Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Review for Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning


Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

Somewhere in Karen Marie Moning's brain is a section labelled "Imagination." Unlike the rest of us mere mortals, who have an "Imagination" area that is probably flanked by a bright red door with the letter "I" on the front, hers is actually a non-stop display of pyrotechnic fireworks, exploding with super sonic booms, brilliant flashes of color and light, and instilled with some sort of magic that creates a powerful addiction in the mere mortals who follow her. Honest to the good God, this book is in a league of its own.

It's hard to believe that this is the same author who wrote the lusty romantic Highlander series (which, by the way, I totally adore). Those books have everything a romance lover is looking for...larger than life characters, super lusty sex, and enchanting stories. But this Fever series is something altogether different. It's not really romance, either, but the who the hell cares? This book is absolutely riveting...riveting. By far, the most fascinating book I have read this year. 

I sort of miss the details about Dublin we got in the earlier books, but at this point in the series, the details about the supernatural world have pretty much superseded a "normal" setting anyway. The grotesque Unseelie creatures, the Sifting Silvers, the objects of power, Interdimensional Fairy Potholes (!!), the list goes on and on. Moning's imaginary world knows no bounds, and it is staggering in its rockability. Her characters, especially the elusive Barrons, are amazing. Mac's transformation is one of the coolest "character arcs" I have ever read. While I found her somewhat irritating at the beginning of this series, she has morphed into an incredibly appealing heroine, warts, black leather, halo and all.

I mentioned in my latest Jeaniene Frost review that I finally understood why first person narrative is supposed to be so cool. Well, to say that Moning has become the master of first person POV does not quite do her writing justice. This book is magic, and Moning's talent is off the charts. 

Some folks are pissed about the cliffhanger ending, but I think it's brilliant. Every aspect of this book is brilliant...the POV, characterization, pacing, world-building, sexual tension and drama, secondary character development, action scenes! It has everything. And the mystery about who Mac really is (and of course who Barrons really is) continues to gain steam and promise an awesome ending to the series (Shadowfever is up next). Yeah, it's gonna be a long year waiting for the grand finale, but it will definitely be worth the wait.

Hands down, my favorite book of 2009....Grade: A+ 

Penelope

16 comments:

Mandi said...

OH KMM!! You rock my world. And I loved your review:) My only complaint..and it is tiny - I wish Mac and Barrons could have moved past all the distrust...I mean really!! Did they have to fight about not saving Mac, and how Barrons had to have sex to get her out of pri ya. Can't they just get along?

Otherwise lurved it. I liked the ending...CANNOT WAIT for Shadowfever!!

Penelope said...

Hey Mandi!!!! I actually like the fact that Mac and Barrons are fighting all the time...it's going to make their first time admitting they have feelings for each other (and hopefully a smoking-hot, lusty love-making session) all the more awesome. I am still sort of stunned by how good this book was. I think I need a mango martini or something.

Mandi said...

But don't you think by the fourth book in a five book series they should have moved past it a bit? I'm just anxious for some good lovin' between them (and not in pri ya state) but damn - Barrons nekkid. Give me a straight vodka.

Penelope said...

I think Moning is doing a really good job giving us little bits and pieces. Like when Dani tells Mac how Barrons looked when he came to rescue her from the abbey. The flashes of emotion she sees on his face when they're bumping like bunnies. Like how Cristian totally busts her lies when she is talking about Barrons. But, I am hearing ya. I sort of like how stand-offish and bad-ass Barrons is. And it's making Mac bad-ass, too (which is what he intended...if he gave her any tenderness, she would curl up in the fetal position, I think!). There is a seriously rocking making hot emotional lusty love scene coming up in the next book, and I think it will blow all other love scenes out of the water. (Mabye blow was a poor choice of words! hee hee....)

Michelle Picard said...

I think Moning had to keep the distrust and distance between Mac and Barrons going in this one. I'm loving it, though not yet done. Don't worry, no spoilers in your review, Penelope. But this is not one of those urban fantasies that would have worked as well if the hero/heroine got together too early. It wouldn't fit with Mac's character arc and would reduce the drama. Yes, it's hard to hang in there when we're aching for the two to be together, but I think we can all do it. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. It'll be a long year, definitely.

Penelope said...

Oh, Michelle....can't wait for you to finish! Did you notice I tried really hard not to include any spoilers??? First time I did that with a review...I'm so thoughtful! We can get through the next year by reading a ton of other books...it will make the time go faster! :)

Patti said...

Great review! I love this series, I love the tension between Mac and Barrons. Yes, I could have used a bit more sexy time between them but I know KMM will make it worth our while! I also like how she tied her Highlanders into this story. She is a true master of her art.

Penelope said...

Hi Patti! I think there was plenty of sexy time, only it was priya sexy, not loving/lusty sexy time....big difference! (Don't get me wrong, a hot naked Barrons growling with pleasure is always a good thing, but I'm missing the loving part). I agree about loving how Moning got the Highlanders into this story...I am very intrigued about Christian...hope he gets his own book!

Carolyn Crane said...

Wow, everywhere I turn I see great things about this series, and here, and A+ !!! I'm in!

Penelope said...

Hi Carolyn!...this series is definitely different than Moning's time-travelin' Highlanders, so be forewarned. However, I (obviously) think it totally rocks. I have a feeling you're going to be dreaming about Barrons soon..and that's a very, very good thing! ;)

Leontine said...

Of course you got me curious after your comment on my blog and wandered over here...to find a fellow Moning Maniac :D I so enjoyed reading your review and the ending, oh man, the ending didn't piss me off but I am so in denial what is implied at the ending!

Penelope said...

Hi Leontine! Thanks for stopping by! You have to believe in the power of the HEA, baby! Even if it is you-know-who at the end of the book, do you honestly believe that Moning would kill off the coolest guy in the series? No way! I know Moning is working toward the HEA...I have faith!

Mandi said...

There is no way KMM will kill off Barrons..and if he does die, he will find a way back. I'm not worried about Barrons..I am more worried about the two of them finding peace with each other. They still seem to have such a long way to go.

Penelope said...

Hey Mandi! You know how Mac keeps saying "What is he?" about Barrons??I think the big question is "What is Mac?" I think we're going to find out that Mac is Barrons' equal in some big, cool, paranormal-ish way, and they are going to be the biggest, baddest-ass couple around. And that their love for each other is totally going to save the day (cue music with sunset.....)!!!!!

Mandi said...

I hope you are right!!

How are we to wait for SF?????

Leontine said...

I remember reading that final page and just sitting in shock there...I keep the faith, I know KMM will work towards a HAE, she has promised us for four years that Mac will get a HAE. I just hope KMM will receive all the pages she needs to get tell her ending the way she wants to cause for romance to ignite a few big obstacles still need to be taken :)

And Penelope, I like that kind of ending your sketching there!