Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Review and Giveaway: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Shadowfever
Book 5 of the Fever Series

Author: Karen Marie Moning

Pages: 604

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Urban Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0385341677

Released on: January 18, 2011

Book was purchased with my own money.

“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.

In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.
(synopsis taken from author's website)

Shadowfever is book 5 in the Fever series and picks up right where Dreamfever (book 4) left off. I wanted to do nothing more than gush over this book, but realized that I would end up giving too much away. I feel that Shadowfever needs to be experienced only by the reader, so this review is spoiler free.

I have to admit, I read the first 2 chapters that were posted to KMM’s site before the book was released. I just couldn’t resist the call to read it. I was already obsessed with the urge to read Shadowfever and those 2 chapters took me right to edge of insanity. I couldn’t wait to dive into reading the book and dive I did and let me tell you...that it absolutely took my breath away. Karen Marie Moning has the gift of making her readers feel as if they are right there in the book.

It is absolutely Epic! Shadowfever is packed with 608 pages of absolute goodness. All of the questions that were in the past 4 books are finally answered in it and Karen Marie Moning did an excellent job at giving her readers exactly what they wanted. There were so many twists and turns that I was absolutely exhausted physically and emotionally after reading this book. That can be a good or a bad thing. Good because I like to be taken to the edge. Bad because even though the book was long, I still craved more.

As much as I loved the book, I felt as if it did have some faults. There were times when it was too wordy and I wish that the storyline would have moved along faster. There were a couple of questions that were not fully answered and the start of some new ones. I only hope the purpose for this is that Karen Marie Moning plans on answering them in the future. In the very near future I hope. LOL!

I am giving Shadowfever *5* Bells!

I loved this book and I don't think I can say it enough. There will never be another book like Shadowfever for me. I was obsessed for it's release and was satisfied with the result. I still want more, but that's the book addict in me. It was exciting and thrilling. There were some parts that were so intense for me, that I had to put my Kindle down and walk away from it. I felt complete joy while reading as well as anguish, frustration, and confusion. For me, that is a sign of a great book. I like to experience different emotions while reading and I experienced the whole emotion spectrum with this book. Even though the book had it's issues, it didn't bother me in the slightest because it didn't take away from the storyline which I thought was the ultimate reason for rating it a 5.

The Fever series is my favorite series because there are so many unpredictable things that happen in it. The characters are one of a kind and the storyline will have you wanting more. If you haven't read it yet, you are missing out on a good thing!

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Random House and
TLC Book Tours I am giving away a copy of Shadowfever
to giveaway to 1 lucky follower!

  • MUST be a follower of my blog, Hanging With Bells.
  • Open to only US/Canada followers only.
  • Please include your email in the comment so that I can contact you when you win!
The giveaway will end on 2/3/11 at 12 pm. I will use to select a winner. Winner's name will be posted on the blog the same day.

Good luck!

Visit TLC Book Tours to see the Shadowfever Blog Tour Schedule and to see who else is giving away this awesome book. Click on pic below to be taken to their site:
Other Blog Tour Stops:
Friday, January 21st: Smexy Books
Monday, January 24th: Loves to Read for Fun
Tuesday, January 25th: A Buckeye Girl Reads
Wednesday, January 26th: Hanging with Bells
Monday, January 31st: All Things Urban Fantasy
Tuesday, February 1st: Mindful Musings
Wednesday, February 2nd: Rundpinne
Thursday, February 3rd: Dark Faerie Tales
Monday, February 7th: Supernatural Snark
Tuesday, February 8th: The Book Pushers
Wednesday, February 9th: Luxury Reading
Friday, February 11th: Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, February 14th: Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books
Tuesday, February 15th: A Novel Menagerie
Monday, February 21st: Drey’s Library
Tuesday, February 22nd: Stacy’s Place on Earth
Thursday, February 24th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Friday, February 25th: The Lost Entwife



  1. Me Me Me Me!! Would love to win this, thanks so much for the chance
    GFC follower

  2. The characters ARE one of a kind!!! Love :)

  3. Would love to read this! Thanks so much for the chance :)

    I follow on GFC :)

  4. I would love to win this. Fantastic series. i am going to do a reread of the last one before I start this one. I've already started lol.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo com
    follow through GFC

  5. This is on my wish list! Keeping my fingers crossed!

    GFc follower


  6. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. I would love to read this book.

  7. What time zone are you in? Am I too late? I'm a follower.


  8. Hey there Bells! Great review!! I am a follower! Please, Please, Please Pick Me! It been a lousy week and I sure could us a pick me up! Thx, Lisa


  9. Can't get enough of Barrons! Pick me,pick me!I'm a good girl and follow.

  10. Please add my name to the hat as well. Thank you! Miranda
    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

  11. Would love to win this book. Thank you.
    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net

  12. Great review.
    Please count me in for the giveaway
    I am a follower

  13. Just realized that I have the incorrect date for when the giveaway ends. It ends on 2/3/11 at 12pm. It has been fixed in the post above. My apologies! :D

  14. Count me in please!! I am DYING to read this one! This series is def a nail biter!! :D

  15. Oh me! Me me me me me me!!!!

    I'm a follower

  16. I have the Faefever and Dreamfever in my to be read list. I like to finish the series by reading them back to back just so I don't miss have to wait inbetween.

    I am follower
    Raonaid (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. I have the fever for some Shadowfever!!! I am a follower of your blog!! Pick me!! :-)


  18. Count me in. Am now a follower.

  19. I'd love a copy of Shadowfever.

    GFC follower

  20. You were obsessed? Really? I hadn't noticed! ;) Very nice review Bells! (You don't need to enter me...I already have this super fantastic awesome book!)

  21. This series sounds very interesting!

    I am a GFC follower (Jennifer).

    jennifer.kalman at gmail dot com

  22. Wonderful review Bells! This is a favorite series of mine and I think KMM did a fabulous job on this final book.

  23. Please enter me, I am a follower. It looks fantastic.


  24. I have been wanting to read this series forever! Thanks for hosting!!

    Ashley (Bookaholic Does Blogging)

  25. I love KMM! Thanks for the giveaway!

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  26. Wow this series sounds really good.
    I'm a follower.

  27. I'm a follower. :)

    I skipped the review until I actually read the series and this book(just started 1st book this week).

  28. GFC follower
    Thanks for the awesome review, it looks like an awesome book!
    girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

  29. Ahh!!!!!*Twirls around*

    It has to be me!!lol

  30. Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this series!

  31. I've really been looking forward to this story, and based on the reviews it's a winner.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  32. I'm a follower and I would love to win. If you like the Fever series so well you should try the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead. It is an urban fantasy series that stirs up all the emotions, but you love it! I threw one book across the room, but I got dressed and started to leave and my husband said where are you going. I said to get the next book. He said you just threw the last one across the room. I'm like I know but I need more! That series is why I bought a Kindle. I didn't want to have to search for a book again. Have a nice weekend.

  33. I'm very happy that it lived up to your expectations! Thank you so much for being on the tour!

  34. I would love to enter!! Thank you so much!!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  35. Thank you for offering a giveaway on what looks like a great book! I will be sending "pick me" vibes to :)

    elliswrites (at) aol (dot) com

  36. Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win this :) Please count me in!


  37. I'd love to enter! I'm a follower.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  38. Pick me pick me!! I am a follower of your blog and I really love Karen Marie Moning's Fever series!! I would love to be a lucky winner!! :-)


  39. I would love to win this book. I haven't read any books in this series yet.

    I'm a follower.

  40. I would also love to win this book! Amazing review Bells!

    trishbrittingham at gmail dot com

  41. Wow, thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  42. I am a follower and I would love to win this book!


  43. Please enter me in the giveaway. thanks
    GFC follower

  44. I'm a new follower! Thanks for hosting this.
    Lacey in the Sky with Books

  45. I'm your newest follower. Thanks for the great giveaway. I'm reading Dreamfever right now!


  46. I love this series of books! I want to win!!!
    I follow also (Carolsue)
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net