Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Bloodfever (Fever, #2) by Karen Marie Moning

How did I get it: The library.

Why did I get it: I’ve been hearing about this series for ages and now that the last book is out, I figured I’d give it a try.

How I would rate it: 1.5 out of 5 stars.


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.

Review: (Warning: This review does nothing to mask my absolute displeasure and dismay in regards to Bloodfever.)

I wish I could say I loved the Fever series so far, but it’s pretty obvious this series is just not my cup of tea. I also don’t feel like there’s any point in my reading any further. Maybe I’m just reading these books wrong, but I didn’t have any fun at all with either one of the first two books. The fact that both of those books were about people looking for a special book only added insult to injury.  

The summary sounds awesome, but that’s not what the book actually gave me. Even though the characters improved marginally, the phoniness of the Ireland depicted in this book and the weird wonky re-arranging of what ought to have been simply sequential events drove me crazy. As a reader, I had to put up with a main character I didn’t especially like, the beginnings of a love triangle that made no sense, and really annoying scenes with creeper borderline-rapist fairies that I was supposed to somehow like. I find it absolutely unfair that I was in no way rewarded for my efforts. From start to finish, I wanted more, and I’m not going to wait to get it for three more books when I have zero trust or faith that this series will end in a way that works for me.

I think it is just plain ridiculous for me to try continuing with this series when actually superbly written and researched books are coming out on a daily basis. I like my Urban Fantasy to be gritty and dark in a location that I believe in regardless of if said place is real or not. I want characters I can love to love or at least love to hate. I do not like my Urban Fantasy chock full of positively antiquated and misguided notions of what it means to be Celtic that you’d find in a very dated Highlander Romance novel, a New Age Wicca book from the 1990s, or at a mediocre Renaissance Faire.  I do not want characters fail to grow, change, or learn from their mistakes.

In conclusion, Barrons is hot but that’s not enough of an incentive to keep reading about him wasting time on Mac. I did enjoy the addition of more sidhe-seers and some of the plot, but not enough to overlook how annoying everything else was. Personally, I have way too many books to read that I actually want to read so the rest of this series is hereby banished back to the library from whence it came.

About April

I'm a librarian, reader, and writer whose main goal in life is to be able to swim in books the way Scrooge McDuck swims in money. Although my reading choices will always be wildly eclectic and I never plan on leaving any genre unexplored, my favorite reads tend to be Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Gay Romance, or Historical Fiction. You can e-mail me at inspector[dot]librarian[at]gmail[dot]com.
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5 Responses to Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

  1. Hey Lady! says:

    OH! Finally someone who doesn’t treat this series as the second coming!

    I was intrigued by the first book, though it offers little but the beginning of a story, not much happens.

    You’re lucky you quite when you did. After the 2nd book it’s REALLY downhill and the last two are terrible! And pornographic, I’m no prude either, but gratuitous sex for the sake of sex is ridiculous. (sorry about the rant!)

    • Honestly I’m still shocked by how many people swear by this series and so relieved to find that I’m not the only one who did enjoy it!

      Oh no worries. I definitely could rant about this series for ages and agree. I don’t mind sex but I do mind the borderline rapist fairies in this series. And I have no idea how I would ever believe in this book’s love triangle so it was definitely time to bail by the end of book 2.

      • Hey Lady! says:

        Yeah, it’s not so “borderline in the 3rd book, if you know what I mean. Then believe it or not it gets WAY worse after that. The fourth book is RIDICULOUS and SO graphic that it makes the first books look like Twilight. I don’t want to spoil anything for your readers, but someday I’ll get around to reviewing it and I’ll give my full rant. Seriously, I want the time back I spent reading these books.

      • Ew. Wow. I am curious in a horrible way, but ugh. Just ugh. I think I might have dodged more bullets than Neo by giving up on this series.

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