Karen Marie Moning – Darkfever

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Series: Fever, #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

“My name is MacKayla, Mac for short. I’m a sidhe-seer, one who sees the Fae, a fact I accepted only recently and very reluctantly.

My philosophy is pretty simple – any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book. I haven’t had many good days lately. Not since the walls between Man and Fae came down. But then, there’s not a sidhe-seer alive who’s had a good day since then.”

When MacKayla’s sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death, a cryptic message on Mac’s cel phone. 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 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, mysteriou Jericho…while at the same time, the ruthless V’lane – an alpha 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: to 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 both worlds in their hands.

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I found a new series to get sucked into!

“Sometimes, Ms. Lane,” he said, “one must break with one’s past to embrace one’s future. It is never an easy thing to do. It is one of the distinguishing characteristics between survivors and victims. Letting go of what was, to survive what is.”

A quick thank you to all of my book buddies who encouraged me to start The Fever series. You were right. This is a uniquely entertaining story and I’m thrilled about finding a new epic series to sink my teeth into!

Complex.
Beautifully detailed.
Utterly Unique.

I don’t know where this story will take me, but I know a few things for sure:
1. I don’t particularly like the main character, Mac, but she’s evolving before my eyes.
2. There is sooo much potential in this story line – Urban Fantasy with a sexy twist.
3. I don’t know what to think about Barrons & I like that he has an air of mystery.

MacKayla “Mac” Lane

“You, Ms. Lane, are a menace to others! A walking, talking catastrophe in pink!”

Mac is the star of this show. She has the sole POV, and this is the type of fantasy story where the main character is discovering a new dark world right along side the reader. Her ignorance is our ignorance… And let me tell you, this girl has a lot to learn.

I think it really speaks to the quality of Karen Marie Moning’s writing that I can love this book while simultaneously hating the main character. Ok, hate is a strong word… I intensely dislike her Georgia peach Barbie naiveté and I relished each and every time she got knocked on her ass. There’s something so prissy-perfect about Mac that I was dying to see her covered in blood and gore. The good news is, I see this girl growing already.

That’s what has me so excited about the Fever Series – Mac has the potential to be a badass, and the transformation from Pretty in Pink to Kill ’em All is going to be immensely satisfying to watch.

Morbid? Yeah a little…
Not sorry, though!

A quick inventory of my emotions while reading this book:

Plot in a nutshell:
Mac’s sister is murdered while studying abroad in Ireland
The police give up too quickly on looking for her killer
Mac discovers a voicemail from her sister that changes everything
Mac leaves the comfort and quiet of Georgia for the dark streets of Dublin
Weird things start happening immediately.
Mac is seeing things nobody else seems to see.
She’s on the hunt for an item nobody seems to know, hoping that the search will also lead her to her sister’s killer…

Jericho Barrons

…He didn’t just occupy space; he saturated it. The room had been full of books before, now it was full of him. […] He wasn’t handsome. That was too calm a word. He was intensely masculine. He was sexual. He attracted. There was an omnipresent carnality about him, in his dark eyes, in his full mouth, in the way he stood. He was the kind of man I wouldn’t flirt with in a million years.

A mystery wrapped in a sinfully sexy enigma. I love that I haven’t been able to figure out this character yet. Don’t get me wrong, I have theories… but he baffles me every bit as much as he baffles Mac.

When Mac accidentally stumbles into a bookstore asking about the Sinsar Dubh, her life falls into the hands of the mysterious Book Store Owner, Barrons. He’s also looking for the mythical dark book, but he’s not sharing any of his motives. He can’t be trusted, he’s obviously lethal, but Mac hasn’t found any other leads to help her track down the book or her sister’s killer.

Mac discovers new skills each day, not the least of which is that she can sense when the Sinsar Dubh is nearby. Barrons seems content to keep her alive and working as his personal bloodhound as he hunts for various Fae relics.

Mac just has to stay alive long enough to find the book,
Avenge her sister’s murder,
and Maybe save the world in the process…
No big deal, right?

I jumped right into reading the second book in the series as soon as I finished this book, and I’m just dying to find out what happens next! The book ended on a Happy For Now note, but there’s obviously so much in store for this series!

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