PJV Quickie: BURNED by Karen Marie Moning is only getting a quickie review on this one. I’m a huge fan of the series, huge fan of Mac and Barrons, huge fan of the audiobooks…but…and there is a big but, WHAT THE HELL happened here? For most of this book, I was pissed off. Really pissed off. It was a very lazily written book and had me wondering if KMM should have cut the series off at Shadowfever.

Let’s move on to the discussion part of this review, because I want to talk about the issues, but it is going to be full of spoilers, so don’t read on if you don’t want FULL EXPOSURE.

BURNED by Karen Marie Moning Review & Discussion

Burned by Karen Marie Moning

Series: Fever #7
Published by Random House Publishing Group on January 20th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 512
2.5 Stars

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.

BURNED, Fever #7 Discussion

There is this thing called a Happily-Ever-After. There is a spark inside of me that burned just because I knew Barrons and Mac got a Happily-Ever-After. That moment in SHADOWFEVER…that moment that had me sobbing and flailing as the culmination of five books, two MASSIVE F**KING CLIFFHANGERS and countless tormented all-night-read-a-thons came to the ultimate ULTIMATE climatic crescendo…

“He pulls me around and kisses me. “You’re Mac,” he says. “And I’m Jericho. And nothing else matters. Never will. You exist in a place that is beyond all rules for me. Do you understand that?”
I do.
Jericho Barrons just told me he loves me.”
Karen Marie Moning, Shadowfever

And then…then…then, I read BURNED. And everything comes crashing down around me. SHE TOOK AWAY THEIR HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER!!!!!! That spark fizzles. You know why? Because Mac isn’t Mac anymore. And Mac doesn’t deserve Barrons anymore. At least not the Mac that was in Burned. She spent most of the book, stinky, covered in self-doubt, scared and powerless, by her own volition. She also had maybe five conversations with Barrons and they were usually guarded or accusatory. They couldn’t be together because she was surrounded by Unseelie, or giving him shit for the SHOVED in extra scene that happened in the first book. A cheap trick, but I knew it was coming when KMM released it. Then she spent the rest of the book INVISIBLE – a TOOL for the author to have a narrator for other parts of the story, because she seems to write better in Mac’s POV. The invisible stunt was some of the laziest writing I’ve read in awhile. All the secrets that the nine have held hidden from Mac are suddenly revealed to her because she’s invisible. Bullshit.

High Levels of Bullshit

Add this with her incessant…INCESSSANT…inner dialogue that went on forever and ever and ever, it killed me. You would have one bit of dialogue from Barrons…

Then PAGES of inner dialogue from Mac.

Then she would respond. By this time, I forgot what they were talking about.


Speaking of lazy, then we have Dani – which btw, wasn’t it mentioned that half the book was supposed to be Dani’s POV? Does KMM not have these books mapped out? Because that is what it seems. They don’t seem to have any focus, and definitive goal. Dani is in the first chapter of the book and then GONE. Through the silvers – which it was OBVIOUS what KMM was going to do there. Oh, might as well age Dani, while we are at it so she can go ahead and screw Ryodan without calling CPS. Lame move. Then cover it up and make it “hard to come together” with this bizarre split-personalities thing. Jada. I do not like Jada. And if I have to hear one more time from Mac’s POV how beautiful and perfect and confident the girl is I’m gonna gag…or how hot and perfect Ryodan is….why?

The only thing that saved this book for me was the deeper look into the nine. That is what I want! I know it is what other people want. Why all the other crap? Why all the back and forth and games? This book was solely written to sell more books. It was padding and filler with some trumped up drama so she can push a few more books out.

Oh and then end it on some predictable cliffhanger. Like we didn’t know Dageus would be resurrected or something… that was just cheap. When he died, it was like “oh well, like that is real.”

So, yes, I’m calling it out, this book was nothing like the first five, even the sixth book in the series. ICED wasn’t as good as the first five, but I still enjoyed it. It was a great spin-off. This one, not so much. Please don’t ruin this series….please. I will have my fingers crossed until October for the next one. But I’m sooooo scared. I’m having flashbacks to Anita Blake.

Have you read it? Am I being too harsh?