Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dixie Diva Book Club December Meeting

Last night, the Dixie Divas met at Peggy's house for a little Christmas party and planning meeting for 2011.  We also discussed Karen Marie Moning's Darkfever, the first installment in her five-book Fever Series.  I will post a listing of our 2011 books over the weekend.

Darkfever is an urban fantasy about a young Southern Belle named MacKayla Lane.  At first, MacKayla seems a little spoiled, shallow, and vapid. She still lives at home (she is in her early twenties) and is not goal oriented beyond accessorizing her latest outfit.  Her older sister Alina, however, wins a full scholarship to attend graduate school at Dublin's Trinity University. While in Dublin, Alina is brutally murdered, and the detectives close the case before finding her killer.  Mac is devastated, and she travels to Dublin in order to demand justice and closure for her sister's unsolved murder. Unbelievably, Mac discovers that she is descended from a line of Sidhe-Seers: women who can see fairies, or the Fae, unseen by almost everyone else.  Mac soon encounters a "death-by-sex" Fae Prince named V'lane, the enigmatic bookstore owner Jericho Barrons, and a devastatingly handsome Lord Master who is systematically releasing the Unseelie (or lower-caste Fae) from their icy prison. Suddenly, Mac's priorities drastically change.  She must learn how to survive and adapt to her Sidhe-Seer skills before she gives herself away and is killed by one of the Unseelie.  One thing I love about Karen's books is that they are definitely character-driven.  You truly care what happens to them, and you feel like you know them.  I love Mac; she is one of my all-time favorite literary characters.

There are many unanswered questions in this series so far, perhaps the biggest one is: who (or more importantly, what) is Jericho Barrons?  Hopefully, many of these questions will be answered in Karen's final installment of the series, Shadowfever, which will be released on January 18, 2011.

Please stop by Karen's fantastic, newly designed website and check it out!  Karen is very good to her fans (known as the Moning Maniacs), and she plans lots of fun activities to show how much she appreciates us.  Karen hosted the first (I hope annual) FeverCon in Atlanta in October, and it was highly successful.  A Shadowfever launch party is planned for New Orleans January 17 - 18, 2011. You can read more about it at her blog.

Until next time...

Stay to the lights (as Mac and Karen would say)!
Ricki Jill

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