Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Abandoned (my thoughts) - Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Book Summary from Amazon

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….

Not a review but why I abandoned

Why do I go with the hype at times, I almost always regret it, ugggh.  I never even read reviews of this series because I knew it wasn't my type but than a favourite author wrote how she is obsessed with the books and I did a post here - Do you think I'll catch the fever?

Well I didn't catch the fever.  I only got to 34% before I decided to abandon.  This is totally not my cup of tea, not my genre and I have accepted that.  Another try with Urban Fantasy.  The 2nd genre on my no no list, Dystopian and now Urban Fantasy.

I have no interest in Vampire's, Werewolves and now Faeries. 

I do enjoy ghost stories but more specific to real people seeing or feeling a loved one etc.  I love reality or what can be reality.  I am embracing what I love or do not love to read and need to stick with that.  I think blogging has helped me to read out of my comfort zone with many amazing books I have tried and new genres I enjoy, eg, memoirs.  At times trying has failed.

So was reading this a waste no, but I was able to tell myself this is not for you so stop, don't torture yourself.

Here are some quotes that sealed the deal for me, again, not the writing, just not my cup of tea.

19% on Kindle

Alina didn't get into woo-woo stuff any more than I did.  We both loved to read and watch the occasional movie, but we always went for your run-of-the-mill mysteries, thrillers, or romantic comedies, none of the bizarre paranormal stuff. 

Vampires?  Eew.  Dead. Enough said.  Time-travel?  Ha, give me a creature comforts over a hulking highlander with the manners of a caveman any day.  Werewolves?  Oh please, just plain stupid.


31% on Kindle

Parts of it were underdone, and parts of it were horrifyingly overdone.  Its head was huge, hairless, and covered with dozens of eyes.  It had more mouths than I could count - at least that's what I think the wet, pink leechlike suckers all over the misshapen head and stomach were - I could see the flash of sharp teeth as the moist puckers expanded and contracted in the gray, wrinkled flesh with what sure looked to me like hunger.  Four ropy arms hung from its barrel-like body, two puny ones drooped limply at its sides.  It stood on legs like tree trunks and its male sex organ was distended and grotesquely oversized.  I mean, as big around as a baseball bat and hanging past its knees.

There you go, I won't be adding my thoughts to any review sites, I will just delete book from my Goodreads and LibraryThing account.

I do have a blog to share my thoughts with you and for my own record though.


  1. I had a DNF last week where I felt like I was the only person who was totally not getting whatever everyone else was loving.

    I'm still testing the Urban Fantasy waters. It may not be for me, either.

  2. It's funny but I can't get into this stuff, either. I'm going to try to read some from the library soon and am keeping my fingers crossed. I even took out Twilight because I figured I should at least give it a change. I think burned out on vampires in high school though, with Anne Rice... which probably shows my age. : }

  3. This probably isn't for me either. At least you gave it a try.

  4. Well you know how I feel about abandoning books :) I have only read one urban fantasy and it was just okay (well if you count Twilight too then I have read 2). But I did borrow this one so will give this a try. There were a couple of (urban) fantasy books that sounded interesting when I browsed the library shelf for this one, so borrowed them as well. We'll see! Btw, I created a new category called "abandoned" in good reads to track the books I abandoned. I still have to use one of the main category (read/reading/to read) so I just check both 'to read' and 'abandoned' there, I don't usually keep my TBR list there since i just save a list in gmail for easy access. But maybe I should check it to "reading"/"abandoned", then use "to read" for TBR... I wish they have an abandoned category!

  5. I feel the same way about this genre - the only book with vampires I have truly enjoyed was the original Dracula and the vampires were hardly in the story. Great post, though, I enjoyed your thoughts.

  6. Hey its not your thang ; ) me on the other hand didn't like this series, I loved this series. #1 was definetly slow to get going but I loved the Fever and I totally caught it


  7. I checked this out at my library because you sounded excited about it. I will give it a try. I"m always a tad bit curious as to what people are freaking out about book wise. But I am known for waiting forever to read a lot of popular books.

  8. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts on this one! I haven't tried this series yet but since I am a huge urban fantasy fan...I will definitely be checking this one out at some point. At least you didn't get all of the way through before deciding it wasn't for you :)

  9. Uff, hate it when it happens! When you give a book a try and it just fails on you. This one isn't for me either, and those passages really raised my eyebrows up high.

  10. oh that sucks. Well it happens. At least you tried.

  11. A shame you didn't like it but at least you gave it a go!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  12. I love Dystopia and like some UF. I haven't tried this series yet. We'll see.
    Thanks for your honest comments. Not everyone enjoys the same thing...How boring would that be? :-)

  13. Ugh...I knew this one wasn't for me when another blogger friend said it was the worst book she ever read.

    I agree with you that reality is where it's at for me....friendly ghosts, maybe. No vampires, werewolves, etc.

    There's enough bad stuff in reality, thank you very much! lol

    I read an urban fantasy and a horror book this week; the urban fantasy wasn't as bad as the horror. I was trying to fulfill my "eclectic" challenge.

    Now I'm satisfied that, while sometimes I need to outside my comfort zone, not too far....

  14. I'll start by saying that I love this series, BUT I totally understand where you're coming from. I listened to these on audio, and this particular one on a plane, when I wasn't paying very close attention. I give it a passable rating and moved on to the next one. The ratings increased with every book and by the end I was so invested that it had turned into a favorite series. However, if you're not into the urban fantasy thing, it probably won't do it for you because the whole series is full of that.


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