On My Bookshelf: Burning Love

Cozystyle Library Book KMM Burned

I’m back to share my May reads from 2016 with you.  My library streak continued and I was excited to pick up Burned.  Feverborn had already been released, so I was itching to get through Burned  and jump into Feverborn.  Burned was so good! I started it on May first and finished it up on the 8th.  And I was glad that I checked Feverborn out of the library to have on deck when I finished this one. Moning has a way of blowing my mind even when I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. It took me way longer to read this one than it really should have, but that’s what a busy schedule does to my booklife. I do feel like I should have gone back and reread Shadowfever before starting this one, since there was such a big gap between when I read that one and this one. Although Iced was a recent read, there were definitely things about Mac and Barrons that I was a little fuzzy on, so a refresh probably would have helped.

And I just have to share this photo from @greenletterday on Instagram.  She posted up these fantastic skeins of yarn with the caption:  “Some of my favorite book heroines in yarn form: Miss Lane, The Mega, and Smokin’ Jada by the lovely @houseofalamode.”  When I first saw this post I thought “ok, but who’s Jada?”  After reading further I left her the comment: “So…when you posted this I had no idea who Jada was.  I’m currently reading Burned.  So when I got to Jada, I was like ok now I know who Jada is.  But a few chapters later…and now my mind is blown about Jada!!!! Now I seriously need this yarn trio.”

Well, needless to say, I could not start Feverborn fast enough.

Cozystyle Library Book KMM Feverborn

And, as is often the case with KMM’s books, I find that she has the ability to pierce right through to the truth of things that goes beyond this story, beyond these books, and I nod my head and think “girl, I feel you.”

Cozystyle Library Book Quote KMM Feverborn

But seriously, I read this book (and it’s a thick one!) in about a week.  Why do I have to wait so long for the next book???? Love KMM, love this series, love the characters. This book was no different from the others in that my reading of it was complete and utter engagement – they make me cry, they make me miss my own sister, they make me want to throw the book across the room, they make me gasp in surprise, they make me talk back to them (and as much as Dani annoyed me in Shadowfever, these books even have me yelling “Dude!” at them). If you haven’t read these books – go right now and read them. Seriously. If you gave up after Shadowfever and had no interest in reading Iced (that was me), suck it up and go read Iced so that you can read Burned and then this book. Seriously, go.

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On My Bookshelf: Fever Series

After finishing the third book in the Downside Ghosts series (what I thought was the final book), I cast about for something else to read that would catch my interest.  After a couple false starts, a friend of mine lent me the first four books in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series.  I had no idea what I was in for.

The first book had a pretty stuttered start for me.  Within the first few pages the author completely lost my suspension of disbelief when she referred to OPI’s iconic I’m Not Really a Waitress polish as “pink”.  WTF?  I mean, I’ll buy the whole fae in Ireland thing, but in no way, shape, or form is that polish pink.  And there may be a lot I don’t know – but I do know polish.

I decided to give Moning the benefit of the doubt and continued to read.  And before long I was completely. sucked. in.  I tore through the first book in a couple of weeks and moved right on to the next.  And the next.

And yes, I do tend to match my polish with what I’m reading.  Not sorry.

I continued to read each book in about two weeks and quickly ran through the first four books.  After finishing book four, I had to step out at lunch the next day to buy book five.  These books are like crack.  I came home that night and immediately dove into book four and then proceeded to want to throw the book across the room.  I won’t give anything away, but holy shit I almost dropped the whole series right there.

Except that I couldn’t really.  I had to know what happened.  With Mac, with Barrons, with V’lane.  I finished the final book on the plan home from NYC after Easter.

The books are urban paranormal, and they are most assuredly NOT YA books.  There’s a whole lot of steamy UST going on in the books.  Mac finds herself coming in repeated contact with a gorgeous death-by-sex fae who amps up Mac every time they encounter one another.

There is a spin-off book that ties in with these, but I honestly didn’t feel the need to read it.  I was so enamored of the Mac and Barrons entanglements, that I was good with sticking with these.  The books are seriously fabulous and if you haven’t read them yet – do it.  I wasn’t completely sold on the whole fae thing (I’m a vampire girl at heart), but these books changed my mind pretty quickly.

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