Actual rating: 3.5Original review: http://onabookbender.com/2011/08/10/review-bloodfever-by-karen-marie-moning/The reason I rated Bloodfever lower than Darkfever is simple: although I enjoyed Bloodfever, my first thought upon finishing was that I had almost completely forgotten what I had read save for a few important bits. The best I can explain it is this: Bloodfever felt like the lull before the storm. Something epic is coming, that much is easy to see. But Bloodfever‘s main goal was to build the series further, develop the characters, and introduce new potential kinks or obstacles to the plot line of the series. It was good, but it didn’t blow me away.I did thoroughly enjoy the development of the relationship between Mac and Barrons. The more we learn about Barrons, the more mysterious and enigmatic he gets. The resulting paradox has me incredibly hooked — so much so that I would continue reading this series just to learn more about Barrons if nothing else held my interest (luckily, that is not the case). As Mac continues her journey into the Fae world and her own unique powers, she begins to emotionally mature and become distrustful of everyone involved. But this distrust is also a complicating factor because not trusting the right person could prove just as dangerous as trusting the wrong person.There were also a few side characters that were reintroduced to us that played a key role in the plot of Bloodfever in ways I was not expecting. (But then, that’s the point, I suppose) We were also introduced to new characters as well that will likely play a role in the future.