Review – Faefever (Fever #3) by Karen Marie Moning

faefeverI recently wrote a review of a cozy mystery and my biggest complaint was that the main character wasn’t realistic.  A reader cannot say that about MacKayla Lane.  She is one of the most realistic female characters I’ve read in a long time.  She is rightfully the star of the Fever books.  It doesn’t hurt that you also get Jericho Barrons and V’lane as part of the deal.

“Nobody looks good in their darkest hour.”  When we met Mac in the first book she was shallow and vain.  The loss of her sister began a domino effect of change not only to her personality but even her physical being.  While she still enjoys dressing up and looking good, she isn’t defined by her looks.  Most days she isn’t at her best.  And, that’s okay.

“It went about as well as train wrecks do.”  Good intentions with bad results.  Mac is doing the best she can to find the Sinsar Dubh and solve her sister’s murder.  But every decision seems to have unexpected and unintended repercussions.  Catch a break?  Not Mac.

The Fever series took a decidedly darker turn in Faefever (especially the second half).  Does Mac have any allies?  It is sometimes unclear.  Everyone around her seems to have an ulterior motive and no one is looking out for Mac.  That knowledge is hard on her.  Trusting no one and always scheming to stay ahead of them.  Her world is getting more complicated and dangerous.  Yet, she gets up every day, puts a scarf in her hair and works towards her goals.  I grew to love Mac within the pages of Faefever.

While there is a lot of darkness in this installation, there is also laughter.  Mac creating her Mac-Halo to protect herself from the Shades.  Then testing it out by doing some dance-fighting to “Bad Moon Rising”.  A good writer can break up the darkness naturally with scenes like this.  It wasn’t cheesy and made sense for Mac.  I laughed along with her.  Until Jericho walked in…

Readers either love or hate Jericho.  You will have to decide for yourself.

V’lane is my type of character.  A little good, a little bad and a little unknown.  You never know what you’re going to get when he enters the scene.  That’s entertaining.

Lastly – the ending.  I can’t decide if it was genius or devious.  It’s a good thing I already had the next book on my nightstand.  The last few pages broke my heart.

5/5 stars for a series that has gotten better and better.  I cannot wait for the next installment.

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