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Updated 12 8 2014Yep, still addictive.Updated 1 23 2011If you haven t been coerced begged by me into reading this series yet, IDK where you were last month maybe away from Goodreads If you still don t know that these books are awesome and totally worth your time, this is my last attempted to lure you into giving them a chance However the main purpose of this update is just to follow up on the outcome of this particular series So many crash and burn in the process, lose their steam and become a waste of time Not so here Fever books are fantastic from the 1st to the last This series is a great adventure full of mystery, action, intrigue, intricate fae mythology, sexy guys, and hawt schmexing I am now going to add an extra star to all my Fever reviews for meeting my expectations and not disappointing me in the end Original reviewI am no expert on urban fantasy and will not waste any time on analyzing the quality of writing of this genre book, I am just going to say that Darkfever s standard mix of ass kicking heroine amusing cast of secondary characters lore mystery paranormal hunks worked for me.MacKayla Lane is a 22 year old blonde southern belle bartender part time student who peacefully lives with her parents in a small Georgia town Mac s life is turned upside down when she learns her older sister Alina is brutally murdered in Dublin, Ireland The search for the murderer is fruitless and after uncovering Alina s last cryptic voice message, Mac decides to go to Ireland and try to push the murder investigation in the right direction In Dublin MacKayla immediately finds herself thrown into a world of Faery and learns she has a powerful connection to this worldThe first thing that drew me to this book was the narrator MacKayla My last couple of attempts to explore the genre of urban fantasy were unsuccessful mainly because I couldn t stomach the protagonists After enduring wimpy and boring Mercy Thompson Moon Called and perpetually gloomy and defiant Kate Daniels Magic Bites , reading MacKayla s voice was a relief She is not particularly smart or strong, but there is a certain lightness about her, and the fact that Mac is not traumatized by some past events is a breath of fresh air too So many UF heroines, almost as a rule, are some kind of recovering victims Luckily, Mac isn t one of them The lore and the setting are enjoyable too Karen Marie Moning builds her fairy world on Irish lore and I think succeeds in it Her fae are interesting, with their various abilities to feed on humans beauty, to make their unwitting victims sexually aroused, etc.What might turn off some readers 1 This book doesn t have a conclusive ending Darkfever is simply a first chapter in Moning s 5 part story whose major conflict will be resolved in the last book Shadowfever out December 2010 Only a few story threads are wrapped up in this installment.2 Lack of romance It doesn t mean there are no hotties to swoon over however mysterious Jericho Barrons and ruthless Fae prince Vlane are both irresistibly alluring , but at this point Mac is with neither of these guys Overall, I enjoyed this book quite a bit It was fast paced, filled with entertaining characters and interesting lore I will definitely read at least the next book in the series Bloodfever. Buddy read with a TON of friends.This is how it feels right now everyone is on Team Jericho And then we have me Pic courtesy of Cory Thanks, Cory You shouldn t have No, really, you shouldn t have.This fucking book.I don t even know how to go about describing my love hate relationship with this book Actually, it is mostly hate I hated every single character in this book, and yet I willingly read on anyway I don t understand it at all It is the equivalent of watching midget porn, not that I actually watch midget porn, it s just an example WHATEVER The point is, it s ugly, it is horrifying, it is disgusting, but you just can t bring yourself to look away.I give this book too little credit, I feel, in my rant over my hatred of Jericho and MacKayla It truly is a well written book It is a testament to how good it is when the characters evoke such emotions within me, that I feel that they are realistic, complex, believable characters The mythology is based upon the fae, the Tuatha de Danaan It is beautifully written and a credit to the author that I loved it this much despite how much I disliked the main characters.Praises over, it s time for me to go off on how much I HATE JERICHO AND MAC.I hated MacKayla s immaturity and prissiness, improbable action and TSTL behavior I don t care if you re a Southern Miss You are a grown ass woman You can fucking curse when you want to I was raised to be a lady by my mother, too, my very proper Asian mother who is as stringent and astringent on proper behavior as much as a Southern mom I would die before I use bad language before my mother Behind her back, I curse like a fucking sailor I use language that would make the most hardened soul blush Stupid little Mac with her petunias and her fudge buckets and her multitude of platitudes for curses Fuck you You re an adult Act like it Because I was blonde, easy on the eyes, and guys had been snapping my bra strap since seventh grade, I d been putting up with the Barbie stereotype for years Guess what, honey That s actually an accurate stereotype and a stupid statement to make because throughout the book, you act exactly like a brainless Barbie the majority of the time I admire her initiative, she s out to solve her sister s murder I get that, I sympathize, I absolutely do I have a sister of my own, a little sister I would jump through hellfire for her I understand Mac s anger, her need for closure, and to an extent, her grief Oh, go ahead, I hissed Just kill me and get it over with Put me out of my misery Missing Alina was worse than a terminal illness At least when you were terminal you knew the pain was going to end eventually But there was no light at the end of my tunnel Grief was going to devour me, day into night, night into day, and although I might feel like I was dying from it, might even wish I was, I never would.You can bet your petuniaass that I would damn well investigate my sister s mysterious death, if she were to die I might not be the brightest bulb in the box, but I wasn t the dimmest, either You sure about that, Mac He didn t just occupy space he saturated it About thirty, six foot two or three, he had dark hair, golden skin, and dark eyes His features were strong, chiseled He wasn t handsome That was too calm a word He was intensely masculine He was sexual He attracted There was an omnipresent carnality about him, in his dark eyes, in his full mouth, in the way he stood Ok, Jericho is supposed to be hot You know who else is considered hot Serial killers like Richard Ramirez and Jeffrey Dahmer And as for stalkery behavior, he s got Edward Cullen beat And Mr Sparkles is less of an asshat I am unaccustomed to asking for what I want Nor am I accustomed to bartering with a woman, he said finally.I know there s a lot of people out there who find Jericho attractive I can t comprehend it He is larger than life, true, he has a magnetic presence, true But I am the type who likes a gentleman, a gentle man, Jericho is not There is rarely a moment of softness with him He is the alpha male of alpha males You know those monsters that jump out of a haunted house and goes BOO That s Jericho He constantly jumps close to Mac and scares the shit out of her It gets old Condescension, intimidation, and fear are tactics of interrogation, not seduction I do not find him remotely romantic, it does not get my panties wet Nope nope nope.Characters aside, this was a very well written book The description of the dark, damp, dreary environment of Ireland I did love the incorporation of Celtic myth, of the portrayal of the fae They are not fairies, as initially believed by Mac They are horrendous, rotting, foul creatures Outwardly beautiful, like the spectacular LegolasV lane, they are inwardly manipulative, and disgustingly sexually abusive They literally suck the life out of a person, stealing their outward beauty and inner spirit I loved the portrayal of the dark side, the horrifying side, of the world of fae It is a complete 180 from the wonderfully bright and beautiful world of fairies about which I have read in the past.Reluctantly recommended by me. Librarian Note Alternate New Cover Edition For ISBN My Name Is MacKayla, Mac For Short I M A Sidhe Seer, One Who Sees The Fae, A Fact I Accepted Only Recently And Very ReluctantlyMy Philosophy Is Pretty Simple Any Day Nobody S Trying To Kill Me Is A Good Day In My Book I Haven T Had Many Good Days Lately Not Since The Walls Between Man And Fae Came Down But Then, There S Not A Sidhe Seer Alive Who S Had A Good Day Since Then When MacKayla S Sister Was Murdered, She Left A Single Clue To Her Death, A Cryptic Message On Mac S Cell Phone Journeying To Ireland In Search Of Answers, Mac Is Soon Faced With An Even Greater Challenge Staying Alive Long Enough To Master 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 FaeAs Mac Delves Deeper Into The Mystery Of Her Sister S Death, Her Every Move Is Shadowed By The Dark, Mysterious Jerichowhile At The Same Time, The Ruthless V Lane An Alpha Fae Who Makes Sex An Addiction For Human Women Closes In On Her As The Boundary Between Worlds Begins To Crumble, Mac S True Mission Becomes Clear To 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 Both Worlds In Their Hands Series OverviewClick here if you can t help your attraction to me That or, you know, you want to watch my video review.Mr Kennedy s thoughts on the Fever series Please note, there will be spoilers Mr Kennedy is standing around shirtless, wanting to discuss some of the aspects of the Fever series I find it hard to concentrate For goodness sake, Mr Kennedy Take those sunglasses out of your mouth I can t hear what you re saying Me So what s your favourite part of the Fever series so far He has read up to Dreamfever Mr Kennedy I definitely like Mac better now She isn t as boring But she s still doing her inner monologue That s still really I mean, it just doesn t end Does she ever stop doing that Me No Mr Kennedy Well, fine, but the sex is really good That shit was hot.Me Awkward silence She got raped.Mr Kennedy What No Interview interruption as Mr Kennedy goes to check Mr Kennedy Well, that s really embarrassing.Me It s okay, honey.Mr Kennedy I m not a rapist.Me I know that.Mr Kennedy I mean, I thought it was sexy cause she seemed to like it You know, like with V lane.Me Yeah So, moving on What do you think about Barrons.Mr Kennedy Definitely the King of the Unseelie I want that down on paper that I already figured it out.Me RightMr Kennedy Wait, did you add in the rapist thing I don t want everyone thinking I m a rapist That s really embarrassing Me Don t worry, babe I won t add that part in.Mr Kennedy Good So yeah, I like Barrons He s cool Me Oh, do you have a crush on him now Mr Kennedy Yeah, you wish I did Then you could watch us make out.Me Shut up Mr Kennedy You re blushing Write down that you re blushing You want me to make out with Barrons You want us to profanities excluded.Mr Kennedy is falcon punched and wrestled down to finish the interview.Me What do you think of V lane Mr Kennedy That guy He s a douche I don t like men that try to buy people s affection I mean, I get that he s supposed to be alien and everything but he s just trying to buy Mac with favours That s stupid.Me Who do you think Mac s going to end up with Mr Kennedy Barrons No contest.Me You d pick Barrons over V lane Mr Kennedy Is the right answer going to lead to sexy times Oh shit You re imagining us together right now, aren t you You re so freaky Me I am NOT Must not think sexy thoughtsMe So, how do you think it s all going to end Mr Kennedy I think Mac is a fae princess It s been alluded to And it would be a flip out if Barrons was her father That would just be creepy as It isn t that hard to figure it out Am I right You know I m right.Me Yes, darling, you re totally, totally right The End My overall review of this series is that I really, really enjoy it This series is addictive like crack.Most certainly, it isn t a perfect set of novels In fact, there are many aspects of it that would annoy me in other novels such as the sexualization of violence against Mac and the romanticizing of an overtly aggressive alpha male.But my hormones demanded that I put these criticisms aside because manflesh Pretty, pretty manflesh Yes, I too can be reduced to a quivering mass of lust induced hysteria The world building is great, the characterization is pretty good, the story line is interesting and involving.All up, I recommend this series if you re looking for an Urban Fantasy to sink your teeth into. Totally addicting, could not put it down Rating is for the entire Fever series Fast paced and action packed, I plowed through all five books in a week. Having now finished this book that came so highly recommended, I have to admit that what I feel mostly is indifference I wanted to love it, but I didn t That being said, I didn t dislike it either The problem was that I just didn t care a whole lot one way or the other.The story is about a young woman, MacKayla, that goes to Ireland to play detective after the death of her sister In no time, she s uncovered a whole new reality, full of supernatural beings that she had only thought existed in fairytales The clues she unearths, the she begins to wonder if she s following in her sister s footsteps.Along the way, she partners up with Jericho, who is looking for the same ancient book that MacKayla is The sexual tension is off the charts between these two However, MacKayla doesn t know if she can really trust him or not There is a fair amount of action adventure in this book and it is relatively suspenseful I would have liked romance, but it just wasn t that type of book It is the first book in a series, so that may change as the series progresses.Although the story was just kind of okay for me, I did think that the narration was done well So often when I listen to audiobooks, the narrators butcher a southern accent Often times, it ruins the entire story for me as I want to cringe and cover my ears Finally, somebody got it right Overall, I give it 3 stars I would have given the narration 4 or 5 stars though It was a nice story to pass some time, but I didn t love it like most of my friends did. 1.5 stars This is one of those books where almost every aspect of the book failed me The characters were flat, the plot stalled around 40%, and the narration was unsatisfying In fact, the only reason why I didn t just give the book one star was because the beginning intrigued me Barrons I don t get his appeal This is partly because I don t particularly care for the whole alpha male trope since many times all it seems to be is barely disguised sexual or physical abuse against the heroine Oh, so Barrons likes to threaten Mac or give her a good choke to get his point across Totally cool, he s just being an Alpha Male Catch Me Swoon I think not Had this have been a YA novel, we d all be calling this an abusive relationship He may show a different side to himself later in the series, but I don t think I ll be able to look past book 1 to ever find him remotely attractive.Mac is probably the most annoying heroine I ve read in a long time Maybe if I had read this circa 2009, I would have liked it better She s a very shallow person, who I had a really hard time relating to, understanding, or caring about Her sister is dead and she s supposedly trying to find the murderer, but she always seemed concerned with what color her nails were Why is this important The narration wasn t my favorite with Mac constantly interjecting with lines like I won t bore you with the details IT WAS SO ANNOYING I just wanted to shake her Like, PLESAE bore me with the details because this is a, you know, BOOK But no Instead Moning decided that telling me every detail of Mac s outfit was somehow relevant that describing what the fey looked like Having Mac constantly spoil the plot time after time got so old and left no room for the element of surprise By the time I finished the book, I feel like I know about as much about the characters and the world from when I started, which is nothing at all Well, wait This is what I know As Mac would say, I m just paraphrasing here Mac likes the color pink, is fashion forward and apparently spends way too much money in the iTunes store Barrons likes to beat his fists against his chest He does macho things in his spare time, like running a book store Since Mac barely describes him, this is what my brain registered him as the fey are evil and like to rape women because reasons Mac s sister died by some evil guy who is not fey but also not human Also, his name is Lord Master over compensating much I m unsure if that s his BDSM alias or real name Anyway, Mac s sister was hiding stuff from Mac because plot Mac s parents are hiding things because plot Evil fey hang out in the part of town no one goes to because it s abandoned Ummm, duh Also, plot Pretty big disappointment with this one, folks. The only thing saving this from a 1 star rating was the world building Moning has created a fascinating new world for her characters to play in Unfortunately it s those characters that really brought down this novel for me MacKayla Lane s life is turned upside down the day she finds out that her sister Alina, who had been studying abroad in Ireland, has been murdered The police have no leads and her case gets filed away as unsolved MacKayla can t stomach the thought of her sister s killer getting away so she promptly quits her job, empties her bank account, and flies to Ireland to try to solve the mystery herself.MacKayla Lane is a vapid, shallow, stupid girl She leaves her grieving parents behind to try to find out what happened to her sister She thinks she can do better than the police yet her main thought throughout the novel is what color nail polish she should wear On top of the nail polish, Mac constantly worries about her appearance her clothes, hair, and make up are the only thing she seems to care about view spoiler Her cover gets blown by a Fae and she bitches and moans about having to cut and dye her hair Your sister DIED and you are worried about your stupid hair hide spoiler SPOILER FREE FOR ALL YOU FEVER NOOBS all two of you It s no secret that Fever is my favorite series of all time This is my third re read of it and the entire reason I first decided to give these books another go was to force myself to attempt to properly review them and not just drool over Jericho Barrons for five pages.Mmmmm, Jericho, om nom nom nom nom nom Damn it, there I go again Anywho, there are a lot of reasons that I love this series aside from the male lead I m going to go with a numbered list here as it seems to be the only way to make sense of all my feels.1 The way in which the story is toldOur narrator and MC, MacKayla Lane, has been through hell You know this from page one, line one, where she saysMy philosophy is pretty simple any day nobody s trying to kill me is a good day in my book I haven t had many good days lately This series is told in retrospect and because of this we, the readers, get all sorts of ominous warnings throughout it along the lines of If I had only known , One day those words would come back to haunt me , He d never let me forget that fact and so on While I loved this series the first time I read it, I didn t appreciate it as much as I should have Only upon my first re read did I really grasp the genius of KMM I noticed so many minute details that hinted at things to come and all those warnings made complete sense because I now knew what she was referencing Ms Moning must have had the entire thing planned out in advance, how else can you explain all the hidden gems I ve stumbled across Even now, on my FOURTH read of this series, I m still noticing things I didn t pick up on before 2 MacKayla Lane I love her I was behind her from page one, line one In fact, I ve never not loved her This is because, on a lot of levels, I get her Because I used to be her When I was Mac s age, I too was a sunshine girl, a rainbow girl I used to wear beautiful dresses to work, spent hours on my outward appearance, accessorized to the nines and always tried to be nice to people I even had a propensity for the words sir and ma am And I got all sorts of comments about that My hair in that photo is actually a little darker than I normally kept it because after a while, you get sort of sick of hearing people compare you to Paris Hilton Do I look anything like her No Did people still whisper that shit all the time Yes Why Maybe because I was blonde and I liked colorful clothes Maybe because they re assholes I couldn t really tell you What those people failed to realize was that I d been taking martial arts since I was old enough to throw a punch, and that the pretty little matching purse I clutched in my perfectly manicured nails held a five inch blade that I could hit you in the chest with from twenty feet away Even if you dodged and the blade somehow missed I could probably break five joints or bones in your body before you realized what had happened grins I think what people fail to realize about Mac is that she s exactly the same way Oh sure, she might talk about how much she likes to accessorize and has a propensity for the color pink but you have to look deeper than that What s the first thing she thinks about after she emerges from the haze of grief caused by her sister s murder Vengeance Mac s makeup is her war paint Her clothes are her chainmailI might be bruised and bewildered, but by God I looked good Like a smile I didn t really feel, presenting a together appearance made me feel together inside, and I badly needed bolstering today 3 The world buildingPerfection On every level There s not one point in this book that I felt like KMM was info dumping In part that s because the reader is learning about the world as Mac is learning Instead of filling page upon page of the potentially boring conversations between Mac and Barrons, KMM has Mac record the necessities in her journal Brilliant The fae lore, the sidhe seers and even the OOPs are revealed piece by pertinent piece You re given just enough to fully understand what s going on in each scene but are constantly waiting for 4 DublinI ve never been Before reading this series, I sort of wanted to go There were definitely a lot of European cities higher up on my list of places I had to visit before I die After reading Fever MUST GO NOW The city transcends a backdrop and becomes a character itself The Temple Bar District, the fictional dead zones, even the Garda station jumped off of the pages at me I had a perfect image in my mind of each one and when I Googled most of them afterwards, I was shocked by just how similar the real images were to the ones I d imagined I want to spend a week there and explore it all I want to get lost in the south side amongst the liberals and the elite and then cross the river Liffey and mingle with the blue collar Catholic Irish I want to drink Guinness and try to figure out just what the hell people are saying I want to eat stew and listen to faery tales 5 Jericho Mothafuckin BarronsA lot of people picture David Gandy for JZB Fuck that shit Yes, I said it His eyes are too light He s too frigging pretty JZB is darker, carnal, purely sexual and intensely masculine Only one man comes to mind when I think of him The best way I know to describe him to those who have yet to meet him is self contained Every move he makes has a purpose, every sentence he speaks is full of meaning He is the bearer of hard truths When Mac would rather hide in the comfort of a convenient lie, he grabs her by the throat and forces her to face reality He s an unapologetic asshole He s cutthroat, mercenary, dangerous I blame evolution for my attraction to him Some lesser evolved part of my brain reads about Jericho Barrons and thinks That man could not only defend your young but would happily slaughter anyone that even thought of threatening you He makes my cavewoman stand up and take notice In closing, I doubt I can ever really explain just why this series is my favorite but I hope the above has begun to do it some sort of justice Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest