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January 22, 2015

Loved It: Burned by Karen Marie Moning

Series: Fever 7
Format: Mobi
Release Date: January 20, 2015 
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Puchased 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
BLURB:
It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.


QUOTABLE QUOTES:
Sex either blows your fucking mind or it's not good enough. - Barrons
You only know who you are in opposition to something, what you choose to fight for and against. The rest doesn't matter. -Barrons
Love. You can only be broken without it. So long as the smallest spark of love, pure, protective, and good, exists within you, that which is Keltar in you will survive. You will return. -Dageus
You have a problem with Mac, you work it out with me, I am her shield, I am her second fucking skin. (SQUEE) -Barrons to Ryodan
Some crimes are so personal, blood-vengeance belongs only to the one who suffered them. -Ryodan
The currency of life is passion, and as with any coin, it has two sides: pleasure, pain, joy, sorrow. Impossible to slip a single side of that coin into your pocket. You take it all or nothing.  -Ryodan
Welcome to war games, Mac, where the terrain never stops changing and he who adapts fastest wins.  -Ryodan


After being made to wait for so long Fever fans finally got their hands on BURNED. I loved it but I'm not head over heels in love with the book nor do I feel giddy about the progression of the story. Once again Karen Marie Moning managed to split her fandom asunder because of the events that transpired here, not to be spoilery but I think it's the tepid romance that did it. I'll expound more below.

What I Loved
  • Mac's BURNED's main narrator and I'm happy about that because I've missed her so much! She's changed but still the same in some way in that her "Rainbow Girl" side has never truly gone away. 
  • Barrons has his own chapter!
  • We get to know more about the Nine and the way things are lining up, I won't be surprised if moving forward each of them get their HEA and their respective love stories will be included in the coming books. Aside from Ryodan and Barrons, I can see two more are on their way to meeting their mates for life!
  • As expected, the action is non-stop. 
  • There are new characters and a few game changers.
  • New story threads are opened giving me more reasons to look forward to the eighth book. 
  • There were a few scenes that were truly hilarious! The bickering between the characters in the most inopportune time had me LOL-ing.
  • I love the chunky index in the end because so many things have already happened and given that it's been over two years since the last book, it's very thoughtful of KMM to refresh us with certain important events. 

Look out for
  • I saw Dani's storyline in BURNED from the first handful of pages. I guess it wasn't easy to guess that it'll go down that road to make her fit Ryodan. 
  • Speaking of Dani, I thought I loved her in Dreamfever, hated her in Shadowfever, liked her in Iced, now I just don't know what to make of her. She's one of those ambiguous characters IMO.
  • There were hilarious scenes but BURNED wasn't as funny as snarky as the previous novels. 
  • BURNED isn't thick with sexual tension like Iced was nor was it hot like the previous Fever novels. I didn't mind the lack of it but I felt it's absence inconsistent with the flow of things. 
  • In addition, as BURNED is more Mac's book. I was hoping we'll see more of her relationship with Barrons and how it progressed since Shadowfever but I felt like it regressed. Oh there were some touching moments but I didn't feel their intimacy leap off the pages the same way it did in the first book. 
  • Someone dies, it was shocking, but there's another surprise in the end. 
  • The fae storyline didn't move forward too much. 
  • Lastly, and this is a personal issue, I'm not a big fan of multiple POV's! To be fair, KMM did it well but for me, it's more like speed bumps than something than enhances the story. The way I see it, if some of the minor characters' POV's were removed, the main plot could've gotten farther.
Overall, I still love BURNED even if it wasn't as great as I expected it to be. I can't discount how awesome Karen Marie Moning's unique dystopic world is and its addictive characters. BURNED just felt like it's not in harmony with the rest of the books? I don't even know if that's the right way to describe it, in on itself, BURNED kicked ass but if I line it up with the rest of the series, it felt like *gasp* as filler book or a volume that sets up the stage for another turn in the story. I don't want to critique it too much at this point because I'm hoping Fever 8 will help up make sense of this. So for now, read it. Go with the flow. Savor it. It's going to be another long wait til the next one.


If you would like to read more Fever-like books, I have a few recommendations here.


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BURNED Audio Book Review: Hot Listens (5 stars)







51 comments:

  1. I don't read this series but from what I read on Twitter you're the only person that like this one lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Hahahaha! How horrible! I think people want lots of sexy time and romance which burned wasn't in abundance of

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  2. So many people are loving this! I really should pick up Iced and see what all the fuss is about. ;)

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    1. I've observed that KMMs fandom is split about this installment.

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  3. I'm glad you enjoy it too. it seems that a lot peeps haven't. I loved Iced, but I have loved every book experience, and I will as long as it continues to take me away and keep me guessing and with the desire to know more, which Burned did for me . I heard the next book is out in October and that this was supposed to be a long book and the publisher decided to do two (you know how that goes) I don't know how true that is, but I hope so..LOL I was happy being back and I finish in less than a day. I don't feel cheated like a lot peeps do. Dreamfever continues to be my absolute favorite. I'm can't wait to see where everything is heading...And that's why I love her books :) I can tell by your review you're not 100% how you feel about it. It's been a few days for me, and looking back is not the best of bunch, but still LOVED being back :) I feel the next is gonna be awesome! But again that's what I always do...And that's why KMM is so good...LOL
    I love those guys, and I can't get enough of them!

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    1. I think readers was underwhelmed because it has been a long wait and there's not much that happened between the lovebirds. The lack of romane and tension is sorely missed too. I don't mind the absence but I think people were eager to see what's next for Dani & Ryodan and updates on Mac & Barron's which we didn't really get a solid dose of.

      Like you I still loved it, I love the world and the trip was still worth it.

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  4. Oh god, I hope we don't have to wait another 2 years for the next installment. I can't wait to crack open this one, Braine. I'll keep in mind your drawbacks (filler? gah!) but I feel like getting to spend any time in the Fever world will do me some good. :) Especially if I have an entire chapter with my Barrons. ;)

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    1. Have you read the Barron's POV KMM did a few years back? It's that & forget what I sai and just enjoy the ride LOL

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  5. You must have devoured this one. I am listening to it right now and almost half way through. I am having some issues wiht the mutiple POVS as well. I am not liking the Jayda character and the princess. I always thought I was firmly Barrons girl, but these days, I am falling hard for Ryodan. I will give you my report once I have finished.

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    1. I devoured ICED, I must admit I struggled with this a little bit. All those POVs are such a hindrance to the pace for me.

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  6. The action and Mac as the main character sounds like something I might like

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    1. Try it, your library might have the books

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  7. I am hearing grumbles from many, but yay that you liked it

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    1. I'm not surprised, ICED tore KMM's fandom apart too

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  8. So glad you are enjoying these. I do have the series slated for audio and look forward to discovering everything.

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  9. Well informed review without giving away too much. Appreciate that. I'm actually still back on Iced so I'll eventually get to this one.

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    1. What do you think about Iced so far? Do you feel icky about Dani and Ryodan? LOL

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  10. I just made a weird whale like noise reading this, Braine.

    I am not happy to hear about some of the things you didn't like. I think all of us Fever fans want to see Barrons and Mac grow closer in an intimate way (beside all their sexy scenes) and it makes me sad to hear that their relationship actually regressed in this book :'(

    I am still not sure if I want to pick this book up though. I never read Iced but what I heard about it made me super uncomfortable :(

    Anywayyyy, I am glad that even though this book wasn't what you wanted it to be, it was still enjoyable! :)

    Lovely review!! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. I don't know how you can get to this by skipping Iced. The best way is to just dive in and read it, who knows you might like it?

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  11. I can't read review yet my copy is coming in the mail. I shall come back later :D

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    1. I have a feeling you'll love it if not more than I did.

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  12. Have you gotten any sleep in the past few days, sis?! LOL. I'm happy to hear that Barrons has a chapter, and I LOVE those quotes of his!

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    1. Yes! Actually I slugged this off, but like I told you, I'm determined to finish it by Wednesday LOL

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  13. Okayyyyyy now I need to read book two. Gotta catch up to all of yall lol

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    1. Yes! Get to Faefever ASAP, that's my favorite in the series.

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  14. I haven't read this one or Iced but I need to. I confess though that I'm a little anxious about for now, you're the first one to have a good reviews in my friend and I'm quite surprised... I'm sure I'll read it but I'll wait a little bit to see. thanks for the review!

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    1. I'm starting to feel like I'm the odd girl out :(

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  15. I plan to start this series soon. I'm glad I won't have to wait years for the book!

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  16. I just...I don't know. I'm so nervous about this one and Iced. I've not read that one yet even though I have it :/ I'm glad to see you liked this one Braine. One of the girls in my book club was livid over it and gah it really had me nervous.

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    1. Like I said, I think fans didn't like this as much because the romance was very very tepid. Very inconsistent after such a big tension in Iced. However I don't mind the lack of romance in my books so probably that's why I managed to enjoy this better?

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  17. Forgive me if I'm like in the fog, but wasn't books 6 thru 8 supposed to be Dani's? Why are we back to Mac again? I'll wait until this is available from my library.

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    1. Exactly. My theory is Iced made a lot of people uncomfortable because of Dani and Ryodan's age gap so she needed to "fix" it and make it right which is exactly what happened in Burned.

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  18. I read a different review of this book that made me want to postpone reading Iced. Now that I read yours, however, I'm a little conflicted. Lol. I'm still curious about life after Fever though.

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    1. The best way to go about it is read it so you can see for yourself :D

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  19. Nice to hear you loved this one! I'm about half-way through Darkfever and being quickly pulled into this world. :)

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  20. It is always tough when you are really looking forward to a book and then it just isnt what you thought it would be. I'm glad you still enjoyed this one. Great review.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. I get torn between loyalty and objectivity :/

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  21. Glad you still enjoyed Burned! It really sounds like an exciting read!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. You should try th series, it's really sexy ;)

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  22. I think I am most disappointed that there isn't more Mac and Barrons together. I want more of their relationship. I still need to read ICED. Eeek, I am getting behind.

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    1. They're present but their relationship isn't quite "there". Like it didn't develop much

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  23. ahh I so need to catch up on this series, I miss Mac and Barrons!!

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  24. Great review, Braine! I absolutely loved Burned. I was so happy to be back in Dublin, and the many twists and turns of the story were well done, imo.
    I agree that it's difficult to know what to make of Dani now, I definitely hope she'll have a bigger role in the next book :)
    Have a great week!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  25. I've just bought my first book by this author today and I'm looking forward to reading it. Great review as always.

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  26. I am reading it now but it's on the backburner until I catch up with ARCs. Glad you loved it, Braine. I've seen controversial reviews and I hope I'll enjoy it as much as you did :)

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