I’m currently reading books that aren’t paranormal/fantasy/romance, so the reform is well on the way. However, I’m still halfway through reading said books so here is a review on the current paranormal/fantasy/romance series that I’m engrossed in. The Fever series by Kate Marie Moning. Which is also rumoured to be turned into a film after DreamWorks bought the film rights.
This series revolves around young and pretty Southern-belle MacKayla (Mac) when her world is ripped apart after her sister is murdered in Dublin, Ireland. The novel begins with Mac’s world being turned upside down when she goes to Ireland to find her sister’s killer and bring them to justice. However, when arriving in Dublin she discovers the existence of Fae, the war between the Seelie and Unseelie, and how she is stuck in the middle of this twisted reality. Mac finds out she is not who she’s always believed she is and discovers many things about herself she would never have imagined. She is aided by the dark, handsome and dangerous Jerricho Barrons, who has more mystery surrounding him than Justin Bieber’s prostitute number.
I am currently on the fourth book of this series and was kind of reluctant to review it due to the fact it came out in 2006. I asked one of my friends if they thought that was okay and he said he had reviewed a film that came out last month. There’s a wee bit of a difference between a month and 8 years but I’ll take what I can get. However, the series is ongoing.
This book really captivated me at the beginning, I was drawn into the mystery of Mac’s sister’s killer and because of the blurb I knew there would be paranormal business involved. Moning begins the book with Mac narrating events from the past, giving the reader a little insight into what is going to happen before being plunged into present tense. However, I’m four books in and I can stay I’m no closer to unravelling this mystery than to understanding why Jedward presented Ireland in Eurovision. There has been some things that have been cleared up but more twists appear. That’s what I love and hate about this book. THERE’S SO MANY TWISTS. I suppose this keeps the reader interested, determined to clear the shroud of mystery.
I thoroughly enjoy the plot, it’s a strong mix of fast and slow paced. With the Fae becoming less mysterious and more of an annoyance throughout the novel, at least the minor ones. The Fae in this story are inventive and fascinating, ranging from V’lane, the Seelie Prince that Mac has christened ‘death-by-sex faery’ and the ‘Gray Man’ the ridiculously ugly Fae who uses a glamour of a beautiful man and steals the beauty of woman until they are almost as ugly as him. The change of Macis gradual but amazing: the happy ‘rainbow girl’ and into the girl who ‘despises pink and loves red and black’. You see the character shape throughout the dark events unfolding in this novel. However, if you expect a fast-paced romance, as I was, you will be disappointed. Mac fluctuates between Barrons and V’lane. She never commits to one or really open up to or get involved with any.
The romance is slow and gradual but it does build tension. My for books is when the protagonist and their obvious love interest get together to quickly and ruin the tension and the build up. The Fever series can not be accused of that. The series really is unique in the paranormal/fantasy category. Which is extremely hard to do now. I’ve read a few books that is essentially the same plot with different names and species.
I definitely recommend this series due to the rapport between Mac and Barrons, the childish arguments and the obvious tension building. Yet, Mac’s obvious reluctance to trust him and Barrons mystery keeps the story going. Moning, did write the Highlander series before the Fever series and although there are links between characters and subtle references you would not have to read the Highlander series to understand Fever. If you like crime/fantasy/romance books that will last a while the Fever series is definitely for you.