Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bloodfever by Karen Monning: Review

By Karen Monning
Look for it at your local indie or at Amazon

My good pal Danny over at Bewitched Bookworms absolutely adores this series!
While it is true that we normally agree on books, I am still having trouble with this series....but I won't lose hope!

Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

I used to think my sister and I were just two nice southern girls who'd get married in a few years and settle down to a quiet life. Then I discovered that Alina and I descend, not from good wholesome southern stock, but from an ancient Celtic bloodline of powerful sidhe-seers, people who can see the Fae. Not only can I see the terrifying otherworldly race, but I can sense the sacred Fae relics that hold the deadliest of their magic.

When my sister was found dead in a trash-filled alley in Dublin, I came over to get answers. Now all I want is revenge. And after everything I've learned about myself, I know I have the power to get it....

MacKayla Lane's ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland's shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets.

In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh-a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V'lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious.

For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae 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....

My thoughts:
and please don't throw tomatoes at my head...

First let me say this was more like 3.5 stars which's getting better!!!

Mac is starting to show signs of improvement. She is growing up a little. I'm glad to report that I didn't have to hear about quite as much pretty in pink stuffy stuff. Yippee!! But it gets better! Not only did I not have to succumb to the girly stuff, Mac has a dark side....A side that wants to shred all things pink until they are no longer identifiable. Oh I am so gonna like getting to this side of Mac.

Mac and Barrons are up to their usual OPPS hunting in this second installment, and I have to admit I enjoyed the level of action in this book a lot more. For me the first book was lacking in action, romance, and had an abundance of unnecessary (sometimes annoying) fluffy details. I couldn't really stand Mac. In fact she drove me absolutely batty. I am happy to report, that while this still isn't AMAZING for me yet, it is getting better. The action doubled, the fluffy fluff was halved, now if only we had a little more romance we would be in there!

I really and truly love the world of fae that Monning has created, but I just need the romance to take it over the edge. What can I say? Apparently I'm a romance junkie. Also this series is labeled as where is it? This is book 2 and I just finally got a kiss, that I'm sure won't be repeating itself any time soon. Please don't misunderstand me. I don't need full on erotic sex scenes, nor do I expect them, but can a girl get some LOVE? Just a little? I guess what I'm saying is that in the end labeling this as romance is a little misleading. I think urban fantasy probably fits the bill.

I will be continuing on in this series. I have every intention of seeing it through to the end, but for now I need to take a little break. I really hope that in book three Evil Mac will take over and kill the Pink Mac once and for all. Also maybe Evil Mac and Hot Illusive Barrons can give me a little romance. *waggles eyebrows* What can I say Barrons is HOT!!

3 1/2 stars!


  1. I think I could get into this series if it were in movie form but I just can't get into it in book form. Glad to see you are starting to enjoy it more.

  2. By now you should have read the entire series and you'll know that it is an enormous build up to deliver pretty much all that you have asked for. By the end of book #3 you will want to have #4 and #5 right on hand to keep reading without pause. AH -from goodreads- loved the level Mac developed as well and I tell you -as one that has gone through a severe Goth phase and yet still started cheer leading at a ripe ol' age and therefore can be tagged as slightly dual personality- I like Mac; and I think as to the contrast of the Before and After in this series the Pink-turns-Black is an almost too obvious, yet absolutely convincing picture of the way the story progresses. Moning works with colors a lot to set the mood throughout this and I love how it makes visualizing and thinking you are in the story real easy...even if you hate least she grabbed you emotionally, hate is strong emotion! I do agree that the build up between Barons and Mac is getting so tense that at times you question if it will ever happen...well, you need to read them and I promise the books deliver! It's one of my favorite series...