Friday, 4 May 2012

Review: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning (Fever #3)

Publisher - Gollancz
Publication Date - 10th November 2011
Paperback - 416 pages
Genre - Urban Fantasy

Source - Purchased

Rating - 3 out of 5: I liked it.

Reviewed by - Chrissie

Book Info - When MacKayla Lane receives a page torn from her dead sister's journal, she is stunned by Alina's desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister's killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt: For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil that it corrupts anyone who touches it. Mac's quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shapeshifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V'lane, a lethal Fae prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man of deadly secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.

My Thoughts - I must admit that after the great cliff hanger from the last book I had very high hopes for Faefever. But unfortunately, my hopes were dashed with this book. On the whole I am enjoying the series but there are still a few things about the books that are making me have some mixed feelings.

First of all, I feel as though both Bloodfever and Faefever have followed a bit of a pattern - they start off slow, often leaving me bored for a large proportion of the book with all of the scene-setting that takes place, then some great big thing happens near the end that leads to a big cliff-hanger that will make you want to pick up the next book straight away. And as much as I love the big climatic events at the end of the book, I also want something that really holds my attention for the first two thirds of the book.

The overall plot arc of the series is great, and that is one of the things that is keeping me going with these books. But I feel as though there is a lot of 'filling' going on. I would have been perfectly happy for Bloodfever and Faefever to be squashed together into one amazing book with a lot of the filling taken out. That being said though, I can't wait to find out what is in store next for Mac - especially after the way Faefever ended!

The major plus point in this book for me was Barrons - I know, you're shocked right? *cheeky grin*. I am still completely intrigued and can't wait to find out more about him! I love the sexual chemistry between him and Mac and I'm really hoping something happens between the two of them as I think that would be explosive! I am also more than a little bit fascinated by V'lane - I think he cares about Mac (as much as he is able to care about anything) and I love the way tries to do all he can to help her.

Summary - This is a series that has a promising storyline but that is let down somewhat by the amount of 'filling' and scene-setting that is going on. I am hoping that this will decrease as the series progresses and that the pace will pick up as it heads towards it's finale.

Other books in this series:
1. Darkfever
2. Bloodfever
3. Faefever
4. Dreamfever
5. Shadowfever

Other reviews of this book:
Dark Faerie Tales / Love Vampires / Saz 101

This book counts towards the following challenges:
Book #8 for 2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Book #28  for 2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge


kimba88 said...

I own this entire series and haven't read them...i do not mind some world-building but i am disappointed to hear it was slow for 2/3 of the book..eek..Awesome review!

Jenny said...

Sometimes these really long series have a bit too much filler. I know the author is having fun just telling stories about characters they love, but I often wonder where and if it will end. Make sense? I haven't read these one's, though.

Ally said...

Oooh Chrissie (my partner in crime) I'm hurt! this is one of my favourite series :D
No I joke the series does have A-lot of scene setting I think Ms Moning was excited about being in Ireland lool

Loni Flowers said...

I just finished the 5th book in this series. I'm a bit hurt you didn't like it as much (but I'll survive lol) This is by far the best series I've ever read (for me)
And I totally agree with your "cheeky grin* I LOVE Barron's!!

Cherry said...

I have to agree with Chrissie, I was disappointed with this book. For an author with wonderful story telling quality, her story and plot building needs serious injection of magic. Despite my disappointment I plodded on to Book 4. Unfortunately it is just more of the same. Book 5 is sitting deep in the TBR pile bottom...

Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

Kimba - Yeah it was pretty slow. But I am still intrigued enough to read the next book in the series :)

Jenny - What you say makes perfect sense and I completely agree with you :)

Ally - I'm sorry to hurt your feelings, but tough :P Only joking LOL. I've got such high hopes for this series but so far it's just not hitting the spot!

Loni - I think what I'm finding so tough with this series is that it's got the potential to be such an amazing series but at times the story just drags. Still can't wait to find out what happens in the next book though :)

Cherry - Yay! Somebody who agrees with me! I'm gutted to hear book four is more of the same. I was hoping that as the series neared the end it would pick up pace. Still going to give it a try though :)

Sarah (saz101) said...

Aw, I'm sorry it's a little dissapointing... I think you have fair points about pacing and filler... I read the books back to back, and it was all one great big Barrons-filled blur for me... and that was really the thing. Barrons. He kept me reading and hooked and intrigued... and IT'S SO FRUSTRATING.

And YES about V'lane... UGH! I can't wait for you to finish so we can talk about those two XD

Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

Sarah - Yeah, Barrons and V'lane are about the only things keeping me going at this point! We'll definitely talk about them once I'm done ;)

Shelagh said...

Brilliant, balanced review Chrissie.

I still have book 1 sitting waiting for me to read it. So many people whose tastes I enjoy (present company included) have recommended this series and I must say that I am very keen to learn about the (in)famous Barrons.

It's a pity that this book dragged for you. I've noticed with a couple of series that one or two of the books could have been condensed into one without losing any of the drama or plot.

I hope that the series picks up for you and I'm looking forward to your next review!

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