(Fever #1)
by Karen Marie Moning
performed by Joyce Bean
published 2008 by Brilliance Audio
8 hours, 57 minutes. Unabridged.
Rating: 3/5

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…

I was excited to get to more Moning. Though I’m not exactly impressed yet, I’m hoping that I’ll get invested in the series as I keep listening. With that hope in mind, I thought this book was pretty good.

I was excited to be on familiar ground. In my review of Spell of the Highlander, I mentioned the unfinished feeling at the end of the book. I was a little confused by it since there obviously wasn’t another one. When I started this book, I realized why. This book takes place a little bit after the end of Spell of the Highlander, but confronts the issues I felt were unresolved in that book. It was all a set-up for this series. That excites me and I’m hoping to see some of my favorite characters from the Highlander series make some appearances.

Okay, so I was invested in plot from the start. That’s good. There are some other good things. The mystery of Jericho Barron’s is something that’s going to kill me until I find who and what he is. I can barely contain my curiosity. I think his relationship with Mac will be interesting too, so I’m looking forward to that.

Things I’m not so excited about… the existence of vampires. Enough already! Okay, okay. In Moning’s defense, this book came out during the vampire craze so I can’t blame her for cashing in just a little. The Southern accent is so lame. This is strictly an audio issue. I don’t mind the character being from the South, but I don’t know anyone who talks like that. This isn’t Gone with the Wind. No one talks like plantation owners anymore. Trust me, I know. I live in Alabama. You either have a redneck twang or a normal dialect with a few Southern quirks here and there. I have to say, I miss Phil Gigante. I know this is told from a woman’s perspective, but I just wasn’t impressed with the actor.

If you’ve read the Highlander series or just like paranormal mystery (like Sookie Stackhouse), you’ll enjoy this one. Just get ready to want the second one immediately. I’m already putting it on hold at the library.

This book contains profanity, violence, and explicit sexual references. 18 and older!

Source: Emmett O’Neal Library. Mountain Brook, AL.
Author’s website: http://www.karenmoning.com/
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  1. Great review, I really like this series and it definitely gets better as you go on. As for Barrons you really need to read on and find out he is such a good character, I don't think I have ever encountered anyone quite like him anywhere else.Suzanne

  2. Fever series is my favourite adult paranormal series ever!!!It's so amazingly good written that you are completely hooked right from the start!I haven't "read" the audio books, mostly because I was afraid the accents would be bleh and from what you say I don't think I'd like it. Regardless, the story and the characters in Fever are beyond awesome.I hope you like the rest of the series 😀

  3. Ooh! Suzanne, that makes me excited! I can't wait for more Barrons now. I knew all that mystery had to be shrouding something great.A Story – Yeah, the accents are just okay. They aren't terrible though. I'm planning to get through the rest on audio. I just get sick of actors thinking people in the South talk like Scarlett O'Hara.


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