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Review: Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning


Title: Dreamfever (Fever #4)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Dell
Published: August 2009
Pages: 498
My Copy: Bought @ Kobo

They may have stolen my past, but I’ll never let them take my future.

When the walls between Man and Fae come crashing down, freeing the insatiable, immortal Unseelie from their icy prison, MacKayla Lane is caught in a deadly trap. Captured by the Fae Lord Master, she is left with no memory of who or what she is: the only sidhe-seer alive who can track the Sinsar Dubh, a book of arcane black magic that holds the key to controlling both worlds.

Clawing her way back from oblivion is only the first step Mac must take down a perilous path, from the battle-filled streets of Dublin to the treacherous politics of an ancient, secret sect, through the tangled lies of men who claim to be her allies into the illusory world of the Fae themselves, where nothing is as it seems—and Mac is forced to face a soul-shattering truth.

Who do you trust when you can’t even trust yourself?

Dreamfever, like every other installment in the Fever series, has surpassed it’s predecessors. At first I was rolling my eyes at some of the fan comments. How could this series possibly continue on it’s upward ascent to supremacy? The quality of books in a series usually follow a bell curve but there are exceptions and this is definitely one of them! This book is overflowing with Fae goodness. So many things happen that it’s hard for me to write a just review without given too much away. Beware of spoilers!

The beginning of this book was somewhat of a surprise. I was just happy that I didn’t have to wait very long for the answer to Faefever’s cliff hanger ending. The thing that I’ve been rooting for to happen does occur but not as expected. On one hand, I was jumping for joy. Finally! The moment I’ve been waiting for! On the other, I was sad. I hadn’t wanted things to go down like they did. This turn of events really put a new spin on Barrons’ and Mac’s relationship. Karen Marie Moning’s writing talents continue to amaze me. She is so well versed and adept that it’s mind boggling. It seems like there’s no style she can’t master. She does an amazing job of getting into Mac’s head and getting readers to accurately experience the changes in her character.

Mac makes a remarkable recovery from the horrible events in the previous book. She keeps disproving all of her critics again and again. Things that would bring a normal person to their knees only spur Mac on to fight harder. To push herself to her limits and beyond; to become faster, smarter, stronger. A force to the reckoned with! She’s come a long way from the sheltered Georgian girl she once was. Dani plays a much larger role in this installment. She’s a fantastic character and I’m so happy that we get to learn more about her. I’m also thrilled that Mac has a sidhe-seer ally to fight along side her. Enough of being used by men, it’s time for some girl power! Dani is a sight to behold. Her skills and confidence are phenomenal for someone her age. But she’s not without her own problems. Like all of Karen Marie Moning characters, there’s real depth to her.

This book expands the Fae universe to epic proportions. Mac travels all over the place in her own world and in other dimensions. The transitions are seamless. So much detail but never once will you feel lost. Every minute point is covered, every “i” is dotted; KMM’s skills at her craft are unparalleled. Discoveries are made, battles are fought and new alliances are formed. This novel is a page turner from start to finish. I have no idea how everything is going to manage to come full circle and end in the fifth book but if anyone can pull it off it’s this author.

Staying true to the cliff hanger ending, this book is no exception. It seems like every time I finish a book in the Fever series I’m struck with the sudden urge to throw it across the room. Maybe even stomp my feet and sulk a little. KMM must have a twisted side to her to constantly be doing this to her readers! I’m so relieved that the final book is out and that I don’t have to wait. I now completely understand and sympathize with those who read Dreamfever back when it was first published. The torture! This series is quickly becoming one of my favorite of all time. I’m not finished reading it and I’m already planning to re-read all of the books!

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9 Comments

  1. Glad you’re still liking the series! Mac’s character development really was amazing to me as well! The series does become a fast fave! Great review!

  2. Your website is really great. Thank you for that.

  3. Hi Carmel..
    Wow!! This sounds like an intense series. Before this I’m very skeptical about Urban fantasy and I think that this genre don’t suit my taste of reading. But, I think it’s actually very interesting. Maybe I have to read one to start to like it! Thanks for the reviews Carmel..

    My Latest Review: Cut by Cathy Glass

  4. Even after finishing the last book, Shadowfever I Still want more FEVER!!!

  5. I’ve been seeing this series everywhere lately- I really must check it out for myself… It sounds amazing! Thanks for the great review!

  6. How awesome that the book is so full of detail with very smooth transitions. That can be a rather large feat for an author to pull off! I also feel intrigued by the upward ascent to supremacy that you and others have described … While I haven’t delved into too many books that focus exclusively on the Fey, you really make this series sound compelling.

  7. I sooo need to get with this series! I think I’m the ONLY one that hasn’t started it yet!

  8. Awesome review! This is def a series that is better to have all the books on hand LOL

  9. @Jessica Mac’s transformation is remarkable! She’s not the same person at all but that’s a good thing.

    @Anonymous Thanks! :)

    @cj’alhafiz This is one of the most intense series I’ve ever read. Definitely worth a look. The first book probably won’t blow you away but the rest will!

    @Mariya Oh god, don’t tell me that! All of my questions MUST be answered!

    @Avery Glad to hear I’m not the only one who hadn’t read it. I’m quickly remedying that mind you!

    @Vamchoir I’m new to the world of Fey as well but this series will definitely catapult them to the top of your radar.

    @Kristin No, there was one other commentator who hasn’t had the pleasure of reading this series yet. I was one of them up until a few weeks ago so don’t feel bad!

    @Larissa {Larissa’s Bookish Life} No doubt! I can only imagine the torture!

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