Audiobook Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning

Posted January 26, 2015 by Felicia S in 2.50 Wine Glasses, 2015 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 25 Comments

Audiobook Review: Burned by Karen Marie MoningSource: Audiobook Purchase, Physical Book Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Burned by Karen Marie Moning
Narrator: Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins

Date Read: January 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

More Information:
Publisher: Brilliance Audio, Delacorte Press
Series: Fever #7

Also by this author: Iced, Darkfever
Also in this series: Iced



PLEASE GO READ Hot Listens Review of Burned (SHE LOVED IT)–this is one of those books that you may adore even though I didn’t.

Listened/Read for Fun (Audible/Hardcover)
Overall Rating: 2.50
Story Rating: 2.50
Character Rating: 2.50

Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)

Read at your own PERIL! I don’t think it is spoilery but that might be because I thought it was a bit predictable, rehashing, and well not that much happened (other than Mac whining–in her head and while _______ <—bit spoilery)

First Thought when Finished: I don’t even know where to start on how very disappointed I am with Burned by Karen Marie Moning.

I am going to have to write the review later when I have thought about it a bit. The rating might go up to a 3 but it probably won’t.

Rating will not be going up! Still extremely disappointed. If this is the book she wanted to write, then good for her for doing her own thing. It didn’t work for me but it wasn’t written for me. Anytime I don’t like a book, the author should not take it personally!


What you should know that impacted my view of the story:


1: I was a fan of Dani. I liked her fire, will to live, and ability to live with her choices. That character is no longer there. I am not saying how she is no longer there but let’s just say that the change/disappearance was

a)too contrived
b)a cop-out
c)not the Dani I adore

2: I don’t like Mac. I started out the series liking her but by Shadowfever she was one of the most annoying lead females in UF (to me). I read in an interview that KMM said this was a combo Mac/Dani story–that is BS. This is 90% Mac and it is a LOT of back peddling. It annoyed the heck out of me. Seriously the last quarter of the book drove me insane. Really???? Just UGH!

3: I did love the Nine! In fact, if the next book is going to be told from anyone’s POV let’s just make it theirs. We can have 1/4 of Lor being Lor. 1/4 of R & B just being themselves, and then 1/4 the rest of them (I would like to get to know them better). The last 1/4 can be spent on the gals if you insist unless of course it is all Mac whining about how she is 23 and can’t live her normal fantasy life.

4: I did love Kat and Jo so more of them would not be bad at all. In fact, they are a heck of a lot more interesting now.

5: Nothing FECKING happened! This is my biggest complaint! 3/4 of the book nothing happened. Seriously I kept thinking–oh this is going to lead somewhere—hmmmm nope. The last 1/4 of the book stuff happened but it was pretty predictable. Even that end (she usually is the queen of cliffhangers), if she hadn’t put that there–I wouldn’t have thought that character was gone. (not saying which or how or anything–read it). This was very much filler. Filler that took years to write? Just felt let down!

Final Thought on the book: I really hope the next book is not such a mess. If it is, I might just skim for things that say Lor and read!

Really, the book was meant for fans that hated Dani and loved Mac. It was really for those that wanted Mac/Barrons to be back in the forefront. If you are those fans then you will freaking love it. If you are not, then well grab a glass of wine and read all the Lor parts! They were fantastic!

Audio Thoughts

Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross , Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins

NAILED IT! Phil and Natalie just are a rocking team. They are a fantastic duo and can run the gambit of character voices. Just freaking ROCK STARS!


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Please don’t throw things at me—I just didn’t like it


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
2.5 / 5
Story Rating
2.5 / 5
Character Rating
2.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
5 / 5
Felicia S
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25 responses to “Audiobook Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning

  1. This is why you should never worry about a negative review- I’m actually going to buy this book now whereas ICED icked me out so much that I had sworn I was done despite loving all the prior books. The whole 14 year old with an older man thing just icked me out and as a social worker I couldn’t get past it nor could I financially support it in any way, shape or form. However, based on this review, I’m about to head over to Amazon as maybe, just maybe the series will be rescued for me. Thanks for your great review!

  2. This book was the disappointment of the year and the nail in the coffin for this series for me. I love Mac and Barrons, but their story was already told and done. I really don’t know what KMM brought them back… ithe only reason I can see is to make the Dani haters happy. I didn’t like Iced, but I would have preferred an Iced 2 than this book.
    I agree with you, Kat and Jo were a lot more interesting than Whiny-Mac.

    • I loved ICED so I am giving the series one more book. However, if it is anywhere near the mess that this one was (or it gets pushed back even once) then I am done. This just was not what I expected. I did expect her to give into the ICED backlash but 2.5 years she could have come up with a better way.

  3. I knew if you weren’t into by the first four chapters you just weren’t going to like I did. As you know, I on the other hand love being back, and it’s not because I hate Dani. I like Dani, I loved Iced -Or I wanted more Mac & Barrons, (although I’ll take all the Barrons I can get, as long as Phil Gigante reads Iced was 5 stars listen for me even when peeps were bailing out.
    I had no expectations b/c when I heard this was about Mac&Barrons I thought the world wouldn’t interest me anymore. Their story is done, and it’s been told, so I was glad their relations wasn’t the focus, I was also thrilled that that the minute I press play I realized, I love her world and her writing and the narration always pulls me in, and Burned wasn’t the exception. I agree with the story didn’t progress, but I sure love just being there and seeing the pieces set up for what I hope it will be an Epic listen and one that might rival Dreamfever, which so far none of them have done for me yet, but still hoping. I totally understand disappointment, I’m glad I wasn’t. All I know is that if a book makes me angry like it has some peeps I’d never go back. It wouldn’t be the first time I never pick up about again from a series I loved b/c the author did something I hated it. I’ll continue as long she leaves me wanting to know more and the narration keeps being awesome.
    I hope for those that stick around, KMM can deliver on October.
    I’m really sorry this didn’t work for you at all 🙁 I can only hope we both are thrilled with the next one.

    • I loved that you loved it!

      I will give it one more book (I often give a series one bad book but two in a row will end it for me). I don’t want to give up the world but I don’t like the new direction. We will see!

      The narration is outstanding and the thing I would miss the most!

    • I debated publishing my review but bad reviews knaw at me. I wanted to get it out there. However, many people have loved this book (Hot Listens) so keep that in mind.

  4. Pff I don;t think I wlil ever read this series Felicia. I read the Fever series, for the story, and really not for the main characters, whom I both dislike very much. But now there is not much to look forward to, is there?

    • If you didn’t like the main characters, you would have a bigger problem with this than I did. This is all about the characters and very little story continuation.

    • I think it depends where you stand on Dani and Mac. I can see where this would be a total win for people. Hot Listens LOVED IT! I think that is a sign of a well-written book–it can make you love it or hate it 🙂

  5. I’m very behind on this series and in a way… with this review… that might be a good thing. Perhaps when I catch up the next book will fix things wrong in this one. Yours is not the only bad review of this book I’ve read.

    • Some people loved this! I just wasn’t one. I am really hoping she does something with the next book that makes me go “YES”. If not, it just might be time for me to break up with the series.

  6. I really can’t wait to get to this one! I am so curious as I have seen so many mixed reviews. I still have to read Shadowfever and Which I actually picked up both of those on audio for very cheap since I had a coupon! I will be listening to Shadowfever next I am curious what I am going to think of things..hoping I actually remember enough of what went on Trying them on audio because I was told Phil is 🙂

    • Hot Listens loved it. I loved both Shadowfever and Iced (though warning—ICED caused the same kind of reviews from LOVED IT to HATED IT). I figure that is a sign of great writing–your fans have expectations. Some will be happy and others will not.

  7. I am writing my review for this book this morning and I had many of the same issues. I thought Mac was irritating, and I thought this was supposed to be the Dani Spin off series. Totally agree, nothing really happens and it ends leaving more questions than answers. The narration though was brilliant and that saved it a bit in my opinion. Glad I did the audio.

    • The audio kept me going. They rock the narration like no one’s business. I could listen to them read pretty much anything. I did love LOR–his moments cracked me up 🙂

  8. Oh man! Now I’m dreading reading it! I preorder it TWO years ago! That’s how much I wanted to read it. Now.., don’t know what to think. I don’t have as big an aversion to Mac as you do, but I LOVE Dani!