Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on October 24, 2011 | 1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie MoningDarkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #1
Published by Delacorte (10.31.2006)
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 309 pages
Source: I own it
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5 Stars

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….

My thoughts

This is hands down my favorite series. The entire saga is just incredibly written with so many twists and turns and dark secrets. I love the world that Karen paints with brilliant and masterful words!
I just read this one again so I am writing this review now. When I finish my library books, I’ll start back up with the re-reading the rest of the series and review those too.
Reading this for the second time was almost as thrilling as the first time. I know what happens now, but it will be interesting to see the development of Mac’s character. I’m generally not too fond of most leading female roles (most women are annoying). But Mac wins my heart with her courage and strength of character, as well as her sarcasm and quick wit, as her life begins a dark downward spiral into a world of myth and fantasy. 
I forgot how much of an asshole Barrons was in the first book, ha. Cold and indifferent. But despite his apathy and the whole world trying to drag her down, Mac still keeps her head up.
Karen is another writer that injects a fair amount of humor into her books. Mac’s sense of humor is dry – probably why I like her!

Warning: If steamy scenes offend you, this book is NOT for you. This book was actually my first taste of the world of romance novels. Everything else I’d read was all PG-13 stuff. It’s great to let your imagination run wild sometimes ;)

In addition, Dreamworks is now talking about making these books into a movie franchise like Harry Potter (Darkfever won’t be done til 2013). When I first heard this, I was ecstatic. I would love to see how they make the Fever world into a reality on screen. I think it will be difficult to do, but if they can pull it off it will be something to see. I have mixed feelings about it, because movies have a nasty habit of butchering plot lines. Hopefully not too much will be changed in the movie.

Plot: 5/5
Original and unique.
Writing Style: 5/5
Moning is witty and sarcastic, I love her humor!
Characters: 5/5
All of her characters have such depth to them that you can really get a feel for who they are.
Pace: 5/5
Even when nothing is happening, this book is still exciting.
Cover: 3/5

Overall rating: 5+/5 starfish
Jessi (Geo)

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