Friday, April 5, 2013

Adult Review: Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning

This book is suitable for Adult readers!!!
Goodread summary:
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….

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“It's what you choose to believe that makes you the person you are.”

I just can't belie how the book started and where it ended... I'm really behind on the series because it's 2013 and book one of the spin-off series is already out and I have a lot to catch up on but I'm really excited about it. I hadn't even heard of Karen Marie Moning before early-last-year and since then I've heard great things about her books so I decided it was time to start reading one.

"It was a little difficult to get and out-of-hand bachelor party at the bar to take you seriously when your threat was they'd better 'back off or the bouncer was going to kick the fudge-buckets out of them and toss their petunias right out the door'"

I just loved it! MacKayla 'Mac' Lane is your ordinary southern girl that loved the color pink a little too much and had a nearly perfect life... or so she though.

The first chapters from the book were Mac's thoughts as if she was talking to us, the readers, telling her how perfect her life was, lying near the pool in her parent's house while they were away on vacation. And then with one phone-call everything changed. In that phone-call Mac's world was shattered, her sister was suddenly dead and no matter what she couldn't get closure because her killer was never caught. Thank Mac got a message her sister had sent her the day she died and that sent Mac packing and on the next plane to Dublin to hunt down the person who shattered her perfect life.

What she found there was more disturbing and scary that her worst nightmares and she was suddenly dragged into a war between two worlds, worlds she didn't even knew existed and she was part of that war, a significant part. A weapon some might say, deadly at that, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

You have to understand that Mac is not an optimist. She might have been but at some point it all became too much and she just called it like she saw it at the moment and she was in some pretty bad situations. So there were a few moments I just loved her thoughts and her is one of them:

"Maybe, just maybe I could get close to the Lord Master. And maybe I could use the spear to kill him . And then maybe I could freeze all the Unseelie and outrun a vampire. It sounded like a plan to me. The only one I could think of."

The day MacKayla set foot in Dublin her faith took action and brought her to Jericho Barrons. I have no words to describe him but I'll do my best. He is drop dead gorgeous, not Fae magic gorgeous, but not you typical handsome man. And as Mac explained it he just consumed the space around him (“He didn't just occupy space; he saturated it. The room had been full of books before, now it was full of him.” ). There is something deadly in him and Mac knew it from the minute she saw him. His looks, no matter how good, didn't fool her that he could kill her right then and there for messing with something he's interested in. He was this serious demanding person that stood before her like a rock.

“If he was winter, I was summer. If I was sunshine, he was night. A dark and stormy one.”

Mac could have ruined all the progress Barrons'd made with her questions so keeping her in check was his priority number one... But that didn't turn out exactly as either one of them had planed.

The events that followed had them leaning on each other for support no matter how much they hated the idea.

It was a lovely book really. Between the seriousness of the events, Mac's snarky remarks towards everything and everyone around her(“He'd surely been spawned by some cataclysmic event of nature, not born.” ) and Barrons' steely presence we observed a very interesting and quite entertaining book and I loved it!

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