Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: October 16, 2007
Series or Standalone: Fever #2
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Rating: 4.5 Stars


I’m going to be honest – reviewing this book is hard because I loved it so much, but I also don’t want to give away any of the big plot things. Talking anything plot-wise with this series is incredibly difficult as there are so many fun twists and turns, and experiencing them for the first time while reading is magical.

Bloodfever picks up almost immediately after the actions of Darkfever and takes Mac deeper into the world of the Fae. Barrons and Mac are still on the hunt for the Sinsar Dubh and the murderer of Mac’s sister. As they’re looking for both, Barrons and Mac are also on the lookout for Objects of Power (OOP), including a powerful amulet. Old and powerful foes stand behind every corner, and Mac needs all her wits about her to survive.

I don’t want to go into too many details about the plot, but suffice to say, I was hooked. This book manages to take Mac on such a journey that I’m literally shocked it all happened in one book. The twists and turns were woven into the story so seamlessly that I felt like I had no idea where the story would go next, and I mean that in the best way. Looking back on the plot, there were a lot of hints that set up the action later in the book and the series. I’m seriously in awe of Karen Marie Moning’s plotting as it’s impressive. I ended up so wrapped up in the story that I didn’t even realize I was at the end of the book until I turned the page and there were no more pages.

I love how this book continues to flesh out this world even more. We learn so much more about the Fae and sidhe-seers in this book and the mythology around the faeries continues to be built out and developed. Seriously, the world-building in this series is so complex, nuanced and richly beautiful. I love getting deeper into the world and seeing all the different types of power in it. The reader goes on the journey with Mac as she learns more about everything, so the pacing and world-building work perfectly. New characters are introduced as we learn more about the world, including Dani, a thirteen-year-old sidhe-seer, and Christian, both of whom we’ll be seeing more of in later books.

While we continue to learn more about this world, we still don’t get an answer to who or what Barrons is. We get more hints as to the enigma that is Jericho Barrons, and, I’ve got to say, I felt like I was bingeing this series to get an answer to what he is. Just know, you’ll be reading for a while to get that answer. I also truly loved how this book continued to flesh out Mac and Barrons relationship. The sexual tension is really ramped up in this book between them and I literally felt like I was screaming at them to just kiss already! I ship the two of them getting together so hard, even though Barrons can be a bit of an ass to Mac.

This has to be my shortest review in a while, but it’s so hard to go into so many details as I feel the Fever series is best experienced without knowing what is to come. The twist and turns Moning takes you on are so much fun. I can already tell that this series is one I’m going to wish I could read for the first time again, as it’s truly a fantastic experience to see all the pieces fall into place. Definitely check it out! 

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