Reader Review: The Celtic mythology in this story is fascinating and really sets up what promises to be a very interesting series. The story, told from MacKayla Lane's first person perspective, moves at a pretty fast pace but that style of narrative also bogs it down with her immature rants. I'm certain she will grow up fairly quickly given the plot but her mind meanderings were annoying. The other cast of characters, especially Jericho Barrons, are mysterious and layered. MacKayla doesn't know who she can trust and neither can the reader and therein lies another appeal of the story. I am rating this first book in the series 3.5 instead of a 4 because MacKayla's narrative is a distraction. Otherwise, Moning tells a rather complicated and extraordinary tale with style and sophistication, establishing a framework and world for the series. I'm definitely moving on the the next book in the series.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Karen Marie Moning's Bloodfever.
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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|Title of Family & Relationships eBook: Darkfever||Series: A Mackayla Lane Novel, , #1|
|Release Date: 10-31-2006|
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|Publisher: Dell Publishing|
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A year earlier . . .
July 9. Ashford, Georgia. Ninety–four degrees. Ninety–seven percent humidity.
It gets crazy hot in the South in the summer, but it’s worth it to have such short, mild winters. I like most all seasons and climes. I can get into an overcast drizzly autumn day–great for curling up with a good book–every bit as much as a cloudless blue summer sky, but I’ve never cared much for snow and ice. I don’t know how northerners put up with it. Or why. But I guess it’s a good thing they do, otherwise they’d all be down here crowding us out.
Native to the sultry southern heat, I was lounging by the pool in the backyard of my parents’ house, wearing my favorite pink polka–dotted bikini that went perfectly with my new I’m-not-really-a-waitress-pink manicure and pedicure. I was sprawled in a cushion-topped chaise soaking up the sun, my long blonde hair twisted up in a spiky knot on top of my head in one of those hairdos you really hope nobody ever catches you wearing. Mom and Dad were away on vacation, celebrating their thirtieth wedding anniversary with a twenty-one day island-hopping cruise through the tropics, which had begun two weeks ago in Maui and ended next weekend in Miami.
I’d been working devotedly on my tan in their absence, taking quick dips in the cool sparkling blue, then stretching out to let the sun toast drops of water from my skin, wishing my sister Alina was around to hang out with, and maybe invite a few friends over.
My iPod was tucked into my dad’s Bose sound dock on the patio table next to me, bopping cheerily throu
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A wonderful surprise!!
August 21, 2009
Reviewer: A reader from Pacific NorthWest
Darkfever was offered as a free download for a short time and I took a chance on it. I am so glad that I took a chance on the The FEVER series!! What a great surprise and find! Darkfever is the first book in the Fever series. It is followed by Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever (released 8/18/09) and Shadowfever (the final book - release date to be announced). I read through the first 3 books in 5 days and impatiently waited the release of Dreamfever earlier this week. Don't miss out on this series. Karen Moning is an incredibly gifted author weaving a work of dark adventure, mystery, crushing loss and determined hope.
Darkfever is what I call a fluff read. It's a page
July 3, 2009
Reviewer: A reader from Victoria, CA
Darkfever is what I call a fluff read. It's a page turner you can blow through in about 2.5 hours. I really appreciated how it delved into the realm of the occult, but didn't include massive sex scenes.
I would really recommend this book and series to fans of Charlaine Harris. The protagonists are very, very similar, but the stories vary so much that it isn't at all repetitive.
I enjoyed this book, but Bloodfever and Faefever are even better. The character and plot depth is so much richer. Basically, read this so you can enjoy the following novels in the series!
This is the first book in the Fever series. I love
March 24, 2009
Reviewer: A reader from San Antonio, TX US
This is the first book in the Fever series. I love Mac. She's prissy and naive but comes into her own. This is not Moning's traditional romanace novel. There is some romantic tension but it only adds to the story. I have the book in print and plan to have all the digital versions also. This series has excited me like no other. There is so much going on and yet you really don't know 'what' is going on. I've read the book three times so far and have listened to the podcast. Fantastic!
This is not a paranormal romance; it is however th
January 20, 2009
Reviewer: A reader from ROMA, QL AU
This is not a paranormal romance; it is however the first story in a interconnected five-part paranormal series. Darkfever explores the darker side of the Irish mythical creatures, the Sidhe (faery like creatures of light and dark). Mac travels to Ireland in search of her dead sister's killer. She starts to see some very bizarre and unexplainable things. On her quest she stumbled across Jericho Barrons, wealthy and very unlikely ally, who explains to her that what she is seeing are the Fae--some sort of alien? alternate dimension?--group of magical beings that have recently begun to spill from their own world into the human world. Mac starts to believe that the Fae had a hand in her sisters untimely death, and wonders if she is next.
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