Saturday, August 27, 2011

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

[Note: Given the recent interest Dreamworks has shown in the Fever series, I figured it was high time I transfer my reviews from my Goodreads account to my blog. I've been a bit lazy in that area, but it's about time I rectified that. Karen Marie Moning is on of my all time, top favorite author's. In fact, if I had to choose only three series I could take with me into a bomb shelter to prepare for the end of the world. It would have to be Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson, and Karen Marie Moning's Fever. That seems an appropriate mix for a bomb shelter. An apocalyptic series for the coming apocalypse, a Dystopian for life after, and something humorous to give me laughter during dark days.]

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Fever, #1
Author: Karen Marie Moning
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Publisher: Delacourte Press (Random House)
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Where to Purchase: Amazon || Kindle
Reviewed by: Aimee
Source: Amazon Kindle purchase
Rating: Epic Win! 4.5 out of 5

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 Faery came down. But then, there’s not a sidhe-seer alive who’s had a good day since then.

Before The Compact was struck between Man and Fae (around 4000 B.C. for those of you who aren’t up on your Fae history), the Unseelie Hunters hunted us down like animals and killed us. But The Compact forbade the Fae to spill human blood, so for the next six thousand years, give or take a few centuries, those with True Vision—people like me who can’t be fooled by Fae glamour or magic—were taken captive and imprisoned in Faery until they died. Real big difference there: dying or being stuck in Faery until you die. Unlike some people I know, I’m not fascinated by them. Dealing with the Fae is like dealing with any addiction—you give in, they’ll own you; you resist, they never will.
Great start to a FANTASTIC series! If I had to choose several words to describe Karen Marie Monings Fever series I'd say Complex, Compelling, Suspenseful, Mysterious, HOT, Sexy... and definitely Addictive!

This is NOT a sparkly fairy tale about love and tiny beings with gossamer wings and fairy dust. It is a dark story with highly evolved, ancient and otherworldly beings that have been a part of our human world before the record of time itself. Think more along the lines of "Ancient Aliens" that were mistaken throughout history as Angels, Gods and Demons (Look-up: Tuatha De Danann -or- Tuatha De Danaan). With Seelie and Unseelie hallows coveted by our race as religious artifacts and beings so advanced they don't even consider the human race to be sentient. Now they seek to take over our world.

Darkfever is the introduction to this rich tale of deadly Fae and the threat of the veil that separates our world from theirs collapsing. The one person who may be able to make a difference is MacKayla Lane ("Mac" for short). A typical carefree glamour girl living her life as a Georgia peach before her world is turned upside down by the murder of her sister Alina. A frightening and questionable voicemail message sends Mac to Ireland in search of answers and revenge against her sisters’ killer. Instead of the answers she seeks Mac discovers more questions, the mysterious world of the Fae and special abilities she was not aware she had.

Along Macs' journey she discovers she and her sister are descended from a rare line of humans, known as sidhe-seers (she-seers), that have a unique ability to see the Fae. By no will of her own, Mac is sucked into a dangerous world on the cusp of a war between the Seelie (good) and the Unseelie (bad) Fae as the veil between their world and ours threatens to fall. Confused and in denial of her new predicament, Mac finds herself torn between an inhumanly attractive, lethal Seelie Prince named V’lane and the dark, enigmatic, equally dangerous book-dealer Jericho Barron’s. They both promise her protection in return for her help in tracking down a dark book of unspeakable power. The Sinsar Dubh (she-suh-Doo), as it's called, is filled with the blackest magic, containing within the knowledge to creat and detroy worlds. With her own life now in danger and her so called “allies” providing no answers as to their true intent, Mac finds she doesn’t know who to trust. Do either of them truly care about her safety, well being or the survival of her world? Or is Mac being used as an expendable tool to track down the dark book for sinister purposes? Mac is suspicious of everyone and trusts no one.

Each book in the Fever series builds upon an intricately woven tale full of mystery and suspense. The first book starts out a little slow, but you'll find it's necessary to the build up and development of the Fever world and it’s characters.

What did I love about this series as a whole? The mystery and suspence it creates. The fact that you can reread it several times and still find things you missed or took for granted the first time, like a puzzle. I love the forshadowing and the fact that your brain has to be on it's toes while your reading. And finally, that you don't know who to love, who to hate, who is bad and who is good. Most of all, I love the adventure its taken me on.

Mysterious and suspenseful, Darkfever is the 1st in a 5 book series, that builds a complex and compelling world with vivid characters and a plot that leaves you with more questions than answers. Both men and women alike will be drawn into Fever’s world. There is something for everyone and you’ll soon find you can’t walk away from it without reading all the way through to it’s end. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes urban fantasy or mystery. You won’t be disappointed!

On a final note: The Fever series must be read, in order, from beginning to end to encompass the whole story, with Shadowfever bringing it to completion. Also, if your interested in seeing Dreamworks make the Fever series into movies, please visit their Facebook page [DreamWorksStudios] and/or twitter [#Fevermovie] to let them know. Also, please become a fan of the Million Moning Maniacs march to Hollywood by "Like"-ing the Facebook page as well. We're on our way!

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Other Reviews of Darkfever:
My Bookish Ways: 4 of 5
Holjo's Reviews: 4 of 5
Red Hot Books: 4 of 5
Parajunkee's View: 5 of 5

About the Fever Series:
Fever In a Nutshell: the players, locations, stakes
Behind the Scenes: Fever series

Role Playing Fun with the Author [Character Pages]:
MacKayla Lane [Facebook/Twitter]
Jericho Barron [Facebook/Twitter]
V'Lane [Facebook/Twitter]
Ryodan [Facebook/Twitter]

Other Books in the Fever Series:
Bloodfever [Fever, #2]
Faefever [Fever, #3]
Dreamfever [Fever, #4]
Shadowfever [Fever, #5]

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