw Dreamfever against the wall. I also wrote an article bitching mightily about the increase in Cliffhangers lately in series books besides the Fever series(i.e. Jim Butcher's Changes). But it didn't stop me from re-reading dreamfever 4 times.
I was a mess of anticipation waiting for Shadowfever to come out. Then the first 90 pages about killed me. I couldn't stand it. Then...the book took off again. I'm looking forward to re-reading it already.
@steph...I respectfully disagree. In fact there were things revealed during the time Barron's/Mac finally stop fighting that alone would have scared me off, (or not...jeez Barrons gets in your head). There is that whole part where Mac is thinking, "I fell in love with the bad guy".
Anyway..I wrote a review too, over at www.dangerousromance.com if anyone is interested.
L. Blanchard

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