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Book Review: Burned (Fever #7)

Title:   Burned (Fever #7)
Author:   Karen Marie Moning
Genre:   Urban Fantasy/NC-17
Source:   Purchase
Rating:  3.5
Locate It:  Amazon


It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of the Fever series and pre-ordered Burned as soon as it was available for pre-order.  I counted down the days until it was delivered to my kindle and began reading almost immediately (nevermind that it’s taken me months to get around to review it).  I love the darkness of this series.  I love the characters, I especially love the strong independent female characters.

Burned was supposed to be the second book told through the viewpoint of Dani O’Malley.  There was quite a bit of controversy among readers about Dani’s age when Iced came out.  KMM said, “trust me”.  I trusted her as did many other readers but apparently there was a louder contingency of readers who didn’t trust her and to appease them (although KMM vehemently denies changing the series direction/speed in reaction to the loud voices), she did some quick changes with some fancy writer’s footwork  and not only made Mac the main viewpoint but also had Dani age years in the blink of an eye.

For me, it didn’t work.  The first half of Burned was weird, slow and sometimes difficult to follow, especially with what I thought were way too many sex scenes.  There just wasn’t much of a moving plot line. I was so sad.  It took well over half the book for Burned to find it’s Fever pace and become something that I wanted to read.

I’m glad I stayed loyal to KMM and the Fever series because in the end, the last third of the book had me hooked again (and a little mad that just as it was getting good, it ended).  Now, I have the long wait until the next book, Feverborn, comes out in 2016.


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