Saturday, July 11, 2015

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title:  Darkfever
Series:  Fever #1
Author:  Karen Marie Moning
Publication Date:  October 31/06 by Delacorte Press
Length:  382pgs
Genre:  paranormal
Shelf:  borrowed
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

"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 reluctantly.

My 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 Fae...

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister's death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho...while 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...

My Review:

Moning creates a completely and complexly developed world of man and fae. She does a great deal of world building, setting us up for the series as a whole. But this doesn’t hamper the story of this novel itself. The enticing plot had me quite entertained, while also leaving me wanting to come back and find out what happens next. I love Moning’s writing style. She paints pictures without hampering your imagination, takes you deep into the world that she’s built. The flow is simultaneously fun & elegant, creating something positively magical.

I loved the feeling that the main character is telling us her story. It drew me further into the tale while also allowing me to get to know Mac better. The NA quickly growing up feeling was prevalent throughout. Moning also lets her characters’ true personalities shine through. They aren’t always proper, likeable individuals. They’re snarky when they feel like it, helpful when it works for them, and downright loveable throughout. Jericho Barrons is a perplexing mystery and a real treat in this novel. Who and what is he really? It’s one of those mysteries that I can’t wait to delve deeper into through the series.

Moning left me reeling and dying for more at the end of the novel. This is definitely a series that I’ll be delving much deeper into.

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