Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review: Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever (Fever, #1)
By Karen Marie Moning
Release Date: October 1st, 2006
Number of Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Blurbs 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….

My Review:
I've heard of the Fever series for quite awhile since joining GR but was not interested enough to add it to my shelf due to the detailed review I read about the "sex brutality" thing going on in the series. I've been reading since I was born I think, and the books I've devoured were classics, Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys mysteries and all those innocent fun and adventures which proceeded to Agatha Christie's crime stories.

Then I was introduced to the wonderful world of Paranormal YA from the Twilight craze. I stuck there. I was crazy and addicted to the world of YA and I was already officially an adult. I grew up in a safe and clean environment where I was uncomfortable with f-bombs and detailed sex scenes in books.

But then, I was snared into the Adult UF/R genre not so long ago by a GR buddy. She plagued me into reading the hot and popular BDB series. I was in. I was officially in. My naivete, innocence (as though!) and all uneasiness about all things adult literally flew out the window. I was officially tainted. Thank you Maria for tainting me. I owe you a big one. XOXO Haha.

So, I was going through BDB withdrawals, waiting for Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10) to be release, I was browsing through GR looking for BDB-like substitutes to pull me through when I saw Islamq's BDB reference in her Fever series reviews. I was instantly sold. Thus, my official Darkfever review will now begin.

I really like it. I really do. I LOVE Mac the heroine. She isn't a dumb blonde. I fell in love with her stubborn, sassy, spunky and kick-ass attitude. I really like how she was denying all those Fae stuffs when they were revealed to her. It felt real. I mean, I sure will definitely deny it if it was me. It's just how the human brains work.

Barrons was all predatory and sexual. He was infuriating, frustrating and utterly unlovable - at first. He was still all the first two but I now find him intriguing. He was shrouded in a fog of mystery and I'm dying to know what and who he really is. He was such a Alpha masochistic male, hard and masking his emotions. Although I literally squealed when he went "Mac!", kissed her and even painted her nails.

Darkfever was a turmoil and an exciting ride. I felt like the pinball in the pinball game, being bounced from one point to the next, waiting to plunge into the dark hole. When the Lord Master was mentioned, I knew then who was Alina's boyfriend and possible murderer but I still don't know everything and I'm dying to know what the hell is going on.

Who really is Barrons? Who is the Lord Master? What is the mystery surrounding Alina's death?

With all these questions swirling in my head, you can say that I'm totally sold and on the Fever bandwagon.

P/S: I know I didn't mention V'lane. This is because there's still not enough of him for me to really fairly comment on although he sounds really hot.


  1. Thanks for the review, Joy! Stop by my blog, I have an award for you. :)

  2. This sounds really great! I have this on my bookshelf but I still haven't managed to get around to it. Your review has certainly encouraged me to pick it up soon though!

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    Stephanie @ Stepping Out of the Page
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    1. Thanks Stephanie =)
      This book was indeed interesting. Hope that you will like it as much as I did.
      Am visiting your blog now.

  3. I love the Fever series! Although I'm a bit confused about the "sex brutality throughout the series" I didn't think it was brutal throughout the series, there's one scene that I thought was brutal.. but I don't think it was fair of that reviewer to taint the whole series like that. I'm glad you decided to give it a try :)

    I don't remember Barron's kissing Mac and painting her nails in Darkfever though, maybe I'm having a brain meltdown though, it's possible :D

    I'm glad you like Darkfever, I'm excited for Iced to come out out this year, I'll probably be squeeling when I get it into my hands :D

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

    1. Well, maybe the reviewer was uncomfortable with all the cruel Fae sex thing going on. Haha.

      Well, Barrons didn't kiss her upfront. Mac thought that he kissed her when she was falling asleep and injured at the end of the series. He did help her pain her nails in her Iceberry Pink in the last chapter. Hehe. It was a cute scene.

  4. Thank you for the review girl!I am going to read it beside i have the first 2 books already I just dont know W.H.E.N So funny to see you are mention Black Dagger Brotherhood i think in these books which are similiar BBD is always in the back of our minds =)

    1. Hee...You're welcome. I'm currently in love with Jennifer Ashley's Highland Pleasures series. I am reading the first book. Check it out in GR.


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