Darkfever, by Karen Marie Moning

29 Jan

Format: Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published: October 31, 2006
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Back cover blurb:

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 Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae…. 

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands…

My review:

Firstly, I would like to thank Sharon at Pixel of Ink – I won this Kindle ebook in a contest she was running a couple of weeks ago, and I am SO grateful to her for introducing me to this series.
A lot of my friends have been reading Ms Moning recently, and I was intrigued to find out the appeal. When I won the contest and the book arrived on my Kindle, I gave up on Stieg Larsson (again, sorry Stieg!) and got stuck in. Or should I say sucked in to the intriguing world of Mac Lane and the mysterious Jericho Barrons. I could not put this down, and have immediately ordered the rest in the five-book series.
Essentially the story is a murder mystery – who killed Mac’s sister, Alina? – but along the way we are introduced to the Fae and their demonic flunkies, a vampire, a mob boss, and a lot of people who meet a very sticky end on the streets of Dublin. Oddly, it all makes me want to go to Ireland and walk the same streets as Mac to see for myself.  By the end of this first book we’ve solved only a portion of the puzzle – we know who Alina’s mystery boyfriend was but we wonder if he was indeed the one who killed her.
And then there’s Jericho… *sigh*. The UST in this book is off the chart, and the massive urge to find out more about him compels me to read more. Just when you think you know who or what he is, it’s all thrown out the window. He has saved Mac’s life, so his actions speak volumes, and I like to think he is on the side of the good. I’d certainly be happy to have him on my side in a fight! Maybe just by my side…
My rating: 4/5. I’ve taken one cupcake off only because the UST is driving me crazy and Mac should trust Jericho more. Otherwise it would be a five-cupcake read.

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