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Fever Moon: Graphic Novel    by Karen Marie Moning, Al Rio & Cliff Richards order for
Fever Moon
by Karen Marie Moning
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Del Rey, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

One of the biggest paranormal series of the last few years has been Karen Marie Moning's Fever books. Although the novels are finished, there is now an original graphic novel to add to the Fever world, Fever Moon, with story adaptation by David Lawrence and art by Al Rio and Cliff Richards. However, one does not have to have read the series to enjoy Fever Moon.

A strange being is loose in Dublin, stealing people's faces. Dani O'Malley is hot on its trail when she is attacked and her mouth is taken. Now it is up to her friend, MacKayla Lane, and her odd partner, Barrons, to stop the creature, the Fear Dorcha, before it completes its evil mission.

The story in Fever Moon is interesting, especially the parts about the Fear Dorcha, but too much time is spent trying to explain Mac's backstory. A shorter glimpse into Mac's past would have been sufficient to give new readers an introduction to her, and would have also allowed a little more time to focus on the other main characters, some of whom seemed to appear with a ton of baggage but no explanation to Fever newbies as to what that baggage was.

The artwork, on the other hand, is very strong, with a classic contemporary comic style. Only one panel in the whole book seemed a little off, but after reading Moning's introduction, that can easily be excused. The only problem was, the art made it slightly confusing as to whom Fever Moon is aimed at. Mac is drawn as the buxom blonde that so often graces superhero and other action comics with large male audiences, but the story is definitely aimed at female readers.

Fever Moon is a nice addition to Karen Marie Moning's Fever world, and hopefully will not be the only graphic novel we see from Moning, Lawrence, and Richards.

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