I apologize to the men who have been reading this, it just happens to be that I have been reading more "feminine" books lately (they have been no-brainer ones, which is what I need during my crazy school!!!) So this next book, Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning, is actually a romance book. I don't read romance books, it's not my thing, but this is a book that a customer RAVED to me about a few months ago and she had me convinced, so I bought it.
The story is about a Georgian girl, Mac, who gets a call that her sister (who was going to school in Ireland) has been killed. Mac discovers she had received a frantic message from her sister on the day she died, but did not get it until a few weeks later. Not satisfied with the work the police were doing (they closed the case as they could not find any leads), Mac heads to Ireland herself. Enter the Seelie, Unseelie, and Jericho Barrons. Mac's world is turned upside down when she realizes she is not who she thought she was (neither was her sister) and there are things that exist in the world that she thought only existed in books.
This book, which I apologize is the first book in another series lol, was so great! It was well written, all the fantastic elements were completely believable, and I think that Mac, in some ways, is easy to relate to. She's just a "normal" girl who fell into the dark side of life. And my favourite part of this book is that it did not feel like a romance book at all (big sigh of relief!!!) Darkfever is the first in a series of 5 books so far, book 5 having been released in hardcover in January and paperback in August.
I think anyone who is into fantasy would really enjoy this book. I am going to say that female readers would probably enjoy it more, but hey, if you are an open minded man, I challenge you to give it a try! And PLEASE let me know if you do! lol
Check out Darkfever on the Random House website! Enjoy my fellow readers!