Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning

Review: Burned by Karen Marie MoningBurned by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #7
Published by Delacorte Press on January 20th 2015
ISBN: 9780385344418
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 475
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
Source: Purchased

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

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drey’s thoughts:

I’m not sure I can stay away from spoilers on this one, folks. There’s so much here that picks up from where Iced left off, plus looks back in time, plus all kinds of stuff that happens… If you don’t want to know, then just check out the rating, k?

The Good: I really enjoyed listening to the narrators–Phil and Natalie were awesome for this story! I especially liked listening to Phil’s voices for all the different guys. Yum.

Plus, some really cool stuff happens–I just wish there were more of it! Lor made me laugh, Ryodan showed his gentler side (just a little!), and the sidhe-seers get a kick-ass leader.

The Bad: I loved that Iced was about Dani; I liked Mac and Barrons but I thought that moving on to other characters was a refreshing idea. However, we don’t get a lot of Dani in Burned, instead it’s Mac-and-Barrons a lot of the time, which was a disappointment for me.

And while I liked the action scenes, there was just way too much drama in between. I just wanted the action to keep moving, and would’ve enjoyed Burned a lot more if it were Dani + saving Christian, which would’ve probably cut about half the book.

The Ugly: Mac was such a whiner! The Mac I liked (yes, even when she was absolutely clueless and in over her head in Darkfever) is not the Mac we get. If I had to listen to her blah-blah-blah about Barrons–and the look-at-the-past intro, or Dani–and the guilty-she-got-mad-about-Alina’s-death… Actually, I did. And in each instance, I thought to myself, “Wait, didn’t we just do this?”

The answer: Yes. A lot. Too many times, in fact. It got overwhelmingly boring after a while, honestly.

Which leaves me with…

drey’s rating: Ok

Have you read Burned? What did you think?

About Karen Marie Moning

karen marie moning

Karen Marie Moning was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1964, the daughter of Anthony R. and Janet L. Moning. The family moved to a self-sustaining farm in Indiana when she was six years old, where she spent her youth raising cows, horses, tobacco, corn and other crops with her sisters and brother.

Beyond the Highland Mist was published in 1999 and nominated for two RITA awards. She then published six more novels in her award-winning HIGHLANDER series, and received the RITA Award in 2001 for The Highlander’s Touch.

In 2004, she began writing the #1 New York Times bestselling FEVER series. The books have been optioned twice for potential franchise development by Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Studios, but the rights are currently held by Moning who has expressed a desire to one day see it as a television series. Her novels have been published in thirty-five countries and are performed on audio by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross. She divides her time between Ohio and Florida and is working on two future projects for Random House Publishing.