It's almost here! After being made to wait for two years and change, the next Fever book is just around the corner and I'm burning up to get my hands on it! And just like when Iced released 2.3 years ago, I'm sure that there will be a kind of hush in the blogosphere and Goodreads will be on BURNED overdrive as a lot of us will have our realities suspended as we devour Dani O'Malley's next book in earnest.
I read the Fever series before Talk Supe came to be, before I formally learned of the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre, and the fandom attached to Jericho Barrons. I have to say I experienced the world in its purest form meaning nobody recommended it to me, I didn't do any research about the series nor have I read any reviews for any of the books. So I dove in, binge read, fell in love with Karen Marie Moning and her world without any form of influence and from that moment on I was spellbound. I became her priya and proud to be so.
Fever is on a league of its own, it's very unique and though it has its flaws, I believe that it's those same imperfections that made it so addictive and a total trip to read. KMM's myth, and world building simply put is so vivid you'd want to read yourself into the books. Perhaps the most outstanding quality of the series is her faedom, KMM's Seelie and Unseelie is not just Fever's trademark but has become the benchmark of all fae-based books moving forward. The fact that her fae are based on the real Celtic myth with KMM keeping things as authentic as the original stories made it even more enthralling.
And don't get me started on the men and the sexy as fuck fluckin' that went on in this book. Goodness gracious, just thinking about Mac using Jericho Barrons as her bucking bronco is giving me a lady boner! And Dani O'Malley and her *ehrm*... sexual tension with a much older Ryodan is shaping up to be quite the build up. People had so many opinions concerning this budding love affair as Dani's a teen, it was a bit scandalous but totally sensational btw. I'm totally biased in this situation but as a disclaimer, I do not condone this kind of affairs in real life. Anyway, just writing up this post is making my palms sweat and my heart beating fast from the sheer excitement and anticipation of reading BURNED!
I think this is one of the longest 24 hours of my life and honestly I think I'll be staying up a little late tonight if only to read the first chapter. Griping a little bit, I don't understand why they can't release BURNED last weekend where people don't usually work instead of Tuesday?! Anyways, I know a lot of us will be on a book hangover soon so here's a couple of recommendations that are more or less in the same block as Fever, hopefully it'll get you grounded and sated as we wait for the next book to come out. Fingers crossed, I'm praying Delacorte won't make us wait another two years.
Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
This series came before Fever and it's basically a time travel romance series involving men in kilts who managed to transport themselves in the 21st century and fell in love with modern day women. The books are fun, darn sexy, and filled with magic. It is also recommended you read this not just because it's penned by KMM but also due to the fact that the sexy druids in this series appears in Fever.
Cold Iron by D.L. McDermott
D.L. McDermott's fae gave me a solid throwback to Fever's Seelies and Unseelies. Cold Iron is paranormal romance series is set in Boston with the fae disguised as gangsters. These ancient beings have survived being cursed by Druids and though they war amongst themselves, they have a common goal and that is to stop their Queen from getting out of her prison starting The Great Hunt. If you're familiar with Celtic fae myths, this conflict should ring a bell. Not only that, Cold Iron series is well researched and her fae are anything but formidable and seductive. I personally love the treasure hunting element of this series as each book tells the tale of possessing a certain artifact that may or may not stop the fae Queen and her court from coming back into our world.
The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
If paranormal romance/urban fantasy isn't exactly your cup of tea, with the exception of Fever, and you want something more sweet, light, romance ridden, and young adult, maybe Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series is the next Fever for you. Forbidden love, family drama, prophesies, teen angst, magic, these and a lot more are what's in store for you courtesy of JKagawa's imagination. The myth is not as dark as Fever, to me it's more like Midsummer Night's Dream, but heck, any (Un)Seelie tale will work at this point!
Shadow Reader aka McKenzie Lewis by Sandy Williams
And more badass fae hunting and action comes our way this time by Sandy Williams and her Shadow Reader series. Fae politics, rebellion, and yet another bout of forbidden love coupled with delicious romantic tension and kick-assery, these are some of the things you'll find in this Shadow Reader. I also love SWilliams' ambiguous characters, she'll have you flip flopping between the monarchy, the royalists, and the rebels as things are not exactly black or white.. The twist on the myth is great too, very unique to the series and something I'm sure a lot of you will appreciate once you start the series.
The Half-Light City by M.J. Scott
If you love a buffet of otherworldly characters like me then you should try M.J. Scott's Half-Light City series. I love the somewhat dystopic world Scott has created with fae and humans working together for the good while vampries and shifters are on the dark side spreading death and terror in the land. Right off the bat you get a sense of foreboding and nervous energy from the plot as the series counts down to the pending war between the camps. Aside from the awesome world Scott created and the non-stop action that happens, the villains in this series are menacing and definitely evil, just the way I love it!
Valerie Dearborn by Caroline Hanson
This series has minor fey elements, has a strong love triangle, an exasperating yet likable characters, and the antagonist reminding me a lot of the Unseelie Prince, V'Lane! Caroline Hanson's Valerie Dearborn is one of those series that will have you loving and hating it at the same time. Valerie is a flawed character however its those low moments that gives her the opportunity to shine and redeem herself in a big way. This series is sexy, angsty, and definitely engaging you must add it to your list and give it a try!
*Love is Darkness is still FREE via Amazon*
Do you have additional recommendations? By all means share it in the comments below and if you're reading BURNED tomorrow, I hope you enjoy the ride. Take your time and make it count, the next one after it is another long wait!