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  • High Voltage

  • Fever, Book 10
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb, Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755

Immortal Faerie and ancient feuds, secrets and sacrifices - a thrilling new chapter in the bestselling Fever series begins, featuring Dani, Ryodan, and other beloved characters, as they battle to save Dublin from the rising of a terrifying evil determined to enslave the human race.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • High Voltage--bk 10---good story BUT....

  • By LOYL-00 on 03-09-18

A New Beginning

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-18

It was a slow start, but this is a new beginning. The first half had a purposeful meandering pace. You had to wonder where KMM was going. But there was set up and purpose to it. After all, the black holes were closed with the Song of Making and the world was saved, Unseelie gone, and peace finally attained. Why wouldn’t it be slow? Well, halfway thru, “things” started happening. And it all came careening to a mind blowing end. I thought I loved Mac and Barrons. But I want more Dani and Ryodan. WOW what a story. Much more interesting. And the end had my jaw dropping. I must reread this series over from the beginning now while I wait for the next book. This is one of my favorite series.

  • Feversong

  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione, Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474

MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons return in the epic conclusion to the pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great way to end the series!

  • By S. Williams on 01-23-17

Each book gets better & a must series reread

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-18

I'm gonna give you the bottom line first.

Bottom line: You could read the first 5 books and be satisfied, as there is a conclusion of sorts. But the second set (Iced, Burned, Feverborn, Feversong) have more depth to the story arc and a different feel. It isn't more of the same thing over and over again like in so many other series books. Thank goodness! After 9 books, KMM still has me wanting MORE. It has a satisfying conclusion............but wait, there's more? I already know, at this point that I will have to go back and slowly read the series over. It's that good. Feversong and Burned are my favorites in this series.

So the review:
This is one series that has matured over the course of the books and just gets better and better. Burned, Feverborn, Feversong have a different feel to them from the first 5, and Iced is in a class of its own as it is Dani "Mega" O'Malley's POV. Burned, FB & FS have multi POV's that lend itself to the story, as it isn't about just Mac anymore. But Iced is the anchor by which B, FB & FS are based and I didn't fully appreciate it until reading Burned (my favorite). In FB & FS, we really get more and more in Mac's head as she struggles with the Sinsar Dubh, as well as Dani/Jada's head as she struggles with her 2 sides. And there are so many reveals towards the last 25% of Feversong that you just have to drop everything and listen closely!

This series basically has 2 camps of fans I've noticed from reviews.
1) Those who are annoyed with Mac and just want more Dani
2) Those who are annoyed with Dani and prefer more Mac.

I WAS in camp 2, and Iced annoyed the crap out of me. I raced thru Iced just so I could get to Burned. I regret that now. Those who dislike FB & FS don't like it because of the internal monologue of Mac. But she is trapped (I won't say more) and it is all you have of her for a while. But through Dani's POV, you get to know her and her difficult past. You just ache for her. She is both a child and a warrior fighting to survive physically and in her head. So of course you want to know more about Dani/Jada and you are done with Mac. But Mac & Barron's relationship also grows from this. Barrons has always SEEN Mac, in her entirety, from "Rainbow girl" to.....well,l I can't say or I spoil it. "It's nice to finally meet you" he says. That statement said it all in a very Barrons kind of way. And it was beautiful.

But there is also more to the story than just simply Mac & Dani. We see a side of Cruce, the Concubine, Ryodan, Lor, Christian, Kat, Dancer, and others. It is like an onion slowly being peeled. We also get into Dani more in Feversong and her relationship with Dancer and Ryodan. There is definitely a story arc there for Dani Diehards. And this also brings me to something I know many KMM fans want to see. A story of THE NINE! I soooooo want this, badly!

Narrators:
Over the course of this series, I was very disappointed in the constant changing of narrators. It is distracting and messes with the characters persona a bit for the listener, especially when it is not consistent. But I got over it. Jim and Amada did a very fine job. Amanda got unfairly "jumped" by fanatic fans with another series I listened to when she took over book 3, and I felt bad for her as it was unfair. She was exellent. Each of the narrators, by themselves, are good. I have listened to most of them on there own without an issue. I think the problem lies with Production, not the narrators. I have never experienced as many changes in narrators for a series as this one. But is was learning lessen for me too.

  • Twisted Palace

  • By: Erin Watt
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

She's tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome. Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he'll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want more

  • By lisa cravens on 01-18-17

Best of the trilogy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

This was actually the best of the three books. It is the conclusion of Ella Harper and Reed Royal's saga. While I had my suspicions of who the killer was, I dismissed it and focused on someone else. "Squirrel!". It was fun to read, but not terribly inventive as far as stories go. 3.75/5 stars.

  • Burned

  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,092

Another shockingly suspenseful installment in #1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Burned picks up right where the surprising conclusion of Iced left off, and will feature beloved characters Mac and Dani O'Malley as they embark on another high-octane adventure in the Fever world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't work for me!

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 01-26-15

Best book in the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

This has got to be my favorite book in the Fever series. Moning manages to keep changing things up and making the story fresh, unlike other "series" books that spit out the same stuff over and over. I didn't like Mac at first, then I loved her. I found Dani annoying (especially in Iced), but found I grossly misjudged her character. I am already planning a reread of this whole series and I haven't even finished it the first time. I think I missed a lot, cause there is a lot to soak in. It is much more complex than meets the eye. And I have a deep respect for Moning's writing style and story telling. I'm really kinda floored.

Those who loved Iced, hate Burned and vice versa. But if you step away from the individual book and look at the series as a whole, it’s quite clever. So Dani lovers will be disappointed that she isn’t front and center again. But there is a good reason for it. You just cannot see it til the end of the book. Her character is from others POV. Again, for good reason! This series requires a measure of trust and patience. KMM is spinning this series as a whole and not just book by book “what will make my readers happy”. Thank God! I am so tired of serial sameness. I Want More, and KMM has delivered that for me. Bravo Ms Moning!

  • Feverborn

  • Fever Series, Book 8
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Jill Redfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645

When the immortal Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged, and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making - a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of life itself - can save the planet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lots and lots of words but no real movement

  • By Elizabeth M. OMalley on 01-22-16

Excellent Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I retract much of what I said before about Dani being annoying. I get it now. My heart breaks for Dani/Jada. Iced was kinda pivotal for her character and I completely glazed over it. Feverborn is about Dani/Jada from other characters perspective, and not so much from Dani/Jada herself, with minor exceptions. But this is important as will be revealed by the end of the book. So pay very close attention!

Burned and Feverborn are a bit more introspective when it comes to Dani/Jada and Mac. More internal monologue and shifting POV’s all lend itself into Dani/Jada’s transformation, Mac’s struggles, Christian’s suffering, and development of other characters like Lor and the Unseelie King. These POV’s help to weave a more complex and rich story.

I’m finding the second half of this series to be even better than the first. It’s more mature, more intelligent, and seasoned when it comes to plot twists, character development, and story arc. KMM has my respect as an author. She could have taken a series down the road of sameness and lost me forever, but she actually made it better with each installment by changing things up, surprising the reader, and taking risks.

When I read reviews of each of the Fever books, there were basically two camps. Team Mac or Team Dani. Those who loved Mac, didn’t like Dani (I was one) and vice versa. Burned, I think got the most brutal haters from Dani lovers who cried “MORE DANI PLEASE, LESS MAC”. But Mac is still important, as is Dani/Jada. The Mac/Barrons arc is pretty much done, but the Jada/Ryodan arc is only beginning and that is what the readers are jonesin’ for. But patience is key as I’m learning with this series. I already know NOW that I will have to go back and reread the whole series again with open eyes. I believe I have missed too much the first time around. I still have 2 more books in this series to read and already consider this to be one of my favorites series out there (only Harry Potter and Red Rising series top it).

Would I recommend this to others? Hell ya, but I do so with caution. If you cannot be patient and you want constant romance with an HEA, you will be disappointed. Barrons, Ryodan, Christian are not your typical alpha males. And Mac & Dani/Jada’s personalities have to grow on you. You may not instantly like them, but they are the heroines for good reason. They have EARNED it the hard way with blood, sweat and tears. So far, this series is worth it.

As far as narration goes, it is the most distracting thing about the series. Too many switches have spoiled it for the reader and I feel it was unfair to the narrators themselves. I hated the switches to new narrators, then got used to them, then they switched again..... Jill and Luke did an excellent job. I’ve listened to Luke with the Druid Chronicles and adored his narration. If they have been criticized in anyway, it is only because the Fever fanatics don’t like their series messed with in any way. Again, not the narrators fault.

  • Broken Prince

  • By: Erin Watt
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself. Reed Royal has it all - looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive

  • By Megan on 03-28-17

S'ok

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Well, holy cow, what a cliffy in the last 10 minutes. Other then that, this is average. I will read the next book.

  • Paper Princess

  • By: Erin Watt
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928

These Royals will ruin you...Ella Harper is a survivor - a pragmatic optimist. She's spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she'll climb out of the gutter. After her mother's death, Ella is truly alone. Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I'd give it 3.5 Stars

  • By AmazonAddict on 01-14-17

Typical Teen Romance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I liked this story enough to read on, but I cannot say it was much above par. It is your typical teen romance trope. Poor relation is found, brought into the rich “Royal Household”, the boys don’t like it, give the girl a hard time, she wins them over...... you get the idea. It has been overdone. But it is entertaining and I did whip thru it pretty fast on my long commute. So 3.5/5 stars, as I liked it a little more than most in this genre, as the writing was good, the characters developed just barely enough to care, and it was engaging. However, it wasn’t so far above par that I will remember the details in a few months from now. For now, I will read on to the next book.

  • Iced

  • A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401

Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dude, It exceeded my expectations

  • By Katheryne on 12-02-12

I want to slap Dani

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-18

FIrst of all, I love the Fever Series. What I don’t like is Dani. The idea of her character is great and well written, but she is soooooo super, like, annoying, DUDE! I didn’t care for her in the first 5 books, but she wasn’t a big part of it. But ICED is 80% Dani. I really like the story and Ryodan, Jo, Kate, Dancer, and Christian. It was just a little difficult for me to get thru Dani. I just want to slap her and tell her to “grow the feck up”. But that IS the whole point of her character, so well done KMM. I wasn’t especially fond of Mac in the beginning either, but she grew on me by book 3. I really hope Dani grows up because it will be the only redeeming quality in her personality, for me. From afar, I appreciate her character, up close, SLAP!

I have to hand it to KMM tho. She has created characters who are raw and not always very likable, but you like them anyway. She has created a world and story unlike the other cookie cutter series in this genre. It’s dark, yet refreshing. I do highly recommend this series. I’ve even started reading The Highlander series of KMM.

I have sour taste in my mouth from the constant changing of narrators in this series. As narrators these two, Phil and Natalie, are good. Inflections and character voice differentiation is good as well. BUT.... I just didn’t think the Irish accents were done very well. In all fairness, I am no linguistic expert, so take it with a grain of salt.

  • Caraval

  • By: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,776

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful - and cruel - father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the faraway once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year Scarlett's long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BORING

  • By Fox on 05-17-17

Unique and entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-18

This was fun and original. It kept me guessing. Just when you think you know a characters, oops you are wrong. I figured out a few things in this story, but not others. It was well written, good character development, some mystery and intrigue thrown in, a little romance rated G, and magic. A good story. Some minor plot holes but nothing that takes away from the story. I enjoyed it.

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  • Trickery

  • Curse of the Gods, Book 1
  • By: Jaymin Eve, Jane Washington
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,156

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods. At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won't ever be forced to present herself to them... Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world - a position that she definitely did not earn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT WAS THAT!!!!

  • By Sarah on 06-27-17

So bad

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-18

It’s rare that I drop a book so early. I like to give the benefit of a doubt. But I just could not stomach more than two chapters and I was done. I have way too many books in my TBR to waste my time. It just isn’t that well written or interesting to me.