Series Review: The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Summary for Darkfever: 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….

Review: I've seen many positive reviews for The Fever series, even some that claim this to be the best UF series out there, so I knew I would have to pick it up soon. Luckily my friend bought me the entire series and I tore through them. Mac was a good character to read throughout the series. She annoyed me in Darkfever because her whole "pink and perfect" image made me want to barf. I hate those kinds of girls. I grew to like her though because she got a reality check decently fast. Barrons is certainly swoon worthy, but I don't approve of all of his methods. Sometimes I thought he was harsher than he needed to be, but for the most part he was decent. One thing Karen did extremely well was fleshing out her minor characters. As wonderful as it was to read V'lane, Dani, and Ro as minor characters, there was still plenty of development for them and Shadowfever really hit every good and bad nerve when it comes to caring for them.

The story was written very well and it wasn't dull which was nice. I don't read a lot of UF or a lot of books about Fae (I'm working on fixing both of those problems) so I wasn't sure if I would like this series as much as everyone else seemed to. I am happy to announce that I absolutely loved this series. There was some minor things that got on my nerves, but for the most part it was great. The only constant thing I can thing of that really bothered me was the future parts of the series. Every now and then Mac would say something like, "I would later regret this decision" or "Barrons/Dani would later tell me..." so I knew that even if Mac was in grave peril, she would somehow survive. Of course she's the main character so I expected it to an extent, but I found that I didn't worry about Mac's safety as much the more I read the series. She was still in a lot of trouble all over the place so it didn't take too much away, but just enough for me to not care about her so much. There was one other thing in Shadowfever that bothered me in terms of storyline, but I'm not going to say what because of spoilers. I don't know if I can pick a favorite book of the series. It certainly wasn't Darkfever or Bloodfever. They were great books, but I loved the ending and the development in the rest of the books more. Not my favorite UF series, probably because I'm partial to shifters, but it is absolutely worth the read. Go get these books if you're in for a great adventure!

4.5 howls