Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Fae Fever

For the 2012 blogging from A to Z challenge, I'm writing to the theme of book series that I love. Mostly science fiction and fantasy, with a few others thrown in.

Fae Fever, sometimes just called "The Fever" series by Karen Marie Moning. When the series starts out, MacKayla Lane is a prissy girly girl living in the American South, happily holding down a bartending job that means she doesn't have to go to college or accomplish things like her ambitious sister is set on doing. But her world is shattered when MacKayla gets a call that her sister's been murdered while studying abroad in Dublin.

MacKayla flies to Ireland to be an advocate for the dead -- someone has to lean on the authorities to keep open the investigation into a girl who has no local ties. But it turns out that this isn't a case human cops can solve. MacKayla stumbles her way into a world of light and dark fae and other strange things that are not only wandering around Dublin but are looking to take over the city. MacKayla goes from bubblegum sweet, fluff headed girl to woman with supernatural powers on a mission.

Despite its urban fantasy feel, this five book series is shelved under romance because that's where author Karen Marie Moning's existing fan base already is. The world is that of her Highland romance novels -- and even features cameos from Drustan, Dageus, Cian and even former fae-by Adam, and the occasional plot point focused on the MacKelter families.

In a somewhat confusing move, the series starts with the book Dark Fever, yet the series is often referred to by fans by the title of book three, Fae Fever. Go figure. The publishers call it "The Fever Series." Still, confusion led a friend of mine to buy book three first. She started reading and was like WTF, dude?

Highly Recommended