Book Review: Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

743599Title: Beyond the Highland Mist
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlander #1
ISBN: 9780440234807
Publisher: Dell
Pub. Date: Marc 1999
Source: Purchased
Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Historical Romance/ Fantasy/Adult
Pages: 375
Rating:  4/5

From Goodreads:   He would sell his warrior soul to possess her. . . .
An alluring laird…
He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart–until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm’s length–but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.
A prisoner in time…
She had a perfect “no” on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne’s reservations were no match for Hawk’s determination to keep her by his side. ..

My Reveries and Ramblings:  I bought this book while I was reading Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. I was waiting for Shadowfever and needed something to help me get through the waiting period. So I turned to her Highlander series…
Beyond the Highland Mist begins with Adrienne getting transported back in time to Scotland in the early 1500s by some faeries that want to see a certain man in misery. Hawk is that man. He is perfect in every way. Women would literally kill to be with him. Even the faerie queen likes him. This enrages both the faerie king and Adam Black, also known as Puck or Robin Goodfellow. The plan: find a beautiful woman that hates beautiful men and place her in Hawk’s path. What follows is pages and pages of pure enjoyment. Yes, this is a romance novel, but Moning makes it so much more. She constantly pushes the Adrienne and Hawk together and just when you start to think “YES! FINALLY!” she pulls them apart. I raced through this book. I kept me on edge and wanting more. I think I’ve reread it several times since I finished it the first time. Each time I’m just as on edge as I was the first time.
Some of the best moments in the book was when Hawk was trying to get Adrienne to sleep with him and she would go to great lengths to get away from him, only to end up in Adam Black’s arms and want to run right back to Hawk. I would HIGHLY recommend this amazing time travel romance. You seriously won’t regret it! I am definitely going to finish reading the series.

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Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, #1)

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Book Review: Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Dreamfever
Author:  Karen Marie Moning
Series:  Fever #4
ISBN:  0440244404
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pub. Date: 2009
Source: Paperback
Genre: Paranormal/ Romance/ Mystery/Dark Fantasy
Pages: 512
Rating:  5/5

From Goodreads:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

They may have stolen my past, but I’ll never let them take my future.

When the walls between Man and Fae come crashing down, freeing the insatiable, immortal Unseelie from their icy prison, MacKayla Lane is caught in a deadly trap. Captured by the Fae Lord Master, she is left with no memory of who or what she is: the only sidhe-seer alive who can track the Sinsar Dubh, a book of arcane black magic that holds the key to controlling both worlds.

Clawing her way back from oblivion is only the first step Mac must take down a perilous path, from the battle-filled streets of Dublin to the treacherous politics of an ancient, secret sect, through the tangled lies of men who claim to be her allies into the illusory world of the Fae themselves, where nothing is as it seems—and Mac is forced to face a soul-shattering truth.

Who do you trust when you can’t even trust yourself?

My Reveries and Ramblings:  Let me start by saying WOW!  I seriously love these books.  Karen Marie Moning is such an excellent writer and storyteller.  She left the end of Faefever with one of the worst cliffhangers I’ve ever read-well, it was at the time.  After reading Dreamfever, I was forced to change my mind and say, “Now that was the most torturous cliffhanger EVER!”  Basically anything I say will spoil what happens if you haven’t read the book so I will just ramble on and on about how much I loved it.  There were so many amazing moments and scenes in this book.  I must warn you though-make sure you buy Shadowfever with it because the cliffhanger at the end will drive you crazy-you will be dying to know what happens.  This book blew me away and I can’t wait to pick up my copy of Shadowfever tomorrow.  If you haven’t read this series then read it!  It is one of my all time favorite series.  I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK.

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Dreamfever (Fever, #4)

A Song from the OFFICIAL soundtrack to the Fever Series:

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A Post for Barrons

I finished Dreamfever the other night (review will probably be posted this week)-WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK! I can’t get Jericho Barrons out of my head for a minute (and I wouldn’t want to)So OF COURSE I went online and googled him (the stalker of fictional characters that I am) and I found this which made my night SOOOO much better. On Karen Marie Moning’s website she has an interview with the actor/character that was the inspiration for JZB– Eric Etebari from TNT’s Witchblade.  This interview is sooo good and there is even an uncensored interview with him (which is EVEN better) Click here to read the interview OR click here for the unscensored interview.

And then of course, there’s this:

Book Review: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

Title:  Faefever
Author:  Karen Marie Moning
Series:  Fever #3
ISBN:  0385341636
Publisher:  Delacorte Press
Pub. Date: 2008
Source: Paperback
Genre:  Paranormal/Romance/Mystery/Dark Fantasy
Pages:  327
Rating:  4/5

From Goodreads:  He calls me his Queen of the Night. I’d die for him. I’d kill for him, too. 

When MacKayla Lane receives a torn page from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt: For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil, it corrupts anyone who touches it. Mac’s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shape-shifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V’lane, an insatiable Fae prince of lethally erotic tastes, and Jericho Barrons, a man of primal desires and untold secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.

My Ramblings and Reveries: After Mac’s encounter with the Lord Master, she decides to learn how to defend herself against Voice (what the Lord Master uses to control people).  Barrons, in all his mysteriousness, agrees to help her.  Although his help is more like bullying but I guess “pot-A-to, pot-Ah-to.”  On top of that, Mac also has to deal with the other sidhe-seers attacking her, the rivalry between Vlane and Barrons, and the murders caused by the Sinsar Dubh.

Grrrr! I want to know what Barrons is- the mystery deepens in this installment.  Mac learns more about Barrons and his past, but it only raises more questions that he is unwilling to answer.  Mac also starts spending more time with Vlane, much to Barrons dismay.  During one of their meetings, Vlane tells Mac about the Lord Master (his history).  Almost every time Mac is with Vlane, Barrons appears with no warning whatsoever.  Then he storms off upset about something (hmm, I wonder).

This book was soooooo good.  And the end- what a cliffhanger! But I guess I should have seen it coming since the previous Fever books have had cliffhangers.  This one, though, was especially brutal.  What I disliked: I found some of the scenes with the other sidhe-seers annoying.  Personally, they seem to be completely unhelpful to Mac and her quest.  I don’t trust them.  This isn’t my favorite of the Fever books but I still love it.  I give it 4 Kisses 🙂

AND now for those of you who read the book, highlight the area below (Warning: spoilers):

AHHH! I don’t know what to think anymore.  I thought I was completely team Barrons but then he practically abuses Mac during the Voice lessons.  What’s with that?  Every time he did that I became sooooo angry with him and was shocked!  I thought he liked her (not showing it but deep down in side).  And then Vlane comes in and is helpful, sexy, and patient with Mac and doesn’t force her to do anything.  It’s just so frustrating.  (at least I own Dreamfever now so as soon as break starts-2 weeks, I can read it!)  That ending!!!!!!!!  This is what was running through my head at the very very end:  “WHAT?!?!?!? NOOOOO!  NO NO NO NO NO !! Where’s Barrons? Where’s Vlane?”

It was almost too much- in terms cliffhanger endings.

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Faefever (Fever, #3)

A really good music video (Barrons in this video is how I pictured him):

Book Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Bloodfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #2
ISBN: 038533916X
Publisher:  Delacorte Press
Pub. Date: 2007
Source: Paperback
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Mystery/Paranormal Romance
Pages:  303
Rating: 5/5

From Goodreads: I used to think my sister and I were just two nice southern girls who’d get married in a few years and settle down to a quiet life. Then I discovered that Alina and I descend, not from good wholesome southern stock, but from an ancient Celtic bloodline of powerful sidhe-seers, people who can see the Fae. Not only can I see the terrifying otherworldly race, but I can sense the sacred Fae relics that hold the deadliest of their magic.

When my sister was found dead in a trash-filled alley in Dublin, I came over to get answers. Now all I want is revenge. And after everything I’ve learned about myself, I know I have the power to get it….

MacKayla Lane’s ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland’s shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets.

In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh-a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V’lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious.

For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them….

My Reveries and Ramblings:   What I love about Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series is that she concludes most chapters with a cliffhanger.  After reading about an hour one night, I told myself, “as soon as I finish this chapter, I’m going to bed.”  Well, at the end of the chapter, Moning had a one-sentence cliffhanger.  How am I supposed to fall asleep?  So I continued reading.  Another hour passed.  “Last chapter,” I kept telling myself as each chapter ended and another began.  Moning has a way of drawing the reader into her world.

In Bloodfever, Mac is set on revenge.  She knows who killed her sister, and she wants him dead.  Barrons on the other hand disappears quite often throughout the novel, leaving Mac to fend for herself.  The other sidhe-seers are trying to recruit her, she is being followed by a “grim reaper,” not to mention the hunters are out looking for her- it’s a lot to handle.  However, I will give Barrons credit, he is starting to show genuine concern for Mac’s safety.  There were some situations where Barrons really came through.  I just wish he’d open up to her.  Then, we, the readers, would know a little bit more about him.  This sequel combined everything that I love in a book- paranormal, romance, comedy, adventure, danger, and suspense.  My recommendation:  read it.  READ IT!

*SPOILER ALERT* (highlight the words below with your mouse to see them-don’t want to ruin anything for those who have not yet read this amazing book):

For those of you who have read this book: Oh. My. Gosh.  That scene at the end with Barrons and Mac! I was freaking out!!! Ahhhh, I can’t wait to read the next book!! That scene was perfect-like out of a movie ❤

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Bloodfever (Fever, #2)

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Book Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Darkfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever (#1)
ISBN: 0385339151
Publisher:  Delacorte Press
Pub. Date: 2006
Source: Library
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Mystery/Paranormal Romance / Fantasy
Pages: 309
Rating: 5/5

From Goodreads: MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman.

Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

My Reveries and Ramblings:  Mackayla Lane goes to Ireland to find her sister’s murderer.  She ends up living in a bookstore with Jericho Barrons, helping him find a powerful book.  To make matters worse, she confronted by a “death-by-sex” Fae, Vlane, who adds humiliation to her emotional ride abroad.

I loved this book.  It had everything: action, mystery, paranormal, and even a little bit of romance…a little bit….more like a hint of a possible romance.  There were moments that had me laughing out loud.  The contrast between Mac and Barrons made their relationship much more interesting to read.  The bickering that went on between the two of them was hilarious.  I just wish that the hint of romance would have turned into something more.  Hopefully in the following books, their relationship will grow.

The action was thrilling and suspenseful.  I read the book in one day-I couldn’t stop reading. I absolutely LOVED it.

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Darkfever (Fever, #1)

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