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Darkfever

(Fever #1)

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Librarian Note: Alternate/new cover edition for ISBN# 9780440240983.

"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/>
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Mass Market Paperback, 2010 Dell Mass Market Edition, 347 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Dell (first published October 31st 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
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal-uf, 2011





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 hate in real life but are the most
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Shannon
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 getting away so
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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 numbered list here as it seems
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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.







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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 that I actually watch midget porn, it'
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Jeaniene Frost
Jan 24, 2012 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.
Regan
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally addicting, could not put it down!
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 though
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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.
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Tatiana
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 become/>Updated
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Katerina
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 realized your sister's killer may be hiding in the dark neighbourhood that is inhabiteddagger!
questions.
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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
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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:

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. I am fucking baffled as to why she keeps claiming not to be a Barbie (meaning your typical blond and very pink idiot) when she honestly is one. This woman is a complete asshole who lacks any sort of common sense. I mean, she basically walks towards danger. Who does that? She's also incredibly vain, shallow and ignorant, never forgetting to mention how pretty she is and how she can "never pull off ugly."

Then we have Jerricho Barons. He's basically Christian Grey... minus the excessive love for BDSM. This douchebag is manipulative, abusive, and also has the same personality as a cardboard box. Okay, I lied. A cardboard box would have much more personality than him.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have V'lane, a Fae who basically kills people by making them want sex so bad it makes them go crazy. (Yes, even Mac. Surprise, surprise!) So, he's also abusive and talks like he owns the Earth and everyone in it. Not attractive. At all.

Also, every single guy Mac meets in this book is apparently hot/sexy/attractive/buff/cute/dresses nicely. Where are the regular people? Where are the unattractive ones? WHAT UNIVERSE DOES MACKAYLA LANE LIVE IN?!

Another little qualm of mine: How the heck is this book listed as a romance novel? Where is the actual romance?! Someone please shove it in my face because I really, really can't see it. We only see hints of a blossoming "attraction" and basically no other swoony feelings whatsoever. I can't even say that Mac and Barrons are friends, let alone anything more.

Rage-inducing things aside, this book definitely had a lot of potential. Moning definitely didn't shy away from writing graphic descriptions (and we all know I'm a huge fan of that) and creating such odd creatures. My eyes widened every time Mac encountered a creepy new Fae.

Oh but wait! I have another complaint! The ending managed to be predictable and random both at the same time. The actual "bam" moment turned out to be a "meh" one. As a bonus, we got Mac suddenly turning into a killing machine without any past training! Hooray.

Because I'm a masochist I've been told that this series gets better, however, I'm still going to read the sequels. Eventually.

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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
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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 aft
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✘✘ 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 spoiler)
MacKayla You-Annoy-The-Hell-Out-Of-Me Lane: -
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Sophia Triad
Another reread..... HAPPY BIRTHDAY JERICHO BARRONS!!!

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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 & BAU
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Sh3lly
Yep. I read it again. Barrons is in this more than I remembered. Mmm, Barrons.

Fifth Read: August 2019 - 5 stars!
Fourth Read: November 2017 - 5 stars!
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 morschedule:
Darkfever:Barrons.
Fifth
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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 series. I’m biased about e
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Natasha Polis
Oct 05, 2014 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!
Mo
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.
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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-layered characBarrons.
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Warda
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.
Next!
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.

Commercial Photography

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 blam
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Adina
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sh3lly


I have just completed my FOURTH read of this book and guess what? I still love it! It's like a slice of pizza, mac and cheese, chili and cornbread, cheeseburger and fries... the best comfort food. When you read this book the first time, you see a young, naively superficial, but well-intentioned young woman grieving who travels to Dublin to try and find answers to her sister's bizarre murder. Once there, she meets the mysterious Barrons, owner of Barrons Books and Baubles, a carnal man who isn't what
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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.
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 obsession w
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Lola
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy series fans
*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 im
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Other books in the series

Fever (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Faefever (Fever, #3)
  • Dreamfever (Fever, #4)
  • Shadowfever (Fever, #5)
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  • Burned (Fever, #7)
  • Feverborn (Fever, #8)
  • Feversong (Fever, #9)
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