Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

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Goodreads Rating: 4.15 stars — My Rating: 2.5 stars

This wasn’t a bad read, but it was definitely nothing to write home about, unfortunately. I had such high hopes for this. Curse you, Goodreads, and your deceptively high ratings!

While on a trip to Ireland studying abroad, MacKayla Lane’s sister is killed. The police seem to think it was a suicide, but Mac knows her sister better than they do and also knows that she would never kill herself. Despite her parents’ protests, she follows her sister’s footsteps to Ireland to try to solve what must have been her sister’s murder. Along the way, she meets Barrons and finds out that she’s a sidhe-seer, or someone who can see past the glamour the fae keep up to look human. Barrons, despite his secrets, is all Mac has, as far as resources go when it comes to the fae world (and when it comes to surviving), so she has no choice but to help him, in order to get his aid in return, but it seems her sister’s murder is far more complicated than it had originally seemed.

It sounds like a great read from the blurb on the back and so many people have given it rave reviews, but it falls painfully short for me. I can see why it was so hyped up (and why the author is totally milking this cash cow with more books), but the writing style is very weird, the characters are very cliché, and there is very little in the way of development. The two things this book has going for it is that the worldbuilding and concept behind it are actually quite good; you don’t often find urban fantasy specifically about the fae world. Other than that though, let me just put this out there, the farthest character development goes is Mac changes her hair colour and wardrobe to be a “badass” in all black and if you’re looking for cliché character designs, you’ve hit the jackpot. All the guys are tall dark and handsome and somehow lusting after Mac, who is a cute, skinny, pretty-in-pink blonde who breaks all stereotypes by being “not ditzy” (yeah, right). Not to mention, apparently this is written by future Mac about past Mac and future Mac will occasionally butt into the story with lines like ‘or so I thought I could trust him’ or ‘that seemed to be the case, but I know better now.’ (By the way, those are not exact quotes, but they’re may as well be – I just couldn’t bring myself to re-read for the sole purpose of finding more things I don’t like).

I’d recommend this for anyone who enjoys the fae and doesn’t mind clichés or fluffy descriptions.

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