Book Review: Burned by Karen Marie Monin

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BURNED
by Karen Marie Moning

  • ISBN: 9780385344418
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication Date: 1/20/2015
  • Series: Fever Series #7
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

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 is 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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A MON REVIEW

I waited over a year for this book. Yes, A YEAR! I wanted to say that I wasn’t disappointed in this new addition to Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, but I’m sad to report that I was. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed page after page of Burned. It just wasn’t up to par with what I was expecting of Mac and company.

Let’s take a step back, in Iced, the big cliffhanger was Mac finding Dani and confronting her about Alina’s death. In Burned we find out what happens between the two ass kicking heroines in our story. I expected them to get into this huge fight, hug it out and go onto their next unseelie-killing-protectors-of-Dublin-until-the-end adventure but they didn’t. They fought (oh buddy did they!) there were no hugs but there was pages upon pages of repercussions that I did not see coming. Mac, for the most part, kind of just hung back and tried not to kill anyone or anything. Six books of character development placed on the back burner because of the Sinsar Dubh (seven books in and I still can’t pronounce it right) and its never wavering temptation. Dani, though-we get to see a side of her that we didn’t even know was there and trust me, it’s a trip.

I rather enjoyed having that tiny insight on what some of the members of the Nine do behind closed doors. Lor is perhaps my favorite character in this book because he’s a caveman and makes no apologies for it. He’s at his happiest covered in gorgeous blonde ladies that know not to over think their carnal relationship with him. Wham. Bam. Thank you, ma’am. Please send it the next one on your way out. Ah, good ole’ Lor.

Another Mon favorite is Ryodan. I was pleasantly surprised that there is more to the owner of Chester’s than his sharp suits and sharper wit. *GASP* Could it be that he does have a heart and cares about other people besides the Nine? I get curious and even more curious. Just when you think Jericho is the perfect man (but not really because you know those don’t exist, not even in books) you go and find out that he betrayed Mac. What?! Say it ain’t so! It is and Mac is as shocked as you are. It’s not so much as a betrayal but it is. Just watch. Err read.

Burned had a lot of subplots going on, too many that I don’t mention, because this would get embarrassingly long winded. Other I’m not even going to touch because spoilers, darling. (See what I did there?) Normally I love knowing what the secondary characters are going through. At times it felt like it was too much going on for one book.  It would have been great to have spaced out some of the subplots into the next book but then I don’t know what KMM has planned for the next one. I just hope that I won’t have to wait a year and half for it.

All in all I give it four tacos on the Taco Scale of Awesome. I  wanted to give it five but having Mac behave the way she did wouldn’t let me. It’s too out of character for the heroine I’ve cheered for and cried with over the past six books, for me to constantly ask her,  “What the hell Mac?”.  Another thing that didn’t let me give it five stars was Dani. She was supposed to be the main character for this book, at least that was my understanding, but she was pushed back to a secondary character and that was annoying too. Maybe, next book Dani will be back in the spotlight and  Mac will be return to her regular self.

Fingers crossed.

Until next time. Mon, over and out.

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