Saturday, February 12, 2011

Review: Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Book: Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning
Release Date: 28 Aug 2007
Publisher: Dell
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Faeries
Summary: 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 want to start off with the positives since if affected my rating of the book more: First off, the storyline was amazing. It was incredibly interesting and I didn't find a single dull moment. Second, the creatures. Moning's sidhe-seers and fae are so unique from any other book I've read. It was refreshing and a lot of fun to experience something new. Lastly, the world Moning created. I could picture everything and that is really important to immersing yourself in a book. Honestly, I would read the whole series just to experience the world in these books.
On the other hand I have two major complaints; I didn't like either of the main characters and the way the book was written irritated me. To start off, let me just say that I feel Mac will eventually grow on me but I was expecting a hugely different person when I began reading. I expecting a kick-ass chick who'd be witty and humorous (yeah, yeah ie any heroine from other urban fantasy books). Mac... isn't really any of these things. Things meant to be funny just seemed whiny. I'm completely okay with her incompetence, I think it's fun to see her grow but even at the end of the book she's willing to give up. Next up, Barrons. What an asshole! I don't get anyone's attraction to him at this point. Okay, so he was marginally likable by the end of the book but I can't forget all of the nasty things he's done leading up to that. Am I just spoiled because I've read so many books that have insanely amazing male leads? I'm not asking for perfection, I'd just like one or two redeeming qualities. And now for the styling of the book: I don't like having the narrator spoil the end of the book for me or really any other parts of the books. Mac was constantly telling us "I didn't know it then but..." and fill in some major plot point there that ruins a scene several chapters later.
All that said, I did enjoy the book. It didn't live up to my expectations but I will continue reading the series because it is still worth it. I hope Mac and Barrons at least become less of a problem for me, I really want to like them.

Thoughts as I Read:
  • What was a shi-sadu? And what was the deal with her cryptic You don't even know what you are? What could Alina possibly have meant by that? Interesting book so far! I'm sure there's lots of 'mystery' left to the book, but I feel like back of the book and the prologue gave a lot away at this point.
  • "And don't you be coming back in here. Not tonight, not ever. If you can't keep your head down and honor your bloodline, then do us all a favor-go die somewhere else." :) I love the obligatory creepy old hag, it's not Ireland without one!
  • He wasn't handsome. That was too calm a word. He was intensely masculine. He was sexual. Ohh, I'm loving the clash between Mac and Barrons. Can't wait to see where this goes.
  • It was a little difficult to get an out-of-hand bachelor party at the bar to take you seriously when your threat was they'd better "back off or the bouncer was going to kick the fudge-buckets out of them and toss their petunias right out the door." Haha, I wasn't expecting this book to make me laugh and it has several times already. I love that she almost uses petunia with Barrons.
  • "This is no laughing matter," he said roughly. "This is about life and death, you imbecile." I laughed harder. "What, some pesky little fairy's going to get me?" I'm really glad Mac didn't accept what Barrons said right away even though she'd sorta of experienced it. Definitely more believable.
  • Don't get me wrong, he didn't suffer graciously, he looked pissed off to no end. But he let me hit him. And he didn't hit me back. Which was, I suspected, a pretty major concession from Jericho Barrons. I hope she managed to at least leave some bruises, he's been pretty rough with her and I'd love to see a little turnabout.
  • A slow smile curved his lips. He was hugely pleased with the new secret weapon he had in me. I had a sudden dismal view of my future, of being led around and incessantly asked, like one of those Verizon commercials, Do you feel sick now? I don't like Barrons anymore. Casa Blanc really pushed me over the edge. Barrons isn't completely like them but there enough similarities that I can't help but see him that way.
  • "Last night you said you wanted to know what to expect so you could better select you attire. I told you we were going to visit a vampire in a Goth-den tonight. Why, then, Ms. Lane, do you look like a perky rainbow?" So new characters, Malluce and V'lane, not really sure what to think about either at this point. The whole horny scene completely caught me off guard though. I found it more embarrassing than sexy.
  • He looked at the spear for several moments, his dark gaze unfathomable. Then he said, "It was for you all along, Ms. Lane." Huh, I just now noticed it always Barrons and Ms. Lane. I wonder if there's any significance to not using first names.
  • If I weren't so enamored of pink, if I weren't so into fashion, I might have continued blithely disrobing, thinking all kinds of happy, horny thoughts, until I'd have been strolling the museum naked. As it was, I'd been sidetracked by the vision of my own good taste lying there on the floor. Yay! The old hag again. I was really hoping Mac would talk to her and we'd learn some things. Plus I find her amusing.
  • I walked into what all sidhe-seers would one day be calling what I'd christened it, what would one day, and not too far off, begin showing up in cities scattered around the entire globe: a Dark Zone. Wow, with a lead in like that you'd think the name would be a little more creative. I like what's alluding to for future books though.

Rating: 4 Bites


  1. I LOVE Fever series by Karen Marie Moning! :) And I love Barrons too. :D
    I am glad that you like it too. :)
    You write really good reviews. :)
    bookworm.nikita at gmail dot com

  2. Karen Marie Moning is another favourite of mine and I love the review you have on her Darkfever novel, the first novel of her Fever series. Excellent review ;o) *high five*

    Rita de Canha from South Africa

  3. Great review! I'm currently reading this series now (am just starting book 4) and it's amazing. I didn't like book 1 as much though but I'm glad I kept going anyways! :)

  4. I love your style of reviewing, where you provide quotes in a steady progression with your accompanying thoughts. This book and the rest of the series is pretty high on my wish list right now, so I'm hoping to have started it before the end of the year.


  5. Wow, nice review. I still can't believe I have not read this series. O_o

    - Beckie

  6. I haven't read any book of this series yet, but I'm gonna start soon. I just got my copy :) I've heard so much of this book, friends suggested to me over and over, but somehow I was always a bit scared of reading it, I don't know why :) Hope I will love it :)

  7. I have this book on my TBR but always seem to find someting else that needs reading first... I am defitaly going to make time to read it. Thanks for the review.

  8. I have not read this series yet but I do have one or two of the books. So I'm looking forward to reading it.
    I have to agree with you regarding "I didn't know it then but...", that sort of thing annoys me and you just know something bad is going to happen. I don't see the point in doing that. It spoils things for me in some respect.

    Thanks for the review!


  9. Very interesting. I honestly wouldnt have picked up this bc the cover suggests prono, but ur review def intrigued me into checking it out.

  10. I just won the first 2 books in this series and I am looking forward to reading them. Thank you for the honest review!

  11. I found this book really difficult to get into because of the style that it's written in. It took me a long time to come to like Mac. I think Barrons grows on you as the series advances, but even as late as the third book I was livid about how he treated Mac (with the Voice - I felt that was too far whereas I accepted most of the rest of his treatment).

    I hope you enjoyed the rest of the series if you've read it already!

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