A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tori's Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

MM Paperback
- 384 pages
Price: $7.99
ISBN 10: 0440240980
ISBN 13: 978-0440240983
Released: August 28, 2007

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Obtained: Bought 
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Series: Fever Series
1. Darkfever
2. Bloodfever (book review)
3. Faefever (book review)
4. Dreamfever (book review)
5. Shadowfever (book review)

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...

My Rating:

My Opinion:
I'm not entirely sure how this book managed to sink its claws into me, but it did, and I almost squealed when I finished reading DARKFEVER because of that cliffhanger. Now, I finally understand why it was SUCH a good idea to wait for all five books to came out before starting this series. I have a feeling the upcoming week will be less about revising my story, and more about finally reading. It's about damn time I willingly read some books.

So many people squeal about Barrons, and I used to wonder: geez, he's just a book character (it was my first mistake). What on earth could be so damn appealing about him that he would make 99% of the female population want to fling off their panties after hearing his name alone?

I think I'm starting to understand why, and I know this understanding will only evolve with each book. First, the way he speaks is just so infuriatingly sexy. Second, while I hate alpha males in real life, this guy is like... the epitome of arrogant, alpha, sexy, cocky, omfg-if-I-saw-you-in-real-life-I'd-want-to-claw-your-eyes-out, holy-shitaki-mushrooms-I-want-to-do-you-on-the-kitchen-floor. Third, he's mysterious. Mystery totally makes him that much more alluring. Fourth, he is a walking sex on a stick. I think he totally made the book for me by the end. You know, when he was doing that thing on the rooftop with Mac? Seriously, I think that scene will be forever imprinted on my mind.

Some of the descriptions came off as rambling to me, but I enjoyed them nonetheless, for they offered a new insight into Mac's character. They offered glimpses of a more mature, intelligent young woman. Mac was an interesting character, albeit, an immature one. It will be interesting following her development throughout the next four books.

I wouldn't say that this book is my favorite, because the beginning was somewhat slow for me (and I ended up stopping early on for a few months to attend to other review books), but the ending totally... I'm not sure what it did--got me addicted?  Well, whatever it did, it did it well, and I want to read the next book NOW.

As of right now, I have no idea how this series will end. Jess Haines has been telling me she wants to cry a lot while reading SHADOWFEVER... so I'm a bit scared to continue. I will say this: if you're looking for a unique urban fantasy (that has a Buffy the Vampire Slayer feel), with a heroine who is not afraid to speak her mind and who won't piss you off, then DARKFEVER is the UF for you. While part of me wishes I'd started this series earlier, I'm glad I waited.


  1. Gosh I am so soo obsessed with those book and YES I'm one of those females that are insanely obsessed with Barrons too.

    I'm reading Shadowfever right now and all I can say is that the series grew bigger, more fascinating and better with each book. Shadowfever is a masterpiece!

    Glad you enjoyed it!!

  2. I've been seeing so many people gush and get obsessed with Karen Marie Moning I'm ready to jump in and get grabbed too. Thanks for the review--I think I have a new series to love:-)

  3. keep reading and you will be imprinted with much, much more ;) If I had to pick the number one alpha-male ever, it would be Barrons. Keep reading.

  4. Yes you are smart to have waited for all of the books to come out. I found the series about 5 months before Shadowfever came out. The wait was absolutely excruciating! I'm sure it was only worse for others that had been waiting longer, but I can honestly say it was the hardest wait of any book I've ever experienced. I'm glad you are learning about the sexiness that is Barrons. And yes, I too would probably hate him in real life, but as a character.. yum, just yum.

  5. This is my absolute favorite series! I just re-read all the previous books in anticipation of Shadowfever coming out. I sat down and read all of Shadowfever yesterday. I also want to lick Barrons from head to toe, but that's neither here nor there...

  6. Ha! Knew you'd give in eventually! *cackles*

    Get ready for the tears.


  7. I'm reading this book now and I'm so addicted! I'm obsessed now with Jericho! Can I have one??? Great review!

  8. Well, now I have no choice. I have to read this series now (Jess has been shouting this in my ear for *months* and it will drive her mad that now I am listening)...

    I admit, I'm amused at the back-cover description of Jericho. "...only mockery for a future..." But then again, it will probably make sense after I read the damn book, eh?

  9. Siiii! He is the alpha asshole you'd hate IRL but love in the bookish world lol

  10. I loved this book sooooo much! I need to re-read it! XD

  11. I hated Barrons when I first read Darkfever. And didn't like Mac. I debated whether or not to continue with the series. I'm so glad that tweer pressure (twitter peer pressure) convinced me to stick with it. So worth it! The series gets better with each book.

    Barrons is an alpha a-hole but he is so damn sexy! And HOT!!


  12. Okay, now I can finally respond to comments! Sorry about the wait.

    Danny: I'm starting to get really obsessed with this series. I read half of Bloodfever last night and HAD to make myself put it down so I could go to bed lol.

    That makes me so relieved to hear that Shadowfever is a masterpiece. I can't wait to crack that book open!!

    Frankie: You definitely do have a new series to love! Halfway through the second book and I can't get enough of it :D (and I hear it only gets worse from here)

    Sharon: I haven't even finished book 2 and I 100% agree with you that Barrons is the number one alpha male EVER.

  13. KT: Oh my gosh! I feel so bad for you :( Jess Haines tried to get me to read this series earlier, but I made myself wait lmao.

    Ash: You and me both... I need to finish this series before my classes start!

    Jess: No tears PLEASE...

    LJ: If you get one, I want one too!!

  14. Alice: Omg yes you do. I know I'm going to be rereading this series many, many times :D

    Marq: I think Twitter kind of made me go in with a bias lmao. I was like I MUST LIKE HIM! And then... well, by the end of this book, I did.

    I am laughing SO HARD in Bloodfever with all these jealousy moments.