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Fair Warning: I’m way too old (and sophisticated) for this, but I’m about to go all sorts of 13-year-old-fan-girl here and fly my full-out-nerd flag about some books.  Brace yourself, this could be jarring because it also includes a page from my bullet journal.  I know. I’ll just go ahead and apologize for all that’s to follow in advance. This is what we have to deal with when I  have free time and my inner teenager takes over.  It’s like totally gnarly, ya know?! Yeah. I guess I should also mention that my inner teenager lived on the coast of Southern California in the 80s, so she’s a bit of a Valley Girl. I’m going to do my best to rein in the Valley. (Reign in the valley! Rain in the valley!)  Mercy.  Here we go…

Fever Series

As you can see, I’m like totally obsessed with Karen Marie Moning’s work. Ok, I’ll admit, it’s not just her work– it’s also her.  I’ve pored over every page of her website and I must say she’s wicked-cute in her promo pics with her bright red lipstick, smoky eyes, and silky blond hair.   The Fever Series has been completely consuming.  It’s my all time favorite series ever!

In case you missed it, I reviewed books 1-3 of the Fever Series HERE,and books 4-5 HERE.

Sidebar note: The setup idea for my spiffy bullet journal drawing of book covers came from bookriot.com

Without further ado, here are a few of the juicy bits from Moning’s Fever Series 6-10:

 

“Dude, it’s a post-apocalyptic world, who does job applications anymore?”

6. Iced – The walls between the human and Fae realms have fallen. With the Hoar Frost King busily unweaving the universe, cold and dark days ensue in Dublin. The absolute best part of this book for me was the Unseelie King’s library and all the crazy waiting to be unleashed there. I could live contentedly in that library for the next 300 years. And OMG the Crimson Hag — what a brilliant monster concept!

 

“Temptation isn’t a sin you triumph over once, completely and then you’re free. Temptation slips into bed with you each night and helps you say your prayers. It wakes you in the morning with a friendly cup of coffee, and knows exactly how you take it.”

7. Burned –  Mac really didn’t do much for me in this book.  I guess the weird hoard of silent birdy-priests that were inexplicably following her around had her too distracted to be a decent bad-ass. There was also her whole involuntary invisibility thing, which I suppose could put a damper on a girl’s sex life.  I guess we all go through these phases   when we’re not at our personal best because of what all the other weirdos are doing around us. In contrast, what used to be Dani returns from her time-bending foray through the Silvers, and she finally becomes someone I can like.

 

“…the dance was only for her, to let her soul breathe, to revel in being alive one more day.”

8. Feverborn – Mac abruptly becomes visible again. She and everyone else are trying to find the Song of Making so the expanding black holes don’t blot out the whole world. One of the Highlanders transforms into something else entirely. The dead walk the streets again.  There was a lot happening in this book.  There were also disjointed, rambly parts that I didn’t get, but the book as a whole was saved by the cliffhanger, which was deeply satisfying.

 

“Things never stop going wrong. Life isn’t about waiting for peace to arrive, it’s about learning to thrive in the midst of war. There’s always another one on the way.”

9. Feversong – Moning runs this book like a conductor coming to the end of a symphony. Various subplots that have been bouncing along throughout the series converge and mysteries resolve.  A super sweet love story emerges in the midst of the end-of-the-world chaos.

 

“I’d rather be fearless and criticized than fearful and approved of.”

10. High Voltage – This is all about Dani and all the stuff she had to go through to become someone I like. Then she turns into something else entirely, which was even better.

 

 

 

 

Link for Fever Series Review: Books 1-3

I am going to review books 4 and 5 of the series in a non-linear, stream-of-consciousness sort of way ’cause they’re spaghettied up inside my head.  

Book 4 of the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

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“Life’s not linear at all. It happens in lightning flashes. So fast you don’t see those lay-you-out cold moments coming at you until you’re Wile E. Coyote, steamrolled flat as a pancake by the Road Runner, victim of your own elaborate schemes.”

Just to get this out of the way first: the 4th book is a sexstravaganza. That’s all I have to say about that. 

Mac is lost and broken.

The blasted book is still running around Dublin creating chaos.  I absolutely love that the book is a character.

Now, there are a lot of characters weaved through the first three books that I  haven’t mentioned, like Ryoden and the Nine. The Nine are a bunch (well, 9 to be precise), of seemingly immortal, buff dudes. Ryoden is the leader of the pack, and he owns Chester’s, a multi-level nightclub and the headquarters of the Nine on the private lower floors, which I imagine as a high-tech and sophisticated version of batman’s cave. When the walls between realms fell, Chester’s becomes the “it” hangout spot for both human and Fae. Barrons, though one of the Nine, doesn’t reside at Chester’s because he has living quarters at his own bookstore, Barrons Books and Baubles. The bookstore is all magical and warded and sits on the border between Dublin and The Dark Zone.

Dani, is another important character. She’s a 14-year-old Fae-killer with the power of superspeed.  At this point in the series, Dani, like Mac, is a sidhe-seer outcast. The sidhe-seers are an order of women with unique senses and super abilities, who have protected humans for centuries against the Fae when the Fae slip through cracks between the realms. At this part of the series, the walls are mostly down.

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“Nightwindflyhighfreeeeee.”

–The Hunter

Mac, aka “Rainbow Girl” due to the color palette of her fashion choices, goes to the dark side. She returns in black leather as the evil Lord Master’s sidekick.  No, I haven’t told you about the Lord Master yet, and that’s mostly because I think it’s an unfortunate name for a character – even if he is the ruler of the Unseelie (i.e., the grotesque, evil Fae).  It’s just embarrassing. I guess it is for Mac too because she resorts to calling him “LM.” To make matters even weirder, he was Mac’s sister’s boyfriend at the time of her murder.

I haven’t read anything quite like the world and the monsters that Karen Marie Moning makes. There are fantastic things going on in this woman’s imagination – plots and subplots and twists and turns and interesting places with weird monsters.  In this book Mac goes through the Silvers and winds up lost in the Hall of Mirrors where there are portals to fascinating and dangerous worlds. The series is so entertaining.

I’m sending out an SOS (Save Our Seeker!)

I devoured season one and now I’m a quarter of the way through season two, at the end of which the show was cancelled. Dammit. Something must be done! I’m not kidding. In my panic I’ve joined the movement to Save Our Seeker.  There is an entire website for this cause.  Look for yourself: saveourseeker.com

I’m considering campaigning at ComicCons across the country….and internationally…and maybe even intergalactically….

What can you do to keep me from losing my dignity?

Watch the show (Season 1 is on Hulu for free)! 

 Buy the DVDs!

Send angry letters to the networks!

Volunteer at a fan table with me dressed as a Mord Sith!

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