Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Posted 8 August, 2011 by Amanda / 20 Comments

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (Fever, #1) ]
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Received: ebook from Tara
Read: 7/21/2011 — 7/22/2011
In Six Words:  Holds promise of a great series.

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Book Order

1. Darkfever 
2. Bloodfever
3. Faefever
4. Dreamfever
5. Shadowfever


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….
-from Goodreads

Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts

Darkfever is another one of those books that everyone has read, and I haven’t.  To celebrate my first Friday free in over two months, and the release of a sex scene written from Barrons’ point of view (which, at the time I am writing this review, I have not read) I figured I better get this series started.  It was originally recommended to me by Tara @ 25 Hour Books, who has told me I must keep reading because the Fever series only gets better, and I’ve also been bullied a little by Ash @ Smash Attack Reads! to read Darkfever.  So I did.  Apparently, I am susceptible to peer pressure.  But I truly enjoyed Darkfever so no need to get worried, as no one got hurt.  Although I have heard that the first book in the Fever series is the most difficult one, I was held by the promise of a fantastic series throughout the entire book.

A More In-Depth Look

I fell into the conversational narrating style by Mac very easily, and I did not even pause long enough to notice that Darkfever is written in first person until I was 50% of the way through the book.  Even though I am coming around to first person POV, it is usually an aspect of any book that catches my attention relatively quickly.  Darkfever just sucked me in, and deposited me into Mac’s world without much conscious thought involved.  I like when books consume me in this fashion, and although I experienced a slight lull toward the end of Darkfever, I do not think this lull affected my final opinion, as Mac always held future knowledge over our heads as though she is recounting a story from the past, and teasing us to continue reading.  And I would have continued reading this book in a single day, but my eyes wouldn’t cooperate, and I pretty much passed out about two-thirds of the way through Darkfever.  Not even a good book is worthy foe for an exhausting week.

There is still a lot to learn about both Mac and Barrons.  I think that is part of why I liked Darkfever; we are slowly introduced to the Fae and what possible havoc they could wreak on the world (and what they’re already doing to Dublin), but at the same time, we are only slightly more clueless than Mac is herself.  And it is entirely possible the information Mac withholds from us is knowledge gained from hindsight.  I read full well knowing that my questions would likely not be answered in this first book, but that they would be answered eventually.  I’m okay with that.  Mac, though somewhat annoying in her ability to skip over descriptions, was likable enough to draw me into her consistently unraveling world.  And Barrons is incredibly enigmatic, which I love.  LOVE.  I find myself more interested in learning Barrons’ secrets than Mac’s.  But then, Mac freely gives information about herself; Barrons would hold onto his secrets like a selfish child who was never taught how to share his toys, and attempting to extract these secrets would result in tantrums.  But they would be very manly, sexy, and [possibly] deadly tantrums.

Favorite Quotes

“After two weeks, my teary fog started to lift a little.  I didn’t stop hurting.  I think I just finally expelled the last drop of moisture from my body that wasn’t absolutely necessary to keep me alive.”  — This is how grief feels.  The tears stop, but the pain doesn’t.  Your pain never goes away; you just get used to carrying it around.

“I love books, by the way, way more than movies.  Movies tell you want to think.  A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself.” — Exactly how I feel.

“There are really only two positions one can take toward anything in life: hope or fear.  Hope strengthens, fear kills.”

You Might Like This Book If…

Darkfever is a dark urban fantasy that is heavier on mystery and intrigue than ass kicking, although I suspect the ass kicking is soon to come.

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20 Responses to “Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning”

  1. Oh, good god. Please tell me you are not just read this series now?! where have you been, girl?! Well I suppose it’s good to start now rather than before. I went insane after book 4’s ending and the release date for the next book was teasing me, ” na-na-na-na-na” you can’t read me for a year! DAMN DAMN DAMN!!!!

    But awesome Series! Barrons = hottest Alpha male ever! Ultimate Alpha male! =DDDDDD

    • :( I have been in grad school for the past two years and since I just started reading paranormal books in March, I’ve only had about a full month of being able to read — not nearly enough to start and finish all the fabulous paranormal series out there. Is that a good enough excuse? =P

  2. I totally agree – Barrons is the most delish Alpha male I’ve encountered in books since… well, since EVER.

    You’re gonna love this series, it only gets better with each book. It took me awhile to get through the first book, but I read 2-5 in two days. No, there wasn’t much sleep during those two days.

    • I actually thought the second book wasn’t as good as the first (my review of that will be posted on Wednesday), but I still need to read the rest of the series. :)

  3. So happy you are starting this series. It is pretty magnificent and way addictive. I got on the Fever train late too so I’m happy more people are hopping aboard! KMM is a master at cliffhangers so I highly suggest you always have the next book handy…


    • I finished the second book and then stopped because I had to focus on school. :( I’ll get back to it soon, though. Promise.

  4. Amanda, get ready, because I’m gonna be all over your brain on these reviews. I’m really interested in your take. For example, I found Mac/Moning to be really repetitious, and that frustrated me to no end. Beware, I rant about it often, which in turn, makes me repetitious. Ha!

    It’s obvious to me now that a person could pick up this series at book 2 and not miss a damn thing.

    It’s a good thing you are feeling patience in your search for answers. Other complaints I have regarding this series were the cliffhanger endings and lack of answers. You don’t have to worry about the gaps since all the books are now out, but man, did it put me in a rage.

    But then again, I love it when stories affect me that much. It’s great.

    • I’d probably be angrier at the books if I didn’t have most of them already. I rule the cliffhangers rather than the other way around. Although I definitely didn’t like the second book as much as the first.

    • Nothing! It’s kind of fun holding out on the books that everyone has read. The discussion on my reviews have been awesome for the books I’m catching up on. :)