Review: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

Posted 24 August, 2011 by Amanda / 36 Comments

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning (Fever, #3)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: ebook
Read: 8/9/2011 — 8/10/2011
In Six Words: Warning: frustration mounts; there’s ranting ahead.

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Book Order

1. Darkfever
2. Bloodfever
3. Faefever 
4. Dreamfever
5. Shadowfever

Why I Started This Series and General Thoughts

The Fever series was originally recommended to me by Tara @ 25 Hour Books, and then I was bullied to read it by Ash @ Smash Attack Reads!  I know that this series is beloved by many, but it has begun to piss me off to the point of ranting and drawing diagrams to adequately illustrate my frustration.  Don’t worry, I’ll still continue reading, but I do so with annoyance at being so cruelly yanked along without answers.


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.

As All Hallows Eve approaches and the city descends into chaos, as a shocking truth about the Dark Book is uncovered, not even Mac can prevent a deadly race of immortals from shattering the walls between worlds with devastating consequences.
-from Goodreads

My Thoughts on Book 3 aka Ranting

Let me start by offering an open letter to ALL authors who use cliffhangers:

Dear Authors Who Employ Cliffhangers,

Stop.  Just stop.  Right now.  I get the cliffhangers almost always ensure that your readers will continue reading, but I am starting to get the feeling that cliffhangers say, “Sorry reader, I don’t trust my writing ability or you, as my reader, to continue reading, so I’m going to blast you with a cliffhanger so that you WILL pick up the next book whether you want to read it or not.”  I really hate to get strung along, and cliffhangers actually make it MORE difficult to deliver on your next book.  Oh sure, you have everyone writhing in anticipation for your upcoming release, but that means you must live up to that anticipation.  Why is it so difficult to end a book with the large (major) part of the plot all tied up in a bow, while other threads hang loosely in the wind?  Listen, if you write a compelling story with fucking awesome characters, I’m going to continue reading the series, especially if you leave me hints of something explosive in the next book.  These are hints that leave me with questions like: “What does this story mean for THAT character?” or “I wonder if character X and character Y are going to get together now that A, B, and C happened.”   Not stuff like, “OMFG WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON AND WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT BOOK?”  Listen.  I want to continue reading about my favorite characters forever, but I don’t want to be bullied into reading the next book, as if you’re giving me no choice.  Please.  No more cliffhangers.

Thanks for your consideration,
A Very Frustrated Reader

Now, onto Faefever specifically.  If the above rant isn’t enough to clue you in about how I felt, let me explain it: I am not a fan of continual cliffhangers.  I am beginning to feel like I am being led on.  This is how I chart the three books I’ve read so far:

Kind of interesting if you look at how I would chart the plot of Faefever:

My reaction goes like this: Yeah, we’re finally going somewhere good!  Oh wait, no.  Okay, NOW the story is getting som–just kidding.  WAITnowwe’regoingsomewhereohbutguesswhatI’mtotallycuttingyouoffjustwhenitstartstogetgood.

I’m willing to wait for answers through one book.  I’m even willing to wait for answers through two books.  But when I don’t get answers (or certain scenes I want with certain characters) in the third book, I start to get a little annoyed.  I mean, yeah.  I like how Mac is starting to grow up and learn how to manipulate the people in her life as well as they are manipulating her.  That’s good.  But I want more Barrons, and I want more action.  I want more answers, not just the quest for answers that usually gets sidetracked by something else.  And if my demands aren’t met soon, there is going to be serious trouble.

You Might Enjoy This Series If…

If you’re already reading and invested in the Fever series, Faefever is a must.  If you don’t mind cliffhangers, and you like dark urban fantasy, this might be the series for you.

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36 Responses to “Review: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning”

  1. oh, hun. I’m laughing now, Faefever’s cliffhanger was nothing compared to Dreamfever’s and may I add again how lucky you are that all the books are out. Sometimes I’m in hate mode with all these hellish cliffhangers but another part of me likes how they make me go crazy wondering what the hell is gonna happen next. Just wait to you get to the next two books! They are my favorites =DDDDDDDD

  2. Felicia

    This was my least favorite book in the series but I have to laugh…….

    The next cliffhanger is even worse! I am telling you now that we were lucky we read them back to back. I don’t see how the people that read them as they came out even survived!

    • It’s ridiculous! I don’t think you need cliffhangers to make people read. I think cliffhangers are evil. I’m the type of reader who wants a wrap-up. FINE. The war (i.e., series) is still going on, I get it. But end the battle (i.e, the book). Don’t leave us hanging EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

  3. Hahahaha, if the cliffhanger for book 3 pissed you off you might just want to stop right now because book 4 is worst one yet:) At least Shadowfever is already out should you continue, I had to wait 17 months for that bad boy. 17 MONTHS!

    • Tara warned me about the cliffhanger in Dreamfever, so I’ve been holding off on reading it until I can find Shadowfever at a decent price. Despite my all out ranting, I do enjoy this series (though perhaps not as much as everyone else).

  4. My reaction to the cliffy when I was reading fever series made me go all GAHHHHHHH. Enough with the cliffies already! Because of the cliffy I waited till all the books were out and had in my hand, so I could read without getting so darn frustrated.
    For me part four was best in the series and the cliff hanger was dum dum dum…… lol. Looking forward to see what you think of the next two books. ;D

    • I’ve heard the next two books are the best, so I’m looking forward to them. But “GAHHHHHH” is incredibly appropriate to describe how I felt after this book. The cliffhangers are getting to be so very frustrating.

  5. Yes! My frustrations are exactly the same as yours! And believe me, I ranted too after reading these books!

    I totally felt bullied into read the next books and I didn’t appreciate the obvious ploy of it all. In all honesty, it makes me question whether I actually liked the series or just read on to see if I’d ever get the scenes I hoped for and sadly, I don’t feel like I did ever get them, but by then I kind of didn’t care anymore because my attitude about it sort of became, “well, I’ve already made it this far.”

    That is why I stand firm on my love/HATE relationship with this series. Thinking back, I’m kind of mad at myself that I continued reading this series when the books were strong enough to stand on their own. Ultimately, I couldn’t resist the addictive quality of them…or rather, of Barrons.

    Loved your letter. I wish I could fax it to every author on the planet… as a friendly warning.

    P.S. The Book 4 cliffhanger is just awful!

    • Gah! Sorry about all the typos in my comment. See, I was so fired up, I couldn’t even think about that I was saying. LOL

    • Probably the only reason I’ve continued reading is that I’ve heard the last two books are the best. Cliffhangers are so damn maddening. It’s hard to sort out whether I like the books or whether I just need to know what happens.

  6. You know, my other problem with cliffhangers is that I forget what happens when I wait the year it takes for them to publish the next one! I don’t mind as much if the series is going to be released quickly, but I get reeeeeeeally annoyed when it takes forever to get the next one, at which point I’ve stopped caring or forgotten what happened at the end of the last one.

    James Rollins did this the most effectively, actually in one of his Sigma Force novels. That was the one exception where I didn’t mind the cliffhanger. It was something so momentous you’d never forget it, and the reveal also implied the answer, if that makes sense. So I knew what was going to be addressed at the start of the next one, just not necessarily how it was going to be addressed, and that I’m okay with.

    • It’s only been a couple weeks since I read Faefever, but I had pretty much already stopped caring. I only got annoyed all over again at the cliffhangers when this post published. lol.

  7. Oh, I cannot WAIT until you review Shadowfever. I was not one of the legions of people who loved it to death and it was really hard to find someone willing to discuss it rationally. Even on Goodreads. Sigh.
    Thanks for the link! I’m planning on making time to create a review index…I just need to get the school year on a roll first. I’m not even sure great a time commitment it’s going to be…eek, scary thought. Maybe I shouldn’t write any more reviews until I have an index page.

  8. Excellent points, Amanda! Cliffies are one of the reasons why I seldom start a series. Being bullied is what it feels like sometimes, being conned is another. ALTHOUGH, I read Game of Thrones recently which ended in a spectacular scene that made me rush out to get the next book. So what I’m trying to say is I’m a hypocrite, but I don’t mean to be. Still –
    Avoid cliffhangers like the plague! Avoid them I say!

    • I’m okay with series that wrap up each book. Karin Slaughter’s books come to mind. Perhaps it’s easier to do with mysteries, but I’m dying to read her next book, not because there was a cliffhanger at the last one, but because her characters and their stories are so compelling that I want to continue on their journey with them. But this series just makes me MAD.

  9. If you hated this cliffhanger, you are going to be really pissed after book 4…
    Sorry the series is pissing you off. If did that to us all. I hope in the end you look back and say you enjoyed them though!

    • lol. We’ll see. You have to remember that I’m still giving these books 3.5 stars out of 5. I don’t think that I am loving these books as much as everyone else seems to BUT I still like them. No worries.

  10. I think I’ve already commented on this to you… but I’ll say it again. I know the mystery is killing you. I just hope you keep with the series and that you feel the way I did once all was said and done…

    • If I don’t end up liking the series, I’m totally going to blame you. It would be the FIRST time you’ve let me down. =P

  11. Tanya

    Sorry that you’re not enjoying the books as much :( This is one of my favorite urban fantasy series to date. Anyway someone asked if there were going to be more books. Yes! There’s going to be a triology starring Dani, ryodan, and a character who was revealed in shadow fever. Moning has also announced that there are going to be five more books in the fever series after the triology :) I hope this time around there won’t be any cliffies!

    I would say dreamfever cliffhanger was the worst. After faefever I thought no cliffhanger can beat it but I was wrong! At least all the books are out! I had to wait such a long time for shadowfever sigh.

    • Cliffhangers seem to be such a huge part of Moning’s writing, that I’d be really surprised if there weren’t any more cliffhangers. And yes, the Dreamfever cliffhanger was the worst.





    Disclosure: I loved the Fever series. But I read them in a blur, back-to-back, so, in a way, a cliffhanger to me was really much like the break between one chapter and the next.



    It’s frustrating, and, to me, it feels like lazy writing. if you write a good book, I’ll come back. I’ll read book two. Cliffhangers just seem like the trope du jour and I dislike them a LOT.

    Also: the cligghanger in Faefever made me feel kind of ill. I get very, VERY uncomfortable about… the thing that is used in the ending being used in fiction if there’s not a very good point and… mmm…


    • Ha. I love seeing a comment from you on past reviews. IT’S AWESOME.

      I don’t think a well-written book/series needs cliffhangers. I’m a fan of closing the main plot points and leaving a few open threads (to carry into the next book). I can’t think of any series that do this right now (except mystery series, but that’s pretty standard–you solve the mystery, and the character connection is your driving force to pick up the next book). Huh. Why do so many writers use cliffhangers?