SHADOWFEVER By Karen Marie Moning [Review]


SHADOWFEVER winds up Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, following the adventures of MacKayla Lane and her search for answers in her life. Who is she? Who can she trust? Who haunts her dreams? Where is she going? The book supposedly sets out to answer the questions posed by the others, to finally give readers the long awaited resolution that they have waited for with baited breath as they plowed through the other books in the series.

Well, hmm, you might be waiting a little longer.

Shadowfever is a massive 600 pages, and probably should have been edited down to 400. Actually, I like long books, the page count shouldn’t be a problem, but a great deal of the book is spent meandering through Mac’s somewhat whiny thoughts, and made me want to reach into the pages and smack her a couple of times. She was a different Mac than the lead character from the other books. In fact, several of the characters seem like they took a left turn in the last year and are not quite themselves, leaving me with an oddly bad taste in my mouth.

Several characters are introduced Dickens-style that seem to be there just to be there and never go anywhere, other’s that I have been waiting to find out about are almost forgotten, and Mac has a lot of whining introspection. (Oh, yeah, I mentioned that.)

It got on my nerves. The once-strong Mac is annoying, the motives are obscure and the whole book feels like Moning was told “you need to have five books in this series, get it done!” I’m not sure if it would have been better with one more book or one less. Or maybe just a massive un-whining of this one. To be fair, maybe Mac always was that annoying and I never noticed because the other books had way more action and way less thinking.

I waited for Shadowfever to come out, the book that would supposedly answer all the questions, bring all the worlds together and give me that comfortable feeling in my gut of a story well told. (It doesn’t have to be a happy ending to get that feeling, by the way.) I got Shadowfever, a book that didn’t answer many questions at all, in fact ended with the incredibly annoying “The end… for now” that made me want to pitch the book out the door. I feel utterly cheated by the whole thing.

Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Delacorte Press | Pages: 608 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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