Fun and charming, great on a frosty morning

  • Nov 29, 2009
I adore some nice, juicy urban fantasy here and there, Kim Harrison being my absolute favorite, so this was a pleasant way to spend my day, despite some bumps in the road it was a pleasant journey, one that I'm really looking forward to revisiting in the next four books. The story revolves around MacKayla Lane who is happily enjoying the summer and it's warm rays, lounging by the pool, listening to her ipod and not having a worry in the world, all that ends when the news of her sister's death shudders everyone's peace. Alina has been murdered in Ireland where she was studying, and Mac is obsessed with her last phone call, where she leaves her a distressing message that hooks Mac into her sisters mysterious world on the other side of the globe. So the young MacKayla flies to Ireland, she brings her charm and wit and a sense of humor and total disregard for safety with her, her lack of belief in the realm of magic puts her on a dangerous new path, one that will change her life forever. The clues to her sister's death are nothing like she has ever seen before. Her entanglement with Jericho Barrons turns her life upside down, basically ending her past habits that are no longer safe or acceptable. Together they steal some rare artifacts and make more enemies than imaginable. Mac's life wasn't all filled with magic, and battles, she went to cafes, had tea and coffee, downloaded the latest itunes and enjoyed a warm evening here and there. It added warmth and a glow to the character, making me a bigger fan, Mac was on a journey after an object that her sister died for, a dark mysterious book that had all the bad guys in the area sharpening their teeth and claws for. It was fun watching this total girl run around with a mysterious man who was on a mission to find the book for his personal library.

The constant reference to "dark, carnal heat" that the few male creatures possessed in this book was a bit annoying and cheesy, too much life a romance novel for the fuzzy place in some female's heart. I appreciate the sensual tension in books as much as anyone else but this was really a bit silly, I wish it was a bit harder and less romance novel like, but overall I had a blast reading it and I can't wait to read the next few books, I all ready have the second and third and I'm anticipating diving back into Karen Moning's enticing world of fast cars, two faced men and fun old artifacts that can do some serious damage. This world she created seems broad, I'm happy that there will be five books total to this series, when something is good we want more right, so why are people complaining that they have to read on is beyond me. I'm enjoying this ride no matter where it takes me, after all I'm the guest in the authors head, the least I can do is sit back and let her tell the story.

- Kasia S.

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Drawing on elements from the paranormal world that bestseller Moning (Spell of the Highlander) created in her earlier romances, this suspense novel takes readers on a darker journey, one dominated by the search for a powerful Faery magic and bereft of the romantic magic Moning's fans have come to expect. When MacKayla Lane, an ordinary young woman, travels to Ireland to track down her sister's murderer, she is sucked into an extraordinary world filled with ancient secrets, vampires, assorted Fae nasties and other tough-to-kill beings. In the process, Mac learns of her own unusual talents and finds an unlikely mentor in the wealthy and mysterious Jericho Barrons. Moning's newest foray contains suspense and plenty of setup. Indeed, this reads like a fragment of a larger story, an introduction to character and place that, while entertaining, skims the surface. But it's a compelling world filled with mystery and vivid characters, and this, combined with the hint of sparks between Jericho and Mac, will stoke readers' fervor forBloodfever, the next installment.(Nov.)
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ISBN-10: 0440240980
ISBN-13: 978-0440240983
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Dell
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