Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Series: Fever Book #1
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages:  342
Rating: 3 Stars
How I Got It: Borrowed from the library
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Fairy, Romance (?)
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

 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...

As my rating would suggest this was a pretty average book for me. Honestly, I don’t see why people love it so much and I’m not invested in the romance at all. If I hadn’t heard about it I wouldn’t even think there was a romance. Since so many people love this series so much I do plan on reading the second book.

My main complaint or issue is Mac. I don’t hate her, but I definitely don’t like or care about her. She seems a little Mary Sue-ish to me. And she was fairly immature. If I do decide to read the whole series I hope she grows…a lot.

And the plot fell a little flat. I was looking at some reviews on Goodreads and someone said this read like a prologue and I have to agree. I get that this is the beginning of a series, but there could have been more plot and not so much exposition.

Now, I will admit that I feel like this book was at a slight disadvantage. I picked this up right after reading the second Heartstrikers book by Rachel Aaron which is just amazing urban fantasy. And I’ve been making my way through the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger which is a well-designed series.
In the next couple of months I’ll try to pick up the second book and go from there.

Thanks for reading!

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