Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: October 31, 2006
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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 V’lane – 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….
First Sentence: My philosophy is pretty simple – any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book.
I’ve heard tons of good things about Karen Marie Moning’s books, specifically about her Fever series. I’ve heard that it’s addicting, fun, and the best urban fantasy series people have ever read. After hearing of all those things, what other choice did I have but to try out Darkfever, the first book in the Fever series, for myself?
Darkfever started off fairly slow as we get to learn about Mac. Mac is girly, cares about her looks, and doesn’t believe the unbelievable. I’ve heard that Mac annoyed most people when they first read Darkfever because she cared more about her looks than any other things, but Mac didn’t really annoy me because I get her. People don’t change easily. It’s not easy to be girly-girl one day, obsessing over matching outfits and your long blond hair, only to find out that you have to give all that up the next day in order to survive. However, I am expecting Mac to slowly change in order to survive though.
Before, I thought I knew everything. I thought I knew who I was, where I fit, and exactly what my future would bring.
Before, I thought I knew I had a future.
After, I began to discover that I’d never really known anything at all. (7)
Barrons, on the other hand, is complicated. I’ll be blunt: I do not trust, nor do I like Barrons. He is abusive to Mac when she firsts meets him and any guy who uses force to get what he wants is plain awful in my book. Not to mention, Barrons doesn’t tell Mac most things and follows her around (even though he saved her life following her around once without her nothing it, it still makes him untrustworthy). Barrons reminds me of Reyes Farrow from Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series since they both are abusive, manipulative, and secretive in a way, but can’t help but care for the ones they love. Hopefully Barrons will be a better person in the next book.
In that instant, I understood that the open door had been nothing more than a mocking concession, a placebo he’d fed me that I’d swallowed whole. Anytime he’d wanted, he could have snapped my neck and I wouldn’t have gotten off a single scream. (52)
The world-building in Darkfever is absolutely brilliant. Everything is explained and there are no plot holes in the world-building so far, although I have a feeling we’re not done learning about the world of the Fae yet.
I’ve read several books about fairies already, and surprisingly, Karen Marie Moning has her own unique take on them that I’ve never read about in other books before: her version of the Fae consists of each and every Fae belonging in a part of a castle system. Each castle system consists of a different group of Fae, with their own unique powers (sucking beauty, using sex to kill, etc.) and looks (some Fae are downright beautiful while others can make you vomit for days). Like Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, the Fae uses glamour and cannot be trusted.
“What happens to the women when he’s done with them?”
“I suspect most kill themselves. Beautiful women rarely possess sufficient depth of character to survive with their pretty feathers. Strip them down and they crumble.” (91)
One issue I personally had with Darkfever is that there was a lot of obvious foreshadowing in the book, simply because Mac is telling us readers about the events she went through after they happened. I don’t mind when authors use a lot of foreshadowing in their books, but what I do mind is how Karen Marie Moning makes it so obvious, saying something along the lines of oh, if I only knew what was going to happen next, I wouldn’t done blah blah blah. It just annoyed me because it took the fun and suspense out of the book because I now know something awful is going to happen.
After reading Darkfever, I can safely say that I’ll definitely continue reading the Fever series for two main reasons: 1)I heard the series gets better with each book and 2) I want to know who or what Barrons is. Hopefully Bloodfever will not disappoint.