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Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Iced
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Dani O'Malley Trilogy, #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte (Imprint of Random House)
Date Published: October 29th, 2012
Edition: Hardcover

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.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

My Review:

As a big fan of the Fever series, I was super excited to hear about its spinoff. Especially because after the way the last book ended, there was certainly much more to tell within the Fever world! But I will be the first to admit that I wasn’t too sure about it being from Dani’s POV. I found her somewhat annoying in the Fever series so I wasn’t sure if the book being from her perspective would ruin it for me. As it turns out that was actually my favorite thing about this book.

Dani has a strong, witty, and fun voice; and in a world that is now so dark it is a much-needed reprieve to be within her head. She does have her immature moments, after all she’s only fourteen, but for the most part I really grew to love her character quickly after starting this book and I’m now really looking forward to getting some more of the Mega in the next two books. 😉

Then there’s the story itself, which of course Moning does best. As always, she’s a master storyteller who is able to weave a tale that is filled with mystery, adventure, and action. Not to my surprise, I did not figure out the mystery part of it, but that’s a good thing, of course; and the action and adventure was definitely up to par with the Fever series as well.

The only downside with this book is that Dani is fourteen. This limits so much and it creates some awkwardness while Moning is clearly setting up a few different potential love interests — who are far older than Dani. Both of these love interests seem to be intent on “waiting” for Dani — obviously until she’s older. But the idea really kind of threw me for a loop. There were times I was really rooting for one guy in particular, but I’m just not sure how she’ll will make it work within just two more books (since it’s a trilogy) — unless one or both books skips forward in time by a few years. I’m still not entirely on board with the whole idea, but it’s done in a fairly decent way and I’m sure it will end up working out in the end.

Besides Dani, some of the side characters from Fever are brought to the forefront of the story in Iced — in particular some other members of Barrons entourage. I love these guys! Seriously, I know I’ll fall for each one of them and I really hope they all get some page time. In this one we get to know Ryodan (the owner of Chester’s) and Lor a bit — and yes, I already love both of them. We also get a few more clues about their kind. Even though we kind-of know what Barrons is (and assuming they’re the same — therefore the rest of the guys), we clearly still don’t really know everything about them. So it will be fun to get more clues to put together as far as that goes.

Overall this was a great book. I can’t say that I’m in love with it as much as the Fever series (at least not yet), but it still sucked me right back into a world I very much love and can’t wait to see more of. Dani is a surprisingly wonderful protagonist and the story was top notch. Now I just have to wait for the next one…

4 Hearts
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8 Responses to Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning

  1. This sounds pretty good. Would you recommend reading Fever series first or is this ok to read outside of the Fever series?

    Thanks :)

    • I would highly recommend reading the Fever series first. This spinoff is essentially a continuation and some people are even calling this one book 6 in the Fever series. The only difference is that it\’s a new perspective. But a lot happens in that series that is referenced and will probably be confusing unless you read it.

      The good news is that the Fever series is flipping incredible. I seriously could not put them down and read them back to back I think within a week because they\’re so good. Definitely read them! :) You\’ll love them, the majority of people who read them do. I will say that the first book isn\’t as good as the rest. Get through the first book in the series and after you read the second, you\’ll be hooked.

  2. Waiting is so the worst part. And I really wanted Dani to be older. And yet, I like her the way she is. So glad you enjoyed this book to!

  3. xaurianx says:

    I did like Dani in the Fever books. But I have read some reviews that really disliked the fact that Dani is manhandled and insulted a lot. So I am not really looking forward to reading it. If I do, I will wait for all three books to be on my shelves.
    I think I will read one of her Highlander books instead. I disliked the MacKeltar's in the Fever series, they were nothing like in the romance books, and that disappointed me greatly. They were the sole reason I wanted to read the Fever books.
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    • Hmm…I didn\’t get that vibe really. I mean, I suppose she was continually reminded that she was a \”kid\”, but I think that was more people (aka potential love interests) reminding themselves. Other than that, I would say she had some over-protectors, but not really what I would call manhandled and insulted a lot. I would still read it if I were you, even if you wait until all three books are out. It\’s a great book and I think most people who liked the Fever books will like this one.

  4. pabkins says:

    April has been trying to get me to read the Fever series forever…I know I should but there are so many other books I really want to read first..Glad to see its getting so much love. Makes me think it will be work it.
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    • Oh it\’s so worth putting to the top of your list! Seriously, you won\’t regret it. It\’s one of my all time favorite series\’ :) One of those that you will get sucked into and you\’ll just have to read back to back.

  5. Susan says:

    I totally know what you mean. I was hestiant to read Iced because even though I really enjoyed Dani and Mac/Dani in the Fever books, I don't know if I could take a whole book, let alone series, from her POV. And while I did enjoy the book (I gave it 4 stars), I really missed the books being from Mac's POV and I missed Mac/Barrons. I don't know that I care too much about who Dani hooks up with since she's only 14 and the guys after her are WAY older. It's kind of…weird. IDK. I will definitely read the other two, but I cannot wait until we get back to Mac and Mac/Jericho.

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