Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Book Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Darkfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publish Date: October 2006
Personal Rating: 4 stars

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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 Review:
I am re-reading this book as I got stopped after book two in the series quite a long time ago and in an effort to finish the series, I decided to start over. I’m glad I did as I don’t think I sufficiently read and enjoyed this book as much the first time as I did this second time.

This book was a quick read for me and not too heavy on the world building and all the different types of creatures. I was able to keep track of all the types of creatures and “things”. What I liked best about the book is the two main characters MacKayla Lane (Mac) and Jericho Barrons and their interactions. .

Mac is naive to all of this fae action and Barrons is the teacher so to speak. I love their relationship together. Mac is trying to be strong and on her own, Barrons having all the knowledge is trying to help her. Neither one is willing to show that they care or would like to be cared for, especially each other. I’ve found myself giggling at their antics back and forth. Every situation they get into does lend itself to humor. One pushes and the other pushes back.

Mac is a southern gal and her ways make her stand out among the Irish, but definitely among the underworld. Trying to fit in is something of a chore for her, but she soon figures out how important the change is needed.

And the best part of the book is that Jericho lives in his bookstore. Ahh, wouldn’t that be amazing. When I first read the book, I was thinking big like Borders or Barnes and Nobles stores, but now I’m thinking more chic and warm, the bookstore sleek and long, with the living quarters behind. I don’t know, I just think it would be awesome.

Favorite Quote from the book:
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. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with. Case in point, those darned Harry Potter movies. That was so not what that part-Veela-chick, Fleur Delacour, looked like.

Moning, Karen Marie (2006-10-31). Darkfever: The Fever Series (pp. 34-35). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

What to Read Next?
I haven’t read a lot of Urban Fantasy nor have I read any other of Karen Marie Moning’s books, but I think I would suggest to read her Highlander series as the reviews rave on and on. From reading this book, I definitely think the author can write and who doesn’t love a highlander.


  1. I absolutely looooved this series. I bought all five of them at once, and I was very glad I did.

    Haven't read her Highlanders series though, but I'm quite sure I'll enjoy those too. Moning is an amazing writer (:

  2. This sounds good. I like that Jericho lives in his bookstore and I like the quote you shared here :)

  3. Ahhh, I love the Fever books!! You should stick with it, Shadowfever was incredible! Those 5 books are by far my favorite I've ever read.
    If you like those, try some of the Highlander books. It's a series (7 or 8 books), but you don't really have to read them in order. Kiss of the Highlander and Immortal Highlander are my faves :)