Friday, September 21, 2012

Review: Darkfever (Fever #1)

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Fever Series #1
Published October 1st 2006 by Dell

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, mysterious 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.
I have been very anxious to get started with The Fever Series and see what all the fuss is about. It's now 5 past midnight and I just finished the last chapter of Darkfever. Since I am heading out tomorrow to pick up, book 2,  Bloodfever, I can honestly say I feel the need to know how the rest of the story will unfold. However, while I can say I enjoyed some parts of Darkfever, other parts were...well, I guess frustrating would be a good word. Or annoying. Or even a bit confusing at times.

Darkfever tells the story of MacKayla Lane or 'Mac' as she likes to be called and her discovery that she has the gift (or curse?) of being a sidhe-seer; a person who can see the Fae. It was very difficult for me to relate to Mac, especially during the first half of the book. She's a self described Barbie girl and she loves her perfect little life, with her perfect blonde hair and her perfect body. If you ask me, author Karen Marie Moning gave one too many descriptions on how perfect Mac looks; and how perfect Mac knows she is. It's just not the type of thing that endears me to a heroine...or any of her problems. At first, I was also kind off annoyed at how Mac refused to believe anything about the strange new world she is now a part of. To me the facts were staring her right in the face and she was being so obstinate about everything. Mac herself called it an 'ostrich-tendency' and I think that redeemed her a bit for me - hey, at least she has no illusions about herself of her ignorance. I'm not much for plastic Barbie girls but at least she wasn't going around oblivious to the fact that she is a Barbie girl, right? On the other hand, I admired Mac's determination, stubbornness and courage as the eventually came into focus. So yeah, to say I have mixed feelings here would be an understatement >.<

Moning's writing style is certainly interesting though. Darkfever is told in first person and as Mac relays her story she sometimes alludes to things to come; or hints at the outcome of a tense scene before beginning to tell it; it definitely works at keeping the reader's interest. And if you're an insanely curious type (like me), it might also drive you crazy sometimes too. I thought the Fae-lore was very original, even if it was confusing at times with the spelling versus pronunciation for certain terms, but you quickly get the hang of it all. As the story moves forward, things definitely get more engrossing. Mac 1.0 evolves into Mac 2.0 and I have to say Mac 2.0 kicks her earlier versions ass. I really enjoyed the progress she made as a character and look forward to see where it will go from here.

Darkfever is a decidedly adult book. Mac gets into some pretty racy situations right from the word go and the male characters like Barrons and V'lane are dark and overtly-sexual characters. The language and writing style follow the same theme as well, so, you've been warned!  This was my first adult paranormal experience so I wasn't sure what to expect. Despite my issues with some of Mac's less-endearing character traits,   I'm still anxious to see what's next for her and how the story will grow from here.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


  1. I felt the same when I read the first one! This is one of those series where you have to get past the set up of the first one before it really takes off.

  2. OMG you are so right Ann, you really do have to get passed the set up. Even by the end of this one, I could feel it was building towards something better. I tried to get that point across to one of my Goodreads friends who gave-up on this one...I don't think she believed me ;-)


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