adult • fantasy • paranormal • romance
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death—a cryptic message on MacKayla Lane’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.
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Darkfever has been laying on the bottom of my never-ending TBR pile for quite some time until last month. What can I say; before this book, paranormal weren’t my game at all, especially when added with those freaky unappealing cover the book had. Looking at the cover, I literally thought it was a shitty erotica stuff going on inside. Well, how wrong I was. .
Who would have thought that—despite the doubtful me—this book turn my world upside down, tear it to pieces, and threw it out on the gutter while filling me with sleepless nights. I finish the entire series (book #1 to #5) under a week and most of the book was being read in one sitting. Right, this is one HELLA book! There was some serious cliff-hanging issue in EVERY book in the series. Yup, EACH of the five books. I can’t even imagine how people previously have to wait a year waiting for another series that ends all over again with a cliffhanger. Fortunately for me, all the series were all out there, so I didn’t have to suffer whatever everyone else was doing to cope with the each ending.
Please note that talking about the series while keeping spoilers away is like not talking at all. But I wil try my best below.
The story first started in Darkfever about MacKayla Lane and her journey to find her sister’s murderer in Dublin, where then she found out the she was a sidhe-seer, meaning that she can see through a glamour and sees Fae. She also had a unique power to feel an otherworldly things’ presence, which will help her finding the sacred book that can help create and recreate the world, called The Sinsar Dubh. I know that wasn’t surprising at all, just the typical heroine stuff. What I found interesting in the series was how Moning kept thing mysterious without making me lost interest at all.
This book was told in a retrospective manner by Mac’s point of view, where Moning put ominous hint here and there. It was well-written and it seemed that the author put much thought on it, not just throwing in bits and pieces without any reason at all. The world building is well crafted and gave just enough to understand and process everything that was happening in the story.
Before, I thought I knew I had a future.
After, I began to discover that I’d never really known anything at all.
I found loving the main character wasn’t hard at all since the first book. She started as the “legally blonde” type of girl in the beginning of the series to end up as the badass heroine. I know some people find her character wasn’t so strong at the beginning but with her family background and well kept hidden she was from the outside world, I found her to be on point to start the series.
The character that didn’t suit my preference was Dani O’Malley. I had a hard time when it came to some of her chapter in Dreamfever or some of Mac’s encounter with her. Her character seemed too cheerful for me and the fact that there were too many ‘dude’ in a sentence didn’t help at all.
The romance was hot and steamy, sandwiched between Jericho Barrons—mine, mine, mine—and V’lane. The two was opposite in so many aspect, but at the same time still full of surprises. Every encounter with them seemed to unfold one at a time the layer of the character, if not the story.
The ending of the first two books wasn’t as cruel as the last three. So when I reached the third book, it was a nonstop read because each ending was a devastating cliffhanger. I did feel that at the end of Shadowfever, Moning seemed too eager to finish the story. The mystery was suddenly unfolded altogether and it bothered me a lot since it was always one at a time in the previous books, that I wasn’t prepared to be rushed at all.
To wrap up this review—which is mostly rambling—I would say that Fever has absolutely become one of my Favorite series of all time. I know the series was SOMEHOW still going on out there but for now I just wanted to stay satisfied with the first five books, because I really don’t want Dani’s point of view in Iced ruin everything. That is why this post only revolve around the first five books.