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Darkfever (Fever #1)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  86,096 ratings  ·  6,028 reviews
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 Irela
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Delacorte Press (first published October 1st 2006)
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Amber No. I've read both series and I don't feel that there is any reason for you to have to read the Highlander series first.
Amber Yes, she gets MUCH better. I've read the entire series twice; you have to keep in mind that Mac, like people in real life, evolves over time. She's a…moreYes, she gets MUCH better. I've read the entire series twice; you have to keep in mind that Mac, like people in real life, evolves over time. She's a total empty-headed girly-girl in the first book, but over time she becomes pretty dang hardcore and she definitely makes wiser choices as the series moves along. What I liked about the interaction between Barrens and Mac is, right thru the first four books and even into the fifth, I had no idea how they really even felt about each other. The reader (and both characters) aren't even sure most of the time whether they can trust each other or if they even like each other. Most of the time I don't think I'd like that in a book, but I actually loved that aspect for this story and the way that it was told. (less)
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The Holy Terror
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 g
Kat Kennedy
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 (H
Emily May

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

…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
Jeaniene Frost
Rating is for the entire Fever series. Fast-paced and action packed, I plowed through all five books in a week.
Dec 08, 2014 Tatiana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kat Kennedy
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 beco
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
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 tha
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Dec 02, 2014 Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* by: the goodread book pushers.
Shelves: fantasy, read-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
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 pe
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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 oth ...more
Kat Stark
Oct 13, 2014 Kat Stark rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kat Stark by: Everyone

Second Book: Bloodfever
Third Book: Faefever
Fourth Book: Dreamfever
Fifth Book: Shadowfever
Sixth Book (Dani's POV): Iced

...because that's where I've been living since 2006.
I didn't even know this beauty existed and I was glad to dive into a book that apparently everyone has read and loved. Now, I feel like I'm part of this big whole group :D

I don't think I can review it as properly as every one of you guys did, so instead I've decided to write my feels out Dr. Seuss style...

I am Nook.
Nook I am.

Aestas Book Blog
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-layere
The Flooze
E.T.A. Having now read the whole series, I can't say I'd recommend it. I never grew to like Mac, and though the twists were interesting at times the pay-off didn't outweigh the frustration.


It’s a long one, folks. The gist of it is: An interesting set-up in terms of world-building, but I’m not attached to the characters in the slightest. Why? Read on…

MacKayla Lane. Ohhh, how you irk me. Your obsessi

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 goo
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here.

First I was like “Fever re-read huh? I’m gonna combine-read it with some other book because I’m that cool.”

And then I was like “Fuck this shit it’s Fever were talking about. My mind can handle only one load of awesomeness at a time.”

The first time I’ve read Darkfever I didn’t like Mac much. The reasons are obvious. She’s a weakling pretty little blond spoiled brat. However, now I can’t help but love the woman because of what she became throughout the series.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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 .


"My philosophy is pretty simple - any day nobody's trying to kill me is a good day in my book."

MacKayla Lane's carefree life is brutally turned upside down when her sister, Alina, is murdered during her study year abroad in Dublin, Ireland. When there are no clear leads to who the killer might have been, the police quickly pronounce Alina's murder case closed. But MacKayla "Mac" is determined to find out what happened to her beloved
The beginning of this book reminded me so much of Veronica Mars, in fact, I even pictured Kristen Bell as the main character.

Mac is on a mission to find her sister's killer, much like Veronica's quest to find her best friends killer. Her sister Alina was a young woman who found herself in a dangerous situation and relationship, believing she was in love with a man who she knew mostly nothing about. But that is where most of the similarities end. Unless there was an alternate season on VM where
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
4 There-are-more-things-in-Heaven-and-Hell Stars


A dark book full of mysteries...
A city doomed in darkness...
A world falling apart...
A man capable of death and all-consuming passion...
And a rainbow of girl trying to make sense of them all.

When MacKayla "Mac" Lane, travels to Dublin to investigate her sister's murder, she will uncover disturbing truths about herself, her view of the world and the fate of humanity. Her biggest ally or worst enemy? A mysterious bookshop owner, Jericho Barrons, who k
Larissa Ione
I admit, I struggled at the beginning of this. I was having a hard time being able to root for Mac. But I stuck with it, and THANK GOD I did, because this series turned out to be the best urban fantasy series I've ever read.

Karen Marie Moning is one of those writers who make me green with jealousy. She's absolutely brilliant. I HIGHLY recommend this series, and if you have a hard time with this first book, try skipping to the second -- KMM gives a fabulous summary of book one in book two, so yo
Crystal~BIG book addict~
BR with my fellow Fever series virgins!

I'll be honest, the first part of the book was a little slow for me and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but it finished strong and definitely intrigued me enough that I am diving into the second book right away.

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Mac has just gotten the heartwrenching news that her sister has been murdered while a college student in Dublin, Ireland. Mac feels the need to go over there and keep the investigation going when it reaches a dead end.

While there, she goes
Dec 04, 2013 Anna marked it as currently-reading-for-months
Buddy Read with Jenn ❤❤❤

My Jericho Barrons

just getting my visuals together :)
Freaky reread with my girl Tanya starting Jan 7, 2015.

Yeah yeah yeah, I hear you, we've only just read this. And your point is?


Out of control group read starting November, 3 2014.

When I finished reading this book I gave it a 3 star rating but since I'm practically living with Mac & Barrons (thanks to our lovely Fever buddy read), I ended up giving Darkfever 4 stars (3.5 really). That's what happens when you spend most of the day listening to people tell you how awesome this series
Dec 02, 2011 Jo rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jo by: Flannery
Shelves: e
harm·less [hahrm-lis]
1.without the power or desire to do harm; innocuous.

fun [fuhn]
1. something that provides mirth or amusement.

Darkfever [dahrk fee-ver]
1. see above.


Dear Mac,

I won’t lie. You’re incredibly annoying. But I think you’re supposed to be and I have on good authority that you get better as the series goes on.
So I am extremely excited.
I also have some really cool nail varnish that when you paint
First re-read, November 2014 (Yeah, the first of many...)

Upgrading my rating to 4.5 Stars
It was a hard decision not to read this one sooner and I'm glad I waited, I've found an awesome BR Group out there, full of weirdos where fun never ends ^^

Walking into the Dark Zone again was an about time enjoyable experience. My first was like every first. Rushed and awkward. But now that I know what I know, I can say without a single doubt Karen Marie Moning is a fecking genius. This is so far the best UF
*5 stars*5 stars*5 stars*5 stars*


I have always enjoyed reading UF series, especially the ones containing a bit of mystery. Exactly like Darynda Jones' series of Charley Davidson. It may not be a surprise that I liked Darkfever, but it is one that I seriously couldn't put it down! I shouldn't have started it yesterday at 11PM, even if it was a friday night. You see, sleep is important to me. I actually had to drag myself to bed and convince myself that tomorrow is another day, that I'll have plen
A million times better the second time around!

Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect because I've never reread a series before and was afraid it'd end up being boring or uninteresting. Nothing could have been farther from the truth. Not only did I enjoy reading Darkfever again, I loved it a lot more because I started appreciating the details I was too confused to notice the first time I read this series. If Darkfever is any indication, this reread is going to be an unforgettable experience.

I fin
Jun 04, 2011 Sparrow rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sparrow by: flannery and aileen
Shelves: reviewed, monsters
The thing I never get over, no matter how much I dye my hair, is how it changes my personality every time. When my hair was its natural brown, I was innocent and pious. When my hair was purple, I forgot all about my upbringing and became angsty and wild. When I shaved my head, I became a lesbian. When I went back to brown hair, I became bookish and respectable. Then, when I was blond, I mostly thought about clothes and sex with men. Somebody should do some kind of test on the physiological reaso ...more
Mac was really fucking annoying during the first half of this book. I can see why someone might DNF this thing. Really.
When I originally read this in 2009, I hadn't read thousands of books with a paranormal twist, and the market wasn't overflowing with books about evil fairies, so this was a new sort of book for me.
And I loved it.
However, if this was my first time reading it now, I might have tossed it out the window after Mac gave her explanation for substitute swear words.
Ass = Petunia &
Jennifer Kyle
”Accept Alina’s death? Never.”


MacKayla is living the life in Georgia basking in the sun, bartending in the evenings when tragedy strikes her sister who is studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland. Mac wants justice. Armed with a message that leaves so many questions she embarks on her mission…

”Everything has gone so wrong…I thought I was in love…he’s one of them…we’ve got to find the Sinsar Dubh, everything depends on it…we can’t let them have it…he’s been lying to me all along."

Mac finds that Dubl
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Karen Marie Moning (rhymes with 'awning') is a # 1 New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels, including the RITA award-winning Highlander novels and the internationally bestselling urban fantasy "Fever" series. Her books have been published in nearly 40 languages, and her events draw fans from all over the world.

Moning graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's degree in Society and
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