Monday, October 3, 2011

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Darkfever
Series: Fever #1
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Delacorte Press
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MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman.

Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands.

As usual, I'm late to the party and kicking myself all the way home. On more than several occasions I have looked at the Fever Series and thought, I should read that, but then I just don't. Who knows why? Too hooked in one genre? Maybe, but I love all things Fae, so that doesn't really explain it. Anyway, finally I decided...I really want to read something different. I went and bought Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. I always regret putting off reading a book that sounds interesting, and this is no exception.

I love MacKayla. Absolutely adore her constant rambling in and out of her head. Her initial reactions to Jericho Barrons, the Old-Woman, and the many fae only add to the fun. Her born and bread southern raising is something I can relate to, being from Texas and all. Her curse words are phenomenally funny and remind me of a person I know who refuses to let her children use any type of exclamations because "they all mean the same thing."

Darkfever is told in first person from Mac's prospective and her descriptions will leave you laughing, cringing or crying. Barrons is fantastic, although he is quite an enigma. I am over half-way finished with Bloodfever (Fever #2) and I have no idea what this man is, except crazy. Evasive, controlling, mysterious...he is everything Mac should avoid, but can't. He has saved her life once and now he owns her. He's not all bad, just a little rough around the edges...or ripped to shreds, put back together, and ripped to shreds again. I find him charismatic and shockingly charming (shockingly being used in a negative way.)

Then there are the Fae. Wow. The Gray Man, The Rhino-Boys, The Many-Mouthed Thing, and last, but certainly not least...V'Lane - The Death-By-Sex Fae. Moning's use of description for identification allows for much more severe reactions to these deathly creatures. And...V'Lane maybe something that some of us need...if only he didn't kill you after bringing your body to an unfathomable bliss.

These books were under Romance at my local Barnes and Nobles...I'm not sure I would classify them as Romance but as Mystery. Don't get me wrong...I think there is a budding romance, but I cannot be entirely sure of anything in regards to these books. Twists, turns, murder, and intrigue overflow from the pages sifting you into unknown worlds filled with otherworldly creatures. 

 Be sure to check out my reviews of the entire Fever Series.

   • Book 1: Darkfever
   • Book 2: Bloodfever
   • Book 3: Faefever
   • Book 4: Dreamfever
   • Book 5: Shadowfever


  1. I just finished Darkfever and I liked it a lot too. I have Bloodfever checked out from the library, but I haven't started it yet. It was just...really fun. :)

  2. I finished Bloodfever last night and had to go straight to get Faefever! I was left seriously hanging!

  3. I really love this one and the other ones too. It's a really great series, I do hope you'll like the sequel too. awesome review ! Thanks



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