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Bloodfever (Fever Series, Book 2) (edition 2007)

by Karen Marie Moning

Series: Fever (2)

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Title:Bloodfever (Fever Series, Book 2)
Authors:Karen Marie Moning
Info:Delacorte Press (2007), Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Fae, Dublin, Magic, Mystery, Seelie, Unseelie, Supernatural, Vampires

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This one had me screaming and crying and skipping pages like a mad woman. It's like getting on a roller coaster and every spin and every twist and turn makes you grab on and hope you come out of it alive. I found Mac to be annoying only near the end of the book when she kept pushing Barrons for answers and when she sort of refused to give him even an inch of trust. Then again, I don't know how I'd feel in her circumstance and with that hot, dangerous man next to me. ( )
  lapiccolina | Jun 23, 2017 |
Il mistero del talismano perduto è il secondo romanzo della serie urban fantasy per adulti “Fever”, opera dell’autrice Karen Marie Moning che, pare, vedremo ben presto sul grande schermo!

Avevamo lasciato Mac alle prese con la consapevolezza della sua natura di Veggente, il mondo Sidhe, l’attacco al presunto assassino di sua sorella e la sua quasi-morte a seguito del suo tentativo di infiltrarsi nella tana del nemico, da sola, e senza avere fra le mani neppure un’arma se non la Lancia ammazza-Sidhe.

Nonostante la sua mossa avventata Barrons arriva a salvare la situazione e, pur non svelando ancora nulla a Mac, la salva e la cura, evitando di perdere così il suo personale rilevatore di oggetti Sidhe che è, per l’appunto, Mac.

Il secondo romanzo riprende proprio dal recupero di Mac che inizierà un percorso senza ritorno verso la sua crescita come Veggente, donna ed eroina di questa serie pur senza abbandonare il desiderio di vendetta per la morte della sorella che, scopriremo, contrariamente da quanto lasciato intendere nel primo libro, non è riuscita ancora a soddisfare.

“La fuori c’è un mondo strano e nuovo e le regole sono cambiate: le principesse devono cavarsela da sole”

In questo volume l’autrice ci concentra moltissimo sull’evoluzione di Mac e sul suo passato, condiviso con la sorella Alina, che è piuttosto oscuro e complesso. Le due sorelle sono, infatti, eredi di un’importante famiglia di veggenti Sidhe, gli O’Connor, e sono state date in adozione con l’obbligo, per la famiglia adottante, di non riportare mai più le bambine in Europa e di tenerle lontane dai centri urbani. Perché questo vincolo? Cosa spinse i genitori delle bambine a mandarle via, in America?

Pochissime di queste domande troveranno risposte, ma l’autrice ci regala momenti davvero fantastici in cui Mac viene in contatto con la sua Congrega, che saranno tutt’altro che lieti e sereni. Conosceremo Rowena, il capo della Congrega, e Dani una giovane ed impulsiva adolescente Veggente che penserà bene di complicare un po’ la vita a Mac, salvo poi allearsi con lei passandole qualche informazione extra.

Nel frattempo il rapporto fra Barrons e Mac sarà sempre più teso, carico di attrazione sessuale ma anche più complesso. Mac si rende conto di provare attrazione nei confronti di Barrons e l’uomo si libera di Fiora, la sua collega e amante, perché mette in pericolo Mac facendo entrare le Ombre nel negozio mentre questa dorme. Il bacio che c’è stato nel primo romanzo non sembra aver minimamente influenzato il rapporto fra i due che continuano a punzecchiarsi, darsi del Lei e urlarsi contro ad ogni buona occasione, anche se… Alla fine anche Barrons spesso e volentieri, anche se non a parole, dimostra chiari sprazzi di interesse nei confronti di Mac, soprattutto quando diventa geloso.

Mac da parte sua, però, non può esporsi. Non vuole e non ci pensa neanche troppo visto che, tutt’ora, Barrons le omette quasi tutto quello che lo riguarda e continua a trattarla come il suo personale rilevatore di Oggetti Sidhe. Non può fidarsi dell’uomo, nonostante l’attrazione, e questo la confonde e la demoralizza sempre di più.

Mi fissò. Sollevai il mento e lo fissai di rimando.
Io e Barrons abbiamo un modo unico di comunicare. Abbiamo queste conversazioni non verbali, in cui non parliamo con le bocche, ma con gli occhi, intendendoci alla perfezione.
Non gli dissi: Lei è uno stronzo così borioso.
E lui non disse: Se mai brucerà un altro dei miei tappeti da un quarto di milione di dollari, la frusterò a sangue.
E io non dissi: Oh, tesoro, davvero non lo farà?
E lui non disse: Cresca Miss Lane, non mi porto a letto le ragazzine.
E io non dissi: Non ci verrei anche se fosse l’unico posto di Dublino nel quale trovare riparo dal Signore Domine.
– Forse un giorno si ricrederà. – La sua voce era cupa, furiosa, quasi gutturale.
– Come?


L’autrice è stata veramente bravissima ad inserire questo tocco romance che si evolve, capitolo dopo capitolo, e che non si trasforma nel giro di dieci pagine da un “Ciao, piacere di conoscerti” ad un “Ciao, ti amo e voglio fare sesso con te”. Forse sarà più frustrante per alcune lettrici, ma è senza dubbio intrigante ed interessante vedere come il rapporto Barrons/Mac tenda ad evolversi soprattutto quando sono sottopressione. Oppure quando Barrons salva la vita a Mac, di nuovo. Per l’ennesima volta.

Altro bel personaggio, per quanto inquietante e un po’ irritante, è V’Lane, principe Sidhe il cui potere è quello di uccidere tramite il sesso. Non fa altro che giocare con Mac, è equivoco, irritante e pericoloso ma, quando Mac è nei guai, arriva e in cambio di un’ora di tempo della ragazza per parlare (questo viene precisato) le salva la vita. Cosa c’è dietro questo atteggiamento? Cosa stanno tramando i bellissimi Sidhe della corte luminosa?

Come se non bastassero tutti questi continui pasticci (come alcune improvvisate davvero tutte da leggere da parte del padre di Mac, Barrons, la polizia locale…) il fratello minore del mafioso che Mac e Gerico avevano ucciso nel precedente libro si fa vivo con Mac, ben deciso ad uccidere l’assassino di suo fratello e vendicarlo.

Arriveranno altri personaggi che diventeranno ben presto parte integrante delle vicende della serie Fever e vecchie conoscenze, che speravamo di non dover più rileggere, si faranno nuovamente vivi e faranno un bel po’ di danni.

Il romanzo è ricco di avvenimenti, colpi di scena e soprattutto di approfondimenti psicologici per quanto riguarda i personaggi ed i rapporti interpersonali. Lasciati un po’ nel dimenticatoio gli altri oggetti Sidhe e la ricerca del fantomatico libro Sinsar Dubh.

Ovviamente il romanzo si chiuderà con un altro fastidioso e snervante cliffhanger che non farà altro che far sospirare al lettore il prossimo romanzo che, speriamo, arrivi presto. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Now all I can think about is - read book 3, read book3, read book 3...it's a little disturbing in an " we love you Vered" kinda way... ( )
  veredi | Mar 25, 2017 |
Now all I can think about is - read book 3, read book3, read book 3...it's a little disturbing in an " we love you Vered" kinda way... ( )
  veredi | Mar 25, 2017 |
Bloodfever
3.5 Stars

Note: This review is for the audiobook narrated by Joyce Bean. I'm getting used to her male voices but Barrons still doesn't sound right.

The intricate world-building, compelling mythology and symbolism together with Mac and Barron's intense hate/love relationship manage to keep my interest going in this series despite its shortcomings.

As in Darkfever, the main problem with Bloodfever is the heroine. Barron's comment that Mac is "a spoiled little girl" is right on the money. She remains the immature, self-absorbed and TSTL twit from the previous book although she has, thankfully, reduced the number of times that she rants on about her hair, clothes and the color pink.

JZB is still an enigma and every new facet revealed makes him even more intriguing. There is something acutely primal about him that is oh so appealing. V'lane, on the other hand, is so smarmy, sleazy and sordid - it is incomprehensible to me that so many reviewers swoon over him.

The writing has improved with fewer non-linear transitions and abrupt chapter endings. Unfortunately, Mac still rambles on incessantly about inconsequential things and her mind wanders at inopportune moments to dwell on supposedly profound insights into human nature (while being tortured, for example). There is also an excessive rehashing of events from book one and it is only halfway through that the plot begins to develop and the action gets underway.

Overall, a slight improvement on the first book and I will continue if only to see if Mac truly becomes worthy of her abilities and to get answers to my unanswered questions. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
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I used to be your average, everyday girl but all that changed one night in Dublin when I saw my first Fae, and got dragged into a world of deadly immortals and ancient secrets. . . .

In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V’lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous.

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.

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A Q&A with Karen Marie Moning

What inspired you to launch a new series? And what is the single greatest new twist in the Fever series that fans can expect to enjoy?
Inspiration is a kind word. I didn’t have a choice. It’s the story idea that came and wouldn’t go away. I think the single great­est new twist in the Fever series is that Mac is a continuing heroine, on a critical mission, who gets caught in a danger­ous love-lust triangle with two of the most seductive men I’ve written to date.

If you were casting the Fever series for television, who would be the ideal actress to play Mac. Why?
That’s a tough one. I don’t watch much television and what I do see is after the DVD’s have been released, so I’m woefully out of date. If backed to a wall I'd say Mac is one part George from Dead Like Me, one part Sara Pezzini from Witchblade and one part sweet southern belle who's being forced to discover there's steel under all that magnolia, after all.

You write vividly sexy scenes. You write thrilling suspense plots. Do you find any one part of crafting these novels more challenging than another?
I find them equally challenging. The suspense plots have to be tightly constructed and seamlessly interwoven through the five books of the Fever series, which makes for a lot to keep up with, what to reveal, what not to reveal, how and when. The sexy scenes are very intimate and I don’t shy away from detail, which demands both total immersion and separation of self to write. There are some "sexy" scenes in this series that are far more disturbing than seductive and those are among the most difficult to write. I hope if I'm squirming, wanting to rescue Mac, so is my reader.

Were you surprised at any point in the writing of Blood­fever—meaning did anything come up in the creative pro­cess that was not what you anticipated when you began Darkfever, the first novel in the series?
In Faefever, the third book of the series, Mac says: "Sometimes my dreams feel so real it's hard to believe they're just the subconscious's stroll across a whimsical map that has no true north. Sometimes it seems like Dreaming must be a land that really exists out there somewhere, at a concrete latitude and longitude, with its own rules, laws, treacherous terrains and dangerous inhabitants." (She later finds out The Dreaming does, indeed, exist.) I feel the same about the Fever world. It’s so complete to me, so vividly and exactingly detailed that I think it must really exist out there somewhere. Since the story came to me in toto, there have been very few, minor surprises.

If you could stand in a room with your heroes—the men from any of your novels—not just the Fever novels—who would you most like to interview yourself? Why? What of the women?
Men: The Unseelie King. He’s rumored to be a million years old. I want to know if he’s sorry.
Women: Queen Aoibheal. I want to know if she’s really for­gotten, or if she’s just pretending.

Describe your writing routine when composing the Fever novels.
The location varies but the schedule is the same. I write best in the morning when my subconscious is still simmering with images and metaphors from dreaming. I wrote Darkfeverin Georgia, and Bloodfever in Key West; all that sunshine was a nice counterpoint to the darkness of the story. I start early in the morning, usually around 4:30 or 5:00 and write until 11, break for a two-hour lunch and go back to it around 1. I use the afternoons to edit and work on other aspects of my busi­ness. Before I go to bed I block out the scene(s) I plan to write the next day so my subconscious can mull them over while I sleep.

When you aren’t writing your novels, what are you doing for fun? And what kinds of books or which authors are your favorites?
Lately a lot of lying in the sun—I’m still in Key West and I’m afraid Mac has rubbed off on me, or maybe it’s all the Jimmy Buffet they keep playing down here. Usually, however, I’m not so sedentary. I love to work out, hike, bike, rollerblade, shop with my sisters, and travel with my husband and our cat, Moonshadow. I don’t get nearly enough time to read. The most recent books I finished were the latest by Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, and an early Dan Simmons.

And can you share a little sneak peek at what’s coming after Bloodfever?
The darkest hour is before dawn. It isn’t dawn yet.

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In Dublin the walls are coming down between Man and Faery. That means that the Buffy-like services of MacKayla Lane-the 22-year-old Georgia-born sidhe-seer (or one who can see the Fae) and slayer are required. Mac is determined to kick the nasties back to faeryland and to avenge her sister Alina's murder by the Fae's dark Lord Master. She's also seeking the sinister Sinsar Dubh, a book of black magic. Jericho Barrons, Mac's enigmatic protector, is a purveyor of books and antiquities (and of course, is a major hunk). As Mac takes direction from Jericho, she must resist the sexy dangers of V'lane, a death-by-sex Fae, and learn about her true family of Irish sidhe-seers.… (more)

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