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Darkfever: Fever, Book 1 | [Karen Marie Moning]

Darkfever: Fever, Book 1

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 21st-century woman. Or so she thinks...until something extraordinary happens.
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Publisher's Summary

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 21st-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.

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©2006 Karen Marie Moning; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"It's a compelling world filled with mystery and vivid characters, and this, combined with the hint of sparks between Jericho and Mac, will stoke readers' fervor." (Publishers Weekly)
"Joyce Bean captures the beauty, fear, and otherworldliness of Moning's characters." (AudioFile)

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    Susan Belmont, CA, USA 06-20-08
    Susan Belmont, CA, USA 06-20-08
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    "Karen Moning gets better and better"

    This book is the first of in a series, MacKayla Lane gets a call that her sister is was murdered and goes to Ireland to find out who did it where she meets Jerricho Barons and... well read for a mystery, paranormal,chemisty, fairies, twisits and much more! As it is a series of 5 books (if I remember right and only two published as now) if you want that "traditional romance" you may want to look else where, this book sets up much of the story. But if you just want a really really great read, one that you will can't wait till the next installment, this is the book! Oh the next installment is the Bloodfever which is just as good, but the one after that isnt due out until September. I am counting the days. All in all, I totally recommend ALL Karen Monings books. They are all my favorite!

    22 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-28-13
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "entertaining"
    Any additional comments?

    Very imaginative and interesting however I would have liked to see more passion. I also do not like the writer addressing the reader in her book. I feel it takes something away from the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 05-26-13
    AudioAddict 05-26-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Who picked the cover for this book?"

    STORY - Darkfever is an interesting mystery with a supernatural twist. I enjoyed it very much, but the cover is completely misleading. It is NOT a romance and there is basically zero sex. The story is an "easy listen" but with a much better plot than most books I put in that category. It doesn't really come to a conclusion but sets the background for what should be a really good series.

    Some reviewers have commented that Mac is a shallow heroine and is overly concerned about her outfits and appearance, but I disagree. She does have a girly aspect to her personality, but it's just character development and I don't think it detracted from the story at all.

    NARRATOR - The narrator does a pretty good job but nothing awesome. She performs male voices, Irish and Southern accents convincingly enough.

    OVERALL - You will enjoy this book if you are looking for a fairly light supernatural mystery, but you will have to continue hearing the series for a conclusion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 12-18-12
    Lisa United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2014

    Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!

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    "Proof of how a narrator can ruin a book!"

    I thought I could make it through the first 3 books and then be rewarded with a new narrator for the rest of the series. I was wrong. Joyce Bean does an over-the-top southern accent, it sounds so forced that it is hard to listen to. Her voice is also way too old sounding for the young 20 something girl. And the Irish accents!!! Blech, blech, blech...
    I read the reviews of how good the book is and I am looking hard for a new series to start but I cannot get past her old sounding voice with the fake southern accent.
    Here are my favorite authors/series. If anyone has any good audiobook suggestions please contact me and let me know.
    J. Frost - night huntress
    C. Harris - sookie stackhouse
    M.harper - Jane Jameson & naked werewolf series
    R. Caine - morganville vampires
    R. Vincent - soul screamers
    J. Lindsay - dexter
    S. Collins - hunger games
    Jk Rowling - Harry potter
    S. Meyer - twilight
    V. Roth - divergent
    Books I have tried but cannot make it past the narrators are
    F. Hunter - Jane yellowrock
    This book obviously, I'll have to research more to write down.
    If anyone can suggest a good book/series with a good narrator as well please let me know.
    Lisalove00 @ hotmail . Cōm.
    I like YA and paranormal romance

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    shar 05-29-12
    shar 05-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "hokey main character and narration doesn't match"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love series books but the narrator sounded like she was 50 instead of a 20-something year old. And the main character was so dopey, and the story kept repeating the character's angst, it just became annoying. I did not buy the next book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joyce Bean?

    Someone that sounded younger


    Do you think Darkfever needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes left me hanging, finally got intersting at the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Prattville, AL, United States 03-26-12
    Deborah Prattville, AL, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Unusual action with a touch of dark romance"
    If you could sum up Darkfever in three words, what would they be?

    Very addictive story!


    What other book might you compare Darkfever to and why?

    The Immortal Highlander. It has action with unusual romance pairing with sizzle.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Scenes where Barrons and Mac interact, especially the last chapter which left you wanting so much more from these two characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. Mac's thoughts about her sister were very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the change in the voice of the narrator as the character changed. It made me feel like I was actually standing there watching the scene play out..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 03-16-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "this book was nothing like I expected."

    Bought on Audible

    What I Loved: This is going to sound odd but this book was nothing like I expected. The story is interestingly twisty and while I could understand what was going on, I never could get ahead of the story. I really enjoyed that aspect of not knowing was coming. Mac is a strong female lead but not overbearingly so. She makes mistakes, she is scared, and she seems very much like a 22 yr old thrown into a situation that she had very little control over. At first when she was described as a 22 yr old barbie looking type of gal, I was set to hate her. By midway through the book, I was rooting for her.

    What I Liked: Mac and Jericho's very complicated sarcastic relationship. Jericho is still a character that I am warming up too as I can't quite figure out exactly how he fits in with everything. I don't know if I trust him or not. That being said he was great to read. Vlane wasn't in the story enough but his effect on Mac was astonishing *blush*.

    Complaints: None that I won't address in the Audio Review

    Audio specific review: The narrator took some getting used too. She made Mac sound older and Jericho sound very grouchy. As I got used to her reading though, I noticed that the pacing was fantastic and the nuances were dead on. So stick with it past the first couple of chapters, you will get used to the voice and tone she uses.

    Why I gave it a 4: I would listen/read this book again. This is a great launch to the series and can't wait to read the next one.

    Who I would recommend it too: This is an Urban Fantasy novel through and through. There isn't an HEA but you kind of get the idea that someone that has been introduced might be her HEA. I think PNR readers will like it too because of the paranormal aspect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Robbie Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-05-12
    Mary Robbie Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-05-12

    scotsbluebelle

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    "not sure at first but so glad I kept going-love it"
    If you could sum up Darkfever in three words, what would they be?

    3 + 1/2---It's a great one


    What other book might you compare Darkfever to and why?

    The closest I can get is Discovery of Witches. Some mystery, some syfi and some romance all in one package.


    What about Joyce Bean???s performance did you like?

    The reader was excellent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not at first, but that is exactly what I ended up doing all night long....Work the next day was ummm interesting, then I started on the next book in the series.couldn't make all nighters two days in a row but I wanted to.


    Any additional comments?

    So when is the next one out? And we could all use some more Dani...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AXiD 02-14-12
    AXiD 02-14-12

    axid

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    "Great book but narrator ill suited to main charact"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I read the book version and enjoyed the audio versions of books 4 and 5, but this narrator sounds way too old to portray a 22 year old. It's distracting. She's not a bad reader, but not suited to this book--miscast.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    This book actually isn't a romance, but a paranormal thriller/mystery. I guess because Moning's previous work were romances, the Fever series got lumped in with that category.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie ORCHARD PARK, NY, United States 02-14-12
    Stephanie ORCHARD PARK, NY, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an avid reader, and a newly avid listener. I work alot of hours and books are my escape, whether on paper or audio!!

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    "It gets better."
    Would you listen to Darkfever again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. Having finished the series now, I would like to listen again to pick up details that perhaps I wasn't so attuned to upon first listening.


    Any additional comments?

    It gets better. Initially, I hated the main character. I thought she was whiny and had no backbone, and a part of me was desperately praying for her to get killed off in the first book. She develops as the series progresses, and I found myself cheering her on. I am not a fan of Joyce Bean as a narrator. Her male voices leave much to be desired, and as a born and bred Southern girl, I find her Southern accent annoying. The narration improves later in the series. Once they added Phil Gigante (I think book 4), I am pretty sure that I purred. :)Honestly, I recommend you give this series a listen. The storyline is good, and the world Moning creates is very detailed. If you've read the

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mandy
    Co. WicklowIreland
    11/25/08
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    "Buy it!"

    A fantastic start to a new series. Thouroughly engaging. Joyce Bean does a great job at the narration of this one, now all we need are the rest of the series. Karen Marie Moning is a very talented story teller and sucks readers in and makes you want to finish it in one sitting or listening in the case of this version! You won't regret the purchase of this book! The evolution of the main character is amazing and will linger with you long after the story ends!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • artemis99
    UK
    4/26/09
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    "A great bit of fun"

    I really enjoyed this book, it's a great bit if fun. I hope the follow up books in this series Blood Fever and Faefeve soon join it on the book shelf. I for one would certainly buy them.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra B
    United Kingdom
    1/12/13
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    "Good book but where is the rest of the series?"

    As with a lot of paranormal romance audiobooks Audible UK only seem to have one or two books from a whole series. More Karen Marie Moning Fever books and Highlander series please!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kendra Masonchuck
    2/23/15
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    "Great book, well worth the buy!"

    Very engaging story from the start and I found Mac's character to be very in-depth and well developed. Joyce Bean does a fantastic job at narrating and I loved her accents, although I felt her voice was a little too mature to be portraying a 22 year old. I hope the rest of the series is brought out on Audible, I'd really like to continue listening to the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    Paulton, United Kingdom
    6/23/13
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    "Darkfever"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Darkfever to be better than the print version?

    No. I do prefer the print version. Mainly because the narrator is fine for Mac, but not so great for the others. But it was a good listen and would happily spend my next credits on the next books in the series.


    What other book might you compare Darkfever to, and why?

    I've compared it to Laurel K Hamilton, there is great Urban Fantasy mixed with steamy scenes and a female protagonist that has to learn an awful lot about the world around her.


    What does Joyce Bean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I think her Mac voice is great and adds to the enjoyment.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really. It did make me turn it down a bit as some of the scenes are a bit graphic.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book in the series and a great place to start.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Wiltshire, UK
    5/29/15
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    "Excellent audiobook performance of an excellent novel"

    I adored the novel so when I started crocheting recently and couldn't read as I normally would, purchasing a copy of the audiobook made sense to me. I'm glad I did! Joyce Bean does a tremendous job of bringing Mac to life, and I loved listening as the beginning of the Fever series came alive for me. My one complaint is that the rest of the series is not on Audible for some reason, so if I want to listen to the rest I will have to buy the CDs. 😕

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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