Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Re-Read Review: Shadowfever (The Fever Series #5) by Karen Marie Moning

Published: January 18, 2011 Delacorte Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
Faefever by Karen Marie MoningGoodreads Summary

“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.” — MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. — Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh -- a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.

In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.

Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.

“Hope strengthens. Fear kills.”   

The Good

Every single question is finally answered. Who killed Alina? Who is Mac? What is Barrons? There are also answers to questions I didn't even know to ask while reading the series. Plus, there's blessedly no cliffhanger!

This one races from one thing to another in a way that I found myself asking if everything that I thought happened in Shadowfever was actually in this book or one of the previous ones. Turns out it was. There are a ton of twists and turns that made me feel one way and then question how I felt before.

In this one, Mac finally understands how Barrons always said to trust actions instead of words. Are the words really that important? Mac finally grasped that words could and most likely would be lies and the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. I'm very happy with all the parts of how the series finished. I'm very sad to say goodbye to Mac and Barrons, but it was worth it for that trip.

The Bad

Things with Dani were left unwrapped. I'm hoping that storyline is expounded on in the spin-off with her.

The Romance

YES! More romance. I love Jericho Z. Barrons. That is all.


An excellent conclusion to the series. So much happens, it's unbelievable. The world has been built amazingly well, and the story finished in a surprising yet satisfying way. You really should read this series.


“Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything.
They make you feel so alive that you'd follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.”

“Dying is overrated. Human sentimentality has twisted it into the ultimate act of love. Biggest load of bullshit in the world. Dying for someone isn't the hard thing. The man that dies escapes. Plain and simple. Game over. End of pain...Try living for someone. Through it all-good, bad, thick, thin, joy, suffering. That's the hard thing.”

“I'm not the hero, Mac. Never have been. Never will be. Let us be perfectly clear: I'm not the antihero, either, so quit waiting to discover my hidden potential. There's nothing to redeem me.” 


  1. This really was an amazing series. But the final "battle" was not my fav. I expected more.

  2. lovely review, I have this series but didn't read it yet ,, i may pick it up in 2015 :D

  3. I get that. It went so fast to me even though there was a lot crammed in this book.

  4. It's a great series! Definitely rated adult though so a big jump from the Percy Jackson series you've been into lately.

  5. Right!! I love this entire series :D

  6. This was my favorite book in the series- it was so awesome from beginning to end. I remember being a little surprised by how big it was compared to the other books, but once I started reading, I just got lost in the pages and totally forgot about how many there were, lol.

  7. Same! It was long but I really got caught up in it :D

  8. Omigosh!! I really, really wish I had time to re-read this series, Jaclyn. Especially since Burned is releasing SOON. But I just don't have the time. I'm glad you've given me these refreshers though. :) And I'm thrilled that Shadowfever was just as good the second time around. I.LOVE.JZB!

  9. This book was SO STACKED with information/action/surprises/twists that I remember having to stop for air quite a few times. And reread certain parts because I was going too fast and missing some bits haha Gah, reading your review for this one is really making me feel like a series reread is in order for me XD I have so much love for the series and since I haven't read the spinoff series might be an idea to reread before diving in. Awesome review Jaclyn ^^ ♥


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