darkfever

Book 1 of the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever

“Sometimes Ms. Lane, one must break with one’s past to embrace one’s future. It’s never an easy thing to do. It’s one of the distinguishing characteristics between survivors and victims.”

–Jericho Barrons

 

MacKayla Lane (aka Mac) leaves her carefree life behind to travel to Dublin to investigate the mysteries surrounding her sister’s murder.  In Ireland, Mac uncovers family secrets, unknown powers, and a dark underworld inhabited by the Fae. In the midst of all that, she meets two central characters: V’Lane, a Seelie prince who holds a humorous at times “Death by Sex” power over humans, and the enigmatic Jericho Barrons who owns a bookstore and who is on his own quest to capture a sentient, omnipotent book – the Sinsar Dubh.

Having finished the entire series, in retrospect, book 1, was fun, but it was my least favorite.  MacKayla, preoccupied as she was with her hair, nails, outfits and general Barbie vibes, annoyed me at times, but I also liked her for the same reasons.  Overall, there was a lot of groundwork, character-setting, and world-building that had to happen to set the stage for the fun that follows.

Book 2 of the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moningblood fever

Bloodfever

“Well done, Ms. Lane. Just when I think you’re all useless fluff and nails, you show me some teeth.”‘

–Jericho Barrons

There was something about a vampire in this book, but that part was terribly uninteresting.  What was interesting were the interactions between three of the main characters: Mac, Barrons, and V’Lane.  Barrons continues to be cultured, self-contained, intriguing and mysterious.  The reader is left wondering what exactly he is and what manner of shrieking thing he keeps hidden in the lair beneath his garage. For her part, Mac uncovers more about who and what she is.  The banter between the two in their continued pursuit of the Sinsar Dubh is fun. Every scene with V’Lane, the immortal prince who has a knack for turning humans into sex addicts, is fascinating.

Book 2 of the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

faefeverFaefever

“Nobody looks good in their darkest hour. But it’s those hours that make us what we are.”

“…in the Deep South, women learn at a young age that when the world is falling apart around you, it’s time to take down the drapes and make a new dress.”

–Mac

The evil book, the Sinsar Dubh, is still on the loose and wreaking havoc.  The walls between the realms are starting to come down.  Without revealing too much about the cliff-hanger ending: it was dark and disturbing and Mac gets broken.