Fangirl Book Club Pick of the Month: “Darkfever” by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever by Karen Marie MoningEvery month, our club votes on the book that we will read for that month. February’s winning book was Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. The following review is based on a verbal discussion at February’s meeting.

Spoiler-­free Synopsis:

Darkfever is the first book in Karen Marie Moning’s bestselling Fever series. The series follows bubbly, spoiled MacKayla Lane from her idyllic home in Ashford, Georgia to Ireland as she searches for answers to her sister’s murder.

Mac’s perfect life was turned upside down after her sister Alina is killed while studying abroad. The police in Ireland have no leads and no suspects, which leaves Mac frustrated and grieving without hope of finding closure. The discovery of a voicemail, left by Alina moments before her death, spurs Mac into action. She travels to Ireland against her parents’ wishes, determined to do what the police can’t. Her investigation seems fruitless until a chance encounter in a bar leads her to uncover a gift that she didn’t know she had– she is a sidhe-seer. Mac is able to see into the world of the Fae. This rare power is more dangerous than she knows, for it allows her to see past the glamours that members of the Fae use to blend – and hunt – among humans. It’s likely what got her sister killed. With the reluctant help of the mysterious bookstore owner Jericho Barrons, who know much more than he admits, Mac is on the trail of Alina’s killer.

Fangirls’ Analysis:

February’s hostess chose this book for us to vote on because she “absolutely loved it” when she read it several years ago.

What We Liked:

Club members liked Mac’s stubbornness and determination, and the way the author showed her personal growth throughout the book. She goes from acting entitled and somewhat bratty to grieving and then to determined. We appreciated seeing the main character gain perspective and maturity in the face of tragedy and disappointment. This book focuses on the human aspects in a fantasy-based world, which was refreshing. Members also enjoyed the descriptions of the dark Fae and Mac’s encounters with various races, both dark and light.

What We Didn’t Like:

Some members found Mac to be too whiny in the beginning. It made it difficult for them to sympathize with her. She seemed to be perpetually stuck as a teenager, instead of a twenty-two year old woman. Mac also had a habit of giving the Fae silly names that made her seem flighty when things were getting serious.

Overall, we really liked the first book and many of us plan to continue the series.

Fangirls’ Recommend:

Fans of this series might also enjoy the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, The Hollows series by Kim Harrison,  The Others series by Anne Bishop, and books by Keri Arthur.

Fangirl Rating: 4/5 stars

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