REVIEW: Bloodfever (Fever Series #2) by Karen Marie Moning (@KarenMMoning)

I used to be your average, everyday 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, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V’lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous.
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.

So I decided that if I am going to do this, I am going to do this big.  I got all 5 audiobooks and I am flying through them.  As I sit and write this review, I have just wrapped up book 3 and finished loading book 4 and book 5 onto my iPod.  So here’s what I thought of book 2.
Karen Marie Moning – WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME?!?!?!?!  I say that with a giant grin on my face.  It has been a LONG time since one little puzzle piece in a series has had me THIS gripped.  Even when I don’t mean to, I find myself mentally sifting through all of the “evidence” throughout this series trying to figure out what exactly Jericho Barrons is.  Much to my chagrin, my *air quote with an attitude* friends are TOTURING me!  Yes.  Ginny.  Amber.  That is directed at YOU!  Let me ‘splainy a little bit.
Author Amber Lynn Natusch, author/Pure Textuality reviewer Ginny Lurcock and I all went out to dinner in February (I think) and spent the whole dinner chatting about books.  It was a perfect evening out.  Anyway, they both about lost their heads when they asked if I had read the Fever series and I said no.  So upon much insisting, I gave it a try.  Now that I am HOOKED and DYING to know who/what Jericho Barrons is, neither one of them will even consider throwing me a bone.  I give them a theory, they give me crap.  Nada.  Nothing.  Zip.  Zero.  Diddly squat.  In fact, Amber has the tendency to answer my questions with the most cryptic line of horse dookie ever.  Actually, she kind of answers it like Jericho Barrons would answer it……  Hmmmm…..  With that being said, it’s probably a good thing that they never tell me anything because it would probably ruin the series and I wouldn’t be burning through the audiobooks like a mad woman, desperately searching for all of the pieces to this crazy puzzle.  So, Amber and Ginny, you are forgiven.  *wink wink*
Anyway, so as I said, it has been a LONG time since a series has had me this hooked.  As frustrating and infuriating as it is, it’s not a bad thing.  AsJerichowould say, “Very good, Mizzz Moning.”. 
So, let’s chat about Bloodfever…. 
As I said above, I am doing the audiobooks on this series.  The only issue I found with this in Darkfever (book #1) is that the narrator was horrendous.  Well, either I got used to get or someone threatened to smack the crap out of her if she didn’t fix that horrible southern accent because it’s not nearly as bad in this book.  Again, that has nothing to do at all with the content of the book.  That is 100% just a side note for all the readers out there who decide to go the audiobook route on this one. 
I have put off writing this review because I have been struggling like mad to figure out what to say without ruining any details of the book.  I can say with 100% certainty that there is nothing I can tell you about the plot lines in this book that will not ruin a surprise detail at some point in this book.  The few things I can say are these:
Mac starts out in book one, Darkfever, as a very………naïve character.  She’s completely oblivious to the world around her and I do not just mean the supernatural aspects of it.  I mean that she genuinely seems to have floated her way through life with blinders on.  As a character, I really didn’t like her much in Darkfever but after reading Bloodfever, she has really grown on me.  We are not only watching her grow as a person, we are watching her blossom into a warrior of sorts and by the end of Bloodfever, I really had a new found respect for her.
V’lane – I love V’Lane.  I know he’s not a good guy.  And I am SURE that a therapist would have a FIELD DAY with the fact that in almost every book I read, a small part of me is waving a support banner for the bad guy but I just don’t care.  He’s selfish, sneaky, conniving, clever and it makes me laugh at inappropriate times.  I like that. 
JerichoBarrons.  Oh,JerichoBarrons.  He’s an enigma.  He’s a mystery.  He’s funny as hell.  He’s scary kind of dangerous.  HE’S DRIVING ME INSANE.  Every time I formulate a theory regarding what exactly he is, something happens that takes my theory, stomps on it, grinding it into the mud and then, just to really drive the point home, spits on it before walking away.  I am at a complete and total loss on this one.  I just cant figure out what he is.  I have one theory that I am still clinging desperately to but when I told that theory to Amber and Ginny, Amber’s response was “there is no point in having a theory with this series…it’s always wrong.”  See what I am dealing with here?!?!?!  She’s not exactly saying it’s wrong but she’s not saying I’m right either.  ‘Effin cryptic answer…..
If you’re in the market for a series with aLOTof action, lots of mystery, fantastic mythology that just keeps going deeper and deeper, and a healthy dose of sexual tension, you NEED to read this series.  I am so glad I finally picked it up and I am chomping at the bit to start book 4.  I promised myself I wouldn’t until I wrote the reviews for book 2 and 3. 
Overall, Bloodfever gets a very well deserved 5 stars.  An urban fantasy through and through, a mystery that keeps you crawling back on your hands and knees begging for more.  I love it!
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  1. I am so glad that no one has ruined the books for you by telling the secret that is Barrons! Think you’ll find that the series is such a rare chance to be fully taken for a ride that you will never want to get off, and I agree you can’t help but love V’Lane, too.

    1. I am about a quarter of the way through book #4 now and book 5 is all loaded into my iPod and ready to go. lol

  2. That’s a lie Jena… I told you that whatever your theory was, it was wrong…
    And that I would tell you nothing 😛
    Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

    1. I spent the last hour having my mind blown…..

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