Dreamfever (Fever Series #4)

Dreamfever (Fever Series #4)

by Karen Marie Moning

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In New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning’s stunning novel, the walls between human and Fae worlds have come crashing down. And as Mac fights for survival on Dublin’s battle-scarred streets, she will embark on the darkest adventure of her life.

MacKayla Lane lies naked on the cold stone floor of a church, at the mercy of the Fae master she once swore to kill. Far from home, unable to control her sexual hungers, MacKayla is now fully under the Lord Master’s spell.

He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister’s murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac’s every thought—and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust. 

As the enigmatic Jericho Barrons and the sensual Fae prince V’lane vie for her body and soul, as cryptic entries from her sister’s diary mysteriously appear and the power of the Dark Book weaves its annihilating path through the city, Mac’s greatest enemy delivers a final challenge.

It’s an invitation Mac cannot refuse, one that sends her racing home to Georgia, where an even darker threat awaits. With her parents missing and the lives of her loved ones under siege, Mac is about to come face-to-face with a soul-shattering truth—about herself and her sister, about Jericho Barrons . . . and about the world she thought she knew. 

BONUS: This edition includes and excerpt from Karen Marie Moning's Shadowfever.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440338789
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/18/2009
Series: Fever Series , #4
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 17,740
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fever series, featuring MacKayla Lane, and the award-winning Highlander series. She has a bachelor’s degree in society and law from Purdue University.

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Mac: 11:18 a.m., November 1

Death. Pestilence. Famine. They surround me, my lovers, the terrifying Unseelie Princes.
Who’d’ve thought destruction could be so beautiful? Seductive. Consuming.

My fourth lover—War? He ministers to me tenderly. Ironic for the bringer of Chaos, creator of Calamity, maker of Madness—if that is who he is. I cannot see his face, no matter how I try. Why does he hide?

He caresses my skin with hands of fire. I char, my skin blisters, bones fuse from sexual heat no human can endure. Lust consumes me. I arch my back and beg for more with parched tongue, cracked lips. As he fills my body, he quenches my thirst with drink. Liquid spills over my tongue, drips down my throat. I convulse. He moves inside me. I catch a glimpse of skin, muscle, a flash of tattoo. Still no face. He terrifies me, this one who keeps himself concealed.
In the distance, someone barks commands. I hear many things, understand none. I know that I have fallen into enemy hands. I know also, soon, I will no longer know even that. Pri-ya, a Fae sex addict, I will believe there is no place, nothing else I would rather be.

If my thoughts were coherent enough to form sentences, I would tell you that I used to think life unfolded in a linear fashion. That people were born and went to . . . what’s that human word? I dressed up for it every day. There were boys. Lots of cute boys. I thought the world revolved around them.

His tongue is in my mouth, and it’s tearing apart my soul.


School. That’s the word I’m looking for. After that, you get a job. Marry. Have...what are they? Fae can’t have them. Don’t understand them. Precious little lives. Babies! If you’re lucky, you live a good, full life and grow old with someone you love. Caskets then. Wood gleams. I weep. A sister? Bad! Memory hurts! Let it go!

They’re in my womb. They want my heart. Tear it open. Gorge on passion they can’t feel. Cold. How can fire be so cold?

Focus, Mac. Important. Find the words. Deep breath. Don’t think about what’s happening to you. See. Serve. Protect. Others at risk. So many died. Can’t be for nothing. Think of Dani. She’s you inside, beneath that adolescent thumbs-in-the-pockets, one hip cocked, thousand-yard stare.

I orgasm without ceasing. I become the orgasm. Pleasure-pain! Exquisite! Mind-melting, soul-shredding, the more they fill me the emptier I am. It’s slipping, all slipping, but before it goes, before it’s gone completely, I get a hateful moment of clarity and see that.

Most of what I believed about myself, and life, I derived from modern media, without questioning any of it. If I wasn’t sure how to behave in a certain situation, I’d search my mind for a movie or TV show I’d seen, with a similar setup, and do whatever the actors had done. A sponge, I absorbed my environment, became a by-product of it.

I don’t think I ever once looked up at the sky and wondered if there was sentient life in the universe besides the human race. I know I never looked down at the earth beneath my feet and contemplated my own mortality. I tunneled blithely through magnolia-drenched days, blind as a mole to everything but guys, fashion, power, sex, whatever would make me
feel good right then.

But these are confessions I would make if I could speak, and I can’t. I’m ashamed. I’m so ashamed.

Who the fuck are you? Someone shouted that question at me recentlyhis name eludes me.

Someone who frightens me. Excites me.

Life’s not linear at all.

It happens in lightning flashes. So fast you don’t see those lay-you-out-cold moments coming at you until you’re Wile E. Coyote, steamrolled flat as a pancake by the Road Runner, victim of your own elaborate schemes. A sister dead. A legacy of lies. An unwanted inheritance of ancient blood. An impossible mission. A book that is a beast that is ultimate power, and whoever gets their hands on it first decides the fate of the world. Maybe all the worlds.

Stupid sidhe-seer. So sure you had things headed in the right direction.

Here and now—not on some cartoon highway from which I can peel myself, stand up, and magically reinflate, but on the cold stone floor of a church, naked, lost, surrounded by death-by-sex Fae—I feel my most powerful weapon, the one I swore never to give up again—hope—slipping away. My spear is long gone. My will is...

Will? What’s will? Do I know the word? Did I ever?

Him. He’s here. The one who killed Alina. Please, please, please don’t let him touch me.

Is he touching me? Is he the fourth? Why conceal himself?

When the walls come tumbling, tumbling down, that’s the question that matters. Who are you?
I reek of sex and the scent of them—dark, drugging spices. I have no sense of time or place. They’re inside me and I can’t get them out, and how could I have been such a fool to believe that at the critical moment, when my world fell apart, some knight in shining armor was going to come thundering in on a white stallion, or arrive sleek and dark on an eerily silent Harley, or appear in a flash of golden salvation, summoned by a name embedded in my tongue, and rescue me? What was I raised on—fairy tales?

Not this kind. These are the fairy tales we were supposed to be teaching our daughters. A few thousand years ago, we did. But we got sloppy and complacent, and when the Old Ones seemed to go quietly, we allowed ourselves to forget the Old Ways. Enjoyed the distractions of modern technology and forgot the most important question of all.

Who the fuck are you?

Here on the floor, in my final moments—MacKayla Lane’s last grand hurrah—I see that the answer is all I’ve ever been.

I’m nobody.

Dani: 2:58 p.m., November 1

Hey, it’s me—Dani. I’m gonna be taking over for a while. Fecking good thing, too, ’cause Mac’s in serious trouble. We all are. Last night everything changed. End-of-the-world stuff. Uh-huh, that bad. Fae and human worlds collided with the biggest bang since creation, and everything is a mess.

Fecking Shades loose in the fecking abbey. Ro through the roof with it, screaming that Mac betrayed us. Ordered us to hunt her. Bring her in dead or alive. Shut her up or shut her down, she said. Keep her away from the enemy, because she’s too powerful a weapon to be used against us. She’s the only one who can track the Sinsar Dubh. No way we can let her fall into the wrong hands, and Ro says any hands but hers are the wrong ones.

I know stuff about Mac that she’d kill me for, if she knew I knew. Good thing she doesn’t know. I never want to fight Mac.

But here I am, hunting her.

I don’t believe she spiked the Orb with Shades. Pretty much everyone else does, though. They don’t know Mac like I do. I know Mac like we’re sisters. No way she betrayed us.

Seven hundred thirteen of us alive at the abbey at five o’clock last night. Five hundred twenty-two sidhe-seers left at last count. Taking Dublin back. Hunting Mac. Kicking every bit of Fae ass we see along the way.

No sign of her yet. But we’re headed in the right direction. There’s an epicenter of power in the city, reeking stinking nasty Fae as toxic as the fallout plume from a nuclear explosion. We all feel it. Taste it. Practically see the mushroom cloud hanging in the air. We
don’t even talk to one another. Don’t need to. If Mac’s still in Dublin, that’s where she is, straight ahead. No way any sidhe-seer could turn away from this kinda pull. I hope she’s nailing their butts with the spear. We’ll fight back to back like we did a couple nights ago.

But I’ve got this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach...

Bull-fecking-crikey! I don’t feel sick. I never feel sick. Sick is for wusses and  wannabes.
Mac can take care of herself. She’s the strongest of us all.

“ ’Cept me,” I mutter, with a swagger and a grin.

“What?” Jo says behind me.

I don’t bother answering. They already think I’m cocky enough. I have reasons to be cocky. Uh-huh, I’m thatgood.

Five hundred twenty-two of us closing in. We fight like banshees and can do some serious damage, but we’ve got only one weapon—the Sword of Light—that can kill a Fae.

“And it’s mine.” I grin again. I can’t help it. Fecking A, it’s the supercoolest gig in the world to be a superhero. Superfast, superstrong, with a few extra “supers” in me that Batman would trade all his toys for. What everybody else wishes they could do, I can. Behind me, Jo says “What?” again, but I’m not grinning anymore. I’m back to feeling prowly, pissed. Being fourteen—well, I almost am—blows. One minute I’m on top of the world, next I’m mad at everybody. Jo says I’m hormonal. She says it gets better. If better means I’m gonna turn into a grownup, thanks but not. Gimme a blaze of glory any day. Who wants to get old and wrinkly?

If the Unseelie hadn’t taken the power grids down last night, turning the whole city into a Dark Zone, I’d’ve come after Mac sooner, but Kat made us hide like cowards ’til dawn. Not enough flashlights, she said.

Duh, I’m superfast, I said.

Great, she said, so you’d have us watch you whiz superfast right through a Shade and die? Smart, Dani. Real smart.

Pissed me off, but she had a point. When I’m moving like that, it is hard to see what’s coming at me. With the power grids down, ain’t nobody gonna dispute the Shades own the night once it falls.

Who put you in charge? I said, but it was rhetorical and we both knew it, and she walked away. Ro put her in charge. Ro always puts her in charge, even though I’m better, faster, smarter. Kat’s obedient, dutiful, cautious. Gag me with a spoon.

Crashed and burned cars everywhere we turn. I thought there’d be more bodies. Shades don’t eat dead flesh. S’pose other Unseelie do. The city is spooky quiet.

“Slow down, Dani!” Kat yells at me. “You’re speeding up again. You know we can’t keep up with you!”

“Sorry,” I mutter, and slow down. With what I feel up ahead and this stupid sick feeling in my stomach—

“Not sick.” My teeth clench on the lie. Who the feck am I kidding? I feel sick, sick, sick. My palms and pits are slick with dread. I wipe my sword hand against my jeans. My body knows things before my brain can. Always been that way, even when I was a kid. Used to freak Mom out. It’s what makes me fight so good. I know what I’m gonna find up ahead is gonna be one of those things I’ll wake up in the middle of the night wishing I could scrape out from behind my eyeballs.

Whatever we’re headed for, whatever’s throwing all that fallout into the sky, is more Fae power than I’ve ever felt before, all clumped together in one  place. The way we work things, the other sidhe-seers close in and pound ass while I do what I’ve been doing best since Ro took me in when Mom was murdered.

I kill.

We range out like a net. Five hundred strong. Drape ourselves, sidhe-seer by sidhe-seer, around
the epicenter and close in tight. Nothing’s getting through us unless it flies. Or sifts.
Aw, crap! Or sifts. Some of the Fae can travel from place to place at the blink of a thought—just a hair faster than me, but I’m working on that. I have a theory I been testing. Haven’t worked out the kinks yet. The kinks are killer.

“Stop,” I hiss at Kat. “Tell ’em all to stop!”

She cuts a hard look my way but bites a sharp command that rips down the line. We’re well trained. We move together and I tell her my worry: that Mac’s in there, in serious trouble, and if the bigbads throwing off all that power are sifters—which most of the big-bads are—she’ll be gone the second we’re spotted.

Which means I’m going in alone. I’m the only one who can sneak-attack fast enough to pull it off.

“No way,” Kat says.

“No choice, and you know it.”

We look at each other. She gets that look grownups get a lot and touches my hair. I jerk. I don’t like to be touched. Grown-ups creep me out.

“Dani.” She pauses heavily.

I know that tone like I know the back of my hand, and I know where it’s going: Lectureville on a runaway train. I roll my eyes. “Save it for somebody who cares. Newsflash: It ain’t me. I’ll go up”—I jerk my head at a nearby building—“to get the lay of things. Then I’m going in. Only. When I. Come. Back. Out.” I spit each word. “Can you guys go in.”

We stare at each other. I know what she’s thinking. Nah, reading minds isn’t one of my specialties. Grown-ups telegraph everything. Somebody kill me before I get one of those Play-Doh faces. Kat’s thinking if she makes the call against me and loses Mac, Ro’ll have her head. But if she lets me make the call and things go bad, she can blame it on headstrong, uncontrollable Dani. I take the blame a lot. I don’t care. I do what needs to be done.

I’ll go up,” she says.

“I need the visual snapshot myself, or I could end up grabbing the wrong thing. You want me coming out with some fe—er, effin’ fairy in my hands?” They rip me a new one when I cuss. Like I’m a kid. Like I haven’t spilled more blood than they’ve ever seen. Old enough to kill but too young to cuss. They make a pit bull poodle around. What kinda logic is that? Hypocrisy pisses me off worse than most anything.

Her face sets in stubborn lines.

I push. “I know Mac’s in there and for some reason she can’t get out. She’s in major trouble.” Was she surrounded? Wounded that badly? Had she lost her spear? I didn’t know. Only that she was in way deep shit.

“Rowena said alive or dead,” Kat says stiffly. She left “It sounds like she’ll be dead soon and our problems will be solved” hanging unspoken.

“We want the Book, remember?” I try reason. Times I think I’m the only one in the whole abbey that’s got any.

“We’ll find it without her. She betrayed us.”

Feck reason. Pisses me off when people jump to conclusions they have no proof for. “You don’t know that, so stop saying it,” I growl. Somebody’s fist is holding Kat’s coat collar, got her up on her toes. It’s mine. I don’t know who’s more surprised, her or me. I drop her back on the ground and look away. I’ve never done anything like that before. But it’s Mac in there and I have to get her out, and Kat’s wasting my time big-time with total BS.

Her mouth sets with tiny white lines around it, and her eyes take on a look I get a lot. It makes me feel mad and alone.

She’s afraid of me.

Mac isn’t. One more way we’re like sisters.

Without another word, I give my feet the wings they live for and vanish into the building.
From the rooftop, I stare.

My fists clench. I keep my nails real short; still, they gouge blood from my palms.

Two Fae are dragging Mac down the front steps of a church. She’s naked. They drop her like a piece of trash in the middle of the street. A third Fae exits the church and joins them, and they stand, imperial guards around her, heads swiveling, surveying the street.

The raw sex they’re throwing off blasts me, but it’s not like V’lane, who I’m gonna give my virginity to one day.

I’m as obsessed with sex as anybody, but those...things...down there...those incredibly—fecking A, they hurt to look at; something’s wet on my cheeks; are my eyes boiling in their sockets?—beautiful things scare even me, and I don’t scare easy. They don’t move right. Storms of color rush under their skin. Black torques slither at their necks. There’s nothing in their eyes. Nothing. Eyes of pure oblivion. Power. Sex. Death. They reek of it. They’re Unseelie. My blood knows. I want to fall on my knees at their feet and worship, and Dani Mega O’Malley don’t worship nothing but herself.

I wipe my face. My fingers come away red. My eyes are leaking blood. Freaky. Kinda cool. Vamps got nothing on Fae.

I close my eyes, and when I open them again I don’t look directly at the things guarding Mac. Instead, I take a wide-angle image of the scene. Every Fae, fire hydrant, car, pothole, streetlamp, piece of trash. I map objects and empty spaces on my mental grid, lock it down tight, calculate margin of error based on likely movement, slap it over my snapshot.

I squint. A shadow moves in the street, almost too fast to see. The Fae don’t seem to know it’s there. I watch. They don’t respond to it. No heads swivel to follow it. I can’t focus on it. Can’t make out its shape. It moves like I move . . . mostly. What the feck? Not a Shade. Not a Fae. A blur of shadow. Now it’s hanging over Mac. Now it’s gone. Bright side—if the Unseelie aren’t noticing it, they shouldn’t notice me when I whiz in to snatch her. Dimmer side—what if whatever it is can see me? What if we collide? What is it? I don’t like unknowns. Unknowns can kill.

I catch the glint of Mac’s spear in a red-robed man’s hand. He’s carrying it at arm’s length from his body. Only Seelie or humans can touch the Seelie Hallows. He’s one or the other. The Lord Master?

They have Mac. They have the spear. Don’t know if I can grab both so won’t try. Would chance it if it wasn’t Mac. They hurt her bad. She’s bloody everywhere. She’s my hero. I hate them! Fae took my mother and now they’ve taken Mac. I refresh my snapshot of the scene right before I let myself go nuts inside, let that ancient sidhe-seer place in my head swallow me whole.

Instantly, I’m cool and perfect and detached from everything. I’m the Shit. It’s the most massive high in the world!

I zip from one freeze-frame to the next. No inbetweens.

I’m on the roof of the building.

I’m in the street.

I’m between the guards. Lust—wantneedsexdie—incinerates me, but I’m moving too fast and they can’t touch what they can’t see and they can’t see me and all I have to do is not cave; hate, hate, hate, make armor from it. Got enough hate to Kevlar all Ireland’s Garda.
I grab Mac.


Heart in my throat! Shadow-thing blocks my path! What is it?

I’m past it.

Hear Fae shouting behind me.

Then I’m screaming at Kat and the crew to get their asses in there, grab that spear, and kill those bastards.

Mac in my arms, I freeze frames as fast as I can, heading for the abbey.

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Krissy314 More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of K.M.M. since Beyond the Highland Mist. But the Fever series has left me more and more disappointed with each installment. In DREAMFEVER, Ms. Moning doesn't seem to do much to advance the plot of the series. We don't find really find out anything new on what Darroc wants and what the Fae Queen is doing to stop all this. There just seems to be a lot of running around for the sake of running around. Barrons' refusal to open up has gone beyond frustrating and his character doesn't experience any growth. After Mac emerges from Pri-ya she says that she is now hardened and won't be pushed around anymore. When in reality it's just talk and she still simply reacts to people and events. And a seasoned author like Ms. Moning should know that readers hate to be stuck with cliff hangers! We are going to read the next installment! It is grossly unfair to force readers to wait a year on something like this. It doesn't make me hungry for more - it makes me mad! While I admire Ms. Moning's considerable talents and her ability to write, I think I'll be using the library for any future books until she's proven herself again.
denverbroncosgirl More than 1 year ago
Would anyone like to go with me to Karen Marie Moning's house, tie her to the chair, & not let her go (not even to use the bathroom, LOL) until she FINISHES Shadowfever? Okay, let me start by saying that I am livid hot pissed! What a cliff hanger. I thought that Faefever was a cliff hanger but nothing compared to this one. I think what makes it worse is that I had already bought Dreamfever when I finished Faefever. Now I have to wait for Shadowfever to come out! How long is it going to be? It's one thing to keep a reader interested but to leave one completely hanging like that for such a long time is just wrong! On another note, I absolutely LOVED this book & think it's the best in the series by a mile. I love Barrons even more. He is definitely my favorite character. I can't stand Rowena, what a nasty hag! Such a well written series. It has kept me riveted....Karen, please HURRY with Shadowfever! If she starts writing another series, I probably won't even start it until she has finished writing the entire series. I can't stand to be kept in that much suspense. This is my favorite series by a mile. Barrons ROCKS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a loyal Karen Marie Moning fan. I have own all of her books. After reading the books I listen to them on audio. In all honesty though, this one was somewhat of a disappointment. I have read the book twice in hopes I had missed something the first time around. Nope got it all the first time. Normally I finish her books in one sitting. This one took me a few days to complete, both times. The story line felt scattered. In all of her other books she portrayed the emotions of the characters so well. This one is lacking that. Dreamfever just adds more to the confusion with very few answers. Ms. Moning notes that things will all become clear in the 5th and final book. I own all of her other books and I am sure I will finish out my collection with the last one, but I probably won't be there the day it comes out on the market.
theshrike More than 1 year ago
I would like to start off by making it clear that the book is worth your time if you like softer fiction. The story is intriguing, though the writing a bit shoddy. Even four books in I'm not sure why the series needed to be five books. Ive also wondered why each book has ended in a blatant cliffhanger, which also happens to be the middle of a scene, when its obvious the main plot arc of the series has yet to be resolved. That should be enough to bring your readers back for the next installment. An Editor Ms. Moning is not, but as I said the story is intriguing. My main frustration with modern fiction is the commercialism involved in its release. In the authors own words she conceptualized the story as a whole and, for that reason, writing it was done much more quickly than anything she had done previously. If that is the case, why are we waiting a year between books? And, again, why chop the story as a whole into five mini-arcs stuffed with an abundance of inner monologue and unnecessary scenes with unimportant characters. I have to assume the driving force behind this is money. I await the final chapter, but I can say with certainty that this is the last time I will begin a suggested episodic tale prior to the release of its conclusion.
Mamarebe More than 1 year ago
I read some of the less flattering reviews and I have got to say I loved this book. I totally disagree that Barrons and Mac didn't progress in their keep you guessing relationship. Not only did she get into his head, but he allowed it. You may still not know exactly what Barrons is but you get some insight to the V'Lane versus Barrons history. Plus Mac had no choice but to lower her guards with Barrons in the beginning and it shows what he would go throw to keep her with him, and not just for the book. I loved the character development, I love the growing relationship between Mac and Dani, and I really loved that the old witch GM got a mouthful of Mac's inner angst. I for one cannot wait till the next book.
BDK2091 More than 1 year ago
I have everyone of Moning's books and have loved each one, but this one is just a "throw together" and the ending sucks. What ending, hang on there's another book yet to come. HATE CLIFFHANGERS! Especially when you have to wait another year before the next comes out. By then, I'll have forgotten to event think about what the final outcome is.
Fevered More than 1 year ago
I rarely buy books - I get them from my library. But this is a series that once I read the first one from the library, had to buy it and the next, and so forth. Please read them in order - it makes a huge difference and you'll be lost if you read Dreamfever without it. This is also the fourth of a five book series. I assume the last will be published next August. If you can't wait, and don't like cliffhangers, wait til next year. But DO read them. It is also not a romance, and it deals with adult subjects. I have re-read them all at least 5+ times, looking for nuances, appreciating a turn of phrase, questioning characters and situations, wondering what will happen next. Having the storyline arc over 5 books allows for character development that goes beyond the standard surface treatment a single-book storyline can ever give. That's what made the infamous cake scene earlier in the series so great - not only was it brilliant writing, it shed light on who the characters were. As for Dreamfever, the plot is fast paced, with action, introspection, emotional highs and lows, and persistence in the face of life's difficulties. It is not light or trite, and there is entertainment to balance the difficult scenes. Serious topics are dealt with, and an informed reader understands their role. It is a dark urban fantasy, and it is what it is - great! For sure, read the books in order, if you don't you will be confused and not understand or appreciate the way the storyline must unfold. There are legions of fans who purposely took the day of work to buy and read this book. That says something about the quality of the writing and the joy a good book (any good book) can bring to its readers. This is one of those books.
AddictedLinn More than 1 year ago
I love this series!!!! Ive been waiting for this book, always checking the website to see when it would be out! Ms. Moning takes me into a world that I want to be in yet I don't. I have all the books and i am hoping to continue my collection. Faefever left me shocked and hanging and that was the perfect way to leave off. Is Mac really on the Unsealie side? Or will she come back to her senses? Will Barron or the Death By Sex Fae save her? So many questions!!!! I need answers!....Now its time to find out whats going to happen to Mac next. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i don't like the seires. i'm not a fan of the author's writing style and i just plainly don't like the storyline and characters. Mac is wacky, Barron is a creep(in the chapters when he "cured" Mac wasz just odd)
Black_or_Barrons More than 1 year ago
Dreamfever! Where do i start, um, amzaing,to say the least.In this one not only do we get to see from Daani's point of view in this book, but we get to hear from Barrons' as well. Barrons ! Dani and the other Sidhe-seers are hunting Mac (not that Dani would ever want to fight Mac.)Dani gets away from the others with her superhuman speed and finds Mac on the stone cold hard floor of the church,3 unseelie death-by-sex fae, having sex with Mac's unconcious body, Dani has to help. Ro wants Mac dead or alive, but Dani wont let them Kill Mac.She knows that Mac did not put shades into the orb to be released into Dublin...
Celwynd More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this series so far. I found the first one at the library when it was highlighted in their "Beginning of a Series" section. I was totally hooked right off the bat. Mac, the protagonist, is charming but flippant, sexy but not slutty and very likable. Even in her grief and disbelief of losing a beloved sister and finding a whole world that had been hidden to her before, she maintains the core of her character. Barrons is truly a unique find in that he is not the standard "Everyone's Hero" sort of male lead and that the author has quite cleverly kept most of his background a secret, only dribbling it out in bits and pieces. What I don't understand is why this series is placed in with Moning's other series. I believe the other is some sort of romantic Highlander theme. There has been very little sex, let alone "romance" in the Fever series. It truly belongs in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section along with Patricia Briggs, Laurel K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris. To be honest, it is rather embarrassing to be caught looking in the Romance section as I find most romance novels to be trite and formulaic and not worth the time and effort, however, this series has been anything but. I can't wait for the final installment to be released! If you are looking for a new and imaginative Fantasy series this is it!
Nightnan More than 1 year ago
This is the best "fever" yet. Must be H1N1 Mac style. The book starts off after Mac has been raped by the Unseelie Princes and turned "priya" Barron's cure for "pri-ya" is just as outrageous and desperate as is most of he and Mac's relationship. Mac's cure hardens her character and sharpens her ass-kicking abilities. Mac and the other sidthe seers begin confronting their pasts and finding answers and of course, more questions. More searching and seeking leads to the Lord Master kidnapping her adoptive family in the US. You will love and hate this book. Love it for Mac's resurgence and hate it for the way the story continues to find one answer, then creates 20 more questions. The beast in the basement garage for example??? I read this book twice looking for hidden clues. I still am hanging on the cliff as the author desires. Take pity on us, your readers please Ms. Moning. How can you not love Mac in all her glory? Who is the dreamy-eyed boy? Also, two months of anti-priya therapy, question-mark on the birth control. It boggles the mind. In a good way!
ValNYC More than 1 year ago
*SPOILER ALERT*: What a strange ending for a book. In this installment, we are no closer in finding out who Barrons is, but we do get more clues in the form of Ryodan, and the band of warriors. I was dismayed that the book ended in such an abrupt way, Ryodan falling into a gorge is a soap opera ending. Did he or didn't he die? Who was the beast protecting Mac as she was stuck in a wilderness dimension? Although it's a cliffhanger ending (pun intended), I felt the book went out with a fizzle instead of the climax intended. It was great to see Christian, if only briefly in this installment. I was hoping to see more substance in this storyline. His presence is almost like a 5-second sound byte- just enough to tell you what the song is but not enough to really enjoy. (sigh) I hope he finds his way back home. It was exciting in small doses, with that sexual tension between Barrons and Mac. But outside of Barrons saving her from priy-a state, there's really no development in their relationship one way or the other. Sure she's cured, stronger, able to resist the fae sexual charms, and eventually learns how to use the VOICE in this installment, I see very little difference between 'pink' Mac and 'black' Mac. A lot of ton and cheek, Barrons words and actions seem cheesy at times (overdone-trying too hard to make him dark/mysterious/sarcastic), but at least Dani gives comic relief. All in all, even though I'm enjoying the series, I should've waited for the paperback as this story's volume pretty much keeps things status quo in development (outside of Mac being cured from priy-a state.) One could easily skip this volume and catch up with the next. Take my advice and wait for the paperback.
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jmaloney17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just want to give Mac a hug. The pain she is feeling is excrutiating.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy*Some spoilers from previous books in this series*Previously in the MacKayla Lane/Fever series, our heroine was trapped in a church with three Unseelie princes of the death-by-sex variety. FAEFEVER ended with a pitiful scene where Mac calls on both V¿lane and Barrons to no avail before succumbing to the lethal sexuality of the fae who fall upon her like starved animals, slowly stripping away her soul as they gorged themselves on her flesh. When DREAMFEVER opens, Mac is a mindless, near animal, with only one desire: sex. She is Pri-ya. A thought that would horrify her if she was capable of forming thoughts. Incapacitated as she is, Dani takes over the telling of this story initially (which I didn¿t love. I¿m half afraid the new series KMM is working on will be Dani¿s story). Eventually, Mac is back in charge. Her journey back to sanity is an amazing thing that I won¿t spoil if you haven¿t read it. She has to face some serious questions about herself, her purpose, her desires. And her feelings about one of the `men¿ in her life and the questionable methods he uses to help her. When she does recover (if that¿s even the right word), everything is different. I was less interested in the subplot with Mac and the other sidhe-seerers. It was a bit too reminiscent of Buffy season seven. To me, those scenes are a distraction from what I really care about: The Sinsar Dubh, avenging Alina, and choosing between Barrons and V¿lane. Every time I think I¿ve decided between Barrons and V¿lane, they do something wonderful/horrible that makes me question everything. SHADOWFEVER, the finale to this extraordinary series, promises to answer all those questions and more. I have my suspicions about the ending of DREAMFEVER that I¿m half hopeful half fearful will turn out to be true. Either way, SHADOWFEVER (releasing on January 18, 2011) has just become my most anticipated novel of 2011. Sexual Content: References to rape. Long passages of non graphic sex scenes.
Xenosophy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, frak me, spank my petunia and call me Susie!! If your Jericho Barrons, that is. He could call me Susie, Fiona, Mac (Miss Lane if your nasty). Whatever the hell he wants to call me. Gawd, if you thought Barrons was naughtee with double e's in the other books, I'm here to tell you that he is naughteeeeeee with infinite e's in this one!! Seriously, some of the other girls have already agreed with me that we need to find this man and spank him. So, who's with me? SO SAY WE ALL! Sorry, I know I keep throwing Battlestar Galactica references in her but I only because I love these books so much! They are EPIC. Epic like Battlestar. Oh by the way, Barrons, who's your favorite little rascal? Is it................ Spanky?? One of my favorite scenes between Barrons and Mac: He shakes me. "Say my name." "No." "Damn it, would you just cooperate." "I do not know that word, 'cooperate.' " "Obviously," he growls. "I think you make up words." "I do not make up words." "Do, too." "Do not." "Too." "Not." I laugh. "Woman, you make me crazed," he mutters. A perfect summary of their relationship. Simple, yet intensely complicated. Okay so I'm not usually a strictly romance or erotic book reader. I like some tenderness to my meatballs. I do NOT like them overdone. This is faaaaar from overdone. There was tons of set-up and build-up before anything close to an explicit scene happens and even THEN, it is still under certain unnamed extenuating circumstances. And the tension and passion is honestly the most intense thing I have yet to read. If you are at all uncomfortable reading about sexual situations, then this is not for you. Not at all. Maybe the first three, but then, by the time you get to this one -- you may be changing your tune. This woman really knows how to throw spikes at you at exactly the right moment, making you unable to dodge them. She loves her cliffhangers, and I am hanging on every word. Up until chapter three, I was a little ticked. I did not like the alternate perspective that we were getting. The thoughts were fragmented and childish. I like her as a character but not as a perspective character. After that, geez, I was going crazy. Barrons is so effing hot. When she describes the sound he makes.... Whew! Anyway..... I didn't like it at all when Barrons wasn't around for so long, and that was more often then I had expected. But this whole series moves ridiculously fast, so it doesn't phase me as much as I always think it will. It's the anticipation that keeps me going. And the ending: WHAT THE EFFING HELL?????? GRUMBLE, GRUMBLE. A recurring thought seems to be: "How can this possibly get ANY better!" and then it does. Another recurring thought: "How can this possibly get ANY worse?" and then it does. I had to start Shadowfever before I wrote this review, because I had to at least know if it was who I thought it was. And that better not be permanent or I will hate KMM forever! I'm not happy about the ending but I'm happy about the book, and the series, and generally about my love for Barrons! Well, back to my happy dance. And if you want to be happy too then READ THIS SERIES!!!
Joybee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have developed a serious love, hate relationship with this series. Mac and Barrons are still trying to get the Sinsar Dubh, Barrons saves Mac again, Mac still doesn't trust Barrons and the ending leaves you hanging AGAIN. From what I understand though there is only one book left in the series and it will be finished. I like the book, the story keeps me very involved and it's hard to put down, I just hate being left hanging at the end feeling like I need to rush to the library to finish the story. Overall I like the book, and I would like to read more like it...it just makes me angry.
puttocklibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
MacKayla Lane's life just keeps going from bad to worse. You think... 'What else can possibly go wrong?', and then realize, oh yeah, something always can.And yet...this story doesn't drag me down, it compels me on, makes want to find out more, and most importantly, find out how it ends (and will my questions ever be answered???)I've written this review having read the end of the story already, but I can say with certainty that I remember finishing this book (which has just about the mother of all cliffhangers), and instantly wanted more--but the wait was worth it!
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick & Dirty: This highly enjoyable series continues to deliver exceptional world-building, a compelling plot and authentic characters.Opening Sentence: Death. Pestilence. Famine. They surrounded me, my lovers, the terrifying Unseelie Princes.The Review:MacKayla ¿Mac¿ Lane has taken me on an amazing journey starting with Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, and now Dreamfever.Dreamfever is yet another fantastic installment in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Ms. Moning is a masterful storyteller with powerful prose. After the devastating and intense events of Faefever, things will never be the same for Mac.***SPOILER ALERT***Dreamfever continues where Faefever left off. Mac has been captured by the powerful and deadly Unseelie Princes. Unfortunately for Mac, the Unseelie Princes are death-by-sex fae. Mac becomes increasingly terrified when she realizes that this time Barrons and V¿lane won¿t be able to save her. Powerless and unable to fight the fae fever, Mac is consumed by the Princes¿ raging lust. With overwhelming hunger, emptiness and need, her fate seems sealed because she now Pri-Ya. Mortals are rarely able to withstand such a fate.Dani, a fellow sidhe-seer comes to Mac¿s rescue. Dani is at a lost and out of her depth, not knowing what to do to help Mac. Eventually, Barrons comes for Mac, knowing that unspeakable things have been done to her and that her innocence is forever lost. With no memories, Mac struggles to regain her past.Mac 4.0 is much more hardened than one would ever expect given her humble origins in Darkfever. The first five chapters were very hard to read. I wanted much more for Mac. I wished that she didn¿t have to experience so much pain and that her path wasn¿t so difficult and hard fought. Ms. Moning does an amazing job at keeping the reader engaged and invested in Mac¿s journey.Barrons surprised me the most in Dreamfever. On the surface it may seem as if what he shares with Mac isn¿t meaningful, but it¿s just the opposite. One of the most killer elements of this series is the dialog, but Ms. Moning has mastered the ¿goes without saying.¿ So much of what transpires between Barrons and Mac goes unspoken. While it¿s never confirmed who or what Barrons is, we get more insight into his past. We also get an idea about what Barrons might be, and it¿s shocking. V¿lane¿s motivations still remain a mystery.As I read the closing paragraphs of Dreamfever I was frantic, breathless, pacing, feeling sick to my stomach. As the pieces were coming together, my mind took hold of what I knew to be true, but didn¿t want to face. I was up until 2:00 am, hanging onto every word, and hoping that Ms. Moning wouldn¿t go there. But as they say in writing ¿ KILL YOUR DARLINGS!! The cliffhanger ending is simply cruel. I have never read an ending to a book that left me feeling so utterly destroyed. I remember sitting for several moments, fighting the urge to scream, but still it came. A resounding NOOOOO! I wanted to break into Random House and steal a copy of Shadowfever because I just couldn¿t wait to receive my review copy.Overall, Dreamfever is an addictive and gut-wrenching read. Ms. Moning has created a complex and riveting world with unforgettable characters. This is the darkest and best chapter yet in the Fever saga. Dreamfever will leave you breathless.Notable Scene:He smiled at me, and I really wished he hadn¿t, because his teeth were chain-saw blades that whirred endlessly behind thin lips. He gnashed them at me and laughed. His eyes were black-on-black, bottomless pools. Tall and emaciated, he smelled of dead things, of coffins with rotting lining, of blood and insane asylums. He hands were white and fluttered like dying moths. His palms had mouths, whirring with silvery blades.Beneath one arm was tucked an utterly innocuous looking hardcover.But it wasn¿t the Sinsar Dubh that held me riveted.I stared at the psychopath¿s face.Abruptly, he stopped laughing and yanked the Book out from beneath his arm. He held
swivelgal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book #4 to the Fever series. This is the best one yet. Lots of action, sex, and mystery...and the evolution of MacKayla Lane.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again, I'm left in a quandry by Karen Marie Moning's latest "Dreamfever". It doesn't end on quite the same level of cliffhanger as "Faefever", but it was close enough to leave me wondering whether to scream in ecstasy or anguish. Ecstasy because this series is just so darn good...or anguish because now I'll have to wait (probably another year) for the final book of the series "Shadowfever".This series is intense and DARK. The author has said (several times) that it came to her as a whole and she has written it true to that 'whole'. So don't expect each book to have an ending...this is one story in five parts. So having said that...This may be my favorite so far (do I always say that?) in the series. The story opens exactly where "Faefever" left off--with Mac in the middle of a three/four (read the book and you'll understand) Death-By-Sex fae sandwich! And the things Barron must do to help her recover her mind...hmmm, wonder if I can find some Death-By-Sex fae? Anyway, the story starts with a bang and the action doesn't let up until the final page. I read this sucker in one sitting like gulping down a favorite milkshake (brain freeze and all).I can't possibly (and shouldn't anyway) try to recap the events of the book. If you're into this series, you need to go RIGHT THIS SECOND and get the book. If you haven't been reading this series, then you really don't care about the events, right? Suffice to say that Mac learns alot about herself, alot about Barrons (but never enough, eh?), and more than she ever wanted to know about what would happen if the 'Veil' ever fell. Because that's the one hint I WILL give. The 'Veil' falls, and all hell breaks loose.I loved the book, even with all its darkness and lack of a definite 'ending'. I will pace and mutter and bite my nails until I can find out when the final book in the series will be released. And I can say without a doubt that THIS is a series I will re-read...probably not too long after I finish the final book!!
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the Fever series following MacKayla Lane¿s discovery of the world of the Fae, the escape of the Unseelie into the human realm and her role in fighting them following the death of her sister in Dublin. A sidhe-seer, someone who can see through the glamour of the Fae, she¿s the only person with the ability to sense the location of an ancient book filled with dark magic that everyone wants to get their hands on for different reasons. And all of them want to use Mac, making it difficult for her to know who to trust. At the end of the third book, the walls between the realms came crashing down, entire cities of humans were being killed off by the Unseelie, and Mac had just been captured by the Lord Master and made Pri-ya by death-by-sex Unseelie Princes. After being rescued, it takes months for Mac to regain her sanity, but she comes out of it stronger than ever in body, spirit and abilities, determined to rally the sidhe-seers under Rowena into doing what they were born to do. In the process she meets others like Barrons as well as an old woman who tells her about her real mother. Mac also hears part of a disturbing prophecy about herself, making it more understandable why Rowena and now Barrons¿ friend Ryodan, have reason to distrust her.A lot takes place in this book and Mac is left with more questions than answers. With only one more book to go, this one leaves us with another large cliffhanger and a lot of loose threads that need to be tied up in the next book. Mac has changed a great deal through the series, going from a Barbie Doll to a much tougher person with strong convictions. The author does a great job of keeping us guessing and should provide readers with quite a bit of discussion material. Waiting another entire year will be difficult.
Badass_Book_Reviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well. It was a great read. From start to finish I was on an emotional high. I thought Mac really evolved in this book into a woman, into a formidable force. She was strong, capable and determined. (Once removed from Pri-ya of course)The book took us immediately into action and never really let up. Hammering info at us every turn, and action on every page. Karen delivers as usual. Her foreshadowing skills are second to none in my opinion.She {Karen} is a queen at evasion of pertinent and vital info, but seems to give you just enough to make you not want to scream your frustrations to the heavens.The story twists and turns, and the ending is far from what I ever expected and was far from where I ever expected Mac to be. It felt like it came out of left field.Once again we are left with an impossible amount of questions, no real hard answers to questions we long to know, and are literally on a cliff until ShadowFever is written, printed and delivered.Have I mentioned I hate cliff hanger endings? I really don't see a point. I am going to read the next book no matter what... Why not end on a somewhat good note
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow . . . there's just so much going on with this series that it's almost impossible to process. To generalize, this book is as brilliant, poignant, exciting, and addictive as all the previous ones were. This whole week my entire existence has revolved around this one book: anticipating its release, getting a copy in my hot little hands, devouring each page without hardly a pause to breathe . . . And I wouldn't have had it any other way. This is a fantastic installment of an extraordinary series, and anyone who has yet to get on board must immediately do so.So, now that I've gotten my Fever fix, like any addict I'm already twitching for more. There's so much here and not nearly enough pages to contain it all. Especially since Moning has a knack for ending a book just when your heart is in your throat. She gives with one hand while dangling a tasty, tempting morsel just out of reach with the other. In the case of Dreamfever, she gave us Barrons. No, not really, because that would certainly put us on sensory overload. We do get more of him in this book than ever before -- a personal memory here, a revealing gesture there . . . all done with classic Moning subtly. As for the dangling morsel, that is turning out to be none other than our favorite sidhe-seer, Mac. The no-holds barred approach Moning takes with Mac's character evolution is a thrilling, disturbing ride. You thought you liked her before? Check her out now. Don't expect many answers to all your questions, though. This book is one big, frustrating puzzle, same as the others. The more the mystery unravels, the more questions are revealed. I sincerely have to wonder how Moning could possibly bring it all to anything resembling a close. Happily, that's her job. I just have to endure until my next fix.