Thursday, January 3, 2013


Title/Author: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning.

Genre: UF/PNR.

Publisher: Dell.

Source: Purchased.

Favorite character: none.

All in all: A few frustrations but mostly fun.

Synopsis:  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.

My Thoughts: Okay, so...I felt like I was missing out for not reading these books.  People would refer to main male protagonist Jericho Barrons in conversations as if he is a figure everyone should know and I would get yelled at on Twitter for not reading these books.  I can't say I am absolutely in love with it like everyone else seems to be but it was a fun and enjoyable read. 

I did like the premise of the story and it included mythology that I enjoyed and mysteries that were intriguing.   Told in main female protagonist Mackayla Lane's viewpoint, the urgency of her mission to find her sister's killer is clear.  I like her spunk and her guts.  However, I didn't like her at first or rather I didn't like the way every outfit was described down to matching accessories.  Perhaps this is Mac's armor...her fashion and her clothes and dressing up helps her feel better and stronger.  However, toward the end she seems to truly get tougher and grow up a little.  What I also really enjoyed was the foreshadowing.  Mackayla would tell you things in had she known then what she knew now, she wouldn't have done the following...then the scene would play out.  These hints made me pay attention more closely and they served to create more tension. 

Unfortunately, the ending left me frustrated.  I closed the book feeling kind of confused.  Perhaps this is my fault and I was expecting something different.  I know I should keep reading, but it is also my belief that a book, whether it's the first or the third or the tenth in a series, should wrap up the main story.  Sure a few cliffhangers and dangling of fruit is fine, but I closed the book feeling "Huh?  That's it?" We found out who the killer is, (and I guess that is the main thing along with several other plot points,) but we don't really know who he is.  If that makes any sense.

I also think I have to trust in the fact that I should probably not read books from the Paranormal Romance section.  Or, I just need to adjust my thinking when doing so. While there is no romance in this per reads like one.  Mackayla has to dress like a sex bomb to infiltrate Dublin's exclusive locations with Jericho.  Not my thing.  The way he controlled her from her hairstayle to her not leaving the country did not make me swoon.  I know he is trying to protect her and that a lot of his motives are hidden but he annoyed me.   But again to play devil's advocate, he also annoyed Mac.  So his character is well written.

Will I continue the series?  Probably.  I do kind of want to find out what happens so that is a testament to the story right there.  

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Bookish Brunette said...

I've been meaning to FINALLY get to this series forever! I have it on my kindle AND paperback.... But so far I just haven't had the urge to start. :/

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I didn't like book 1 that much so you were way ahead of where I was. I never liked Mac (to this day) but I love the world general. Just a warning---ever single one of the books has a frustratingly open ending. That annoyed the ever loving daylights out of me.

Anonymous said...

My cousin calls them cliffhangers from hell. Good luck!

Logan E. Turner said...

I haven't read these yet either, but plan to as part of my challenges. Although this makes me nervous! Glad you liked the plot at any rate.

Midnyte Reader said...

@BB-It's a fast read and it is actually fun despite my frustrations.

@Felicia-Thanks for the warning. Interesting you still don't like Mac.

@Lost-That is a good way to put it!

@Logan-I'm curious to see what you think of it.

Aurian said...

I agree with you, I did not like the first book very much, so it took me a few years to read the rest of the series (which I did a few months ago) and because of the evil cliffhangers, I wanted to wait till I had all the books on my shelves. If you continue reading, you won't be sorry. I loved the world, but not such a big fan of Mac, and all the Barrons hysteria went pretty much by me.

fakesteph said...

I hate when I'm supposed to swoon over controlling assholes. I feel like the people who swoon over that shit have never had someone control them. And you love them and want to make them happy and it sucks and I don't think it is something you ever get away from, which sucks. But it's not love. And it's not swoonworthy.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Ha! I think you're the first to say Barrons is annoying. I never thought of him that way, but Mac sure did annoy the hell out of me. I can't really stand her. And I guess I'd call these books more UF than PNR, but I guess they do kind of shift between the genres.

This series is not my favorite at all, in fact, it really frustrates and annoys me, but I'm intrigued by it. I think it's worth continuing.

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

I just read this recently too- for the same reason you did, and I liked it, but it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. Not sure if I'll continue with the series, but we'll see. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't any romance- but I guess it makes sense since Mac was trying to find her recently slain sister's killer.

Midnyte Reader said...

@Aurian-Thanks. I'll probably try the next few at least. And hmmm, it sounds like Mac and Barrons may never grow on me.

@Steph=LOL! I have a feeling that Barrons will reveal all his reasons in due time, I would hope anyway. They haven't fallen in love yet but I guess that is coming.

@Missie-Another person who feels this series is worth continuing. Maybe with all these warnings in mind, I can continue and just enjoy.

@Kate-I'm interested to read your review!

SweetMarie83 said...

I read this one a couple years ago and was kind of 'meh' about it. People do talk about Jericho like everyone should know who he is, but from the first book, I didn't see what was so great. And Mac annoyed the hell out of me from beginning to end. I had a friend who read the series after I read the first book and talked about it, and he said it gets better and Mac grows up a lot and he thinks I should carry on. I'd like to, I just haven't had time. Because it's been at least two years since I read it, the ending is kind of foggy, so I might have to grab the first book along with the second at the library for a refresher. Great review!

Jayla The (Almost) Librarian said...

If you didnt like the ending in these books you will be equally frustrated with the others. I am going to start the last book in a few days. JB does grow on you.....I think if you continue with the series you will really enjoy it! A lot of growing up happens and secrets are revealed. Its a fantastic series.

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