2.20.2017

BOOKWORM: FEVERSONG


Ahhh the Fever Series.  Hands down one of my favorite series to date.  Karen Marie Moning brings us past the world of men into the hidden world of magic and fae.  I started this series about six years ago and flew through the books.  When I realized that Moning was coming out with the conclusion Feversong this year, I literally squealed with excitement. 

I can't properly explain why I love this series - it's everything from the obstacles the characters face, to the heat and romance between Mac and Barrons, to the myths and legends of this other world.  Moning kept my attention rapt throughout every book - she includes such detail, but never strays too far from the plot that I got bored or itching to flip pages.  

Something else Moning does that I believe stands out from other series is her Glossary in the back of the books with characters, places, and things.  Since it had been quite some time since I picked up the last installment, this time around I found myself flipping through the Glossary to refresh my memory and essentially get myself back into their world.

The books in the series that I read include Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, Shadowfever, Feversong.  The additional books that I have not yet read are Iced, Burned, and Feverburn
   

#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning returns with the epic conclusion to her pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn. As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely.

Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the Earth. Yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: the Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.

The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the Earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie Queen who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.

This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.
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2.05.2017

BOOKWORM: POISON STUDY


A huge fan of series, I recently picked up the first installment of Maria Snyder's Study series at the library.  At first glance the plot didn't pique my interest, but as it has a high rating on Goodreads I knew I had to give it a try.  GOOD thing I listened to Goodreads because I REALLY enjoyed this book! If you've read The Vampire Academy series, I kind of got that vibe making my way through Poison Study.  It does not involve vampires, but the main female character Yelena reminded me of Rose from VA as they are both strong young women thrown into various dilemmas who end up finding love in the most surprising of characters.

The Study series follows Yelena as she is currently being held prisoner for the murder of a General's son.  As her day for execution arrives, she is given the opportunity to become the Commander's new food taster as his previous met his demise.  Her first instinct is to say no, but then she realizes it gives her the opportunity to live, albeit never knowing what meal might be her last.

I thought the plot moved pretty fast once I got into the story and knew the characters.  Snyder made Yelena a realistic and believable female character who I instantly liked.  She gets straight to the point and I was able to immediately visualize what Yelena looked like as she was pulled from the Commander's dungeons.  

Though the main storyline was Yelena becoming the food taster, readers are given several others to follow.  Yelena was introduced to the fact that she has magical powers and has to learn how to control them before people find out and she is immediately executed.  Then there is the suspicious way the Commander begins to act.  Yelena's enemies are suddenly constantly on the castle grounds and openly trying to murder her.  The Commander's chief of security, Valek, swoops in to protect Yelena...and us readers are now beginning to wonder if there's more to his actions than just not wanting to train a new taster. 


The Study series includes Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study.  I'm trying not to look at reviews of the remaining two so I can read totally blind to the twists and turns that Yelena will face.  So if you liked the Vampire Academy Series I 100% recommend this series as well!

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...
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