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"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
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Delacorte Press
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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.…more
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.(less)

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Emily May
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal-uf, 2011, 2021
Reread May 2021: It's been ten years since I first read Fever and I confess that I was a little worried I might not like it as much on a reread... turns out it still does it for me. I inhaled this one and I'm moving straight onto Bloodfever.

Have these controlling alpha males aged badly? Sure. I remember the days when I declared Barrons my book boyfriend, whereas today I am endlessly grateful that I never ran into a real Barrons. I may have learned that Barrons would make a terrible boyfriend, b
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

…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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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
Kat Kennedy
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jeaniene Frost
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rating is for the entire Fever series. Fast-paced and action packed, I plowed through all five books in a week.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally addicting, could not put it down!
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kat Kennedy
It's nice to experience a non-Covid related FEVER once again. Cracktastick fun.

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 ou
Steph Sinclair
Apr 01, 2011 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.
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
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katerina by: Amanda
What a great story! And it would have been even greater, if it weren't for Ms. Mackayla-call her Mac-Lane.

Allow me to explain by posing some questions.

1) You were warned that you are going to learn how to kill Fae. What do you wear?

a) Fabulous lavender shorts with matching top and high heels-oh my God is that blood on your clothes?
b)Something cozy you wouldn't mind throwing away later because, you know, mutilated bodies and stuff.
c) Does it even matter? Just give me the dagger!

2) You just realiz
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
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.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: the goodread book pushers.
Shelves: read-2014, fantasy
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
Alex is The Romance Fox
I have read Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander Series which I really liked and decided to read her Fever Series, even though I am not that crazy reading books in the first person (I tend to avoid those) and series that are about one person …..and urban fantasy is not my favorite genre….so what made me want to read Darkfever, the 1st book in the series?????

Well, I read some good reviews, my local bookseller suggested I try it and hey, loved the book cover and the heroine’s name…..MAC…beyond cool I
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of faerie fiction
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) 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 oth ...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
Dec 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I can’t... I can’t do this to myself.
DNF at 47%.

I started skim-reading this book way too early on and if that isn’t a sign, I don’t know what is.

This book was such a mess. From the confusing world-building to the plot, the irritating characters and the awkward and random sexual encounters that would come out of nowhere.

Book, you ain’t for me. We’re breaking up. And I’m happy about it.
Sophia Triad

Reasons that made me love this book and made me read the whole series multiple times:

1. Jericho Barrons.
2. Naughty, sexy V'lane. The death-by-sex Fae.
3. Ireland and especially Dublin.
4. The world building. The Fae. The Seelie and Unseelie. I haven’t really decided which of them are the bad ones.
5. The pubs in Dublin where you can meet monsters.
6. BARRONS BOOKS & BAUBLES. The bookstore which stands between two worlds. I want to l
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: Robin (Bridge Four)
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 sp
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 seri
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Natasha Polis
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
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 Stackho
Mar 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again
Ay caramba!!! This book was a Shee-shu-Don't!!! I busted out laughing when Mac says "I won't bore you with the details of what the monsters did..." Really!!?! Really!?! But you will bore me repeatedly on the useless description of your outfit and matching nail polish!??!!! She even got Barron to do her nails !!! Good lawd!!! Nooooo. ...more
Adina (taking a break from literary fiction)
Review after Re-reading. I am keeping my 4* rating.

The Fever series was my first urban fantasy and when I read it for the first time it completely took over my life until I finished the first 5 volumes. I don’t remember the last time a book engrossed me so much and made me binge read volume after volume until 3-4 am. Now, after going through a few more UF/Paranormal Romance series (not that many) I was curious to see what it was that made me get the fever for the Fever series. Was it the novelt
Helen 2.0
November 2017 Re-re-read - gettin LIT with the MacHalo tribe!!!

Took me 3 reads to finally realize how much KMM likes to insert her personal opinions into this book... and she rambles, for gods sake.
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 &

Can I say that I'm disappointed, but also satisfied? I mean, at first, this started off shakily, and I was disappointed with where everything was heading, with the characters and writing. Mac was annoying, shallow, and seemed to care more about her own appearance over anything else (I realize Moning was trying to make Mac a character we could empathize with, but I just wasn't getting that), whereas the writing wasn't engaging me either.

Then, there was Jericho. I'm pretty sure I was supposed t
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
I am just not feeling this book. The audio is annoying and So is Mac. Jericho is coming off as an abusive asshole and I'm not even 50% in so I may try again some day but I'm done for now. ...more
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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.

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Fever (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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