Thursday, October 7, 2010

Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever (Fever, #1)Title: Darkfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: 1st in Fever series
Pages: 304
Published: August 2006 by Delcorte Press
ISBN: 9780739474235
Source: Library

Description: 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…. 

I Give This ...


I've had this on my to-read list for quite awhile.  But, other books kept jumping out at me.  I'm glad I finally picked it up.  It's a very interesting start to a series I think I will really enjoy.

If it weren't for the sexual aspect of this book, it could be borderline YA.  MacKayla is only 24, and still has some late teen tendencies.   She's young, naive, and somewhat unfocused.  She's content to go through life for the moment, although you get the feeling she's on the brink of being forced to grow up.  And then here sister is murdered, and she feels like she's the only one who can solve the case.  It's amazing how fast she recognizes her own shortcomings in actually accomplishing this task.  It's also amazing how fast she gets in over her head.  But, I liked her.  She had a mouth, without being vulgar.  And she knew what she wanted.

The world of the Fae is different in this one.  It's much more dark and gruesome.  Mainly because the few books I have read, don't focus so much on the Unseelie.  Vlane was interesting.  His story line alone is what pushed this book into adult paranormal (if not down right erotica for his short appearances in this book).  Maybe that's what made me think we would eventually get some release for the obvious sexual tension between Mac and Jericho (not to mention the cover of the book).  

But, why everything was there for a great book, it just felt a little slow to me.  And there was just something missing (I can't put my finger on it).  I'm greatly intrigued though and will definitely continue the series.


  1. Just reviewed this one yesterday! I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and I'll definitely be continuing the series! I'll be interested to see what you think of the rest of the books!

  2. This book is the October pick for the Busy Moms Book Club. I haven't read it yet, but I plan on it later this month. Thanks for sharing!


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