High Voltage (Fever, #10) by Karen Marie Moning

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1.) Darkfever ★★★★
*.) The Alpha Alternative: JZB Sex Scene
2.) Bloodfever ★★★
3.) Faefever ★★★
4.) Dreamfever ★★★
5.) Shadowfever ★★★★★
*.) Fever Moon: The Fear Dorcha ★★★★★
6.) Iced ★★★★
7.) Burned
8.) Feverborn
9.) Feversong ★★★★

“The gods and Fae are going to war again…”

High Voltage was the last book I completed in 2018! And, Lord, did it really end the year off on a low note! I had so much faith after Feversong! But it just seems like KMM cannot write a book that stars Dani without it feeling… skeezy.

I was so uncomfortable over so many parts of the Jacob and Renesmee storyline that was going on in this installment. Like, I actually thought I was happy shipping Dani and Ryoden together after everything in Feversong, but I finished this book and felt like I needed to take a shower.

Darkfever is such a special book to me, and it always will be, because it was the first “sexy-time” Fae book I ever read, and high school Melanie became addicted to these characters and world so damn quickly! But, it’s been ten years and I need to learn to let go, because this was a damn train wreck and it wasn’t even a train wreck that was enjoyable to see happen. I actually felt like I had to be on the train, because I am literally in pain, friends.

Basically, in this tenth installment (of a series that should have only been five books long), Mac is still missing after the events of Feversong. Dani is patrolling the streets of Dublin, protecting the city she loves, while also still battling the trauma that she experienced as a child. She also has her trusty new sidekick, Shazam, while she is trying to figure out why parts of her body are turning black after she stabbed a Hunter so long ago.

But pretty much nothing happens in this book. It is so ungodly *wink* boring, that I had to bribe myself to pick it up all through the month of December. Inner angsty monologue, after inner antsy monologue. Dani and Ryoden’s actions were childish and ignorant throughout the entirety of this story. It actually made me anti-ship them, which I guess is a feat in itself.

And once we get to the end of the book and get actual answers about what is happening to Dani? Like, I want whatever KMM is sipping because this story is truly out of this world, and not in a good way. I just can’t. I truly can’t, friends. This Fae series, with my favorite romance of all-time, has turned into something so damn convoluted that I am at a loss of words just trying to review it.

Overall, I’m going to take a hard pass on whatever the fuck comes next, because I love myself. I’m just going to live in my little imaginary Barrons Books & Baubles with Mac and Barrons and pretend I never read High Voltage!

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Content and trigger warnings for child abuse, captivity, loss of a loved one, grief depictions, talk of suicide, fatphobic comments, attempted rape, sexual assault, a nasty comment about bipolarism, and some weird age gap romance themes that I don’t want to think about.

9 thoughts on “High Voltage (Fever, #10) by Karen Marie Moning

  1. I’m a huge KMM fan but I agree that High Voltage missed the mark. I felt like Ryodan and Dani’s relationship went from 0 to 60 and there was no strong emotional connection there. I had shipped them for so long so this was a real let-down. I’m not sure where KMM is going to take it from here but I really don’t care about hearing any more about Dani. It honestly might be time to start a new ARC in this series or a new series altogether!

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    1. Yes to all of this, Cailin! I have shipped them FOREVER and… it felt so unenjoyable to see them finally find happiness. And so… damn unnecessary? And I so agree! I just… I dislike all the Dani books, and even though I like her as a character, I just need to realize that. And… KMM needs to realize it, too! Hahahaha! We will see if I continue on… but I wish she would start something fresh, too. But with where Mac is? You know she’s going to keep trucking! Hahah!

      But I hope you’re currently having happy reading, love! 💖xx

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    1. You should FOR SURE give it a try. Even though I didn’t love it… it feels good to have some sort of closure with Dani… but oh my gosh… I mostly want you to keep it to talk with me about it because you are going to laugh so much at some of the stuff in this book! Hahaha! 💖xx

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