Sunday, 16 September 2012

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever (Fever, #1)

Blurb (from Goodreads):
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….

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Darkfever (Fever, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Books4Reviews!)
22-year-old MacKayla just had the worse experience of her life – her sister was murdered and she had to go and identify her mangled body. But now the police over in Dublin want to put the case on a back-burner because they have no leads, and Mac can’t bear to let that happen.

Quitting her job and taking every penny she has with her, Mac leaves her grieving parents and travels to Dublin where her sister was studying, intent on finding her sister’s killer. What she doesn’t expect though is the strange things that begin happening to her when she begins making enquires about something her sister said she was looking for in her last ever message to her – the Sinsar Dubh.

Suddenly pulled into a world where the fae are a strange and menacing reality, Mac must try and solve her sister’s murder, whilst at the same time preventing her own. What was it that Alina was trying to tell her though? And will she fall into the same trap?

I enjoyed this book, although considering that it was set in Dublin, I didn’t get much of an Irish vibe from the scene setting. I’ve been to Dublin and I can’t say that the places that Mac visited reminded me of Ireland at all, and although she commented on people using the word ‘Craic’ (pronounced ‘crack’ and meaning fun) she didn’t comment on the fact that Irish people also like to say ‘that’s grand’ and ‘t’anks a million’, so the whole Irish thing was kind of lacking.
Also, Mac commented on areas of the city that she called ‘dark spots’, abandoned areas where shades (lowest caste of unseelie fae) prey on humans and eat them! Mac says that these areas have been forgotten, and that they are not even on current maps! How bizarre is that? How can nobody notice a huge great chunk of space in a city like Dublin where nobody ever ventures? Bit odd.

Anyway, other than the Irish thing, and the dark zones thing, I liked the characters, I liked the storyline, it was a bit dull in places, but then action packed a few pages later. Mac reminded me a lot of Sookie Stackhouse, probably in part because she was southern too, but she had a lot of the same ideals about clothing and food and stuff, she also ended up dealing with supernaturals too!

This book did shock me in places though, mainly because it ran along in a very YA, PG13 sort of way, and then suddenly, some random fairy turns up and she starts talking about orgasms and touching herself inappropriately! It’s not that I’m against sex in books, in fact quite the opposite, I love the black dagger brotherhood books, and I even enjoyed the first book in the fifty shades trilogy, but this was just so sudden, and totally out of the blue that I was just a bit stunned!

Anyway, I did enjoy this book, and I’m interested to see where the rest of the series goes.
7.5 out of 10.



  1. OMG, you have been to Dublin? So jelly right now.

    I agree the sex is really sudden for the tone of the book. But you will love the rest of the series, not to worry.

    This is one of my fav series of all time.

  2. You're visited Ireland?? Oh my! Sudden sex references would turn me off too - I like my books clean!

    1. Ive been to ireland a couple of times, and spent 2 weeks in Dublin. It's not far from England!

  3. I may have to read this series finally. I've seen a lot of good reviews of it - both from book blogs/Goodreads and outside of the blog world.

    Thanks for mentioning the YA vs adult content of this book. Like you I don't have a problem with it, but sometimes I do like to know how/where it is in a book before I start reading :)