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Darkfever (Fever #1)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  83,217 ratings  ·  5,875 reviews
"My name is MacKayla, Mac for short. I'm a sidhe-seer, one who sees the Fae, a fact I accepted only recently and very reluctantly.

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 Fae came down. But then, there's not a sidhe-seer alive who's had a good day s
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Delacorte Press (first published October 1st 2006)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
Jeaniene Frost
Rating is for the entire Fever series. Fast-paced and action packed, I plowed through all five books in a week.
Sep 07, 2012 Tatiana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kat Kennedy
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 become a waste of time. Not so here. Fever...more
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...more
Litchick (aka Navessa Allen)

…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...more
 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
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
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...more
Kat Stark and the headless Ned
Oct 13, 2014 Kat Stark and the headless Ned rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kat Stark and the headless Ned 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...more
Dec 04, 2013 Mo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 5-stars

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...more
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...more
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....more


"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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Dec 04, 2013 Anna marked it as currently-reading-for-months  ·  review of another edition
Buddy Read with Jenn ❤❤❤

My Jericho Barrons

just getting my visuals together :)
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...more
Dec 02, 2011 Jo rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
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...more
Jun 04, 2011 Sparrow rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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...more

Ms. Moning, I applaud you. This is one fantastic, imaginative, original story!!!

I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself.

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The story begins when MacKayla (Mac) receives a mysterious voice message from her sister just a few days before her death, which drives Mac to go to Ireland and do some detective work of her own to uncover her sister’s killer. After roaming the dark streets of Dub...more
EDIT August 8 2012 - Everybody should read this series! Don't wuss out after just half of the first book! Keep going, it's worth your time!

Good thing I have awesome friends who pushed me to give Darkfever another chance, otherwise I would have missed out on a lot.

I loved the action, Mac (who was funny and brave and proud to be blonde and to love pink), Jericho (what the heck is he??) and all the mystery and questions left unanswered. I hate to start a series and then wait until the author publis...more
*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...more
Aug 08, 2011 Joel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joel by: Ceridwen Tomato
I read this because Ceridwen mailed it to me. She read it while incapacitated by the flu. I read it while roughly 60 percent awake on a three-leg international travel jag. Either is probably what I'd consider an ideal circumstance: your brain wants amusement, distraction, titillation... but certainly not a challenge.

And since I am apparently the only boy to ever, ever read it, I thought, why not pause my vacation for a quick review?

So this book reminded me a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, if B...more
I've never been one for UF reads and I'm actually very picky when it comes to Fey books. But in all honesty, this one was actually pretty good.

I guess I like Mac just fine, she has a very 'Alicia Silverstoneish' vibe that I'm still trying to get over. At first she took a lot of things very lightly, almost like a cosmic joke, which I thought was pretty realistic if I was in her shoes, but in the end I liked her spunk and stubbornness and her 'take me as I am or leave me' attitude.
Now, Barrons on...more
I started this book to see what all the hoopla was about on Goodreads. People are crazy for it! After reading the first installment, I can totally see why that is. I fell into the storyline extremely quickly and devoured the book in two days. (I would've read it in one sitting if I'd had the time!)

While I thoroughly enjoy most urban fantasy-type books (I don't want to pigeonhole this book into any one category--it truly has a lot of...well, a lot of genres:)), I found it refreshing that Karen Ma...more
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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...more
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