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

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Review: Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie MoningDarkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning
Published by Delacorte Press on October 31, 2006
Genres: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: eBook (382 pages)
Source: Library
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"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.


Proceed With Caution:

This book contains murder, graphic images, violence, and mentions of rape.

The Basics:

Darkfever is narrated by twenty-two year old MacKayla Lane aka Mac. After her sister is murdered, she travels from Georgia to Dublin, Ireland to find out who killed her and why. Upon arrival, she quickly realizes that her sister was involved in something much bigger and much deadlier than Mac could ever imagine.

My Thoughts:

I originally read this almost exactly nine years ago! Time flies! I’ve been wanting to reread this series for a long time, and now seemed like the perfect time since the eleventh book was coming soon (out now!). So I picked up Darkfever once again and was very pleasantly surprised; I liked it more this time around!

I remember being annoyed with Mac my first time reading Darkfever, but this time I actually liked her a lot. She’s loyal and brave and much smarter than she gets credit for. Sure she may look like the stereotypical dumb blonde, always dressed in pink and sparkles, but this girl has brains and sass! She’s an avid reader which shows in the way she speaks. She also loves deeply which is evident in her flying across the world alone to avenge her sister. She’s also quite resourceful and people savvy as she handles Barrons to the best of her ability. She’s just all around great!

The one thing that did still annoy me about Darkfever was all of Mac’s foreshadowing. She regularly breaks the fourth wall (which is fine, it makes the narrative much more conversational) and then tells us how she “should have known” or would “later learn” and all that. Even once she mentions that it’s been a year since she arrived in Dublin, despite us only being with her for a week! It’s quite distracting and a bit disorienting when it comes up.

Aside from that, Darkfever is just a good time. It’s dark and sexy. There are plenty of dated references which were funny to read (who remembers having a Nokia brick phone?). It sets a great tone for the following books and I find myself reinvested in Mac and Barron’s mission to locate the Sinsar Dubh and stop the dark fae from destroying our world!

Quotes from Darkfever:

I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there’s a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style, park your own car out front. (page 34)

“What they have, Ms. Lane, is a very precise language. If you think about it a moment, you’ll see it makes sense; case in point, if you’re making sense, you’ve just unmade confusion.” (page 147)

“It is what I am. I am every erotic dream you’ve ever had and a thousand more you’ve never thought of. I am sex that will turn you inside out and burn you down to ashes.” It smiled. “And if I choose, I can make you whole again.” (page 153)

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