Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever

Librarian Note: Alternate/new cover edition for ISBN# 9780440240983."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 d...

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Darkfever Reviews

  • Shannon

    Moning has created a fascinating new world for her characters to play in. Unfortunately it's those characters that really brought down this novel for me.

    Moning has created a fascinating new world for her characters to play in. Unfortunately it's those characters that really brought down this novel for me.

    She leaves her grieving parents behind to try to find out what happened to her sister. She thinks she can do better than the police yet her main thought throughout the novel is what color nail polish she should wear. On top of the nail polish, Mac constantly worries about her appearance; her clothes, hair, and make-up are the only thing she seems to care about.

    She says that just because she likes pink and has blond hair it doesn't mean she's Barbie, but she never really seems to act anything but dumb and naive.

    Her actions around him are ridiculous, and at one point when he brings up her dead sister she yells, "

    ", and yes, it's printed like that in the book.

    Not much better than Mac,

    Unfortunately on top of the abuse,

    I couldn't get a feel for him as a person and I was only left with a deep dislike of him and his actions. There's nothing good about him to latch onto, aside from the fact that he's supposed to be the ubiquitous "tall, dark, and handsome." I'm dreading reading about him as a love interest because I'm not sure if I can distance this Barrons from any future incarnation I come across.

    , at least he displayed some not entirely self-serving motives.

    These two characters are really an unfortunate creation in a very unique and interesting world.

    The Fae are scary and disgusting and I really got a feel for the streets of Dublin that Mac walked up and down, surprisingly not getting killed. I like Moning's ideas and the lore she weaves into the story.

    She's telling the story through Mac's eyes, as though it's already happened. So there's parts where Mac will say (I'm paraphrasing), "I would later find out that he was lying but at this point I believed him," or "this was where my life really changed" - she does this throughout the whole book.

    I can understand using this in a prologue to set things up but I don't want to know things that the character doesn't even know yet!

    I already own the second book so I'll continue with this series against my better judgment.

    Update: I've also read Bloodfever now, so here's

    .

  • Kat Kennedy

    Series Overview

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    Mr. Kennedy's thoughts on the Fever series (Please note, there will be spoilers):

    Mr. Kennedy is standing around shirtless, wanting to discuss some of the aspects of the Fever series. I find it hard to concentrate.

    Me: So what's your favourite part of the Fever series so far (H

    Series Overview

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    That or, you know, you want to watch my video review.

    Mr. Kennedy's thoughts on the Fever series (Please note, there will be spoilers):

    Mr. Kennedy is standing around shirtless, wanting to discuss some of the aspects of the Fever series. I find it hard to concentrate.

    Me: So what's your favourite part of the Fever series so far (He has read up to Dreamfever):

    Mr Kennedy: I definitely like Mac better now. She isn't as boring. But she's still doing her inner monologue. That's still really - I mean, it just doesn't end. Does she ever stop doing that?

    Me: No.

    Mr Kennedy: Well, fine, but the sex is really good. That shit was hot.

    Me: *Awkward silence* She got raped.

    Mr Kennedy: What?! No!

    *Interview interruption as Mr. Kennedy goes to check*

    Mr Kennedy: Well, that's really embarrassing.

    Me: It's okay, honey.

    Mr Kennedy: I'm not a rapist.

    Me: I know that.

    Mr Kennedy: I mean, I thought it was sexy cause she seemed to like it. You know, like with V'lane.

    Me: Yeah. So, moving on. What do you think about Barrons.

    Mr Kennedy: Definitely the King of the Unseelie. I want that down on paper that I already figured it out.

    Me: Right...

    Mr Kennedy: Wait, did you add in the rapist thing? I don't want everyone thinking I'm a rapist. That's really embarrassing!

    Me: Don't worry, babe. I won't add that part in.

    Mr Kennedy: Good. So yeah, I like Barrons. He's cool.

    Me: Oh, do you have a crush on him now?

    Mr Kennedy: Yeah, you wish I did. Then you could watch us make out.

    Me: Shut up!

    Mr Kennedy: You're blushing! Write down that you're blushing! You want me to make out with Barrons! You want us to *profanities excluded*.

    Mr Kennedy is falcon punched and wrestled down to finish the interview.

    Me: What do you think of V'lane:

    Mr Kennedy: That guy? He's a douche. I don't like men that try to buy people's affection. I mean, I get that he's supposed to be alien and everything but he's just trying to buy Mac with favours. That's stupid.

    Me: Who do you think Mac's going to end up with?

    Mr Kennedy: Barrons. No contest.

    Me: You'd pick Barrons over V'lane?

    Mr Kennedy: Is the right answer going to lead to sexy times? Oh shit. You're imagining us together right now, aren't you? You're so freaky.

    Me: I am NOT!

    Me: So, how do you think it's all going to end?

    Mr Kennedy: I think Mac is a fae princess. It's been alluded to. And it would be a flip out if Barrons was her father! That would just be creepy as. It isn't that hard to figure it out. Am I right? You know I'm right.

    Me: Yes, darling, you're totally, totally right.

    *The End*

    My overall review of this series is that I really, really enjoy it. This series is addictive like crack.

    Most certainly, it isn't a perfect set of novels. In fact, there are many aspects of it that would annoy me in other novels such as the sexualization of violence against Mac and the romanticizing of an overtly aggressive alpha male.

    But my hormones demanded that I put these criticisms aside because... manflesh! Pretty, pretty manflesh! Yes, I too can be reduced to a quivering mass of lust induced hysteria.

    The world building is great, the characterization is pretty good, the story line is interesting and involving.

    All up, I recommend this series if you're looking for an Urban Fantasy to sink your teeth into.

  • Tatiana

    Yep, still addictive.

    If you haven't been coerced/begged by me into reading this series yet, IDK where you were last month (maybe away from Goodreads?). If you still don't know that these books are awesome and totally worth your time, this is my last attempted to lure you into giving them a chance. However the main purpose of this update is just to follow up on the outcome of this particular series. So many crash and burn in the process, lose their steam and beco

    Yep, still addictive.

    If you haven't been coerced/begged by me into reading this series yet, IDK where you were last month (maybe away from Goodreads?). If you still don't know that these books are awesome and totally worth your time, this is my last attempted to lure you into giving them a chance. However the main purpose of this update is just to follow up on the outcome of this particular series. So many crash and burn in the process, lose their steam and become a waste of time. Not so here.

    books are fantastic from the 1st to the last. This series is a great adventure full of mystery, action, intrigue, intricate fae mythology, sexy guys, and hawt schmexing. I am now going to add an extra star to all my

    reviews for meeting my expectations and not disappointing me in the end.

    I am no expert on urban fantasy and will not waste any time on analyzing the quality of writing of this genre book, I am just going to say that

    's standard mix of ass-kicking heroine/amusing cast of secondary characters/lore/mystery/paranormal hunks worked for me.

    MacKayla Lane is a 22-year old blonde southern belle/bartender/part-time student who peacefully lives with her parents in a small Georgia town. Mac's life is turned upside down when she learns her older sister Alina is brutally murdered in Dublin, Ireland. The search for the murderer is fruitless and after uncovering Alina's last cryptic voice message, Mac decides to go to Ireland and try to push the murder investigation in the right direction. In Dublin MacKayla immediately finds herself thrown into a world of Faery and learns she has a powerful connection to this world...

    The first thing that drew me to this book was the narrator - MacKayla. My last couple of attempts to explore the genre of urban fantasy were unsuccessful mainly because I couldn't stomach the protagonists. After enduring wimpy and boring Mercy Thompson (

    ) and perpetually gloomy and defiant Kate Daniels (

    ), reading MacKayla's "voice" was a relief. She is not particularly smart or strong, but there is a certain lightness about her, and the fact that Mac is not traumatized by some past events is a breath of fresh air too. So many UF heroines, almost as a rule, are some kind of recovering victims. Luckily, Mac isn't one of them.

    The lore and the setting are enjoyable too.

    builds her fairy world on Irish lore and I think succeeds in it. Her fae are interesting, with their various abilities to feed on humans' beauty, to make their unwitting victims sexually aroused, etc.

    What might turn off some readers:

    1) This book doesn't have a conclusive ending.

    is simply a first chapter in Moning's 5-part story whose major conflict will be resolved in the last book -

    - out December 2010. Only a few story threads are wrapped up in this installment.

    2) Lack of romance. It doesn't mean there are no hotties to swoon over however (mysterious Jericho Barrons and ruthless Fae prince Vlane are both irresistibly alluring), but at this point Mac is with neither of these guys.

    Overall, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was fast-paced, filled with entertaining characters and interesting lore. I will definitely read at least the next book in the series -

    .

  • Emily May

    I finished this book with two clear ambitions in mind:

    1. I wanted to jump on the next flight to Dublin.

    2. I wanted to sandwich myself between Jericho Barrons & V'lane (preferably naked).

    Let's just say that this is one of the most addictive stories I've read in a long time; even as I write this review, the second in the series is on it's way to me courtesy of Amazon.

    It just has... everything. A crime mystery, a fantasy world steeped in history and folklore, and the kind of men that you would

    I finished this book with two clear ambitions in mind:

    1. I wanted to jump on the next flight to Dublin.

    2. I wanted to sandwich myself between Jericho Barrons & V'lane (preferably naked).

    Let's just say that this is one of the most addictive stories I've read in a long time; even as I write this review, the second in the series is on it's way to me courtesy of Amazon.

    It just has... everything. A crime mystery, a fantasy world steeped in history and folklore, and the kind of men that you would hate in real life but are the most erotic thing imaginable in literature. I can't believe I've waited so long before starting this series!

  • Jeaniene Frost

    Rating is for the entire Fever series. Fast-paced and action packed, I plowed through all five books in a week.

  • Navessa

    …all two of you…

    It’s no secret that Fever is my favorite series of all time. This is my third re-read of it and the entire reason I first decided to give these books another go was to force myself to attempt to properly review them and not just drool over Jericho Barrons for five pages.

    Mmmmm, Jericho, om nom nom nom nom nom.

    Damn it, there I go again. Anywho, there are a lot of reasons that I love this series aside from the male lead. I’m going to go with a

    …all two of you…

    It’s no secret that Fever is my favorite series of all time. This is my third re-read of it and the entire reason I first decided to give these books another go was to force myself to attempt to properly review them and not just drool over Jericho Barrons for five pages.

    Mmmmm, Jericho, om nom nom nom nom nom.

    Damn it, there I go again. Anywho, there are a lot of reasons that I love this series aside from the male lead. I’m going to go with a numbered list here as it seems to be the only way to make sense of all my

    .

    Our narrator and MC, MacKayla Lane, has been through hell. You know this from page one, line one, where she says:

    This series is told in retrospect and because of this we, the readers, get all sorts of ominous warnings throughout it along the lines of “If I had only known”, “One day those words would come back to haunt me”, “He’d never let me forget that fact” and so on.

    While I loved this series the first time I read it, I didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have. Only upon my first re-read did I really grasp the genius of KMM. I noticed so many minute details that hinted at things to come and all those warnings made complete sense because I now knew what she was referencing. Ms. Moning must have had the entire thing planned out in advance, how else can you explain all the hidden gems I’ve stumbled across? Even now, on my FOURTH read of this series, I’m still noticing things I didn’t pick up on before.

    I love her. I was behind her from page one, line one. In fact, I’ve never

    loved her. This is because, on a lot of levels, I

    her. Because I used to be her.

    When I was Mac's age, I too was a sunshine girl, a rainbow girl. I used to wear beautiful dresses to work, spent hours on my outward appearance, accessorized to the nines and always tried to be nice to people. I even had a propensity for the words “sir” and “ma’am”. And I got all sorts of comments about that. My hair in that photo is actually a little darker than I normally kept it because after a while, you get sort of sick of hearing people compare you to Paris Hilton. Do I look anything like her? No. Did people still whisper that shit all the time? Yes. Why? Maybe because I was blonde and I liked colorful clothes. Maybe because they’re assholes. I couldn’t really tell you.

    What those people failed to realize was that I'd been taking martial arts since I was old enough to throw a punch, and that the pretty little matching purse I clutched in my perfectly manicured nails held a five inch blade that I could hit you in the chest with from twenty feet away. Even if you dodged and the blade somehow missed I could probably break five joints or bones in your body before you realized what had happened.

    *grins*

    I think what people fail to realize about Mac is that she’s exactly the same way. Oh sure, she might talk about how much she likes to accessorize and has a propensity for the color pink but you have to look deeper than that. What’s the first thing she thinks about after she emerges from the haze of grief caused by her sister’s murder? Vengeance. Mac’s makeup is her war-paint. Her clothes are her chainmail.

    Perfection. On every level. There’s not one point in this book that I felt like KMM was info dumping. In part that’s because the reader is learning about the world as Mac is learning. Instead of filling page upon page of the potentially boring conversations between Mac and Barrons, KMM has Mac record the necessities in her journal. Brilliant!

    The fae lore, the sidhe-seers and even the OOPs are revealed piece by pertinent piece. You’re given just enough to fully understand what’s going on in each scene but are constantly waiting for more.

    I’ve never been. Before reading this series, I sort of wanted to go. There were definitely a lot of European cities higher up on my list of places I had to visit before I die. After reading Fever?

    The city transcends a backdrop and becomes a character itself. The Temple Bar District, the fictional dead-zones, even the Garda station jumped off of the pages at me. I had a perfect image in my mind of each one and when I Googled most of them afterwards, I was shocked by just how similar the real images were to the ones I’d imagined.

    I want to spend a week there and explore it all. I want to get lost in the south side amongst the liberals and the elite and then cross the river Liffey and mingle with the blue collar Catholic Irish. I want to drink Guinness and try to figure out just what the hell people are saying. I want to eat stew and listen to faery tales.

    A lot of people picture David Gandy for JZB. Fuck that shit. Yes, I said it. His eyes are too light. He’s too frigging pretty. JZB is darker, more carnal, purely sexual and intensely masculine. Only one man comes to mind when I think of him:

    The best way I know to describe him to those who have yet to meet him is self-contained. Every move he makes has a purpose, every sentence he speaks is full of meaning. He is the bearer of hard truths. When Mac would rather hide in the comfort of a convenient lie, he grabs her by the throat and forces her to face reality.

    He’s an unapologetic asshole. He’s cutthroat, mercenary, dangerous.

    I blame evolution for my attraction to him. Some lesser evolved part of my brain reads about Jericho Barrons and thinks “That man could not only defend your young but would happily slaughter anyone that even thought of threatening you.” He makes my cavewoman stand up and take notice.

    In closing, I doubt I can ever really explain just why this series is my favorite but I hope the above has begun to do it some sort of justice.

  • Khanh (the meanie)

    Buddy read with a

    of friends.

    This is how it feels right now: everyone is on Team Jericho:

    And then we have me:

    Pic courtesy of

    . Thanks, Cory. You shouldn't have. No, really, you shouldn't have.

    This fucking book.

    I don't even know how to go about describing my love/hate relationship with this book. Actually, it is mostly hate. I hated every single character in this book, and yet I willingly read on anyway. I don't understand it at all. It is the equivalent of watching midget porn, not tha

    Buddy read with a

    of friends.

    This is how it feels right now: everyone is on Team Jericho:

    And then we have me:

    Pic courtesy of

    . Thanks, Cory. You shouldn't have. No, really, you shouldn't have.

    This fucking book.

    I don't even know how to go about describing my love/hate relationship with this book. Actually, it is mostly hate. I hated every single character in this book, and yet I willingly read on anyway. I don't understand it at all. It is the equivalent of watching midget porn, not that I actually watch midget porn, it's just an example. WHATEVER. The point is, it's ugly, it is horrifying, it is disgusting, but you just can't bring yourself to look away.

    I give this book too little credit, I feel, in my rant over my hatred of Jericho and MacKayla. It truly is a well-written book. It is a testament to how good it is when the characters evoke such emotions within me, that I feel that they are realistic, complex, believable characters. The mythology is based upon the fae, the Tuatha de Danaan. It is beautifully written and a credit to the author that I loved it this much despite how much I disliked the main characters.

    Praises over, it's time for me to go off on how much I HATE JERICHO AND MAC.

    I hated MacKayla's immaturity and prissiness, improbable action and TSTL behavior. I don't care if you're a Southern Miss. You are a grown-ass woman. You can fucking curse when you want to. I was raised to be a lady by my mother, too, my very proper Asian mother who is as stringent (and astringent) on proper behavior as much as a Southern mom. I would die before I use bad language before my mother. Behind her back, I curse like a fucking sailor. I use language that would make the most hardened soul blush. Stupid little Mac with her "petunias" and her "fudge-buckets" and her multitude of platitudes for curses. Fuck you. You're an adult. Act like it.

    Guess what, honey? That's actually an accurate stereotype and a stupid statement to make because throughout the book, you act exactly like a brainless Barbie the majority of the time. I admire her initiative, she's out to solve her sister's murder. I get that, I sympathize, I absolutely do. I have a sister of my own, a little sister; I would jump through hellfire for her. I understand Mac's anger, her need for closure, and to an extent, her grief.

    You can bet your

    ass that I would damn well investigate my sister's mysterious death, if she were to die.

    You sure about that, Mac?

    Ok, Jericho is supposed to be hot? You know who else is considered hot? Serial killers like Richard Ramirez and Jeffrey Dahmer. And as for stalkery behavior, he's got Edward Cullen beat. And Mr. Sparkles is less of an asshat.

    I know there's a lot of people out there who find Jericho attractive; I can't comprehend it. He is larger-than-life, true, he has a magnetic presence, true. But I am the type who likes a gentleman, a gentle man, Jericho is not. There is rarely a moment of softness with him. He is the alpha male of alpha males. You know those monsters that jump out of a haunted house and goes BOO? That's Jericho. He constantly jumps close to Mac and scares the shit out of her. It gets old.

    . I do not find him remotely romantic, it does not get my panties wet. Nope nope nope.

    Characters aside, this was a very well-written book. The description of the dark, damp, dreary environment of Ireland I did love the incorporation of Celtic myth, of the portrayal of the fae. They are not fairies, as initially believed by Mac. They are horrendous, rotting, foul creatures. Outwardly beautiful, like the spectacular

    V'lane, they are inwardly manipulative, and disgustingly sexually abusive. They literally suck the life out of a person, stealing their outward beauty and inner spirit. I loved the portrayal of the dark side, the horrifying side, of the world of fae. It is a complete 180 from the wonderfully bright and beautiful world of fairies about which I have read in the past.

    Reluctantly recommended by me.

  • Regan

    Totally addicting, could not put it down!

  • Candace

    Having now finished this book that came so highly recommended, I have to admit that what I feel mostly is indifference. I wanted to love it, but I didn't. That being said, I didn't dislike it either. The problem was that I just didn't care a whole lot one way or the other.

    The story is about a young woman, MacKayla, that goes to Ireland to play detective after the death of her sister. In no time, she's uncovered a whole new reality, full of supernatural beings that she had only thought existed in

    Having now finished this book that came so highly recommended, I have to admit that what I feel mostly is indifference. I wanted to love it, but I didn't. That being said, I didn't dislike it either. The problem was that I just didn't care a whole lot one way or the other.

    The story is about a young woman, MacKayla, that goes to Ireland to play detective after the death of her sister. In no time, she's uncovered a whole new reality, full of supernatural beings that she had only thought existed in fairytales. The more clues she unearths, the more she begins to wonder if she's following in her sister's footsteps.

    Along the way, she partners up with Jericho, who is looking for the same ancient book that MacKayla is. The sexual tension is off the charts between these two. However, MacKayla doesn't know if she can really trust him or not.

    There is a fair amount of action/adventure in this book and it is relatively suspenseful. I would have liked more romance, but it just wasn't that type of book. It is the first book in a series, so that may change as the series progresses.

    Although the story was just kind of "okay" for me, I did think that the narration was done well. So often when I listen to audiobooks, the narrators butcher a southern accent. Often times, it ruins the entire story for me as I want to cringe and cover my ears. Finally, somebody got it right!

    Overall, I give it 3-stars. I would have given the narration 4 or 5-stars though. It was a nice story to pass some time, but I didn't love it like most of my friends did.

  • Katerina

    Allow me to explain by posing some questions.

    You were warned that you are going to learn how to kill Fae. What do you wear?

    a)

    lavender shorts with matching top and high heels-oh my God is that

    on your clothes?

    b)Something cozy you wouldn't mind throwing away later because, you know, mutilated bodies and stuff.

    c) Does it even matter? Just give me the dagger!

    You just realiz

    Allow me to explain by posing some questions.

    You were warned that you are going to learn how to kill Fae. What do you wear?

    a)

    lavender shorts with matching top and high heels-oh my God is that

    on your clothes?

    b)Something cozy you wouldn't mind throwing away later because, you know, mutilated bodies and stuff.

    c) Does it even matter? Just give me the dagger!

    You just realized your sister's killer may be hiding in the dark neighbourhood that is inhabited by a caste of Fae that suck your life force until the only thing left of you is dried skin. What do you do?

    a) Head straight to darkness without telling anyone because you're so badass that Fae should be running away from you.

    b) Run to the opposite direction.

    c) Make a solid plan and get some help.

    You found out that the world is in danger and for reasons unknown you are one of the few who can help. Put your priorities in order:

    a) Pink nail-polish, hormones, fate of the world.

    b) Hormones, fate of the world, pink nail-polish.

    c) Fate of the world, hormones, pink nail-what?

    Yeap, you guessed right. Dearest Mac's answers were solid A's. If you like your heroines

    -like, you're going to love her. She had her moments of course, but she was

    to the core. I can understand her reservations to believe in the extraordinary, her reluctance to accept her destiny and her need for closure after her sister's murder, but that's it. I can't justify every single stupid decision she made (and trust me, they were many), and her fixation on her appearance when everything was falling apart, but hey! if you are killed in your sleep you should at least be fashionable, right?

    I think, though, that I started off the wrong way. Because

    was actually a

    ! As you can already tell, it follows the adventures of Mac, whose sister was brutally murdered in Ireland and so she decided to travel there and find the answers she was denied. But there is something ominous in the streets of Dublin, and she soon encounters creatures that came straight out of nightmares, she searches for objects of dark magic and gets in the middle of the ancient war between Men and Fae, a war that is about to be rekindled. She doesn't know who to trust. The most obvious choice is the sensual stranger who has saved her life a couple of times, but has many secrets and seems to use her for his own purposes. There is only one thing she knows for sure: the Mackayla Lane who first arrived in Ireland is not the same Mackayla Lane that will leave. If she leaves at all.

    That is

    's Darkfever, and it deserves all the hype around it. Setting aside my huge dislike of Mac, I loved this wonderful and intricate world, with its

    , its

    and its strong

    element. The narration, with its ominous warnings, the foreshadowing and the way Mac talked to the reader made me even more curious about the events to come. Fae have always been fascinating, and this sinister version of them made Darkfever repulsing and seductive at the same time. And there was also

    .

    This man is clouded in mystery, he oozes sexuality, and he's not scared of letting Mac know what he thinks about her. The tension between them is so thick you can cut it with a knife, and I am certain explosions and earthquakes will take place in the next books. Well, count me in!

    All in all, Darkfever is a

    , and I'm looking forward to returning to Dublin's dark streets!


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