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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Author: Karen Marie Moning
Source: Library

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Dell (August 28, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0440240980
ISBN-13: 978-0440240983


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 admit, I had no interest in really reading this series until I kept seeing everyone chatting about the final book in the series on Twitter, Blogs, and well...everywhere!  So, I finally caved and requested the first book from the library.  I waited on requesting the rest in the series because either I will like the series enough to buy them all, or I will not enjoy it enough to continue.  Needless to say, I have already put my order in to Amazon to receive the rest of the books in the series.

At first, the book seemed to progress at a slow pace.  Mac is telling us the story of how it began and how the phone call she receives changes her life.  When she is notified that her sister has been murdered in Ireland, it crushes her.  Especially finding out later on that her sister also tried contacting her hours before her death on Mac's cell phone.  Mac had dropped her phone in the water so she was unable to get the messages from her sister until after her death.  Determined to bring her sisters case out of the unsolved files in Ireland, Mac journey's to the last city and place her sister was at. 

I was disappointed that it took so long for Mac to run into Barrons.  I had heard everyone stating how sexy and hot Barrons was and when they first meet, Jericho seemed cold and full of himself.  Throughout the entire book I kept wondering what everyone saw in this character and how they could think he was all that and more.  Yet, as I devoured the rest of the book and got sucked into the mystery of the series, I found Barrons growing on me.  Especially when near the end of the book, Jericho is painting her nails and taking care of Mac.  It showed me he had a caring side to him that you know he doesn't show often or to many people. 

That also brings me to the sexy scenes involving V'Lane.  Now I will say right off the bat, these scenes were hot!  The simple fact that he could just do that to Mac so easily was amusing yet sexy at the same time. V'Lane seems to be warmer in the romance department than Barrons at the moment, but I will trust in the remarks of fellow reviewers and readers that Barrons is the ultimate package in this department.  

Will I continue to read this series? Yes.  Mainly because I still want to learn more of the mystery and unsolved questions that the book has left me with.  Of course, knowing that Barrons will have some sexiness in future books doesn't hurt or sway me in the least!  I have caught the "Fever" of the series!


"I already gave a copy of this recording to the Dublin Gardai," I told him, as I fished my cell phone out of my purse and thumbed up my saved messages.  "They're working to track down the man she was involved with." See Mac bluff. Better than See Mac run. Way better than See Mac get her stupid self killed.
I glanced at my watch.  Indecision over my outfit was making me late for my midnight appointment with Barrons.  I wasn't going to have time to dash to the church down the street and dab holy water at my wrists and behind my ears: my version of Eau de Don'tbiteme


Very Good! I would recommend this book! 4 STARS



Blogger The Slowest Bookworm said...

Like you, I've never really fancied the series, but with all the recent hype I'm beginning to feel that 'I want' and I'm sure Amazon will be getting an order from me too soon.

Great review Amy. Thanks for your thoughts.

January 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I love this series and I have read all of the books except the newest one which I can't wait to read!

January 26, 2011 at 12:12 PM  
OpenID deannalynnc said...

I am soooo happy to see that you are going to continue with the series. I felt the same way about the first book that it dragged on and on and I couldn't figure out what everyone saw in Barrons...I honestly still couldn't in the second book either...but he gets better! :-)

I can't wait to see your thoughts on the rest of the books!

Sorry I haven't been by your blog in awhile, trying to get in the groove of school.

January 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} said...

Welcome to the fever LOL

I started loving this books VERY slowly LOL

I actually hate those scenes with V'Lane... I find him gross LOL oh well =P

Great review hon!

January 26, 2011 at 9:26 PM  

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