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.
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:
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.