Series: The Fever Series #1
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Romance & Fantasy
Rating: 4 Sugar Cubes
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
Summary: When MacKayla’s sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death, a cryptic message on Mac’s cel 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.
(Taken from Goodreads)
I was very skeptical about this book at first.
Usually, I’m not much for modern kick ass heroines, love triangles, and fae. If I read anything that involves Celtic/Irish Mythology it’s normally in a history book and I tend to lean towards women from the 1800s not the 2000s.
So let me be frank and say this book was slightly out of my comfort zone. Which, even though it was exactly what I had been going for, absolutely terrified me at the same time. I had been skirting around Dark fever for awhile. My last expedition to Barnes and Noble had left me walking out with some unusual choices. I had tried to read Dark Fever first. I picked it up and set it down twice, moved on to the Witchcraft series that I had purchased along side it, blew through that set, and finally came back to Dark Fever.
There was something about this book though that made me just not dig the first few chapters. It was why I had picked it up twice and set it down both times. This last time I knew I was going to read it. Whether I liked it or not. After I pushed myself through the first chapter, then the second, I found by the third I was completely hooked. I don’t even think I realized it. I kept trying to hold on to my skepticism, all the while I kept turning page after page.
I think it was the mythology that did it for me.
Karen Moning really weaves this other worldly mythos into the modern age and that was a complete joy to read. I like my history, I like my mythology, I definitely liked how she twined the two together. It was extremely vivid, and not once did I think that it wasn’t real.
That being said, I’ll go back to how I struggled with this book at first. I truly just think that the storyline is a bit slow in the beginning. That it takes a while to pick up speed. You would think that isn’t true, since the main character practically hops on a plane and flies over to Ireland with in the first chapters, but it somehow felt slow to me. It also has a decidedly prologue feel to it as well. I can say that with confidence since I’ve already read the rest of the series. This book definitely takes a while to build and though a million things happen when I finished I felt like nothing had at all.
Which was probably a brilliant move played by the author, since I went out the very next day and bought the rest of the series so I could find out what happens. Chalk one up to Karen Marie Moning.
As for the main character, I wasn’t sure if I really liked her at first either. Mackayla Lane aka Mac was kind of a double edge sword for me through the first half of the book. I liked her spunk, attitude, and determination. I didn’t like how headstrong or stubborn she could be and the denial wall she kept throwing up. She played the victim card a lot, and I kept having to remind myself that her sister just died, that she had just been shown that the fae exist, and she’s on a completely different continent from the world she knew! I think my struggle with the main character was entirely my own fault. Sometimes I want a heroine to be heroine, forgetting that they have to deal with their own flaws, and combat their own way of thinking. I was expecting a kick ass heroine but didn’t prepare myself for her to be a kick ass heroine with feelings. Which just shows the brilliance of Karen Marie Moning. I loved Mac by the end of the book and told myself to promptly get over myself.
The two main men in Mac’s life were both love/hate relationships for me. Batting first, Jericho Barrons, a book store owner with a million secrets, who drove me crazy in a very good way. His snarly attitude, albeit sexy, was infuriating at times. He never gives. I just wanted to throw the book across the room because the man seriously turns you on and off like a switch. I felt really bad for Mac, simultaneously wishing I could take her place for every interaction with him. Seriously. Jericho Barrons is yummy. There, I said it.
Batting second, V’lane, a fae prince. He’s annoying. Deliciously annoying. If I were Mac I probably would have punched him in the face a million times already. His character is great, but he’s got this pretentious, know it all attitude about him that made me want to bang my head on the table all the while wondering why I still thought he was so adorable. I do think Karen Moning really handle his fae beauty/ability well, though. He is a death by sex fae, which means he is so beautiful that he gets a woman worked up just by showing himself to her and can give her ultimate pleasure if he wants. It makes for fun interactions between Mac and V’lane, but it is never taken over the top to where it is unbelievable or bothersome.
I will say that this book may be a bit misleading, I just mentioned two very sexy men, and I picked this book up in the romance section but it hardly has any romance it in at all. There are two sexy male counterparts to Mac, lots of sexual tension, but I would say this is really not a romance story. It becomes a bit of one through the series, but romance doesn’t really play a major part for Mac. So if you are looking for a straight up romance novel, I think you might be disappointed.
Overall, I may have struggled a little at first, but I’d seriously recommend this book to anyone.
It has great character development, rich content, and is just a fun read. It only gets better and better as you go on. Like I said before, it does start out slow but the mythology and attention to detail really gives this book impact. Check it out for sure!