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byKaren Marie Moning

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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?

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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 ...

Karen Marie Moning was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received a bachelor's degree in society and law from Purdue University. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a bartender, a computer consultant, and an insurance specialist. Her first book, Beyond the Highland Mist, was published in 1999. She writes the Highlander series...

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Really Enjoyed This Book "Darkfever" by Karen Marie Moning. Book 1 in the MacKayla Lane series. (aka The Fever series) I really enjoyed this book. I was a little surprised really because I thought this series was a paranormal romance series but it's not. It's more of an urban fantasy type book with romantic and erotic elements. The main characters are MacKayla (Mac) Lane and Jericho Barrons. Mac is just a normal 22 year old young woman trying to find out where she fits in in the world. But when she finds out her sister, Alina, was murdered while in Dublin, Ireland, she decides to go to Dublin herself to avenge her sister's death. The police have said the case is cold and nothing can be done. Mac is determined to find Alina's killer. She never expected to be shown a world she never thought existed. Paranormal creatures are everywhere she looks and she seems to be the only one who can see them. Until she meets the mysterious Jericho Barrons. What the heck did Alina get herself into? And is Mac now following the same path as her sister? This book is a great introductory novel in the MacKalya Lane series (aka The Fever series). Excellent world building. Super descriptive. The details in how something looks lets you "see" exactly what a creature looks like. Action mixed some humour keeps the story line from getting to dark at times. MacKayla is a great character. She's very spunky and determined. I can see great potential for growth in her character. Jericho (known as Barrons throughout the book) is a very mysterious character. He's a strong alpha male type character as well. There's a lot more to him than meets the eye and also has a lot of potential to be a very intriguing character in the next coming books. Mac and Barrons have an interesting relationship in this book. It's not a romantic relationship but you can feel the starting of chemistry between them. The only problem I had with this book is pronunciation of some of the words. I found myself stumbling over words that are not pronounced the way they are spelled. (ie: Sinsar Dubh is pronounced she-suh-do) There are other words as well but as least Ms. Moning tells you how to pronounce each word within the story and in a glossary of terms at the end of the book for reference. Overall, I really liked this first book of the series and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series as well.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am addicted to this series I've been listening to this series on CD while I drive, I just finished book 8 - it is so fun! This would make a wonderful HBO series, it would be better than True Blood :)
Date published: 2016-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from left me reeling Moning creates a completely and complexly developed world of man and fae. She does a great deal of world building, setting us up for the series as a whole. But this doesn’t hamper the story of this novel itself. The enticing plot had me quite entertained, while also leaving me wanting to come back and find out what happens next. I love Moning’s writing style. She paints pictures without hampering your imagination, takes you deep into the world that she’s built. The flow is simultaneously fun & elegant, creating something positively magical. I loved the feeling that the main character is telling us her story. It drew me further into the tale while also allowing me to get to know Mac better. The NA quickly growing up feeling was prevalent throughout. Moning also lets her characters’ true personalities shine through. They aren’t always proper, likeable individuals. They’re snarky when they feel like it, helpful when it works for them, and downright loveable throughout. Jericho Barrons is a perplexing mystery and a real treat in this novel. Who and what is he really? It’s one of those mysteries that I can’t wait to delve deeper into through the series. Moning left me reeling and dying for more at the end of the novel. This is definitely a series that I’ll be delving much deeper into.
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from left me reeling Moning creates a completely and complexly developed world of man and fae. She does a great deal of world building, setting us up for the series as a whole. But this doesn’t hamper the story of this novel itself. The enticing plot had me quite entertained, while also leaving me wanting to come back and find out what happens next. I love Moning’s writing style. She paints pictures without hampering your imagination, takes you deep into the world that she’s built. The flow is simultaneously fun & elegant, creating something positively magical. I loved the feeling that the main character is telling us her story. It drew me further into the tale while also allowing me to get to know Mac better. The NA quickly growing up feeling was prevalent throughout. Moning also lets her characters’ true personalities shine through. They aren’t always proper, likeable individuals. They’re snarky when they feel like it, helpful when it works for them, and downright loveable throughout. Jericho Barrons is a perplexing mystery and a real treat in this novel. Who and what is he really? It’s one of those mysteries that I can’t wait to delve deeper into through the series. Moning left me reeling and dying for more at the end of the novel. This is definitely a series that I’ll be delving much deeper into.
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark fever by Karen Marie moning This book s3ries has been by far one of my favorites As a avid reader I have found a few series I loved enough to reread, however the fever series has been the only series I have reread about five times. The characters are well done, likeable and leave you wanting more. Mackayla plays a great lead, not suffering from some of the person as of being too tough or too much the victim as many heroines seem to suffer from these days. This book leaves you curious of things it only glazed by, characters you wish to know more of and leaves you day dreaming possibilities and outcomes, leaving the reader to play with thier imagination o the would be's and could be's (which I can assure you are clarified though pit the series!) Every book leaves you wanting more and on the edge of your seat. Of all the books gone movies I see of today this is the only true series I would absolutely love to see go to film. So buckle up your seat belt grab a few flashlights and stay to the light my friends.
Date published: 2015-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. Have read this book several times now and still really enjoy it. It is fast paced yet detailed enough to give you a good sense of the world and the adventures of Mac.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I enjoyed this book a lot, and am definitely looking forward to the sequels. Good thing i have it already!
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Absolutely loved this book! The attention to detail regarding history! Side note to the author!!!! OPI "I'm not really a waitress" is NOT pink.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I have read this book (series) like 8 times. These are my favorite books ever! Great story line that is intriguing and easy to follow. This book will change your life... is that to much pressure to put on a book?
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This is a great read
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing A good read, definitely worth pursuing. Can't wait to read the next installment
Date published: 2013-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Books Best series I've ever read. You can re-read this as many times as you want without getting bored. This is my third time and I'm still obsessed with the Fever world. I just can't get enough. If you like strong female heroines Mac is going to become your new favourite. Enjoy!!
Date published: 2013-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Concept. . . The novel is about a southern belle named MacKayla (or Mac for short) who’s sister is murdered in Ireland and after the Garda (Ireland’s police) stops there investigation into her sister’s murder, she goes off to Ireland to get them to reopen the case. When she arrives in Ireland her whole world goes to the dogs with some big surprises. I guess I should have read the genre for this novel before I read it. I guess adult theme means that there will be some pretty sexually imagery in the novel. I must say that I was quite surprised that the book grabbed me so fast. The thing I think I like the most about this novel was the way everything off the wall throughout the novel seemed so new to me but as if I knew already what the things were. It’s differently a thrill ride the whole way with so surprising graphic sexual images. I did find that the graphic sexually imagery could have been left out and this would have still been a really good novel. I did enjoy this novel, originally I was going to throw it in the category of a book I don’t normally read, which is true but I guess it’s got to go into the trilogy category because I’ve got four more books in the series to read.
Date published: 2012-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Was a recommedation from a co-worker... I was hooked after reading this book. I had to run out and get the rest of the series!
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Escape. I've long been a huge fan of Karen Marie Moning, her Highlander series was the first taste of the romance genre I ever had and she's kept me hooked ever since that day. The beginning in the Fever series is completely up to the high standards I've set for her. I've been burning through this series since I picked up Darkfever 2 days ago. While this is different from the stories we've seen from KMM in the past it is equally as wonderful. The characters are wonderfully written and so well rounded they seem like people you've known for longer than a few hours. Mac as a heroine is amazing, I love that she is a pink and rainbow loving girlie girl who finds strength she never knew she had. Barrons is wonderfully frustrating, the whole time you read I just want to grab him by the shoulder and shake him screaming "WHO ARE YOU??!" The Fae lore is spread out evenly through the novel and at no time does it feel as if you're getting a history lecture. Basically I love it, I hope you read it and love it too. If you haven't read the Highlander series yet do that too, or do that first because several characters cross over.
Date published: 2011-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Annoying start, but good towards the end I think my main issue with this book was how much the main character annoyed me. She was a little too full of herself, I mean really, what woman would describe herself as having plump or full breasts? If it had come from the male point of view, it would have been different. Also there were some inconsistencies that I am surprised the editors missed (for example, the last line of a paragraph was that she had a dreamless sleep, with the following paragraph describing a dream she had). It improved towards the end, as she seemed to mature a bit and care a little less about what she looked like. As far as the storyline, it is very interesting, and I would like to continue it. I think this book could have been much better if the main character didn't irritate me so much!
Date published: 2011-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it but... This series came highly recommended and although I enjoyed it I wasn't amazed. The beginning has a lot going on and yet it still felt a little sluggish to me. The last quarter was very good. I love suspense but there has to be some give and take between the reader and the author. There is a lot that that stays unsaid in the end. You think when you're reading it that you have been given info, then later you're told it was wrong but not given the correct info. I realize it is a series and more info will come as the series progresses but I felt a bit empty with how much was left out. Some loose ends are good, feeling like you read the book and still didn't know half of what was going on is a bit frustrating. That being said, I will read the next one to see if I am more fullfilled.
Date published: 2011-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Karen's entire Fever Series is incredible. Completely believable, it pulled me in from the first page. It had a little bit of everything; murder-mystery, fantasy, romance. I literally could not put it down and when I was forced to, I would count down the minutes until I would be able to pick it back up again. Very suspenseful, there were times I would have to put the book down for a moment to take a breather (picking it back up immediately). The romance in these novels is not "fluff" its a dark, sexy, romance that will leave you begging for more. These books aren't a "light" read, however, they were so captivating I read all five books in six days. That's including working 11 hour days. If you can open your mind (which isn't hard to do with the way that Moning convinces you that what you are reading is real) you will surely be placed on a seductive ride that you will not want to get off of. DARKFEVER, BLOODFEVER, FAEFEVER, DREAMFEVER, SHADOWFEVER... After you are done the series... then comes WITHDRAWLFEVER. HIGHLY recommend this series. I doubt I will find another series that I will favor as much as this.
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow ! I found this book was not at all what I expected based on the author's previous books. I was quite a few pages in and starting to get a little disappointed but I decided to keep reading (I'd already bought the book). By the end I was hooked and looking forward to the next one and they just keep getting better! So they're not really a romance novel exactly, although there are romance elements. But I find there aren't too many authors who can create a different world and make it believable and suck you into it - but she does it.
Date published: 2011-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Surprise When a friend told me about this series I thought it wasn"t the type of book I usually read. Last week I bought the first in the series and a week later I am on the fourth book. Enough said.
Date published: 2011-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read the whole series, kept me on the edge and wanting more. What a great storyteller you are, clever.
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series! I've read the first three in this series and I love them. I've been avoiding reading anything that might spoil the future books so I won't say anything here except that if you like urban fantasy give this series a try. Don't be put off by the Romance designation (if you are afraid you'll be getting a "just" a romance) These books are mystery, suspense and violence. Fantastic!
Date published: 2011-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've Caught the Fever This was the first Karen Marie Moning book I'd ever read...it wasn't the last, the whole series is fantastic! I'm re-reading them before the final book in January. It's so well written. The characters have depth, there are a few twists, the story is pretty dramatic, there's that touch of humour that takes this book to another level. And then there's Barrons...if you've read the books, you know exactly what I mean, he seems to make the pages turn. I admit that it's not the best book in the series, but you'd be foolish to not read more.
Date published: 2010-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Now THIS is a Fantastic Series! I first read this book in late 2009. I really enjoyed it then. The characters are just…well, Barrons is in this book. Need I say more? This series is very detailed and Darkfever, being book one in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, is especially thorough. Not to the point where you feel lost or anything but enough that you know this book is building up for one hell of a series. It’s setting the stage for some gruesome and brain tingling adventure. I found Darkfever was even better this time around. Just Wow. And I mean Wow! I found myself re-energized for this series with this re-read. And I found myself asking new questions (because apparently I didn’t have enough questions after the first time I read this…) MacKayla Lane’s (Mac) sister was recently murdered in Ireland. The day she was killed, Alina left some cryptic messages on Mac’s cell phone about a him and the Sinsar Dubh and how imperative it was that they don’t get it. After hearing these, Mac decides to leave her free-going fluffy life in Georgia and travel to Dublin to try to find Alina’s murderer…and to find the Sinsar Dubh. Problem is, Mac isn’t sure what that is or why it was so important to her sister. Once she arrives in Dublin, Mac discovers that she is a sidhe-seer, one who can see the Fae. Now, these aren’t fluffy little winged cutesy pootsy beings. Think about the creature from your worst nightmare and multiply it by 100. That is the fae folk in KMM’s world. Darkfever follows Mac as she travels to Ireland, discovers her heritage and her abilities and meets Barrons. Yes, THE Barrons. Barrons has to be one of, if not the, most popular book boyfriends on the planet. He’s my favorite ‘Paranormal Book’ boyfriend that’s for sure. He is power. He is strength. He is intelligence. He is man? When he introduces himself to Mac for the first time, simply saying his name, you *swoon*. Your knees go weak because you know that you have just encountered greatness. A character who is larger than life and whom you want on your side. But it’s his slight vulnerabilities and tenderness that sneak through every once in a while that truly make him an intriguing man. (Or Fae or vampire or mob boss or a freakin’ ballerina or whatever the hell he is.) I’d forgotten how thought provoking this book is. Some of the passages just make you smile in their exactness. Such as: “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.” “She understood now why her friend Elizabeth, with her near-genius, analytical mind gave wide berth to murder mysteries, psychological thrillers, and horror stories, and read only romance novels. Because, by God, when a woman picked up one of those steamy books, she had a firm guarantee that there would be a Happily-Ever-After. That though the world outside those covers could bring such sorrow and disappointment and loneliness, between those covers, the world was a splendid place to be.” And other passages are almost philosophical, filled with life lessons we really should be paying attention to: “Barrons laughed again. ‘And there, my dear Fio, you make one of Womankind’s greatest mistakes: Falling in love with a man’s potential. We so rarely share the same view of it, and even more rarely care to achieve it. Stop pining for the man you think I could be — and take a good, long, hard look at the one I am.’” “’Lose the pessimism, Ms. Lane. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.’” In this series, Karen Marie Moning has an incredible voice. Her descriptions of the world she has created in this book are eerie but impressive. When Mac comes face to face with a Fae, you want to run and hide just as much as Mac does. Darkfever has it all. A heroine who is on her way to learning truths about herself and setting off on one hell of a journey that you want to take part in, a hero that makes you drool and shiver all at once, a villain who is impossible to pin down and a story that leaves you begging for more. You reach the last page wondering where the series will take you next…and having no idea where that could be. You are so filled with questions you must continue reading. And you want to continue reading, because you want to know if any of your theories are correct or if they are way off base. It’s the kind of book that you think about days after you are finished reading it and the kind of series that makes you glad that there are at least three more books out there already and a fifth one coming out January 18th 2011. I’m not going to focus on the fact that that is the final book in the series. Because that just makes me cry.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Addicting Joyride! Friends have been ranting and raving about this series to me for ages. So, unsure if I really wanted to hook myself into another series, I bided my time but, eventually happened to see it at the library and thought; "Oh well, why not?" Boy am I ever grateful I did. After reading a little bit of the beginning, I wasn't exactly really into it and the main character, MacKayla Lane, struck me as your typical dumb blond stereotype at first. Nonetheless, since I didn't pay for it, I trudged on through and found myself liking it more and more with every turn of the page. I finished reading it in a span of two days, which is saying something for a novel considered to be a "romance". The story begins with MacKayla Lane simply tanning in her backyard, too preoccupied with her life of being a fashionable girly-girl to really bat an eyelash at the mere notion of anything supernatural. That is, until she receives a phone call informing her that her sister, Alina who had gone to Ireland for her studies, was murdered. With the police unable to determine any leads, Mac takes it in her own hands to solve the mystery of her beloved sister's death and that is how her life does a complete 180. With nothing more than a foreboding message left on her cellphone just minutes before Alina was killed, Mac ventures to Ireland in order to exact revenge upon her sister's murderer. It is here that she is introduced to the very things that go bump in the night, the things she once thought were mere fairytales. But not only does she discover how dangerous the fae can be but also secrets about her own past and special abilities that impact her far worse than any creature she encounters. Not to mention her run-in with a highly shady (and handsome) European man by the name of Jericho Barrons, who decides to help her hone her new abilities and is her only chance for answers about the mysterious world of faeries. The consequence? He happens to be using her for the same abilities he is teaching her to discover and is therefore, as equally untrustworthy as any other shady character Mac meets in Dublin. Unfortunately for Mac, she must learn to co-operate with him because they both want the same thing; a powerful book called the Sinsar Dubh. Alina had mentioned it in her last desperate message to Mac and it is the only real clue that can lead her to her sister's murderer. Jericho Barrons happens to be one of the few who knows about it. But what starts off as a personal mission for the sake of family turns into a desperate search to save more than just a few lives, but perhaps the world. Although stacked in the romance section of Chapters, I would highly disagree; this novel definitely belongs more in the section of fantasy. Moning did her research and deserves to have her book put there. For those of you who thought faeries were little cute Tinkerbells, boy will this book blow your mind away. I will definitely be checking in for the next books, and more than likely will end up purchasing the series.
Date published: 2010-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Death by sex fay attack! Sexy, thrilling, exciting, addictive. Enjoyment guaranteed. Can get a bit dragged out but the heated moments and the suspense even that out.
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh, this is good! Mac’s world is a simple and happy one, until the day that she found out that her sister and best friend died. That was the last day the world made any sense. The Dublin police close the case, and Mac goes to Ireland to find her sisters killer. In her search Mac thinks that the stress and jetlag are causing her to hallucinate, when she is actually seeing Fae. Mac does not realise how much danger she is in because she is a sidhe-seer. If the Fae find out they will either kill her or any other numerous bad things to her. A mysterious and un-chatty Barron allows her to stay in the back of his bookstore in order to keep her safe. In return she must help him. Mac can sense Fae objects, and Barron is looking for them especially the book of power the Sinsor Dubh. So is everyone else, including a Fae Prince V’Lane who oozes sex. Both men want the book, and both men are going to use Mac to get it. As Mac tires to figure out what is going on and come to terms with herself and the Fae, she is struck with another blow. Mac and her sister were adopted; they come from a long line of powerful sidhe-seer’s. The question becomes what happened to her family? Barron and Mac take trips around Dublin to find the different Fae items, and Mac makes many more enemies than friends in the process. Since neither Barron nor V’Lane share much information with her, Mac returns the favour and sets out on her own. Mac stumbles upon The Master bringing many more evil Fae into the world, but before she can get out and get help Mac is discovered and engages in fight for her life. Mac finds that she is really quite good at inflicting pain but not quite good enough. ***SPOILIER*** Barron arrives just in time to save her, even though she does not quite remember how when she wakes up back at the book store bandaged and very hurt. Mac will live through her injuries, with a whole new darker Mac emerging. Mac has to become harder and more willing to make the hard choices if she is going to get her sister’s killer. This was the first book in Moning’s Fever series. It was a little slow for most of the book, but by the last couple of chapters I was fully into the storey. I have read the second book and now know that Moning had so much of detail and information to give the reader that it is well worth reading this and the next books. The storey arc is actually one storey over the five books in the series. This is going to be a great series.
Date published: 2010-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank God I Picked This Series Up! This story is way different from Karen’s Highlander series. Mac has a peaceful and stress free life while living in a small town. That is until her sister dies. Upon hearing this and finding a rather strange message on her cell phone left from her sister Mac rushes to the place where her sister died. Ireland isn’t the carefree place it seems to be. This is where Mac sees her first fairy. As the story continues things just get weirder and Jericho hopes in to save the day. I truly hated Jericho in this novel but as you read the series he warms up to you and you can’t help but love him. Oh yeah and a prince fae, being of sex is staking her. Enjoy!
Date published: 2010-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This was one of the first books I've ever read that focuses strictly on the fae. When I started I wasn't sure I was going to buy into this whole bad fairy business but by the middle I was hooked. I have now finished all 4 books that are currently published and recommend them to friends all the time. This series is actually one of my favourites and I will be re-reading them all for sure.
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not to bad... This is a good start to the series, but feels like some things could of been left out, in saying that though, I could see that it may be relavent in the rest of the books. Mac is a great character and thinks her life is great until her sister is murdered in Ireland and when Mac goes there to find the murderer, her world is turned upside down when nothing is as it seems. One man, Jericho, helps her understand everything about her and what's really out there....well sort of....he likes to answer a question with a question and Mac is not sure what he is really after. I can't wait to see what the rest of the series will be like.
Date published: 2010-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book really took me my surprise. I'm not a huge fan of fairy books but this one was different. I love all the scenes with MacKayla and Barrons - they just crack me up. The story was overall really good. Looking forward to reading the rest of the books.
Date published: 2009-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I've been reading books on Vampires, witches and warewolves since I was a teenager. This is the first time I read anything on the Fae and can I tell you.....they are amazing! This is a great series. I couldn't put the books down. Yesterday I got the last installement of this series and I can't wait to start reading it!
Date published: 2009-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent New Series Darkfever is the first book in a promising new series by Moning. Fans of Moning's Highlander series, if you are expecting to find a similar type book (a.k.a romance) you may be disappointed, but only if you are just looking for a romance. If you are looking for a great book with a spunky heroine, a sexy man of mystery, some action, some drama, some sexual tension, some wisecracks and a well told and engaging story, check this book out. MacKayla (Mac) Lane's life was irrevocably changed with a telephone call from Dublin. Her sister Alina murdered, her devastated parents withdraw into themselves leaving Mac alone to deal with her pain. Already reeling with the death, she is further rocked to find out that Alina tried to call her just hours beforehand. When Mac learns that the Dublin police have given up trying to solve Alina's murder she decides to fly to Dublin herself. Once in Dublin, things don't go as planned. The Garda (Dublin police) aren't willing to follow up on the new information in Alina's phone message and Mac soon finds herself in the midst of some rather strange happenings...is she seeing things or is she losing her mind? When Mac meets Jericho Barrons, the rich owner of a bookstore, she is forced to face up to some unwelcome new truths, most importantly, that her life is in danger. Seeing little other choice, Mac teams up with the mysterious Barrons in order to help him search for an ancient book. Barrons wants the book and since Alina was also looking for it, Mac hopes it will lead to her killer. Mac makes a great narrator for this story. She's spunky and amusing. A self-styled 'Barbie' she is willing to admit to her weaknesses, but doesn't let them stop her. Mac's take on the world can be great fun, even as she's facing dark and evil things beyond anything she has ever seen before. Well paced and well written you can really get a sense of Mac and what she is facing. Billed as a romance, there's almost no romance in this story although there is certainly some chemistry between Mac and the mysterious Barrons. The only real drawback of this book is that it doesn't reach any kind of a resolution. It just sets the scene and leaves you wanting more. Luckily, there are two more books already out and the fourth is due out in August 2009. Since this is actually a re-read for me, and I have read the other two books, I can tell you the series just keeps getting better and better. I can't wait for Dreamfever, the next release.
Date published: 2009-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Complicated Fae This is the first book of the “Fever” series and was recommended to me by a trusted employee at my favourite book store. It’s a paranormal “romance” about the Fae. This was my first experience with a Fae novel and I’m wondering if this is what they are all like. I understand “Fae” is short for “Faery” (or fairy). And when I think of fairies I think of Tinkerbell. In Darkfever, the Fae are recognized as “Seelie” and “Unseelie” and basically they are a bunch of 8-foot tall aliens in human disguise. Weird? Well if this is what all Fae are, then no. But as I said, this is all new to me, so bare with me at my attempts to explain it. Mac Lane goes to Ireland to investigate the murder of her sister when the police throw in the towel. It’s not long before she runs into Jericho Barrons, and a couple of strange beings. Read more at: http://justkickinit.ca/2009/06/darkfever-by-karen-marie-moning/
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This book was an ordeal I got this book on a friends recommendation and safe to say we are no longer friends (just kidding). I really did not enjoy this book. It was marked as paranormal romance. It was not, there was no romance in this book was so ever. Unless you call getting felt up by the faerie king romance and I do not. There was some sexual tension between Mac and Jerico, but it never went anywhere. And much like the romance there was not real story. I'm hoping that the next book will be better cause I already bought it, but I keep putting off reading it.
Date published: 2009-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Interesting Read It was an interesting book, although I had a bit of a time getting into it and found the main character hard to like, but did understand where she was coming from. The mc, Mac, just lost her sister and has traveled across the globe to find her sister's murderer. In the midst of this personal trauma, Mac finds herself a part of a completely different world than what she knows. I couldn't like Mac for the majority of the book, she wasn't someone I could relate too and she clung to the tiniest of things that to a critical eye would be deemed insignificant given the turn her life took. However, I could also understand why she did this and behaved the way she did. It was all she could hold on to to make her life seem just a little normal when everything else changed. Near the end of the book (in the last 50 pages) I think there was some true character growth. Even though there was some resistance still, I think Mac actually started to accept what she was and the changes that were occuring in her life. I was really happy to see this. Character growth makes a book for me, and because of this I'll definitely continue the series. I loved the premise of the story, and the story was told well. The only thing I was keen on, there was a lot of telling. The narrator (Mac) told us a lot throughout the book, rather than the author just having her show us what was happening, have us experience it all with the MC. I found the regularly placed "I would later understand.." or "I would later find out..." I would have prefered that not have been there. But that's my critical readers eye for you. 8^) Overall I enjoyed the book and would give it a 4/5. The cliffhanger-esque ending was cruel and with a book in hand that I must finish before the 10th (book club) I can't just go and pick up the next novel. It's left me hanging, unfinished and I'm excited to read more.
Date published: 2009-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad This book wasn't entirely what I expected. It took a long time to start and the action seemed to only be during the last chapter. It was a much easier read then I usually like. The main character was too young, blonde and pink for my liking at first. Her reluctance to accept what she was when proof was under her very nose each darkened corner she took, annoyed me. It was a good beginning to a series, but I found that the book seemed almost pointless. One thing that I really didn't like was the lack of a strong leading man. I was very intrigued at the end of the book and am anticipating reading the next.
Date published: 2008-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not A Romance Book i have no idea why this book was under the romance section...
Date published: 2008-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great start After reading a couple of the highlander titles my expectations were low. I am so glad I gave this one a try. This book reads itself, I was so absorbed by the story and the characters. The first person did not annoy me and Mac was much better then Moning's previous ladies. I am hooked. If you are looking for a fluff romance (like the Highlander books) than this book is not for you. This book is NOT like the highlander stories and thank Moning for that.
Date published: 2008-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feel the heat, ride the fever... Dark and sexy new Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, filled with mystery and suspense and no, no sex (yet) though it promises... lots. This is definitely a keeper and promises to blow. your. mind. No, really. MacKayla Lane's life was great: she had a decent job, a great tan and her cosmetics compact that she never left the house without. She was even planning on returning to school once her sister Alina returned from Ireland. Everything was perfect and planned. Until Alina was murdered. Brutally. But the thing that really set her off? The Irish Garda just didn't care. They closed her sister's case. Just. Like. That. It was time somebody cared. Like Mac. What she didn't know was, she was heading into trouble. Way in over her head. Enter the Shadows, Death-by-sex Fae, vampires (maybe?), Berserkers (maybe?), Dark Unseelies and other foul creatures. Enter Jericho Barrons, the carnal, mysterious "man with no past and only mockery for a future" who sets out to help her... for his own obscure designs. Could she trust him? When her life seems in danger everywhere she turns, she has no choice but to begrudgingly accept his help to find the Sinsar Dubh, the all-powerful Dark Book. But she still has to know who killed her sister. Alina did NOT die in vain.
Date published: 2008-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She does it again Okay, so I was disappointed to find out that this was not an extension of the Highlander novels, but wait, this is great! We have all of the elements that drew me in to the Highlander series, but this one is more dramatic, not so romantic, but still awesome. Ms. Moning knows how to write, knows how to draw you in. Her characters have life and depth. Can't wait to read Blood Fever.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I am a big Fan of Karen. But, I was very disappointed with this book. The characters in my opinion both lack substance. Except from Book two is not too promising either. Total let down from the Highlander Series. Cannot recommend this book to serious readers, especially if you’re looking for a strong story with rich characters.
Date published: 2007-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from K.M. Moning, Did it again! I could go on and on about Darkfever or other K.M. Moning titles, let me sum up... I loved it all. All her books are Hot! Hot! Hot! I could make myself sound more intelligent but why bother, I read to relax and escape. If you have a few moment to read, go for any of the above mentioned author. Her books have imagination, great story, steamy scenes and more. I can't wait for the sequel, Blood Fever!
Date published: 2007-08-22