Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Length: 309 pages 
Genera: UrbanFantasy
Subjects: fae, vampires, Ireland, paranormal, adult

[Goodreads Summary}
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….

A little heads up, this book is adult, not YA. It may not be appropriate for younger readers. That being said, there are no sex scenes till the fourth book (and that is a very mild one apparently). It does have it’s erotic moments though.

The story is classified as a romance. For a “romance”, I love the lack of romance in it. This book (I can’t say anything for the next books yet) is a mystery with a paranormal aspect to it.  And instead of vampires, it’s got fae. Ok, there are vampire-like things but it’s about fae. Once I finished this book I realized something, I want to go to Dublin. Like, right now.

Mac is a young Georgia girl who reminded me of the song Georgia Peaches by Lauren Alaina (I’d post a link but the video is horrible). She was bubbly, in love with her hair, and is pretty much a little Barbie Doll, except this doll is able to stand up for herself without being invulnerable, naive without being idiotic, and generally great. Her voice is very unique and she reminded me a bit of Percy Jackson, except she’s not 12…

Mac has joined the group of my favorite characters along with Percy Jackson (hey, it’s my inner 9-year-old), Seraphina from the book with the same name, and Rose from Vampire Academy.

Barrons is a little petunia (you’ll get it if you read the book). Many readers find him appealing, maybe he softens up a bit but right now, I find him annoying and a huge jerk. What I love is the Mac feels the same way. She’s not swooning over his big muscles and hard abs. Neither of them like each other and that’s that.

I’m hoping we get to know V’lane a bit more in the latter books. He’s so funny! V’lane is a (as Mac calls him) death-by-sex fae, which as you probably guessed there are some pretty funny scenes between Mac and V’lane.

Plot & Writing:
I can honestly say that I did not see all the twists coming. By the end, I had no idea what would happen. It was foreshadowed a bit and I bet a lot of readers guessed it but it might have been because I was reading at 11 PM and wasn’t fully awake. I better read the end again.

The story was wonderful. I loved the, well everything. My mother, who was doing a mini read along (except I have yet to get her to guest post! I’ll keep you guys updated) was surprised by how much I loved Darkfever, in fact. I guess I getting the I-hate-every-book-I-read rep, which is NOT true. I like some of them :P

Between the stellar descriptions and the awesome narration, I can truthfully say, I love Karen Marie Moning. The descriptions were vivid without being overly descriptive which can seriously mess with the flow of a book. Mac’s voice was snarky and entertaining and I have my kindle book highlighted everywhere. I can’t wait to see her writing grow into something even more amazing.

What I liked and didn’t:

  • Mac
  • The descriptions
  • Barrons and Mac’s chemistry
  • The Writing and Plot


  • Barrons lack of respect for Mac

In conclusion:
I loved this book! I’m so glad that I have the rest of the books sitting on my shelf ready to be read. I’ll keep you posted on the guest post problem ;)


Favorite Character: Mac of course!
Favorite Quote: 

Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. A movie shows 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 room style, park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with.
Case and point, those darned Harry Potter movies. That was so not what the part-Veela-chick, Fleur Delacour, looked like.

Rating:  ★★★★★

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