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Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1)

Darkfever (Fever #1) - Karen Marie Moning Some friends recommended this book, and I am kicking myself for had started it sooner. I love the characters and the setting of the story. Love the description of the life in Dublin, that vibe that gives the book drops of realism. MacKayla (Mac) Lane’s life is pretty ordinary; she bartenders to a local bar in her home town in Georgia while living with her parents, takes a few courses in the community college and sunbathes by the pool at any opportunity she has. But sometimes destiny has other plans for us in wait. After receiving a call that shattered her life she packs a bag and travels to Dublin, Ireland in the hopes of discovering her sister’s murderer. Without friends and family, in a completely unknown country, and with a cryptic voicemail as her only clue to what might had happened to her sister Mac will come face to face with a world she never dream would exist. Without knowing who to trust or turn to, with more enemies that she can account for, and playing a set of rule that she doesn’t quite comprehend Mac must decide whether her thirst for revenge is worth temping destiny. As the heroine of the story, Mac was pleasantly unexpected. Her whining through the story is completely justifiable, yet it didn’t felt annoying like it could have easily turned into. She has many strengths but is not an almighty type of character. Let’s face it, when she screws up she does it royally; but for a character that gets thrown – head first – into a new world with a new set of rules she learns from her mistakes quickly and does her best never to repeat them. Opposite Mac we have Jericho Barrons, a smoking hot mysterious guy who I can truly say that he is either a good guy or a bad guy; if Moning wanted to keep her readers confused with where Barrons stands, let me tell you, mission accomplished. Telling you anything about Barron will, unfortunately, give away to many plot points so I’ll leave him like the mysterious guy he is.The remaining roaster of characters set the story in motion, for what I’m assuming are the events that will take place in the rest of the books. They are varied, they are well done, and they all seem, to me, to be key players in the unfolding story. I usually prefer books with shifting POVs instead of first person singular POV, why, because monologues can easily make any character look completely shallow and downright annoying. If there is one thing I was surprised about Darkfever is that even though the entire story is told from Mac’s POV her character remains likable, even in the moments when usually one yells at the book wondering why on earth did the character did the completely stupid thing or avoided to do the natural one the story remains true to its form delivering quite a punch. Case in point: Why on earth Mac never went to see the old lady once she found out the truth about her heritage, I kept waiting for her to walk one day back to the bar and ask for some answers; I’m still waiting. I have to say, I don’t think I’ve read before a book where more than half the action is being narrated as a past event so far into the story. I believe I was around 75% or 80% into the tale when we finally got back to present time. Adjusting to that type of narrative was, not hard, just odd. Reading about what will happen next while getting the main characters input on how she wish she had realized things sooner or done things differently felt more like a conversation between me and a long-time-no-see kind of friend, than me sitting in my bed reading a book. Regardless, I truly love the story and will definitely be picking up the second book soon. I like Mac, and I want to see her journey unfold; I also want to know what’s the deal with Barrons ~.^This review also appears in Journey with Words.