Review: Fever #1, Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

112750Blurb 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….

ebook format

Published October 31st 2006 by Delacorte Press (first published October 1st 2006)

edition language: English

series: Fever #1

genre: Paranormal, Romance, Adult

My Thought

All those hype and high rating brought this book to me, but it didn’t mean that I instantly like it. To be honest, I have to struggle, very hard to keep reading it. Half of the story bored me to death, I cannot connect to the characters, especially Mac. She annoyed me most of the time. She said she want to know what happen to her and what she really is but when Jericho Barrons tell her she keep deny it. As he said “as much as you’ve seen and heard, you’re still trying to deny it”, her denying made she do things that quite irritated me. I also think that her priorities in half of the story are non sense for me. She had been chased by monster and Barrons tried to help her yet the only thing she think is her hair color?. I really cannot believe it.

The story told from Mac’s POV but sometimes I cannot understand her thinking. Her ‘voice’ quite confused me. She used later, would soon, would later and words/phrase similar to it a little bit to much, I have to reread to understand what she means because sometimes I thought she talk in present time but she used future words too much it seems she already known it.

I won’t bore you with the details of the monsters that came through the doorway. Barrons and I would discuss them later and try to identify their castes, and you’ll meet most of them soon enough, anyway.

I would later discover that my discover that my gut instinct was right.

It makes me, as a reader, know somethings that I think I should know later. Like when Vlane shows up, I already know from Mac long before he introduces himself.

Even today, after all that I’ve seen, I couldn’t begin to decribe Vlane, prince of the Tuatha De Danaan. Then after pages and dialogues, the price introduced himself I am Vlane, prince of the Tuatha De Danaan, and I am here on behalf of……..

Despite Mac personalities and her voice, I liked the way Ms Moning wrote fae in this story. I always thought that Ireland is a perfect place for fae and here she told that fae is dangerous and fierce, just like I used to know. She also set the setting and the world building clearly, I can picture it and intrigued by it.

I also like that Mac isn’t a damsel in distress, as much as I’m annoyed with her whine and bubbling about her figure, I love that she also has strong, confidence personalities and doesn’t just waiting to be help by Barrons. And he surely aren’t a gentlemen kind of hero who is always be there for the female character. He’s fierce, strict and push Mac beyond her limitedness.

In the end this isn’t a mind blowing kind of story for me but I will surely read its sequel later.

Result: 3 of 5 Stars