Review and Giveaway – Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

*Contains Minor Spoilers*

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: Purchased

“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.
Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.
What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.
*Blurb from Goodreads*

When I got invited to participate in the Shadowfever Book Tour, I squeezed, jumped up from my chair, and then calmed down quickly once I got weird looks from my co-workers. The Fever Series is one of my all time favorite series of all times, and getting the final chapter was something I’ve been anticipating for over a year now.

I took a whole day off work on the 18th just so I could sit home and read uninterrupted, and I have to say, I needed the rest of the day to sit and process all the awesomesauce that was Shadowfever. Let me start off by saying that Moning answered MOST of the questions that lingered out there. The one that she left unanswered that somewhat bothered me was WHAT exactly Barrons is. Moning went into detail about what he can and can’t DO, but not necessarily what he is. That was somewhat disappointing, but I can only hope that in the next series, Moning will focus on the others like Barrons, and may go more into detail at that time.

I was so glad that all of my other questions were answered. One of the things I adore about the Fever series is that Moning always finds ways to keep us guessing. I can’t count the number of times while I was reading through I would think to myelf… “OH! I totally know what Mac is!” Only to find out ten pages later that I was unbelievably off! I was a teeny tiny bit disappointed with the explanation surrounding Mac and how she got her powers, etc. But was amazed at how well that story line integrated into the book as a whole.

I was also shocked with the “beast” that Barrons kept in the basement. It took me awhile to process that one, and even to this date, I still am not too sure how I feel about that one. I was glad that it was resolved, and in a way that seemed to make all parties happy. But at the same time, the resolution seemed like it was so simple, seemed like maybe it should have been thought of already. With the complexity of the series and world building as a whole, it felt like an easy fix.  That might be one of my only pieces of contention in the whole book.

The other big point that blew me away was at the end, when the story and history around V’lane. I assume that most people who really follow the series have read it by now, but not wanting to ruin anything… OH! MY! GAWD! Absolutely took my by surprise on that one! I was not expecting the twists and turns that took, and was shocked and a little okay with the way it ended up.

We find out the truth about who killed Alina. The story lines with Darroc and Rowena are resolved. Christian goes through a big transformation, and although we were left somewhat hanging about what exactly happened to him and how he is changing; again I can only hope that Moning goes more into his story in the future. Dani and Barron’s eight men are left with some unanswered questions as well. And the Unseelie King! My mouth was left hanging open with his scenes.  Again, *fingers crossed* that they will be the focus of the next series!

I was very happy with the way the story ended. Yes, Mac and Barrons do get their own little version of happily ever after. I felt as if Moning stayed true to both Mac and Barrons to the very end. Neither character dropped their insecurities or hardheaded ways just for the sake of the story. I was very happy with the way it all came together.

I have to say, all in all I was very very happy with the conclusion of the Fever Series. I liked the way that almost everything was wrapped up, but that we were left with some questions. The speculation and excitement for another series based in the Fever world leaves me all giddy like a school girl. I thought it was a wonderful ending to a wonderful series!

I give Shadowfever an A+!

Thanks to Random House and TLC Book Tours, I am able to giveaway one Hardcover copy of Shadowfever. Open to US/Canada. Just leave a comment by February 11th to enter!

For more chances to win and the remainder of the TLC Book Tour, check out the Shadowfever schedule here

27 thoughts on “Review and Giveaway – Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning”

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  2. Sabrina Shields

    Would love to win this book! I’ve been on the waiting list at the library since it came out. 🙂

  3. I didn’t read the review because I don’t want any spoilers, no matter how mild. But man oh man, I want to read this book!

  4. It’s so hard to avoid reading all of the reviews. I’m trying not to get spoiled! I’d love to win a copy.

  5. Thanks for the review! I haven’t read the whole series yet but I’m definitely loving it so far. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I would love to win this book. I’m a bit behind in the series and will be starting at the beginning again. For t hat reason, I did not read the review as I do not want spoilers. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  7. I am still reading book 1 ( I’m kinda late bloomer in the series) but I am dying to win Shadowfever. The reviews are excellent! Please count me in!

  8. Great review. I loved this book! I read the e-book and would love to have a hard copy for my shelves. Thanks!

  9. Woah!
    Will I get bashed over the head with a stack of books for saying I haven’t read any of her books yet? I saw book 2 on sale at b&n so I decided, what they hell. I’ll work my way (slowly) through the series and try not to regret not reading for so long as I experience the fan girl reaction.

    Hope to read!

  10. I’ve only started with the series. Absolutely everyone has given this book rave reviews. I would love to win this awesome book!

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