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"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.

309 pages, Hardcover

First published October 31, 2006

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Karen Marie Moning

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“The only other calling I ever felt was an irrepressible desire to be Captain of my own Starship. I was born in the wrong century and it wasn’t possible, so I chose to explore the universe by writing fiction instead. Books are doors to endless adventure.” -KMM

Karen Marie Moning is the #1 NYT bestselling author of the Fever Series and Highlander novels.

An alum of the Immaculate Conception Academy, at seventeen she attended Purdue University where she completed a BA in Society & Law, with minors in Philosophy, Creative Writing and Theatre, while working full time as a bartender and computer consultant. She intended to go to law school but after an internship with a firm of Criminal Attorneys, decided against it. For the next decade, she worked in insurance, where she wrote intercompany arbitrations and directed commercial litigation. At the age of thirty, she decided it was time to get serious and do what she’d always wanted to do: write fiction novels.

Beyond the Highland Mist was published in 1999 and nominated for two RITA awards. She then published six more novels in her award-winning HIGHLANDER series, and received the RITA Award in 2001 for The Highlander’s Touch.

In 2004, she began writing the #1 New York Times bestselling FEVER series. The books have been optioned twice for potential franchise development by Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Studios, but the rights are currently held by Moning who has expressed a desire to one day see it as a television series. Her novels have been published in over thirty countries. She divides her time between Ohio and Florida and is working on two future projects for Random House Publishing.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

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August 20, 2011
The only thing saving this from a 1 star rating was the world-building. Moning has created a fascinating new world for her characters to play in. Unfortunately it's those characters that really brought down this novel for me.

MacKayla Lane's life is turned upside down the day she finds out that her sister Alina, who had been studying abroad in Ireland, has been murdered. The police have no leads and her case gets filed away as unsolved. MacKayla can't stomach the thought of her sister's killer getting away so she promptly quits her job, empties her bank account, and flies to Ireland to try to solve the mystery herself.

MacKayla Lane is a vapid, shallow, stupid girl. She leaves her grieving parents behind to try to find out what happened to her sister. She thinks she can do better than the police yet her main thought throughout the novel is what color nail polish she should wear. On top of the nail polish, Mac constantly worries about her appearance; her clothes, hair, and make-up are the only thing she seems to care about. She says that just because she likes pink and has blond hair it doesn't mean she's Barbie, but she never really seems to act anything but dumb and naive.

She antagonizes the one person that is willing to help her, Jericho Barrons, and continuously hides information from him, thinking she knows best. Her actions around him are ridiculous, and at one point when he brings up her dead sister she yells, "ShutupIhateyou!", and yes, it's printed like that in the book.

Not much better than Mac, Jericho Barrons is a reprehensible character.

Unfortunately on top of the abuse, Barrons has practically no personality. I couldn't get a feel for him as a person and I was only left with a deep dislike of him and his actions. There's nothing good about him to latch onto, aside from the fact that he's supposed to be the ubiquitous "tall, dark, and handsome." I'm dreading reading about him as a love interest because I'm not sure if I can distance this Barrons from any future incarnation I come across. If I had been her I'd probably have thrown in with the Seelie prince that she encounters, at least he displayed some not entirely self-serving motives.

These two characters are really an unfortunate creation in a very unique and interesting world. The only reason I could keep reading was because of the world-building. The Fae are scary and disgusting and I really got a feel for the streets of Dublin that Mac walked up and down, surprisingly not getting killed. I like Moning's ideas and the lore she weaves into the story.

The style that Moning wrote in really pissed me off though. She's telling the story through Mac's eyes, as though it's already happened. So there's parts where Mac will say (I'm paraphrasing), "I would later find out that he was lying but at this point I believed him," or "this was where my life really changed" - she does this throughout the whole book. So we can't even read the book and read the events as the story unfolds, future Mac has to go around spoiling things! I can understand using this in a prologue to set things up but I don't want to know things that the character doesn't even know yet!

And the ending was dumb.

I already own the second book so I'll continue with this series against my better judgment.

Update: I've also read Bloodfever now, so here's my review.
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1,993 reviews298k followers
May 4, 2021
Reread May 2021: It's been ten years since I first read Fever and I confess that I was a little worried I might not like it as much on a reread... turns out it still does it for me. I inhaled this one and I'm moving straight onto Bloodfever.

Have these controlling alpha males aged badly? Sure. I remember the days when I declared Barrons my book boyfriend, whereas today I am endlessly grateful that I never ran into a real Barrons. I may have learned that Barrons would make a terrible boyfriend, but, I don't mind saying, he still makes one hell of a thrilling fantasy.


I finished this book with two clear ambitions in mind:

1. I wanted to jump on the next flight to Dublin.
2. I wanted to sandwich myself between Jericho Barrons & V'lane (preferably naked).

Let's just say that this is one of the most addictive stories I've read in a long time; even as I write this review, the second in the series is on it's way to me courtesy of Amazon.

It just has... everything. A crime mystery, a fantasy world steeped in history and folklore, and the kind of men that you would hate in real life but are the most erotic thing imaginable in literature. I can't believe I've waited so long before starting this series!
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April 15, 2018

…all two of you…

It’s no secret that Fever is my favorite series of all time. This is my third re-read of it and the entire reason I first decided to give these books another go was to force myself to attempt to properly review them and not just drool over Jericho Barrons for five pages.

Mmmmm, Jericho, om nom nom nom nom nom.

Damn it, there I go again. Anywho, there are a lot of reasons that I love this series aside from the male lead. I’m going to go with a numbered list here as it seems to be the only way to make sense of all my feels.

1. The way in which the story is told

Our narrator and MC, MacKayla Lane, has been through hell. You know this from page one, line one, where she says:

“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”

This series is told in retrospect and because of this we, the readers, get all sorts of ominous warnings throughout it along the lines of “If I had only known”, “One day those words would come back to haunt me”, “He’d never let me forget that fact” and so on.

While I loved this series the first time I read it, I didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have. Only upon my first re-read did I really grasp the genius of KMM. I noticed so many minute details that hinted at things to come and all those warnings made complete sense because I now knew what she was referencing. Ms. Moning must have had the entire thing planned out in advance, how else can you explain all the hidden gems I’ve stumbled across? Even now, on my FOURTH read of this series, I’m still noticing things I didn’t pick up on before.

2. MacKayla Lane.

I love her. I was behind her from page one, line one. In fact, I’ve never not loved her. This is because, on a lot of levels, I get her. Because I used to be her.

When I was Mac's age, I too was a sunshine girl, a rainbow girl. I used to wear beautiful dresses to work, spent hours on my outward appearance, accessorized to the nines and always tried to be nice to people. I even had a propensity for the words “sir” and “ma’am”. And I got all sorts of comments about that. My hair in that photo is actually a little darker than I normally kept it because after a while, you get sort of sick of hearing people compare you to Paris Hilton. Do I look anything like her? No. Did people still whisper that shit all the time? Yes. Why? Maybe because I was blonde and I liked colorful clothes. Maybe because they’re assholes. I couldn’t really tell you.

What those people failed to realize was that I'd been taking martial arts since I was old enough to throw a punch, and that the pretty little matching purse I clutched in my perfectly manicured nails held a five inch blade that I could hit you in the chest with from twenty feet away. Even if you dodged and the blade somehow missed I could probably break five joints or bones in your body before you realized what had happened.


I think what people fail to realize about Mac is that she’s exactly the same way. Oh sure, she might talk about how much she likes to accessorize and has a propensity for the color pink but you have to look deeper than that. What’s the first thing she thinks about after she emerges from the haze of grief caused by her sister’s murder? Vengeance. Mac’s makeup is her war-paint. Her clothes are her chainmail.

“I might be bruised and bewildered, but by God I looked good. Like a smile I didn’t really feel, presenting a together appearance made me feel more together inside, and I badly needed bolstering today.”

3. The world-building

Perfection. On every level. There’s not one point in this book that I felt like KMM was info dumping. In part that’s because the reader is learning about the world as Mac is learning. Instead of filling page upon page of the potentially boring conversations between Mac and Barrons, KMM has Mac record the necessities in her journal. Brilliant!

The fae lore, the sidhe-seers and even the OOPs are revealed piece by pertinent piece. You’re given just enough to fully understand what’s going on in each scene but are constantly waiting for more.

4. Dublin

I’ve never been. Before reading this series, I sort of wanted to go. There were definitely a lot of European cities higher up on my list of places I had to visit before I die. After reading Fever?


The city transcends a backdrop and becomes a character itself. The Temple Bar District, the fictional dead-zones, even the Garda station jumped off of the pages at me. I had a perfect image in my mind of each one and when I Googled most of them afterwards, I was shocked by just how similar the real images were to the ones I’d imagined.

I want to spend a week there and explore it all. I want to get lost in the south side amongst the liberals and the elite and then cross the river Liffey and mingle with the blue collar Catholic Irish. I want to drink Guinness and try to figure out just what the hell people are saying. I want to eat stew and listen to faery tales.

5. Jericho Mothafuckin Barrons

A lot of people picture David Gandy for JZB. Fuck that shit. Yes, I said it. His eyes are too light. He’s too frigging pretty. JZB is darker, more carnal, purely sexual and intensely masculine. Only one man comes to mind when I think of him:

The best way I know to describe him to those who have yet to meet him is self-contained. Every move he makes has a purpose, every sentence he speaks is full of meaning. He is the bearer of hard truths. When Mac would rather hide in the comfort of a convenient lie, he grabs her by the throat and forces her to face reality.

He’s an unapologetic asshole. He’s cutthroat, mercenary, dangerous.

I blame evolution for my attraction to him. Some lesser evolved part of my brain reads about Jericho Barrons and thinks “That man could not only defend your young but would happily slaughter anyone that even thought of threatening you.” He makes my cavewoman stand up and take notice.

In closing, I doubt I can ever really explain just why this series is my favorite but I hope the above has begun to do it some sort of justice.

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August 10, 2013
Buddy read with a TON of friends.

This is how it feels right now: everyone is on Team Jericho:

And then we have me:

Pic courtesy of Cory. Thanks, Cory. You shouldn't have. No, really, you shouldn't have.

This fucking book.

I don't even know how to go about describing my love/hate relationship with this book. Actually, it is mostly hate. I hated every single character in this book, and yet I willingly read on anyway. I don't understand it at all. It is the equivalent of watching midget porn, not that I actually watch midget porn, it's just an example. WHATEVER. The point is, it's ugly, it is horrifying, it is disgusting, but you just can't bring yourself to look away.

I give this book too little credit, I feel, in my rant over my hatred of Jericho and MacKayla. It truly is a well-written book. It is a testament to how good it is when the characters evoke such emotions within me, that I feel that they are realistic, complex, believable characters. The mythology is based upon the fae, the Tuatha de Danaan. It is beautifully written and a credit to the author that I loved it this much despite how much I disliked the main characters.

Praises over, it's time for me to go off on how much I HATE JERICHO AND MAC.

I hated MacKayla's immaturity and prissiness, improbable action and TSTL behavior. I don't care if you're a Southern Miss. You are a grown-ass woman. You can fucking curse when you want to. I was raised to be a lady by my mother, too, my very proper Asian mother who is as stringent (and astringent) on proper behavior as much as a Southern mom. I would die before I use bad language before my mother. Behind her back, I curse like a fucking sailor. I use language that would make the most hardened soul blush. Stupid little Mac with her "petunias" and her "fudge-buckets" and her multitude of platitudes for curses. Fuck you. You're an adult. Act like it.

"Because I was blonde, easy on the eyes, and guys had been snapping my bra strap since seventh grade, I'd been putting up with the Barbie stereotype for years."

Guess what, honey? That's actually an accurate stereotype and a stupid statement to make because throughout the book, you act exactly like a brainless Barbie the majority of the time. I admire her initiative, she's out to solve her sister's murder. I get that, I sympathize, I absolutely do. I have a sister of my own, a little sister; I would jump through hellfire for her. I understand Mac's anger, her need for closure, and to an extent, her grief.

"Oh, go ahead," I hissed. "Just kill me and get it over with. Put me out of my misery!" Missing Alina was worse than a terminal illness. At least when you were terminal you knew the pain was going to end eventually. But there was no light at the end of my tunnel. Grief was going to devour me, day into night, night into day, and although I might feel like I was dying from it, might even wish I was, I never would.

You can bet your petuniaass that I would damn well investigate my sister's mysterious death, if she were to die.

"I might not be the brightest bulb in the box, but I wasn't the dimmest, either."

You sure about that, Mac?

"He didn't just occupy space; he saturated it. About thirty, six foot two or three, he had dark hair, golden skin, and dark eyes. His features were strong, chiseled. He wasn't handsome. That was too calm a word. He was intensely masculine. He was sexual. He attracted. There was an omnipresent carnality about him, in his dark eyes, in his full mouth, in the way he stood."

Ok, Jericho is supposed to be hot? You know who else is considered hot? Serial killers like Richard Ramirez and Jeffrey Dahmer. And as for stalkery behavior, he's got Edward Cullen beat. And Mr. Sparkles is less of an asshat.

"I am unaccustomed to asking for what I want. Nor am I accustomed to bartering with a woman," he said finally.

I know there's a lot of people out there who find Jericho attractive; I can't comprehend it. He is larger-than-life, true, he has a magnetic presence, true. But I am the type who likes a gentleman, a gentle man, Jericho is not. There is rarely a moment of softness with him. He is the alpha male of alpha males. You know those monsters that jump out of a haunted house and goes BOO? That's Jericho. He constantly jumps close to Mac and scares the shit out of her. It gets old. Condescension, intimidation, and fear are tactics of interrogation, not seduction. I do not find him remotely romantic, it does not get my panties wet. Nope nope nope.

Characters aside, this was a very well-written book. The description of the dark, damp, dreary environment of Ireland I did love the incorporation of Celtic myth, of the portrayal of the fae. They are not fairies, as initially believed by Mac. They are horrendous, rotting, foul creatures. Outwardly beautiful, like the spectacular LegolasV'lane, they are inwardly manipulative, and disgustingly sexually abusive. They literally suck the life out of a person, stealing their outward beauty and inner spirit. I loved the portrayal of the dark side, the horrifying side, of the world of fae. It is a complete 180 from the wonderfully bright and beautiful world of fairies about which I have read in the past.

Reluctantly recommended by me.
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475 reviews16.3k followers
October 14, 2011
Series Overview

Click here if you can't help your attraction to me. That or, you know, you want to watch my video review.

Mr. Kennedy's thoughts on the Fever series (Please note, there will be spoilers):

Mr. Kennedy is standing around shirtless, wanting to discuss some of the aspects of the Fever series. I find it hard to concentrate.

Tatum Channing
For goodness sake, Mr Kennedy! Take those sunglasses out of your mouth! I can't hear what you're saying!

Me: So what's your favourite part of the Fever series so far (He has read up to Dreamfever):

Mr Kennedy: I definitely like Mac better now. She isn't as boring. But she's still doing her inner monologue. That's still really - I mean, it just doesn't end. Does she ever stop doing that?

Me: No.

Mr Kennedy: Well, fine, but the sex is really good. That shit was hot.

Me: *Awkward silence* She got raped.

Mr Kennedy: What?! No!

*Interview interruption as Mr. Kennedy goes to check*

Mr Kennedy: Well, that's really embarrassing.

Me: It's okay, honey.

Mr Kennedy: I'm not a rapist.

Me: I know that.

Mr Kennedy: I mean, I thought it was sexy cause she seemed to like it. You know, like with V'lane.

Me: Yeah. So, moving on. What do you think about Barrons.

Mr Kennedy: Definitely the King of the Unseelie. I want that down on paper that I already figured it out.

Me: Right...

Mr Kennedy: Wait, did you add in the rapist thing? I don't want everyone thinking I'm a rapist. That's really embarrassing!

Me: Don't worry, babe. I won't add that part in.

Mr Kennedy: Good. So yeah, I like Barrons. He's cool.

Me: Oh, do you have a crush on him now?

Mr Kennedy: Yeah, you wish I did. Then you could watch us make out.

Me: Shut up!

Mr Kennedy: You're blushing! Write down that you're blushing! You want me to make out with Barrons! You want us to *profanities excluded*.

Mr Kennedy is falcon punched and wrestled down to finish the interview.

Me: What do you think of V'lane:

Mr Kennedy: That guy? He's a douche. I don't like men that try to buy people's affection. I mean, I get that he's supposed to be alien and everything but he's just trying to buy Mac with favours. That's stupid.

Me: Who do you think Mac's going to end up with?

Mr Kennedy: Barrons. No contest.

Me: You'd pick Barrons over V'lane?

Mr Kennedy: Is the right answer going to lead to sexy times? Oh shit. You're imagining us together right now, aren't you? You're so freaky.

Me: I am NOT!

Flight of the Concord Bromance
Must not think sexy thoughts

Me: So, how do you think it's all going to end?

Mr Kennedy: I think Mac is a fae princess. It's been alluded to. And it would be a flip out if Barrons was her father! That would just be creepy as. It isn't that hard to figure it out. Am I right? You know I'm right.

Me: Yes, darling, you're totally, totally right.

*The End*

My overall review of this series is that I really, really enjoy it. This series is addictive like crack.

Most certainly, it isn't a perfect set of novels. In fact, there are many aspects of it that would annoy me in other novels such as the sexualization of violence against Mac and the romanticizing of an overtly aggressive alpha male.

But my hormones demanded that I put these criticisms aside because... manflesh! Pretty, pretty manflesh! Yes, I too can be reduced to a quivering mass of lust induced hysteria.

The world building is great, the characterization is pretty good, the story line is interesting and involving.

All up, I recommend this series if you're looking for an Urban Fantasy to sink your teeth into.

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Author 56 books26.4k followers
January 24, 2012
Rating is for the entire Fever series. Fast-paced and action packed, I plowed through all five books in a week.
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457 reviews110k followers
June 9, 2023
Totally addicting, could not put it down!
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January 18, 2021
It's nice to experience a non-Covid related FEVER once again. Cracktastick fun.

Updated 12/8/2014
Yep, still addictive.

Updated 1/23/2011

If you haven't been coerced/begged by me into reading this series yet, IDK where you were last month (maybe away from Goodreads?). If you still don't know that these books are awesome and totally worth your time, this is my last attempted to lure you into giving them a chance. However the main purpose of this update is just to follow up on the outcome of this particular series. So many crash and burn in the process, lose their steam and become a waste of time. Not so here. Fever books are fantastic from the 1st to the last. This series is a great adventure full of mystery, action, intrigue, intricate fae mythology, sexy guys, and hawt schmexing. I am now going to add an extra star to all my Fever reviews for meeting my expectations and not disappointing me in the end.

Original review

I am no expert on urban fantasy and will not waste any time on analyzing the quality of writing of this genre book, I am just going to say that Darkfever's standard mix of ass-kicking heroine/amusing cast of secondary characters/lore/mystery/paranormal hunks worked for me.

MacKayla Lane is a 22-year old blonde southern belle/bartender/part-time student who peacefully lives with her parents in a small Georgia town. Mac's life is turned upside down when she learns her older sister Alina is brutally murdered in Dublin, Ireland. The search for the murderer is fruitless and after uncovering Alina's last cryptic voice message, Mac decides to go to Ireland and try to push the murder investigation in the right direction. In Dublin MacKayla immediately finds herself thrown into a world of Faery and learns she has a powerful connection to this world...

The first thing that drew me to this book was the narrator - MacKayla. My last couple of attempts to explore the genre of urban fantasy were unsuccessful mainly because I couldn't stomach the protagonists. After enduring wimpy and boring Mercy Thompson (Moon Called) and perpetually gloomy and defiant Kate Daniels (Magic Bites), reading MacKayla's "voice" was a relief. She is not particularly smart or strong, but there is a certain lightness about her, and the fact that Mac is not traumatized by some past events is a breath of fresh air too. So many UF heroines, almost as a rule, are some kind of recovering victims. Luckily, Mac isn't one of them.

The lore and the setting are enjoyable too. Karen Marie Moning builds her fairy world on Irish lore and I think succeeds in it. Her fae are interesting, with their various abilities to feed on humans' beauty, to make their unwitting victims sexually aroused, etc.

What might turn off some readers:

1) This book doesn't have a conclusive ending. Darkfever is simply a first chapter in Moning's 5-part story whose major conflict will be resolved in the last book - Shadowfever - out December 2010. Only a few story threads are wrapped up in this installment.

2) Lack of romance. It doesn't mean there are no hotties to swoon over however (mysterious Jericho Barrons and ruthless Fae prince Vlane are both irresistibly alluring), but at this point Mac is with neither of these guys.

Overall, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was fast-paced, filled with entertaining characters and interesting lore. I will definitely read at least the next book in the series - Bloodfever.
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December 11, 2015
1.5 stars

This is one of those books where almost every aspect of the book failed me. The characters were flat, the plot stalled around 40%, and the narration was unsatisfying. In fact, the only reason why I didn't just give the book one star was because the beginning intrigued me.

Barrons. I don't get his appeal. This is partly because I don't particularly care for the whole "alpha male" trope since many times all it seems to be is barely disguised sexual or physical abuse against the heroine. Oh, so Barrons likes to threaten Mac or give her a good choke to get his point across? Totally cool, he's just being an Alpha Male! Catch Me! Swoon! I think not. Had this have been a YA novel, we'd all be calling this an abusive relationship. He may show a different side to himself later in the series, but I don't think I'll be able to look past book 1 to ever find him remotely attractive.

Mac is probably the most annoying heroine I've read in a long time. (Maybe if I had read this circa 2009, I would have liked it better.) She's a very shallow person, who I had a really hard time relating to, understanding, or caring about. Her sister is dead and she's supposedly trying to find the murderer, but she always seemed more concerned with what color her nails were. Why is this important?

The narration wasn't my favorite with Mac constantly interjecting with lines like "I won't bore you with the details..." IT WAS SO ANNOYING. I just wanted to shake her. Like, PLESAE bore me with the details because this is a, you know, BOOK. But no. Instead Moning decided that telling me every detail of Mac's outfit was somehow more relevant that describing what the fey looked like. Having Mac constantly spoil the plot time after time got so old and left no room for the element of surprise.

By the time I finished the book, I feel like I know about as much about the characters and the world from when I started, which is nothing at all. Well, wait. This is what I know. As Mac would say, "I'm just paraphrasing here."

- Mac likes the color pink, is fashion forward and apparently spends way too much money in the iTunes store
- Barrons likes to beat his fists against his chest. He does macho things in his spare time, like running a book store. Since Mac barely describes him, this is what my brain registered him as:

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- the fey are evil and like to rape women because reasons
- Mac's sister died by some evil guy who is not fey but also not human?? Also, his name is Lord Master (over compensating much?). I'm unsure if that's his BDSM alias or real name. Anyway, Mac's sister was hiding stuff from Mac because plot.
- Mac's parents are hiding things because plot
- Evil fey hang out in the part of town no one goes to because it's abandoned. Ummm, duh? Also, plot.

Pretty big disappointment with this one, folks.
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1,176 reviews4,334 followers
May 2, 2016
Having now finished this book that came so highly recommended, I have to admit that what I feel mostly is indifference. I wanted to love it, but I didn't. That being said, I didn't dislike it either. The problem was that I just didn't care a whole lot one way or the other.

The story is about a young woman, MacKayla, that goes to Ireland to play detective after the death of her sister. In no time, she's uncovered a whole new reality, full of supernatural beings that she had only thought existed in fairytales. The more clues she unearths, the more she begins to wonder if she's following in her sister's footsteps.

Along the way, she partners up with Jericho, who is looking for the same ancient book that MacKayla is. The sexual tension is off the charts between these two. However, MacKayla doesn't know if she can really trust him or not.

There is a fair amount of action/adventure in this book and it is relatively suspenseful. I would have liked more romance, but it just wasn't that type of book. It is the first book in a series, so that may change as the series progresses.

Although the story was just kind of "okay" for me, I did think that the narration was done well. So often when I listen to audiobooks, the narrators butcher a southern accent. Often times, it ruins the entire story for me as I want to cringe and cover my ears. Finally, somebody got it right!

Overall, I give it 3-stars. I would have given the narration 4 or 5-stars though. It was a nice story to pass some time, but I didn't love it like most of my friends did.
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January 24, 2018
What a great story! And it would have been even greater, if it weren't for Ms. Mackayla-call her Mac-Lane.

Allow me to explain by posing some questions.

1) You were warned that you are going to learn how to kill Fae. What do you wear?

a) Fabulous lavender shorts with matching top and high heels-oh my God is that blood on your clothes?
b)Something cozy you wouldn't mind throwing away later because, you know, mutilated bodies and stuff.
c) Does it even matter? Just give me the dagger!

2) You just realized your sister's killer may be hiding in the dark neighbourhood that is inhabited by a caste of Fae that suck your life force until the only thing left of you is dried skin. What do you do?

a) Head straight to darkness without telling anyone because you're so badass that Fae should be running away from you.
b) Run to the opposite direction.
c) Make a solid plan and get some help.

3) You found out that the world is in danger and for reasons unknown you are one of the few who can help. Put your priorities in order:

a) Pink nail-polish, hormones, fate of the world.
b) Hormones, fate of the world, pink nail-polish.
c) Fate of the world, hormones, pink nail-what?

Yeap, you guessed right. Dearest Mac's answers were solid A's. If you like your heroines Barbie-like, you're going to love her. She had her moments of course, but she was shallow, impulsive and self-centered to the core. I can understand her reservations to believe in the extraordinary, her reluctance to accept her destiny and her need for closure after her sister's murder, but that's it. I can't justify every single stupid decision she made (and trust me, they were many), and her fixation on her appearance when everything was falling apart, but hey! if you are killed in your sleep you should at least be fashionable, right?

I think, though, that I started off the wrong way. Because Darkfever was actually a deeply addictive, action-packed and ingenious story! As you can already tell, it follows the adventures of Mac, whose sister was brutally murdered in Ireland and so she decided to travel there and find the answers she was denied. But there is something ominous in the streets of Dublin, and she soon encounters creatures that came straight out of nightmares, she searches for objects of dark magic and gets in the middle of the ancient war between Men and Fae, a war that is about to be rekindled. She doesn't know who to trust. The most obvious choice is the sensual stranger who has saved her life a couple of times, but has many secrets and seems to use her for his own purposes. There is only one thing she knows for sure: the Mackayla Lane who first arrived in Ireland is not the same Mackayla Lane that will leave. If she leaves at all.
“There are two kinds of people in this world, Ms. Lane: those who survive no matter the cost, and those who are walking lambs.”

Fast-paced. Eerie. Other-worldly. And a little on the sexy side. That is Karen Marie Moning's Darkfever, and it deserves all the hype around it. Setting aside my huge dislike of Mac, I loved this wonderful and intricate world, with its rich mythology, its gothic vibe and its strong mystery element. The narration, with its ominous warnings, the foreshadowing and the way Mac talked to the reader made me even more curious about the events to come. Fae have always been fascinating, and this sinister version of them made Darkfever repulsing and seductive at the same time. And there was also Jericho Barrons.

This man is clouded in mystery, he oozes sexuality, and he's not scared of letting Mac know what he thinks about her. The tension between them is so thick you can cut it with a knife, and I am certain explosions and earthquakes will take place in the next books. Well, count me in!
“It's what you choose to believe that makes you the person you are.”

All in all, Darkfever is a page-turner, and I'm looking forward to returning to Dublin's dark streets!
509 reviews2,413 followers
July 20, 2015
I went into this book expecting to possibly die of swoons, sexy times and badass battle scenes, but right now I kind of just want to push every character in this book off a cliff. And if I'm lucky, there will be a mob of angry Aimee clones there with pitchforks right at the bottom.

You're probably thinking, Hey, the characters can't be that bad! Maybe they aren't. Okay, I'm kidding. They totally are. At least, they are in my book.

Ladies and gents, I present to you, MacKayla Lane:

No, I'm serious. I am fucking baffled as to why she keeps claiming not to be a Barbie (meaning your typical blond and very pink idiot) when she honestly is one. This woman is a complete asshole who lacks any sort of common sense. I mean, she basically walks towards danger. Who does that? She's also incredibly vain, shallow and ignorant, never forgetting to mention how pretty she is and how she can "never pull off ugly."

Then we have Jerricho Barons. He's basically Christian Grey... minus the excessive love for BDSM. This douchebag is manipulative, abusive, and also has the same personality as a cardboard box. Okay, I lied. A cardboard box would have much more personality than him.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have V'lane, a Fae who basically kills people by making them want sex so bad it makes them go crazy. (Yes, even Mac. Surprise, surprise!) So, he's also abusive and talks like he owns the Earth and everyone in it. Not attractive. At all.

Also, every single guy Mac meets in this book is apparently hot/sexy/attractive/buff/cute/dresses nicely. Where are the regular people? Where are the unattractive ones? WHAT UNIVERSE DOES MACKAYLA LANE LIVE IN?!

Another little qualm of mine: How the heck is this book listed as a romance novel? Where is the actual romance?! Someone please shove it in my face because I really, really can't see it. We only see hints of a blossoming "attraction" and basically no other swoony feelings whatsoever. I can't even say that Mac and Barrons are friends, let alone anything more.

Rage-inducing things aside, this book definitely had a lot of potential. Moning definitely didn't shy away from writing graphic descriptions (and we all know I'm a huge fan of that) and creating such odd creatures. My eyes widened every time Mac encountered a creepy new Fae.

Oh but wait! I have another complaint! The ending managed to be predictable and random both at the same time. The actual "bam" moment turned out to be a "meh" one. As a bonus, we got Mac suddenly turning into a killing machine without any past training! Hooray.

Because I'm a masochist I've been told that this series gets better, however, I'm still going to read the sequels. Eventually.

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1,606 reviews5,989 followers
December 3, 2014
Mac Version 1.0

The book starts off in Georgia. Mac is a pretty pampered. She works as a bartender, doesn't have much ambition..Just is.

No, not Arby's..she is a bartender! Who happens to love pink..way too much.

She is lying by the pool waiting on her parents to come home and spoil her some more when her world cracks. She gets the call that her adored sister Alina has been murdered in Dublin. She hops a plane and heads to Ireland because the police have given up on finding her killers and she is the angry sister that will spur them on.
Once there she runs into a bookstore..that happens to be owned by Jerrico fucking Barrons.

Barrons is pretty much an ass..but he is hawt so that kinda is overlooked..yes even by my hating ass.
After Mac realizes she can see the Fae she is informed they might not like that and will kill her Barbie butt. So Barron takes her in and together they start hunting Fae objects plus the book that her sister died trying to locate.

Once it's realized that the fae know that Mac can see them she is forced to change her appearance.

I haven't read much UF..and I admit..I liked this book quite a bit. It's pure fun. A perfect escape when you need it. I will continue with the series that my GR friends pushed me into.
Plus I'm ready for another version of Mac.......
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1,461 reviews1,122 followers
July 24, 2017
I have read Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander Series which I really liked and decided to read her Fever Series, even though I am not that crazy reading books in the first person (I tend to avoid those) and series that are about one person …..and urban fantasy is not my favorite genre….so what made me want to read Darkfever, the 1st book in the series?????

Well, I read some good reviews, my local bookseller suggested I try it and hey, loved the book cover and the heroine’s name…..MAC…beyond cool I thought!!!!!!!!!!! And not forgetting…I love stories set in Ireland…

From the 1st paragraph… ”My philosophy is pretty simple –any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book” , I was totally drawn into McKayla Lane’s world - from the steamy heat of Georgia to the dark and dangerous alleys of Dublin,
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the shadowy and intriguing fae, seelie and the unseelie, Sidhe-Seers, druids and more and more dark and light beings….I could not put the book down… I had to turn the next page so I could find out what would happen next ………

This book begins with Mac travelling from her safe, privileged and cocooned life in Georgia, USA to Dublin, determined to finding her sister’s killer…. and before she know it ---walks into the middle of a war between fae and humans….
” A war was coming. I could feel it in my bones. A war to end all wars.
And mankind didn’t even know it.”
….a war where she will play a huge part in.
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Mac kind of reminded me a bit of “Elle” from Legally Blonde…anyone remember that Reese Witherspoone movie Legally Blonde….the love for pink…where everyone thinks she’s an airhead because she loves fashion and her blonde hair???????????

But wait…….does Mac had something inside her that she had no idea about!!!!! from a naïve, pink-mad, fashion crazy girlie, she soon finds that she is more than that….
“You, Ms. Lane, are a sidhe -seer.”
“Huh?” What was a she-seer.
“A sidhe -seer. You see the Fae.”
I burst out laughing.
“This is no laughing matter,” he said roughly. “This is about life and death, you imbecile.”
“I laughed harder. “What, some pesky little fairy’s going to get me?”

Mac’s life will be forever changed……..
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Jericho Barrons…..geez this is some amazing guy!!!!! Gorgeous, rich, cultured with great taste in clothes and cars……..can I get a ride with you in your Viper???? Please Jericho!!!!! He’s a really mysterious character – arrogant ….who is he really????? He has so many secrets….Mac feels a darkness in him ….and something more…..
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Loved the dialogue between the two….

Whilst there are no sex scenes in this story, one can feel the connection and sexual tension between Mac & Barrons.
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\The secondary characters are so well written and unforgettable…..I am sure we will get to know them better as the series continues…..Rowena, Fiona, Malluce , Vlane….and many others.

The plot is intriguing, dark, fast paced…at times I was holding my breath waiting for the next thing to happen…and do things happen…..

You are constantly thrown into this dark and scary world, where humans are being killed or being taken over by an immortal and unstoppable evil.
Nail-biting stuff!!!!!!!!

Using Dublin as the main setting in the story is just so clever...it’s a murky, shadowy, wet and dismal place, with dark cobbled streets and scary alleys…. photo download_zpsskx82wvn.jpgjust the right place for evil to breed and live!!

And how could any book lover not love Jericho Barron’s bookshop???
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So realistic that I felt myself immersed in this world and its characters.

The last two paragraphs….and I had to know more…..I had to go out and buy the next books….I had to do it immediately………that’s how I have been hooked…….I need to read more of Mac’s journal, be with her on her journey and share all her pain and happiness….

I LOVED this book!!

…and this too…………
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1,209 reviews19.7k followers
December 16, 2018
I can’t... I can’t do this to myself.
DNF at 47%.

I started skim-reading this book way too early on and if that isn’t a sign, I don’t know what is.

This book was such a mess. From the confusing world-building to the plot, the irritating characters and the awkward and random sexual encounters that would come out of nowhere.

Book, you ain’t for me. We’re breaking up. And I’m happy about it.
January 6, 2011
Darkfever took me on a very dark ride, but I enjoyed myself immensely. Ms. Moning delivers with her concept of the Fae, and with this story of the inception of a young woman's crusade to find out who murdered her sister and why. Along with Mac, I was thrown to the wolves, exposed to the cruel, ruthless, and extremely scary nature of the Fae. I am very interested in stories that show Faeries not as the cute, glittery sprites that dance around flowers and giggle in high-pitched voices, but the otherworldly type, who view humans as objects to be used and discarded, when they aren't ignored as beneath their notice. Call me weird, I guess. If I am, then Ms. Moning and I am on the same wavelength here.

Mac was a very interesting character. She seemed shallow and immature, but she wasn't. I saw her evolve very quickly as a person, and show that underneath the pink nails, perfect blonde hair, and always coordinated fashions, there was a strong woman who could hold her own. I am very close to my sister, and this book hit home with me. I can't imagine how Mac would have felt, and I don't want to. Having your sister be alive and then the next, horribly murdered. That is an awful place to be in. And to find out about your hidden heritage as a sidhe-seer, and that the Fae are ruthless, cruel and dangerous beings, and you might be one of the few who can stand against them if they decide to take over the world. Wow! Just wow! I'd say she stood up great under all that pressure.

And Barrons. I had heard about the guy. He was even better than I expected. Erudite, cultured, dangerously intelligent, powerful, good-looking, and with a hidden agenda and nature that kept me intrigued. He's manipulative and cuttingly sarcastic, but he saves Mac's life and gives her shelter, and even better, helps her to find the means to survive in a world that doesn't make a bit of sense, and to come into her destiny as a power sidhe-seer. Oh, and he owns a bookstore, a really nice one. That's another plus. I was thinking he was like Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with a little bad boy thrown in for flavor. But my mother nailed it, as she often does! He's actually like Wesley, well Bad Wesley (after he betrays Angel and gets his throat cut). She is so right, and I loved the comparison, since I adore Wesley (good/nerdy and Bad/dangerous Wesley both). Anyway, Barrons....Loved him! I thought that there was a great dynamic between Barrons and Mac, sort of a sensei/student, sidekick, antagonistic partner/frenemies, and could be something more (with the tons of sexual chemistry between them).

I've been a fan of Ms. Moning for years, since I've read most of her Highlander books, but I have to say that this book really cements my admiration for her. She writes the Fae very, very well (beautiful/ugly, otherworldly, and very dangerous), and she managed to write a story that engaged me on many levels. There were the dark elements, the humor, the appeal of an ancient, foreign city that was so exquisitely described in the narrative, a likeable heroine who had depths, and I was able to see evolve in a good way over the course of the book, a fantastic antihero, bad boy like Barrons calling my name, and very scary, intense adversaries. This book was primo. I have definitely gotten the Fever, and I want more!
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709 reviews1,718 followers
January 23, 2011
My apologies to Olivia, I know you weren't blown away by Action Barbie and her gang of new friends, but OMG I loved this.

Another one of those books I can't read in public. Not because it's full of smut, but because I constantly feel like making out with my Kindle. That's how much I loved reading this book. I was constantly grumpy for the past few days, without having a real reason.

Conversations with me pretty much went like this:

Person: Kim?

So after having to reanimate a few of those persons I put 2 and 2 together and realized it was because I felt anxious every moment I wasn't reading this book.

There was not one dull chapter in this book, I kept wanting to find out what would happen next. I love how certain questions were left unanswered, questions that a lot of other series already elaborately explain in the first book.

I'm not very girly myself so I don't really get the whole pink thing, but it didn't bother me. (I was lucky enough to keep Alicia Silverstone out of my head during the entire book!) I heard a some things about Mac before I read this and I was expecting I would hate her guts. But nope. Love her. I even felt bad because I laughed during her encounters with V'lane. The first one was just funny, the second one was... um... I'm trying to find a way to describe this without giving anything away... I don't know... I read that part and tried to imagine myself in Mac's position. I'm sure my low levels of feeling horrified don't even come close to what it must be like.

I pretty much went into high school crush mode the moment I met Barrons (but I didn't know why yet, and I'm still not sure if I have a reason). I'm so intrigued, I feel like bursting out of my skin. I'm this close to booking a flight to Ireland. I'll even swim if I have to.

I would dive into the second book this instant if I wasn't reading 3 other books already, but if I don't force myself to read those first, I'll spend all my time reading this series. And maybe it's not a bad idea to drag this out a bit. I might have to give my Kindle to somebody so I can't start reading Bloodfever. But I don't want to end up in jail for assault and battery, or even manslaughter, 'cause I'll know I'll say "don't let me have my Kindle under any circumstances" and then regret it 3 seconds later.

*dreamy sigh* Oh Barrons. Where have you been all my life?
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1,018 reviews2,086 followers
March 26, 2021
4 stars

I didn't expect to like a character who talks so much about accessorising and colour coordinating her outfits during what could very well be the - end of the world as we know it - kind of moment in history BUT I found her endearing and truthfully I can see why she'd cling so hard to the part of her that existed before she found out some hard truths about the world and herself.

I loved how the heroine didn’t transform overnight into some badass chosen one wannabe saviour and accepted her new reality like it was a given.

She was a normal girl who knew the following things: •she was pretty • she was loved by her family • she had friends • she loved primping herself and looking like a southern barbie • she was going to live her life in the small town she was born in • she was going to marry a pretty boy and have pretty babies which would be raised in the same town in a house with a white picket fence.

And guess what? She was happy with that. She didn’t need more and mourning the loss of her future, of her simple, uncomplicated life while trying to keep her spirits up by painting her nails every possible shade of pink didn’t make her shallow. It made her human and relatable.

Needless to say I loved the heroine. She didn’t think herself smarter than she was or braver than she was. She just accepted that whichever state she was in, she was gonna have to survive day by day.

I loved how engaging as well as quick and easy to read this was.

This first book felt like a big introduction to a world I wanna know more of and the characters are intriguing with enough mystery surrounding them to cover a few more books.

I have to mention though, having read a lot of fantasy written after 2010, there is a certain something that the books written before that time have. Can't really describe the feeling but suffice to say, I like it.

Full RTC later (if i feel like it :D).
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2,239 reviews3,520 followers
October 31, 2019

Reasons that made me love this book and made me read the whole series multiple times:

1. Jericho Barrons.
2. Naughty, sexy V'lane. The death-by-sex Fae.
3. Ireland and especially Dublin.
4. The world building. The Fae. The Seelie and Unseelie. I haven’t really decided which of them are the bad ones.
5. The pubs in Dublin where you can meet monsters.
6. BARRONS BOOKS & BAUBLES. The bookstore which stands between two worlds. I want to live there!
7. The rainbow outfit.
8. The Sinsar Dubh. Just the fact that A BOOK is the most powerful dangerous thing in the world, makes me happy.
9. Have I mentioned Barrons? He is the first paranormal guy that I have had a huge crush on (There were others after him, of course…sorry).
10. The writing style. I could not stop reading.

And there is this anticipation that something big is coming in the next books.
Just count the signs.

This series is a perfect example of how an urban fantasy series should look like.
November 20, 2018
Presenting... The Annual MacHalo Fever Reread! The madness begins on October 26, 2015!

Third read: 3 stars
Second read: 4 stars
First read: 3 stars

Yep, that's right, I'm lowering my rating to 3 stars. Because I wasn't feeling it this time around. Because there's too much blah blah blah crap and not enough Barrons. Because Mac is a pink-clad, pretentious twit. And because I'm in a hell of a bad mood. It's not fair? I don't care.

Rating breakdown:
Jericho Fucking Barrons: 100 stars
MacKayla You-Annoy-The-Hell-Out-Of-Me Lane: -97 stars
►►3 glorious stars it is.

Until next time,

First reread with my girl Tanya starting Jan 7, 2015.

Original rating: 3
New rating: 4

Do you people seriously expect me to write another review for this book? Let's not get greedy here okay, I wrote the original review just two months ago. All you'll be getting from me is another episode in the Fever Freak's Facts of Life (abridged version).

Fact #1: Rainbow Mac isn't nearly as annoying as I remembered her to be.

Weird isn't it? I think I might be getting soft in my old age. Either that or my beginning-of-year leniency just kicked in again. Don't worry, it won't last.

Fact #2: JZB

Any questions? Didn't think so. Let's move on.

Fact #3: No Dani! No Dani!

There is a God and He loves me.

Fact #4: KMM needs to go on a word diet.

Woman you need to cut some of the blah blah blah crap.

Fact #5: that nail polish scene is still as ridiculous as ever.

Out of character much? No kidding!

I rest my case. Until next time.

Original review (November 2014)

Buddy read with my MacHalo girls starting November, 3 2014.

So. Darkfever. I was pretty much hooked after reading the prologue as I fell in love with Mac's narrative voice right away (not with Mac herself, but more on that later). Kudos to Moning here because very little authors manage to draw me into a story from the very first pages (what can I say, I'm easily bored and have little patience). The problem is, the pace slowed down a lot after the prologue. The slow pace is a recurring problem with first instalments in series since the author needs to start building up the world and to set things in motion. I was surprised here because the prologue threw me into the story but it then felt like I was torn away from it somehow. Moning gives us a glimpse of what is to come and then takes it all away. I know the first part of the book is necessary but to be honest I would have been happy to jump straight through to Mac's arrival in Ireland.

Although it does takes Moning time to set things up, her world-building is pretty fantastic. I'm pretty new to UF so this is actually the first time I read a story that revolves around the Fae. They're evil and malevolent too, yay! How cool is that? And I have to say that the whole death-by-sex Fae idea is absolutely brilliant. My twisted little mind just loves the idea of dark, mean, vicious, hideous fairies that only have the destruction of mankind in mind! How fun! Tinkerbell be gone!

Now for the characters. Mac. Oh Mac. As I said before, I absolutely *loved* Mac's narrative voice in the prologue. She came across as a real badass. The problem is, her character is nothing like that. Not in this instalment anyway. Granted, she gets a little better towards the end but she still has a long way to go. Instead of kicking ass Mac is all about being a Barbie airhead who is obsessed with pink and silly outfits. I understand what Moning tried to do here but I think she just went too far and laid it on much too thick. No wonder Barrons thinks she's a superficial idiot, she acts like one. My freaky reading buddies keep telling me she gets better so I'll just have to trust them on that (or not. You never know with this crazy bunch).

I think the real disappointment here was Barrons. Jericho Freaking Barrons. I've heard *so much* about you. You're supposed to be hot and sexy. Only you're not. You're just one of the most annoyingly aggravating MC ever and I feel like strangling you most of the time. God knows you have every reason to be exasperated by Mac but still. Do you have to be such an ass all the time? Again, my MacHalo girls tell me you get better in time but it seems I have to wait until the end of book 3 to see it happen… Book 3? Seriously?! I want hotness! I want sexy! Now!

Hey, you know what? No need to wait for book 3 for that because we have V'Lane right here with us^^ He only appears in two scenes in Darkfever but wow, what scenes! I know it's all supposed to be pretty horrific but I thought it was very cool and pretty hilarious (some say I have a weird sense of humour. I wonder why). So right now I'm on Team V'Lane. I'm pretty sure it will all go downhill from here and I'll end up being on Team Barrons but I'm pretty happy with my Seelie Prince at the moment, thank you very much:)

One more thing before I wrap this up: there is one scene in the book that is completely ridiculous and makes absolutely no sense. Barrons painting Mac's nails? You have to be kidding me. I don't think I have ever read anything that felt so out of character and so completely surreal. I just couldn't believe what I was reading. I'm pretty sure lots of readers find that scene irresistible and super cute but I just think it's plain silly.

All in all and despite its flaws, Darkfever is a pretty awesome introduction to the world of Fever. It didn't blow my mind as much as I thought it would but it's still a pretty fantastic read. Besides, it's only the first instalment in the series so there is lots of room for development. Bloodfever here I come!
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238 reviews1,106 followers
February 27, 2023
I remember how much I was fangirling over this series back in the day, I loved it so much. Gushing over the characters, going all in for the ships. Best story ever! Omg the twists!

Now it's just. Meh? It's ok. There are still some scenes that I found well built, the setting of the book shop is an easy way to win a reader's heart, pure catering. The monsties were cool as well, some if the main ones are terrifying.

The characters. Hm. Mac is a walking stereotype, she's meant to be that, I understand, but some stuff that comes out of her mouth did not age well at all. Reading the story from her point of view is at most times cringe.

Barrons, oh how much I used to love Barrons. To quote myself, 'one of the best male characters ever written!' Do I still feel like that? Hell no. Maybe it's the fact that after all these years of reading I got beyond fed up the typical alpha male stereotype, it just doesn't do it for me anymore. Barrons is just that, big dick alpha, so tough and rough, full of muscles swole boi that will punch his way through everything. Did I mention that he's mega rich and drives the fanciest cars? I mean with how alpha he is he has to. It's the rules.

Talking about secondary characters, I'm trying really hard to even remember who is in this book. Forgettable to say the least.

Was V'lane in this? I think so. There's your great secondary character, the potential love triangle insert.

I will push on to finish up my re-read for the series, at least untill book 5. I'm curious to see how they hold up, hopefully better than this one.
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1,363 reviews2 followers
December 4, 2013

4.5 Stunning Stars.

I went into this one with a bit of trepidation. Why? Well, for one, it is Paranormal which I do not really do. Two, it is set in Ireland and, being Irish, I can be super critical if it is not done right. But a few friends decided it was time to go for it and do a Buddy Read of it. I loved it. OK, the terminology was a bit too much to take in at times but the writing was excellent. The characters were intriguing. The sex was non-existent but what the heck, if the writing is good I usually don’t mind. But they better get it on some time soon.

I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there's a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style,park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with. Case in point, those darned Harry Potter movies. That was so not what that part-Veela-chick, Fleur Delacour, looked like.”

“Assume' makes an 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me'.”

“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?”

Was a bit wary as it was set in Ireland, in Dublin. Don’t really know Dublin that well as I am from the West of Ireland meself. But she knew her stuff. Only thing I found wrong was that she said Gardai car instead of Garda car – Gardai is plural. But that is just nit-picking from me.

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.”

She talks about a Dolmen towards the end of the book – it was an ancient burial place. This one is literally up the road from the village I grew up in in County Clare. Poulnabrone Dolmen.

“Sometimes, Ms. Lane," he said, "one must break with one's past to embrace one's future. It is never an easy thing to do. It is one of the distinguishing characteristics between survivors and victims. Letting go of what was, to survive what is.”

“He raised a brow. 'Petunia, Ms. Lane?'
I scowled. "Ass, Barrons.”

Look forward to starting ….

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70 reviews13.6k followers
January 11, 2016
Second book of 2016 DONE! Really enjoyed this one for what it is.... A fun sexy paranormal new adult book! It's short and gets to the point, it's exactly what I wanted and kept me reading into the weeeeeee hours of the night/morning. Good thing I have the next 4 books in the series, cause this one ended way too soon!
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1,002 reviews313 followers
September 2, 2016
Ay caramba!!! This book was a Shee-shu-Don't!!! I busted out laughing when Mac says "I won't bore you with the details of what the monsters did..." Really!!?! Really!?! But you will bore me repeatedly on the useless description of your outfit and matching nail polish!??!!! She even got Barron to do her nails !!! Good lawd!!! Nooooo.
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1,059 reviews74.9k followers
October 26, 2012
This is a spoiler-free mini-review for the SERIES, not just this book:

Do you want to meet THE. Ultimate. Alpha Male. Character?? Grab yourselves a copy of Darkfever and meet the enigmatic, mysterious, fiercely protective, powerful and dominating Jericho Z Barrons.

“He didn't just occupy space; he saturated it. The room had been full of books before, now it was full of him.”

All I can say is if you want a completed book series with an incredible plot, a unique world, and vivid, multi-layered characters with deep pasts, where EVERYTHING happens for a reason (having finished them, I realized there was absolutely NO fluff in these series at ALL), and a full-filling, heart-warming HEA, then this is the series for you.

Moning does a masterful job of building an world full of multiple complex story lines and then weaves them all together seamlessly in a way that will keep you guessing right up till the very end. (ALL my predictions were wrong! and that doesn’t happen very often)… This book will have you going crazy asking “What IS Barrons????”

“When you know who I am. Let me be your man.”

Seriously, this is one of the BEST paranormal series I have EVER read. I can’t recommend them highly enough!

It is a COMPLETED series and should be read in order. It is one continuous story. Each book starts right where the previous one left off. And the SERIES ending is a HEA. The individual books themselves have cliffhangers since the story spans 5 books.

And they are definitely ‘adult’.

“One day you will kiss a man you can’t breathe without, and find that breath is of little consequence.”

And there are a few Barrons casting visuals here to help convince you to give this series a shot :)

PS. I read these books in my pre-review writing days so I apologize for the lack of detail.
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891 reviews3,547 followers
June 5, 2019
Review after Re-reading. I am keeping my 4* rating.

The Fever series was my first urban fantasy and when I read it for the first time it completely took over my life until I finished the first 5 volumes. I don’t remember the last time a book engrossed me so much and made me binge read volume after volume until 3-4 am. Now, after going through a few more UF/Paranormal Romance series (not that many) I was curious to see what it was that made me get the fever for the Fever series. Was it the novelty of the genre, the characters, the setting, the writing? Was it all because of my mood of that time? Will I enjoy it the 2nd time? Well, I decided to test my questions.

I still loved the first volume and I am trying to analyse why below. Also, I will let you know what bothered me the 2nd time (and probably the first one as well).

The Good:

The main story arc extends over the 5 volumes: In most urban fantasy/PR series each volume has a mini arc story which usually gets resolved in one book. There isn’t a larger plot of if it does exis,t it is not that important. Here the future of human kind is in danger. The Feelies and Unseelies, the “good” and the very bad Faes, have invaded the world and there are only a few women that can see their real faces hidden under an ilussion. Mac, our small-town American hero, travels to Dublin to investigate the murder of her sistes and discovers she has the above mentioned power. Unaware of her talents she exposes herself and ends up in different unpleasant situations. By accident, while running away from some shadows, she ends up in a library where she meets Jericho Barrons and they start a weird sort of partnership.

The setting: The series takes place in Dublin, a city I love and where I would love to return. Also, it a bit of fresh air since most UF are set either in US or London.
World building: Ms. Moning has a wonderful imagination and she managed to create a scary, dangerous, exciting and sexy fantasy world.
Addictive writing. I already knew the plot of the novel, I remembered the important scenes quite well but I still finished the novel in two days. There is something about the writing that is very addictive, like Belgian chocolates.
Jericho Barrons. Yes, he is the kind of man I would run away from in real life. But on the page… he is the hottest badass alpha male. Mysterios, brutal and then a perfect gentleman, carnal, attractive, powerful, magical etc, etc. I confess I re-read this mostly because I missed him. I do not approve with his fashion sense but who cares what the guy is wearing, I am more interested what is underneath.

He studied me with his predator’s gaze, assessing me from head to toe. I studied him back. He didn’t just occupy space; he saturated it. The room had been full of books before, now it was full of him. About thirty, six foot two or three, he had dark hair, golden skin, and dark eyes. His features were strong, chiseled. I couldn’t pinpoint his nationality any more than I could his accent; some kind of European crossed with Old World Mediterranean or maybe an ancestor with dark Gypsy blood. He wore an elegant, dark gray Italian suit, a crisp white shirt, and a muted patterned tie. He wasn’t handsome. That was too calm a word. He was intensely masculine. He was sexual. He attracted. There was an omnipresent carnality about him, in his dark eyes, in his full mouth, in the way he stood. He was the kind of man I wouldn’t flirt with in a million years.

The not so good

V’lane . The Death by Sex idea and V’lane who abuses his power of attraction and makes Mac lose her underwear in a public place is so not sexy. It even felt more disturbing the 2nd time around.
Mac . I liked her more the 2nd time around but she still annoyed me with her Barbie outfits and her naïve mindset. I know she will grow as a character but she shouldn’t have started so low.

I will reread the following instalments but I am in no hurry. I am going to enjoy them slowly this time.

Original review: Did not plan to read this. I only wanted to glance at the sample but I ended up finishing it in a day. It was so addictive (and sexy) although the MC is a bit annoying. I want some more of Barrons so I will start the next one very soon.

My first Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance. Had no idea I was going to enjoy this.
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December 18, 2014
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Ahhhhh, stop yelling at me already and let me explain.

It seems everyone liked this book. I’m talking everyone. EVERYONE. Except me. I. Just. Don’t. Get. It.

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Okay, not really. This is obviously a case of it’s not you, it’s me. Maybe I’m too mature for stories of the supernat . . . BWAHAHAHAHA! I couldn’t even type that without laughing. I don’t really know what went wrong, so I’m gonna play it safe and blame it on Sookie Stackhouse . . .

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After riding out the horribleness which became the Southern Vampire series, I just wasn’t prepared to deal with yet another vapid waitress and her otherwordly interactions.

You see, Mac is a simple waitress from a simple small Southern town whose simple life gets flipped upside down when her sister gets murdered. Annnnnnnd of course Mac has to take it upon herself to travel halfway across the world in order to become an amateur Sherlock Holmes and find out “whodunit.” The problem? Well, Mac is an idiot. I mean, she made Sookie seem like a real braintrust, which is simply terrifying. Mac spends most of her time coordinating her ensembles with her nails, and don’t you know . . .

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Yep, Mac referenced pink so much I thought I was going to barf Pepto Bismol.

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Along the way, Mac meets a mysterious alpha male named Barrons who (like me) finds her insufferable, but (unlike me) somehow doesn’t follow his instincts to step aside and let her be murdered. Turns out that’s a good thing as Mac has some special powers of her own. Powers that detect the hidden Fae that walk amongst the normies as well as the ability to sense hidden Fae Objects of Power (OOPs for short).

Sidenote: My brain insisted on replacing OOP with O.P.P. – which is a VERY different thing. That song is still playing in my head. Are any of you even old enough to remember Naughty by Nature? Probably not *insert sad face* so here’s a little image that will show you how the song goes . . .

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Okay, back on topic. Barrons recruits Mac in order to find the Sinsar Dubh – the most powerful of all of OOPs that can destroy the world as we know it. Talk about some serious pressure.

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Get it? Anyone? Bueller? Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie??? Hilarious!

Alright, so this book didn’t work for me and I didn’t like it, but I didn’t completely hate it either. Some things I enjoyed?

1. The writing wasn’t horrible and although I really don’t like first person narrative, I did like that Mac’s voice was well aware of the fact that she was telling a story that already happened. Seriously authors, if you are writing from first person it’s pretty obvious that person ISN’T DEAD, so don’t try to bullshit the reader into getting all nervous about whether they’re going to make it out alive.

2. Mac admits she’s a useless Barbie in times of crisis.

3. The setting. Although the world building was pretty lame for me, I’m assuming it gets better since there are a crapton more books in this series. However . . . Dublin???? That’s good – assuming Mac and Barrons ever leave the f-ing bookstore.

4. Mac’s superpower of detecting bad guys? She vomits. LOLOLOLOL. I got a kick out of that.

5. And last, but obviously not least, BARRONS. Duh, right? I haven’t yet read any reviews of this series, but I’m assuming there’s a lot of Joe Manganiello gifs to be had. For me, though? It was all about this dude . . .

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and anytime I can’t get the image of Oded Fehr out of my head is a good time.

To all my homegirls out there who have read/are currently reading/or are re-reading this series – I’m sorry it didn’t work for me. I’m always the oddball : (
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May 6, 2011
I enjoy a fun read as much as the next person, but the Fever series will not be taking that role in my life. Overall, not particularly impressed.

To start with, the language is most likely about a 10th grade reading level: "Now we turned down a long dim hallway that ended in an immense, square black door belted by bands of steel." Its very chick-lit as well, taking time to describe her outfits and nail polish: "What I had on was a luscious gauzy skirt of nearly every pastel hue on the color wheel that hugged my hips and kicked frothily at my ankles, a form-fitting rose sweater with silk trimmed cap sleeves and a plunging silk-edged neckline that made much of my bust, and dainty pink high heels that laced around my ankles." That's right; Moning took more time to describe the heroine's outfit than the approach to meeting her first vampire.

Not many reviews have mentioned it, but there's definitely not-so-concealed racism, describing the "primitive mix" of races in Barrons, and the background of one of the "Black Irish" bad guys. She blah blahs all the time how her home has nicer, kinder, more thoughtful people and comes across like a narrow-minded American prig. Perhaps that's Moning's point, that this is the growing-up period for our heroine, but frankly, I don't see any change during this book.

There isn't romantic interest so much as flat out sexualized scenes. Now that I think of it, I wonder if current authors are reacting against the over-explicitness of the Anita Blake generation, and are trying to find ways of more unique encounters. In the initial one, Mac basically has a self-sufficient encounter, and in the second one, after arousing her, the fae disappears, leaving her half-naked in front of a museum full of people. There wasn't really romantic tension between her and Barrons, her teacher, just an exchange of insults and orders. Perhaps that too is for another book. Regardless, not sure I care. My TBR pile is so large I don't know how much time I want to waste.
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November 22, 2022
November 2017 Re-re-read - gettin LIT with the MacHalo tribe!!!

Took me 3 reads to finally realize how much KMM likes to insert her personal opinions into this book... and she rambles, for gods sake.
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