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review 2018-08-26 21:42
High Voltage - Karen Marie Moning

...Well...it was actually readable. Still had the occasional style shift (going from first person past to first person present once, and going from third person to first person another, both without so much as a page break, let alone the start of another chapter. Very jarring).

 

The problem I'm having as the series goes on is that it's reinventing things she's written before. Fae were running around on earth in Adam's book, yet supposedly there was a wall to keep them out as per the first Fever book...and every one since really. Hunters were supposedly Unseelie cast but from the sound of it, they likely existed at the beginning of the universe. Along the same lines, it's indicated they were trapped in the unseelie prison until the walls came down, yet they attempted to capture Adam at one point - years before. Early descriptions honestly made me think of a manta ray. Now it's a dragon. Hunters were running amok seemingly at the beginning of the series yet where are they now? And since they're apparently chosen from amongst regular denizens, what is K'vruk's other persona?

 

Then there's the whole "planets are dead hunters" bit vs the concubine picking a planet with quite a bit of magic left. Does this mean the longer the hunter has been dead, the less magic remains?

 

So ok, Ryodan informs Dani at the beginning that he and the others of the Nine are going away for 2 years. I get why he was going away - to let her have her freedom. And I get why Barrons was going away - to guard Mac while she learned her new powers. I don't get why the 7 were though. Or where they went. It's revealed that Lor kept an eye on her, but that's still six whatever they were off...counting their toes? Unless an explanation appears in a later installment, I guess this is one of those things where an author has people doing inexplicable things for no reason a'tall.

 

Did Dani grow any? I can't tell. She still has this "mine" attitude about the city (like a feudal overlord, and with the same contemptuous attitude too). The only thing I could see is that she's suddenly developed new powers howbeit only after threatened by both an old god and Jayne. Jayne of course is still a self-righteous shit. He's convinced somehow he deserves the sword and he doesn't really care that he hurts Dani to get it...kinda like before. Actually, after what he did before, I'm surprised Mac didn't kill him at the first opportunity. But he only shows his face briefly.

 

Kat finally comes clean to Sean, who is having difficulty with the Unseelie bit (the fact that he and Christian survived the Song is why I wonder if Cruce wasn't an early attempt to convert a human).

 

All in all though, as the series drags on, I find myself less interested in spending the time/money to keep up. And I suspect the world breaking is going to get worse.

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review 2018-08-24 16:31
Feversong: A Fever Novel - Karen Marie Moning

I didn't start on the Fever series until Iced came out - I found it at the local library and i used the due date as a reason to dig out the other 5 and read through them. They were easy to read, fascinating, engrossing... My daughter was reading them at the same time I was. At some point, she grabbed the next book before I could, and got ahead of me. Based on her brief intro to Dani there, she refused to read Iced. I did...and sort of wonder why I bothered really. It was uncomfortable for me (Ryodan was creepy), and the young Dani's contemptuous attitude towards everyone got on my last nerve. I was relieved that she wasn't the star of book 7. Books 7 and 8 though... I don't really remember much about them (was actually a little startled to realize this is book 9). Sad isn't it? My last memory I guess was the Sweeper.

 

While I got that the original 5 left things unfinished really, somewhere along the line, that spark died.

 

And now we have this one - a disjointed mess.

 

I really hate head hopping. The bouncing into Dani's past (those italics chapters), the sudden shifting into someone else's head (Ryodan once - no warning on that one.), spatzing from third person to first person, sometimes present, sometimes not. There's a story in here but the writing of it was not something I could follow without some strong booze, which I'm fresh out.

 

Random observations - Cruce survived too. Am I off-base to wonder if he didn't start out as human? Maybe an attempt to turn humans fae? And how long (and by long, I mean how long is this going to be drawn out? Because I'm almost to the point of not giving a shit) until there's resolution? Because clearly Mac doesn't know yet what she's doing, and he's in the king's lab, and the king has abdicated, and there's no king...yet. And I have High Voltage sitting here and I know it's mostly a Dani book so clearly not in anything currently published.

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review 2018-05-09 00:00
Bloodfever
Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning

I want to read a romance. I kept getting confused on this book if this was the girl who wanted her cherry popped--but no, that was the other KMM series I read. So the voice? It's not different. And it comes down to this little fact: I have no inclination to read 9 books in this character's voice. I don't care how sexy it is. I'm really glad I left that review for the first one, which could've just read like my first couple pages of this:
"I don't know you guys."
Actual review:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/112750.Darkfever?from_search=true
(I know, It does sound like I'm convincing myself.)
I still don't know. I never will. No time, patience, or inclination. DNF, 12% no rating.
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review 2018-03-28 15:29
Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning
Into the Dreaming: With Bonus Material - Karen Marie Moning

He's endured five centuries in an icy hell, now he has a month to know love and be loved...But he doesn't know it.

The Unseelie king had tricked him into servitude, torturing him to turn him into his perfect soldier, Vengeance. Their bargain was for one month to find love and the king has to keep his end of it. But that doesn't mean he has to make it easy.

Enter Jane Sillee, who, thanks to the Seelie queen, has spent her life dreaming of Aedan MacKinnon, falling in love with him in the Dreaming. It's the Waking that's the problem, since she's suddenly (inexplicably) in the fifteenth century and the man doesn't know who she is.

Well, she won't go down without a fight. She has a month? She's planning on using every single day of it.


This was a rather sweet story, but unfortunately it lacked necessary length to really let the plot develop. Also, the absence of any sort of suspense or dangerous situations (once the assault on the heart and memories of Aedan/Vengeance began) were conspicuously absent, firmly putting this story into the middle-ground range.

The characters lacked any serious depths with the hero spending most of the story as the stoic, icy right hand of the Unseelie king, while the heroine, despite the author's obvious efforts, failed to appear humorous and quirky.


Bonus material:
⇾ I wouldn't mind reading Ghost of a Chance.
⇾ The two deleted (changed) chapters from Kiss of the Highlander were 'not-here-not-there'. An interesting glimpse into what could've been, nothing more.
⇾ And lastly: yes, the Lite version was off. Too neat, too tidy, too tame. There's nothing tame about Dageus MacKeltar.

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review 2018-03-27 20:18
Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
Spell of the Highlander - Karen Marie Moning

Jessi St. James is running yet another errand for a professor in the college where she's trying to get her PhD, when she's attacked in the professor's office, and protected by a kilt-wearing warrior she's summoned out of a mirror.

The next morning she's sure it was all a dream, until she hears her would-be attacker is dead...And so is her professor,

Reluctantly, she goes exploring the possibility it wasn't a dream, only to discover the man in the mirror is real. A ninth-century Scottish Driud, Cian MacKeltar, trapped in the mirror by his mortal enemy in order for said mortal enemy to gain immortality.

But someone has recently stolen the mirror—hence it's in Chicago instead of in London...And fortuitously right before the "immortality spell" is to be renewed for it to last another hundred years.

Cian is determined to break free and vanquish his enemy before the renewal...And Jessi is the one who will help him achieve his long-time goal.


I don't know what to say, except I was rather disappointed in this last full-length installment in the Highlander series. It's nothing specific that bothered me, really, there was just something off.

The hero was a tad too "barbaric" for comfort (compared to the other ninth-century Scot I know and love), the heroine came across as rather flighty (for supposedly such a smart woman) at the beginning, and rather selfish at the end...And their romance didn't exactly convince me.
It felt off somehow, as if it was written more as an afterthought than anything else. It was formulaic and rather perfunctory in everything that transpired between the two. There was no feeling behind it, no "MacKeltar finding his mate magic" that I loved in the previous MacKeltar books.

Then there was the suspense sub-plot which also wasn't really convincing, coming across as more "coincidental" and Deux-ex-machina-y. Especially once we got to the big finale. The "big problem" was too easily and simply resolved, the "happy ending" telegraphed way in advance, making the story lose its edge long before the ending. There was no wonder if and how it would be resolved, it was clear it would be and happily for all parties.

Especially for the hidden one, which left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth for the entire series. Turns out it wasn't Fate that brought them all together, but a hidden figure pulling at strings, manipulating time and people for her own gain...Which, for those who read the Fever series, didn't really work (and ended up with one of my favorite characters of this series a mindless beast).

This book was more a segue from one series to the next than a stand-alone novel, and a disappointingly deus-ex machina explanation to everything that came before.

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