Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

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….

Darkfever was one of those books that I really wanted to love based off what I had heard of the series. I however….did not. I found the writing to be good but I just couldn’t connect with the main character of Mac at all. She was too soft for me. Way to ignorant and innocent. I completely understood that she was thrown into this world but I felt she wanted to “wake up from a dream” for far to long in the book. How many creatures does it take to make someone understand that they aren’t in Kansas anymore. Over and over she is faced with things she has no basis for and yet she insisted on trying to deny them. I was screaming “Hey Barbie, wake the hell up…this ain’t no dream….stop worrying about your clothes. Stop crying over your hair…suck it up”

Barrons, the main male lead, was brooding, strong and totally up to something. I felt he definitely should have played a larger role. I could have done with more conversation from him and less internal speak from Mac. I like how he was always a rock for Mac, even as he was a complete hard ass in the process. I find it funny that even with everything Mac has learned she doesn’t ever voice how odd it is that Barrons is never around during the day. HMMMMMMM. Though he does tell her he is “something” other than human towards the end.  Somewhere in this first book he also starts caring for Mac, though I can’t place exactly where. However, it becomes apparent when Mac gets her ass beat and Barrons screams her name. Not Ms Lane that time….he screamed Mac. Then tended to her wounds with such care, even going as far as painting her nails. Really? Wow.  I will read the second book for him alone.

V’lane’s character of a Seelie Prince also made the book enjoyable. The description of him instantly brought to mind Brad Pitt in Legends Of The Fall…omg yummy. Any man (or hot inter dimensional Fae being) that can make a girl strip in public and get on all fours…yikes. I will read that LOL. Plus we find out that V’lane knows Barrons…and isn’t that a bit coincidental?

The world Karen Moning has spun is definitely a complex one. But she does it in a way that’s easy to remember and I didn’t feel like I had to take notes to remember all of it. Her descriptions will paint a picture in your mind with deadly accuracy. I did find parts of the book dragged for me. Mostly Mac’s constant internal babble. I wanted to gouge my eyes out a few times.

So while I do not like Mac…at all. I enjoyed the other characters immensely. Based on the fact that everyone else is begging me to keep reading I will. Truth be told I probably would have anyway just to see where this new world can take me.

I Give Darkfever 3 stars, I read it, I may have skipped some boring paragraphs but I did go all the way to the end. I really hope as a series my score will be able to go up. I have mega faith in all my chicas who are telling me to keep reading.

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