Bloodfever

Bloodfever

Book - 2007
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MacKayla Lane's life is turned upside down when she arrives in Ireland, a land full of sorcery and secrets. To stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient book which holds the key to power over both the world of the Fae and of mankind.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Dell, c2007
ISBN: 9780385339162
038533916X
Branch Call Number: FIC Monin 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 303 p. :,maps

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nidofito
May 19, 2016

Sorry, ladies. I'm not really seeing the appeal of Barrons. He's an ass. An enigmatic ass, but still an ass.

And the story takes forever to start. I'm pretty sure I zoned out on many of Mac's ramblings. The writing's not the best, I'm afraid.

The world of Fae is very interesting, but as of right now, there are too many unknowns, and it's kinda bumming me out.

Monikan21 Feb 15, 2015

Book 2 of Fever series, preceded by Darkfever and followed by Bloodfever. The story continues where Darkfever ended, with Mac searching for answers on her sister's murder and finding more questions. Barrons is still an enigma. I see now that it will not be possible to put these books down until all are read.

forbesrachel Sep 11, 2013

The plot of Bloodfever does not advance much, and few of the main questions are addressed; like Alina's death, who the Lord Master is, what Barrons is, etc. This is done in favour of building up its characters, especially Mackayla; a necessary step in preparation for the coming volumes.
Essentially, book one was about Mackayla losing her place in the world, while book two is about her finding her new place in it. She may be more insecure, and still unsure of her identity, but as she learns about her powers, she becomes more grounded in her reality. As she herself changes, the frequency of her amusing remarks grows (ex. "blood and green goo are no friends of detergent" pg 24).
Whereas Darkfever focuses on setup, this one focuses more on building relationships between the characters. Mackayla's reactions to the idea of romance are priceless. So many girls want to get swept away by a hot, mysterious, or brave male, but she backs away from these. She notes that she is part of "sex is just sex generation" pg 38, but has come to realize that she wants something more worthwhile, a true love type romance. The men that surround her, especially the death-by-sex Fae V'lane, do not match this ideal. She acknowledges that the things these guys do are what someone reading the romance genre would love, but calls them out for what they are; a particularly interesting view coming from a character in a cross-genre urban fantasy/ romance title. It makes her all the more likable, because she is not playing hard to get, but is hard to get. At the same time she is also a bit of a hypocrite, completely denying any potential feelings she has for Barrons.
Barrons becomes more mysterious, getting a new roster of powers, while continuing to have those spells that make him act... different is the only way to describe it, as the author has yet to reveal what he is. There is the slightest hint that he too is changing, becoming more conscientious of Mac's state of mind. He is also starting to get possessive towards her, and is very irritated any time she has anything to do with V'lane.
V'lane, who becomes a more prominent character certainly cannot understand her. He is fascinated by her, and so tries to teach her about the Seelie culture to a degree, his alien qualities are what inhibits trust between them though.
Lastly, Mackayla meets Rowena, head of the sidhe-seers, and immediately they butt heads. Rowena will do whatever she can to stop the Fae, but that includes risking the lives of others. Mackayla is learning that she needs to hold onto this human quality, or risk turning into more of a monster than the Unseelie are. In her diary she nicely sums up these key players, and how she fits into the scene, certainly all want to use her for their own purposes. She quickly picks up on the evade and interrogate style of speech that they all use, and answers do trickle her way.
Other characters are given brief introductions, but for now their roles are unknown.
Once again near the end, Mackayla does something to place herself in danger, and more so than last time, a few lessons are knocked into her. At last, the Maullece thread gets tied up, and then, the author leaves things on a cliffhanger.

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dolphinwolf
Apr 13, 2013

Series continuously keeps you reading and wanting to get the next novel right away.

LaimaA Jan 03, 2013

This is even better than the first in the series. Mac is learning the ropes and I love how street smart and hardened she's becoming. And the girl can sass like nobody's business. Her interactions with Barrons always amuse me. So excellent.

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CaitlynnNoelle
Apr 01, 2012

She is Awsome!!

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vwruleschick
Mar 19, 2012

Mac was your typical everyday girl, but all that changed one night in Dublin when she saw my first Fae and got dragged into a world of ancient secrets and immortal beings called Fae (Seelie and Unseelie).

In her fight to stay alive and find out who murdered her sister, Mac must find a million-year-old book of the blackest magic called the Sinsar Dubh which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by a caste of good and evil surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust. Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men. V’lane is an immortal Fae Prince and Jericho Barrons who is a man as irresistible as he is dangerous. Though who will she trust? or will it be neither?

Now the walls between the two are coming down and Mac is the only thing that stands between them. As the Unseelie are to make their escape into the human and forever change the race of humans.

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misseevee
Aug 02, 2011

This title was much improved over its predecessor, thank goodness. The pacing was excellent, and the suspense very well done; the climax of the story had me convinced that the protagonist had made a choice that would be her undoing, but the resolution was satisfying without being trite or too easy.

Moning does a better job giving more layers to her main characters, making them more complex and believable as human beings, and also introduces hints of deeper intrigues with her non-mortal characters. Even though I was vastly disappointed with her first title in the series (Darkfever), I'm glad I decided to continue the series and give this second title a shot.

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ChloesMama
May 25, 2011

Sooooo much better than the first one! I finished it in two days because I could not put it down. The intensity of the relationship between Barrons and Mac is incredible and has left me itching to read the next one!!!!

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ekilmer
Sep 25, 2008

Keeps you hanging

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