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I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there’s a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style,park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with. Case in point, those darned Harry Potter movies. That was so not what that part-Veela-chick, Fleur Delacour, looked like.
—  Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever

“Sometimes I worry that there’s not enough room in my brain for both my dreams and reality, that I’m a hard drive with limited gigabytes and one day I won’t be able to maintain the firewall between them. I wonder if that’s what senility is.”

I finished Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning and I have so many emotions about this series. I took a hiatus between the first and second book because to be honest there wasn’t enough romance in the first book for my liking. Boyyyy was I wrong. The series is HOT, it just takes a few books to get going strong.

MacKayla Lane, our main character, is wonderfully sassy and flawed. She’s all the things I ask for in a female heroine.

Jericho Barrons is an enigma. A sexy, mysterious, bossy, wonderful specimen of male masculinity. My heart broke for this beautiful man several times throughout the series. He pissed me off, scared me, worried me, turned me on, and made me fall in love with him all at the same time.

Their relationship was awesome. The conversations they had, especially the nonverbal ones, never failed to make me either laugh or swoon.

The only gripe I have is that the plot came along SO SO slowly in the first 4 books that it seemed like the last one was jam-packed (to the very last page) with action. It also left a lot of things unsettled.

I understand that Shadowfever was supposed to be the end of the series but that KMM just kept going on. It worries me that the rest of the series won’t be as fantastic as these first 5 books were (or that she will try to fuck with Jericho and Mac’s relationship, which would make me so sad) so I am going to put off reading the rest for a bit and bask in the happily ever after of Shadowfever.

Jericho Barrons, you will go down in my heart next to Dimitri Belikov, where you will stay for all eternity. That is all.

Edit: I came back to this because I think it’s important to note that this series comes with some serious triggers including but not limited to sexual violence and rape. I feel like this is something people should know going into a series, because it can bring up a lot of intense emotions. Take care of yourselves :)

You want to believe in black and white, good and evil, heroes that are truly heroic, villains that are just plain bad, but I’ve learned in the past year that things are rarely so simple. The good guys can do some truly awful things, and the bad guys can sometimes surprise the heck out of you.
—  Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever

Things I want to see in the Fever movies (if it ever happens)

  • Mac in the warehouse facing off the dark seelies after Barrons drops from the ceiling and she turns into NINJA MAC.
  • After Mac eats the dark seelie’s flesh and becomes ninja super powered Mac and she and Barrons face off and switch from kicking each other’s butt and ripping each other’s clothes back and forth.
  • Mac sparring with the furniture after she builds the Mac-Halo and Barrons watches her trying to hold his laugh and fails.
Sometimes, Ms. Lane,” he said, “one must break with one’s past to embrace one’s future. It is never an easy thing to do. It is one of the distinguishing characteristics between survivors and victims. Letting go of what was, to survive what is.
—  Jericho Barrons