Series: Fever #4
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Page Count: 400
Published: Delacorte Press, 2009
Source: Local library
I wasn’t going to stop for a review, now that I’m onto the last book in this series and the whole notion of cliffhangers is my annoying enemy, but I realized I have to say something about this book and get my frustration out.
The fourth installment in the Fever series, Dreamfever started off a little bit different from the previous books. The last we seen our heroine Mac, she was captured by her archenemy and was forced to live through a horror that I wish for no woman. I don’t need to sum it all up for those who know the story anyway, and for those who don’t know, did I say before how much they’re missing out not reading this series? Well, a lot. So if you’ve stumbled upon this book somehow, and this review, for the love of all that is good and holy, go back to the first and start from the beginning and just read them! Can I use Voice? Do I dare?
One of the many things I felt reading this book started off with my surprise and frustration-sorry, Dani- with the change in the points of view. While we read all the previous books in Mac’s view, we started off with Dani’s in this one. Although I completely understand the necessity of this, I have to say there was a short while where I thought we wouldn’t get Mac back, I enjoy her storytelling no matter what. But we did get Mac back, and Dani’s point of view was refreshing, especially considering she’ll have a spin-off after this. It gave me a chance to get inside her head and see the way she sees the world and regards things around herself, and even though she’s still very young, she’s also a girl who had to grow up fast, and in a world with a different kind of horror waiting right around the corner every corner. I felt sorry for the child she never got a chance to be at her mere thirteen years of age.
Other than the viewpoint change, we also shifted from past tense to present one, and even though I usually don’t like the use of that in storytelling, again, I can perfectly see why Karen Marie Moning made this choice. She’s a smart author, for sure. To tell a story from the perspective of the same person, only in a different state of mind, she managed it so well with this change, it was interesting to read.
I don’t even know if I can wrap my head around what to tell about the mess-in a completely good way- that is this story has become. There are so many things that happen at the same time that I feel like I’m in the Silvers, jumping from one scene to the next, facing surprise after surprise. Because, yes, that is what’s happening in this book, you walk down the street thinking you got at least some kind of hold on the story so far, and then you turn a corner and bam! Nothing is as it seems and you’re back to square one. I gotta say, this book, or even the whole series, was like a feast to my starving and ever so theorizing brain. I love surprises, I love wicked turn of events, I love trying my hand at guessing the unpredictable and unexpected!
The whole book kept me on my toes and continues to do so, and how, oh how, could I possibly think I could finish this and perhaps read something else in between and then come back to it? No can do. Why? Because cliffhangers can kill. So can bad cooking, so let me add five huge spoonfuls of this into my hodgepodge to make it all better and get back to the next one!
Fever series by Karen Marie Moning: