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Darkfever (Fever #1)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Delacorte Press (first published October 1st 2006)
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Dominique I'm not sure if some of you that are commenting have not yet read the other books in the series, but Mac does get a lot better and wiser. Moning, in…moreI'm not sure if some of you that are commenting have not yet read the other books in the series, but Mac does get a lot better and wiser. Moning, in my opinion, does develop her character as well as Barrons. Much is displayed in the series about why most of the characters are the way they are. I actually loved this series. I wasn't that impressed with "ICED" because Danny annoyed me, but to each their own...(less)
Ellie Nope. There is only one very-minor-character vampire and they are not even sure if he is a real vampire.
The Fae play a much, much larger role.
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Emily May
May 17, 2015 Emily May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition





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
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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
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Navessa

*SPOILER FREE FOR ALL YOU FEVER NOOBS*

…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
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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
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Regan
Aug 24, 2015 Regan rated it really liked it
Totally addicting, could not put it down!
Khanh (the Grinch)
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
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Jeaniene Frost
Jan 24, 2012 Jeaniene Frost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating is for the entire Fever series. Fast-paced and action packed, I plowed through all five books in a week.
Tatiana
Dec 08, 2014 Tatiana rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Steph Sinclair
Dec 11, 2015 Steph Sinclair rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Steph by: Kat Kennedy
1.5 stars

This is one of those books where almost every aspect of the book failed me. The characters were flat, the plot stalled around 40%, and the narration was unsatisfying. In fact, the only reason why I didn't just give the book one star was because the beginning intrigued me.

Barrons. I don't get his appeal. This is partly because I don't particularly care for the whole "alpha male" trope since many times all it seems to be is barely disguised sexual or physical abuse against the heroine.
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Candace
Having now finished this book that came so highly recommended, I have to admit that what I feel mostly is indifference. I wanted to love it, but I didn't. That being said, I didn't dislike it either. The problem was that I just didn't care a whole lot one way or the other.

The story is about a young woman, MacKayla, that goes to Ireland to play detective after the death of her sister. In no time, she's uncovered a whole new reality, full of supernatural beings that she had only thought existed in
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Jan 06, 2011 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of faerie fiction
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) by: Most of my GRs friends!
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 ...more
Kim
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?
Me: WHAT?

So after having to reanimate a few of those pe
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Aimee
I went into this book expecting to possibly die of swoons, sexy times and badass battle scenes, but right now I kind of just want to push every character in this book off a cliff. And if I'm lucky, there will be a mob of angry Aimee clones there with pitchforks right at the bottom.

You're probably thinking, Hey, the characters can't be that bad! Maybe they aren't. Okay, I'm kidding. They totally are. At least, they are in my book.

Ladies and gents, I present to you, MacKayla Lane:



No, I'm serious.
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Presenting... The Annual MacHalo Fever Reread! The madness begins on October 26, 2015!

Third read: 3 stars
Second read: 4 stars
First read: 3 stars

Yep, that's right, I'm lowering my rating to 3 stars. Because I wasn't feeling it this time around. Because there's too much blah blah blah crap and not enough Barrons. Because Mac is a pink-clad, pretentious twit. And because I'm in a hell of a bad mood. It's not fair? I don't care.

Rating breakdown:
Jericho Fucking Barrons: 100 stars (view spoiler)
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
Aug 19, 2016 Anzu The Great Destroyer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: brave people
Recommended to Anzu by: the headless dude in the back of the room
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.
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Natasha Polis
Jan 10, 2016 Natasha Polis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book of 2016 DONE! Really enjoyed this one for what it is.... A fun sexy paranormal new adult book! It's short and gets to the point, it's exactly what I wanted and kept me reading into the weeeeeee hours of the night/morning. Good thing I have the next 4 books in the series, cause this one ended way too soon!
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
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Mo
Dec 04, 2013 Mo rated it it was amazing
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
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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.
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**2.5?**

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…
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MacKayla Lane. Ohhh, how you irk me. Your obsessi
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

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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 .
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Liz* Fashionably Late
Second reread: Oct 2015.
Veredict: 4 Still-Freaking-Awesome Stars

The Annual MacHalo Fever Reread begins!

Say goodbye to Sane Liz and welcome Feverwhore Liz. I warn you, it's gonna get crazy.



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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
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Aly's Bookish Wonderland
You want to believe in black and white, good and evil, heroes that are truly heroic, villains that are just plain bad, but I've learned in the past year that things are rarely so simple. The good guys can do some truly awful things and the bad guys can sometimes surprise the heck out of you.


MacKayla Lane has her life together: a loving family she adores, a sister that is also a best friend, a job that pays in the environment she thrives in (partying) and courses at the local community colleg
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Debra
Dec 02, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it

4.5 DARKLY INTRIGUING, MIND-BOGGLING, FAST PACED STARS.

"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 sis
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Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Third Read: October 2015 - 8 stars!
Second Read: November 2014 - 5 stars!
First read: September 2014 - Original rating 4 stars


Our first annual re-read of the Fever series with the MacHalo group starts October 26, 2015! Here's the schedule:

Darkfever: October 26
Bloodfever: November 9
Faefever: November 23
Dreamfever: December 7
Shadowfever: December 21
Iced: January 5
Burned: January 12




New thoughts on third read: I swear, I liked it even more! I freaking LOVE this series!!! GAH!!! Every time, I pick up s
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Lola  Reviewer
*5 stars*5 stars*5 stars*5 stars*

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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
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Lyndsey
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
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Larissa Ione
Aug 03, 2011 Larissa Ione rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
4 There-are-more-things-in-Heaven-and-Hell Stars

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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
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Shurrn
I found a new series to get sucked into!
“Sometimes, Ms. Lane," he said, "one must break with one's past to embrace one's future. It is never an easy thing to do. It is one of the distinguishing characteristics between survivors and victims. Letting go of what was, to survive what is.”
A quick thank you to all of my book buddies who encouraged me to start The Fever series. You were right. This is a uniquely entertaining story and I'm thrilled about finding a new epic series to sink my teeth i
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Anne
Wow.
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 &a
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“The only other calling I ever felt was an irrepressible desire to be Captain of my own Starship. I was born in the wrong century and it wasn’t possible, so I chose to explore the universe by writing fiction instead. Books are doors to endless adventure.” -KMM

Karen Marie Moning is the #1 NYT bestselling author of the Fever Series and Highlander novels.

An alum of the Immaculate Conception Academy,
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Other Books in the Series

Fever (10 books)
  • Bloodfever (Fever, #2)
  • Faefever (Fever, #3)
  • Dreamfever (Fever, #4)
  • Shadowfever (Fever, #5)
  • Iced (Fever, #6)
  • Burned (Fever, #7)
  • Feverborn (Fever, #8)
  • Feversong (Fever, #9)
  • Untitled (Fever, #10)

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