No silly…not that kind of fever…this is the good kind….and it all started with Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a post about one of my favorite book series. That’s right I’m talking about the Fever books by Karen Marie Moning. So, I’ve decided to revisit them. I’ll be doing a series of Fever posts over the next few weeks…cuz in all honesty…there’s no such thing as too much Fever.
I did a review of the series as a whole back in July. Now I want to delve a little bit deeper into each of the books on their own. I didn’t find these books by myself. Nope, I gotta give credit for my addiction to ’em where it belongs. JAG was the Fever dealer for me, and it’s been almost a year since I first read this literary crack.
The 1st book in the series is Darkfever. Here’s the publishers blurb…
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 started kind of slow for me. It wasn’t an immediate OMG! I flove this book right away, so if that same thing happens to you please keep reading. It was however good enough that I kept going.
I liked Mac immediately…no reservations. She’s a very gurly gurl and I am too. She loves pink, and her biggest concerns are what nail polish she wants to use. She’s only 22 and she’s not out to save the world. I’m ok with that. It was kind of nice to read about a character that starts out with virtually no angst in her life. She works part time at a bar and lives at home with great parents in Georgia. She has a sister, Alina, who is in Ireland studying. Then with one devastating phone call her life gets ripped up and torn apart. The mysterious death of Alina puts the whole series in motion, as Mac decides to fly off to Ireland to try and get some answers.
When Mac encounters Jericho Barrons there is an immediate tension between them, and at 1st I am unsure where that will lead to. He’s unlike any other guy she’s ever met…um yeah…me too. He’s tall, dark haired, dark eyed, and golden skinned. He’s also got an accent altho it’s not Irish. He dresses impeccably, and he has a penchant for expensive cars. The fact that he also smells spicy and good enuff to lick? Major bonus. He owns Barrons Books and Baubles, and boy would I like to get a peek inside that bookstore. Sounds like a place I could happily browse thru for days on end… Jericho and Mac discover they are both searching for the same thing the Sinsar Dubh. It’s a book but not just any book. The difference is that Barrons knows all about it while Mac knows virtually nothing other than it’s somehow connected to her sisters death.
Dark Fever is the story of Mac and Jericho joining in an uneasy alliance to try and find the book that holds a significant meaning to both of them. Along the way the tension between them only grows and it becomes increasingly clear that it’s unquestionably a sexual one. I remember the 1st time I read Darkfever that I was never sure of Barron’s motivations where Mac was concerned. I didn’t know whether she should trust him or not. However, I did find him to be quite appealing…ok, ok that’s really an understatement of ridiculous proportions. I thought he was hawt and arousing and desireable from the get go. Trust him tho?!? Huh-uh…no way.
We also get to meet V’lane in Darkfever. He’s another 10 on the UNF! meter. He’s what’s known as a death-by- sex fae. Basically it means you want to have unending sex with him. The term Pri-ya is used to describe becoming a sex slave to the fae until it kills you. Here’s how V’lane is described in the book. “Imagine a tall, powerful, mighty archangel, frighteningly male, terrifyingly beautiful. Then paint him the most exquisite shades of chestnut, bronze, and gold you can possibly imagine. Give him a mane shimmering with strands of cinnamon gilded by sunlight, skin of tawny velvet, and eyes of liquid amber, kissed by molten gold.” Yup I’m sold.
I said before that I didn’t trust Barrons and I sure didn’t trust V’lane either. Any creature that can make you start stripping off your clothes in public?!? You gotta watch that one like a hawk no matter how much you might want to jump him. He wants something from Mac every bit as much as Barrons does…her help in finding that book. O, and the mutual dislike between Barrons and V’lane?!? Intense…very intense.
Mac learns a lot during this book and does a lot of growing. (I think as a reader you’ll do some of that yourself.) I guess when you want to stay alive that’s kind of how it has to be. I’m really sort of sad that pink Mac needs to change but I understand why, and I like her just as much. She’s one of my favorite female book characters ever. I know I rarely ever give enuff time to the gurls from the books I review, so it says a lot that I’m fairly gushing over this one.
I hadn’t read a lot of fae based stories before this one, but they are a favorite of mine now. There’s a lot to learn if you haven’t read them before either. I like finding new sub genres, and I love learning new things so this is a great introduction if your just coming into the paranormal/fae based world.
One of the many things that I love about Ms. Moning’s writing is her use of humor. She injects it perfectly even in the most dramatic of moments. She writes sarcasm flawlessly, and does descriptive just the way I like it…not too much…not too little.
How about a few pictures to
titillate spark your imagination?!? I’ve seen all kinds of pictures and heard all kinds of passionate responses on the question of what JZB looks like so here are a few samples.
Jericho Z. Barrons baby!
Some of my favorite quotes/passages from Darkfever:
“Last night you said you wanted to know what to expect so you could better select your attire. I told you we were going to visit a vampire in a Goth-den tonight. Why, then, Ms. Lane, do you look like a perky rainbow?”
― Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever
“Barrons laughed again. “And there, my dear Fio, you make one of Womankind’s greatest mistakes: Falling in love with a man’s potential. We so rarely share the same view of it, and even more rarely care to achieve it. Stop pining for the man you think I could be — and take a good, long, hard look at the one I am.”
― Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever
“I wondered what one wore to visit a vampire. The chic red sweater set didn’t go so well with my darker hair, and I was afraid it might be construed as a flirtatious invitation to color me bloodier.”
― Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever
On Wednesday I’ll be featuring Jericho Barrons as My Book Boyfriend of the week…Mmmm…more pictures.
Next week: BloodFever.
Here are the book covers for all 5 in the series. I have a thing for book covers and I really like all these. My favorite however is Shadowfever. Something I don’t see a lot is books getting multiple cover art for each book. I’ve seen quite a few different ones for this series tho.