Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Narrator: Joyce Bean
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
Date Read: August 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
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…
Publisher: Brilliance Audio, Delacorte Press
Series: Fever Series #1
Also by this author: Iced, Burned br> br>
Re-Read Thoughts Aug 22 2014
Read/Listened for Fun (Audible/Kindle)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (much better the 2nd time around even though I know the narrators are going to change)
Overall Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning is part of one of those series that I love in spite of not liking Mac. I remember why I liked her in the beginning (which was nice) and it was nice to revisit “likable” Mac. I know most people adore her but she really annoys me. That being said, I love this series enough to re-read it. The action is fantastic. The world-building is great. Barrons is *swoon-worthy*.
Original Thoughts Jan 1 2011
Bought on Audible
What I Loved: This is going to sound odd but this book was nothing like I expected. The story is interestingly twisty and while I could understand what was going on, I never could get ahead of the story. I really enjoyed that aspect of not knowing was coming. Mac is a strong female lead but not overbearingly so. She makes mistakes, she is scared, and she seems very much like a 22 yr old thrown into a situation that she had very little control over. At first when she was described as a 22 yr old barbie looking type of gal, I was set to hate her. By midway through the book, I was rooting for her.
What I Liked: Mac and Jericho’s very complicated sarcastic relationship. Jericho is still a character that I am warming up too as I can’t quite figure out exactly how he fits in with everything. I don’t know if I trust him or not. That being said he was great to read. Vlane wasn’t in the story enough but his effect on Mac was astonishing *blush*.
Complaints: None that I won’t address in the Audio Review
Audio specific review: The narrator took some getting used too. She made Mac sound older and Jericho sound very grouchy. As I got used to her reading though, I noticed that the pacing was fantastic and the nuances were dead on. So stick with it past the first couple of chapters, you will get used to the voice and tone she uses.
Why I gave it a 4: I would listen/read this book again. This is a great launch to the series and can’t wait to read the next one.