Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning (Audio Edition)

Narrated by: Joyce Bean, Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I had planned on writing a review after I finished each book, but let's face it.. I got sucked into the vortex that is the Fever series and didn't surface till I was done!  I listened to books 1-5 back to back and loved every word of it. I have read the series once before and found it amazing. I remember reading so fast I was sure I probably missed bits but couldn’t stop myself! I was unsure (to the point of almost feeling nervous that I would ruin it’s memory) if I could reread this series and enjoy it as much as I did the first time. The second time around, I realized there was a lot of details I didn't remember. .. huh, wonder why?  Whether due to the fact I was listening this time instead of reading, which made reading too fast, impossible.. or perhaps it was just that it's been a few years since I read it. Either way,  I wasn't disappointed. It stood up to what I remember as being a fantastic series.  I am not a fan of cliffhangers, and I was happy I had access to all the books when I had started this series the first time and this time as well in audio. (I would recommend this.. having to wait for the next book from the library or worse - to be published..would have totally killed me!)  


MacKayla Lane was a good character. I loved her spunk, sarcasm and creativeness. I love how she irritates Barrons, often going out of her way to do so. Jericho Barrons was awesome. To this day, he stands as one of my all time favourite leading men. I love his sarcasm, snarky attitude, and his promise to MacKayla. I LOVED their wordless conversations, their bickering and the feeling you get when reading their scenes. These two have fantastic chemistry together and I could hardly wait each time, till they were on the same page together again.   Dani O’Malley is a favourite of mine as well. She was full of spirit, funny and I really can't wait to read her story!

Moning weaves such a good tale. Creates a world that I find hard to leave behind. - Major book hangover here!-  At times I found that MacKayla would analyze things a bit too much.. and it would seem a wee bit tedious (especially in the last book) but I think it's more because the the 5 books are all one storyline so the last book has to “wrap up” more instead of continuing the crazy action roller coaster.. 

 Funny enough...I remember thinking the very first time that I was hesitant to read this series… that all paranormal stories had to have vampires (I am not a fan of vampires as the hero/heroine) I am very glad I took the chance and read it as my worries were just silly! This series has one vampire..a sub character who has a very brief part in the story. The paranormal aspect of this is mostly about the Fae.  So if you haven't read this series and you like action, romance, humour and suspense this is a great series for you to read!  

As this is the audio edition I am reviewing, here’s my thoughts on the Narrators.  The first 3 books were performed by Joyce Bean. She did a fantastic job. Her Dani was perfect! Just how I imagined her to be. The last two books were read by Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante - they both did a wonderful job. I liked having both a man and woman read for their respective roles. My only negative was with the Dream fever audible file recording. Natalie's voice sounded as though there was to much bass. When listening in headphones it sounded muffled due to that.  All 3 performers got into their roles well, acting out scenes with emotion and passion. It made the for a wonderful listening experience!

Here's the order of the books:
  1. Darkfever
  2. Bloodfever
  3. Faefever
  4. Dreamfever
  5. Shadowfever.

Dani’s series is next “Iced”. I have waited along time to read these.. as I didn't want to read it with cliffhangers. I waited till they were all out. At least I hope they are all out now. It was said to be a trilogy... and the third book is released today. So unless Moning decided to extend the series, I will be fine! ... Perhaps I shall go check before I start! ... Nope.. Not all out .. Guess my wait continues! 

The next part of the series is:
6. Iced
7. Burned
8. Feverborn
9. Feversong (not released yet.. just saw on Moning's site that she was talking about this..) 

Here is a link to her site if you would like to read more about this series: The Fever Series

Here's the blurbs for the books:

Darkfever:

My philosophy is pretty simple-any day nobody’s

trying to kill me is a good day in my book.
I haven’t had many good days lately.

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman.
Or so she thinks... until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae...
As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless V'lane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands...
BloodFever:
I used to be your everyday, average girl but all that changed
one night in Dublin, when I saw my first Fae, and got dragged
into a world of deadly immortals and ancient secrets...
In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million year old book of deadly black magic, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by people she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two dangerous and powerful men, V’lane, a lethal Fae prince and the mysterious Jericho Barrons.
For millennia the shadowy realm of the Fae court has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down and Mac is the only thing that stands between them.
Faefever:
He calls me his Queen of the Night. I'ddie for him. I'd kill for him, too.
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.
Dreamfever:
They may have stolen my past but I willnever let them take my future.
When the walls between Man and Fae come crashing down, freeing the immortal Unseelie from their icy prison, Mac is caught in a deadly trap. Trapped and tortured by the Fae Lord Master, Mac has no memory of who or what she is: the onlysidhe-seer alive that can track the Sinsar Dubh, a book of black magic that holds the key to controlling both worlds.
Clawing her way back from oblivion is only the first step Mac must take down a perilous path, from the battle filled streets of Dublin to the treacherous politics of an ancient, secret sect, through the tangled lies of men who claim to be her allies into the illusory world of the Fae themselves where nothing is as it seems—and Mac is forced to face a soul-shattering truth.
Who do you trust when you can’t even trust yourself?
Shadowfever:
Evil is a completely different creature, Mac.
Evil is bad that believes it's good.
MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.
Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister's murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals that have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.
What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief, while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh--a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King that contains the power to create and destroy worlds.
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac, and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman that haunts her dreams? More importantly, who is Mac and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?
From the luxury of the Lord Master's penthouse, to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover, to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac's journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and make a choice that will either save the world...or destroy it.



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