Nov 10, 2010

Review--Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

When MacKayla's sister is murdered, she leaves behind a single clue to her death--a cryptic message on Mac's cellphone. Journeying to Ireland in search of answers, Mac is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to master a power she has 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, while at the same time, the ruthless V'lane--an immortal Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women--closes in on her. As the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac's true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someones else claims the all-powerful Dark Book--because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control over both worlds in their hands.

So for years I've been debating starting Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, but put it off. Maybe because it was shelved in romance, I was once again worried I would be reading a book that had too much romance for my liking, I am picky in that matter. But since the series is coming to an end in January, I've been seeing the books everywhere with much excitement. And then I read some positive reviews for Darkfever, so I finally decided to give it a try.

Best decision ever!

Right away I become swept up in Mac's story and feel her pain for the loss of her sister and when she actually goes to Ireland--which seemed odd to just pick up and go, I understood her motivation and everything, but it just seemed odd that she could leave so easily and had the money to go, but then again it's a book so I just let the info pass over me and move on--she doesn't get the answers she was expecting right away.

Her motivator was hearing a message on her cell phone, which had been broken at the time, from her sister, just a few hours before she died. Mac will stop at nothing to find her sister's killer and try to decipher the strange clues that she left behind in her message.

It is then that Mac meets Jericho Barrons, owner of Barrons Books and Baubles and he seems to know something about the Sinsar Dubh, the strange book her sister mentions in her last message. And since Mac is determined to solve her sister's death, she's determined to find out what Barrons knows, but Barrons is one stubborn man!

The book was well paced and I can see why the series is so addictive, the Fae in Moning's book are like the Fae we've come to known by reading Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance book. These guys and gals put Tinkerbell to shame, but I still love her for as you may know I will always be a Disney girl at heart! (Tinkerbell was originally called a pixie in Peter Pan in 1953, then became a fairy in the Peter Pan sequel in 2002, but she still had pixie dust to make you fly! Very odd, ;) ) 

Anyway, Mac soon learns more about the Fae than she ever really wanted to, including information about herself. There were some deep dark secrets going on in Mac's life and there are still some that have yet to be revealed or studied entirely. So I definitely have to go out and buy me the rest of this series so I can ready to read Shadowfever come January!

I was actually surprised by the lack of romance (or sex) in the book. Don't get me wrong, there was quite a bit of romantic tension between Mac and Barrons, despite him being kind of a jerk at times. Of course V'lane was just sexual tension on legs! But we didn't see too much of him. I hope he shows up again in the next books, I figure he does since he's mentioned on the cover back. 

Overall I give the book 5/5 stars! A great read! Way better than what I was expecting despite having read positive reviews. Even the unnormalcy of Mac just picking up with her life savings and going across the country to try to solve her sister's murder didn't bother me so much to give a less rating! The book was just that good!

Now I'm off to the bookstore!


  1. Awesome review!!! Im planning on reading this series very soon to get ready for the last book =D

  2. Glad you enjoyed it! Because of your IMM post I decided it was a good time to re-read this series! I NEVER re-read anything but this series freaking rocks! I'm already on the 3rd book, Faefever, and loving it. I was hoping to refresh my memory before the last book comes out but now I'm thinking I'm reading them too fast!

    Boy is Barrons swoon worthy or what!?! :)

  3. Ahhhhh Barrons!!! I'm so glad you're finally getting to this series so you can be addicted like the rest of us. I just love this story, I was involved instantly and poured through the first 4 like it was my job. I can't wait to see what you think of the next 3 - Barrons, Mac, and V'lane just get better and better:)

  4. This series is sooo great! I read all the books available in a few days! Gotta love Barrons! :)
    I can´t wait to read the next in series!

    Great review!


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