Thursday, 14 February 2013

Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning


Iced (Fever, #6; Dani O'Malley, #1)

Iced by Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication date: October 30th 2012
My rating: 4.5 stars 

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.
 
Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

After finding out Iced centered on Dani, Mac’s fourteen-year old sidhe-seer friend, I did not plan on reading it.   I changed my mind after Jenny @ SupernaturalSnark forced convinced me to pick it up, and I was instantly hooked.   I'm shocked at how much I ended up loving this story. I mean, come on, it's an adult story centered on a fourteen year old!  Color me surprised.

This story picks up after the events of Shadowfever.   Cruce is imprisoned under The Abbey, Mac found out Dani’s part in her sister Alina’s murder, Christian is on his way to becoming an Unseelie Prince, and the walls between Faery and the human world have come down leaving the world in chaos. 

Dani is not defenseless because she carries one of the only two weapons that can kill Fae, The Sword of Light.  That coupled with her sidhe-seer powers of super speed, and Fae-sight makes her a powerful weapon, even if she is only fourteen.  She is the one who rescued Mac from the Unseelie Princes, which just goes to show you how special Dani is.  This does not go unnoticed by Ryodan, the owner of Chester’s, and one of Barron’s men (whatever it is that they are).  He forces Dani to come work for him when a hoarfrost monster “ices” part of his club, and parts of the city, leaving a trail of dead humans and Fae alike. 

One of the joys of reading this was Dani’s character.  Kat describes her aptly:

Beneath her hardy, bruised exterior shines pure gold.  She is filled with light as no one I have encountered before….Though she is cross and grumpy and irritable as any teen, there is not one ounce of ill will in her and she has had reason to feel it. Indeed, reasons enough to fill a book, but she radiates only excitement and happiness to be alive.

This was a surprise to me, because in the Fever series, Dani annoyed me.  Not so here.  She is a bundle of positive energy and full of life. 

I will say Dani's age is distressing, because I couldn’t help rooting for a romance, and I knew it's not possible at the moment (oh Karen, how you mess with my head!!).  Ryodan is quickly becoming an obsession!!  (Sorry Barrons)  Ryodan and Christian are both trying to stake their claim on her knowing that she's going to turn into an amazing woman, and this would be disturbing, but she has no clue of their feelings toward her. I think this is the reason I could go with this odd situation.  This is okay for now, but I can see it becoming a real issue after this book. KMM will likely frustrate and piss off her readers if she doesn't age Dani (somehow) by a few years in the next book. 

Here are some quick thoughts:  I hate Jo, and her sparkly crap.  Please get rid of her now.  Christian is creepy as heck, yet I’m a little conflicted about him.  Dancer is all kinds of hot-nerdy-goodness!  Smart is so sexy.  

The problem/mystery of the hoarfrost monster is resolved, but we were left on a cliffhanger as well as many questions and speculations.  Jenny and I emailed each other numerous times while I was reading this, and we continue to do so.  This is a testament to the addictive nature of Karen Marie Moning’s writing.  I’m dying for the next book and I’m anxious to see how KMM handles this sticky situation.  Plus, hello, cliffhanger!!!  

One last thing, I listened to the audio-book version of this and I highly recommend it! There is a female and male narrator and they are AMAZING!! 
 
I had to include some of my favorite quotes:

“Turn it off," Ryodan says without even looking at me."You're distressing Dani. No one distresses Dani but me.”


“No one but me is ever going to teach you, Dani.” He touches me before I see it coming, has his hand under my chin, turning my face up. My shiver is instant and uncontrollable.“That’s non-negotiable. You signed a contract with me that grants exclusivity. You won’t like it if you try to break it.”



Watching the light go out of his cool, clear eyes in the alley behind BB&B had just about slayed me. I missed him. I bloody fecking missed him. Ryodan says real soft, "Disappointed or loyal." I got no intention of dying. "Loyal," I say.


19 comments:

  1. A lot of people told me to read this series but I still haven't started. I must cause the book sounds really good. Even though I have no idea what's still about. I'll trust you all who love this book. Great review :)

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  2. Great review hun. I've been putting this one off just because I'm not all that keen on Dani. I think I'm going to wait until the other books are released and read them all together but glad you liked it.

    P.S I'm loving the new blog look too =)

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  3. I've heard a lot of negative things about this book especially because of Dani's age and the romance. So, I've stayed away from it. But your review has got be really interested! I love Karen's writing and the plot sounds really interesting. Great review, Rachel! :)

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  4. I'm so glad you liked it, Rachel! I was never able to finish it, I guess I got tired of the whole Jo situation pretty fast (seriously?)I might go back to it when book 2 comes out, IF Dani somehow jumps a few years, but not right now.
    You'll let me know if someone makes Jo's head explode, won't you? That's a sure way to make me go back to the series.

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  5. So I take it you liked Karen Marie Monings other books too? I found them too slow and got a bit irritated with Mac when I read them so I think I'll steer clear of this one!

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  6. I wonder if the author plans to age Dani by a few years before the next book? Anyhow, you definitely have me reconsidering this one now. And besides, those Ryodan quotes are quite hard to ignore. ;) Lovely review, Rachel!

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  7. OMG, I must hurry and read the Fever series so I can started on Iced. Yours isn't the first review to point out that Dani was annoying in Fever, or that her age is troubling. But, like you, all come out of this w/their minds changed.
    Excellent review, Rachel!

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  8. "Here are some quick thoughts: I hate Jo, and her sparkly crap. Please get rid of her now. Christian is creepy as heck, yet I’m a little conflicted about him. Dancer is all kinds of hot-nerdy-goodness! Smart is so sexy."

    YESSSSSSSSSS RACHEL!!!! I'm so glad I, ahem, convinced you to read this book! IT'S SO MESSED UP AND AWESOME! Is it awful that I wouldn't be sad at all if the hag got Jo instead of Christian? Can we make that happen? I need Dani and Ryodan together, but I know that's a long way off. PLEASE GET OLDER DANI!

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    1. I totally agree!! I hope Dani and Ryodan ends up together too! and I want to see more of Lor...lol

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  9. Great review! Love the fever series and ICED! it was AWESOME!!

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  10. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one so much, Rachel! I really must read it soon so we can discuss and you've assuaged my fears about this one immensely, so thank you! Beautiful review - and quote selection! - as always, dear! :)

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  11. After reading your review and favorite quotes, I think I have a better understanding about why this series is so addictive. It seems like there are so many unexpected twists and turns that you can't help but keep reading (or in your case, keep listening). I always welcome recommendations on audio version and I'm adding this to my audible wishlist. Thanks a lot, Rachel!

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  12. AHHH I still have not read this.. What is the matter with me... it is called too many commitments. I just checked my calendar and this is scheduled for March so it is going to be on my blog. I am with you, Dani was not my fav in the Fever series so I am happy to hear she grows on you. Oh man, I adored Christian and wanted good things for him but you say he is creepy. Well dammit that sucks!

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  13. Her age did bother me in the beginning, but I was so engrossed in the fever world that I didn't even remember it. I don't like Jo either, wasn't she supposed to be nice and sweet, but I do want some of that sparkly stuff. Fab review :) and I'm so glad you finally picked it up & loved it.

    PS: I think KMM mentioned somewhere that Dani's age at the most will be 17 or 18 by the end of her trilogy.

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  14. I'm glad to hear that Dani is a much more likable character in this one, especially as the book is based around her. I'll be interested to see where Karen is going with a fourteen year old. But a cliffhanger :( Brilliant review Rachel :)

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  15. Between Jenny's raving and this review, I'm convinced I need to read this series! I'm so far behind though!! I just checked out the first book, so hopefully I'll get there soon. Fabulous review!

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  16. I have never read any book by Karen Marie Moning so I've always been interested in it. I love that there are two narrators which makes the reading/listening experience even better. But man.. no romance because of her age? that kinda really sucks.. i hope the next book would be her at an older age so I can get some romance.

    great review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  17. I've been seeing this around EVERYWHERE (from Jenny's blog, and GR and now your review!); I think it's the higher ups telling me I NEED TO READ KAREN MARIE MONING'S BOOKS ALREADYYYY! I've honestly never even read the blurb for ANY of her books, but I'll definitely get started soon! Fab review and love those quotes, hun :)

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  18. Is it possible to read this one without her other series? Because I've been planning to try out her work for a long time now and this might be the best book to pick up first! :) The quotes are awesome.

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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