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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mel's Review: 'Iced' by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Iced
Series: Fever # 6
Author: Karen Marie Moning

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.

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Mel’s Review:

Iced is the sixth book in the new adult urban fantasy, Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. It’s the first book where Dani ‘Mega’ O’Malley is our main focus and the change of pace was desperately needed to breathe new life into this saga in my opinion.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love Mac, I love Barrons and I enjoyed their story immensely, but, if you’re going to continue, diving into the other characters is a fantastic idea. (Sidenote: This was billed as the first Dani O’Malley novel and not to get ahead of myself but the Dani O’Malley part seems to go out the window after Iced. We can discuss that in my review of Burned. Back to Iced for now.) To me, this seemed like the perfect liftoff for a new arc within the Fever universe. Let’s get to know the other sidhe-seers, let’s get to know more about the nine, beyond Barrons. I was so excited.

The story picks up pretty much right where we leave off in Shadowfever, only from a different perspective. Dani O’Malley is a fantastic narrator in my opinion. The bulk of this installment is told from her point of view and it made all the difference in the world to my enjoyment of the story.  (Yes, she’s only fourteen and I know some people weren’t happy about the lack of sex because of that, but it was clear to me that something important was being set up for the rest of the series. And it didn’t put a halt to the adult themes in the book.) The summation of previous events was succinct, and you see how the other sidhe-seers and the people of Dublin were affected by the wall between the Fae world and ours coming down. The action picks right up and you’re drawn right into Dani’s world.

I listened to this on audiobook and I was completely enthralled, the narrators were perfection. I was laughing, crying, gasping and just totally caught up in the story. I could not stop, I had to know what was going to happen next. There was no lull really, no moment where I was wondering why we were learning about something. I think some of that could be because this was technically supposed to be a book one in a new series so there’s always some world building, laying of the details, etc. Yes, not all mysteries were solved by the end, but hello, it’s part of a series, so that’s normal and GOOD. It ended on a pretty major cliffhanger and I couldn’t wait to dive into the next book to find out what would become of our ferociously sweet, funny, plucky, determined, fierce, one hundred percent brave heroine.           

I loved seeing more of Ryodan, getting to know him a bit more (I might like him more than Barrons) and my favorite ‘new’ side character is Lor. He’s hilarious, and very obviously has a heart of gold beneath his scary exterior.  But my hands down favorite is Dani, herself. She’s so pure of heart and I don’t mean that in a cheesy way, she reacts in reckless ways sometimes, she’s a kid. But all she really wants to do is live. And help people. Protect them from themselves and the dark fae that have invaded her city.  I simply adore her and her zest for life. She made this book tremendous.         

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 About the Author: 

“The only other calling I ever felt was an irrepressible desire to be Captain of my own Starship. I was born in the wrong century and it wasn’t possible, so I chose to explore the universe by writing fiction instead. Books are doors to endless adventure.” -KMM

Karen Marie Moning is the #1 NYT bestselling author of the Fever Series and Highlander novels.

An alum of the Immaculate Conception Academy, at seventeen she attended Purdue University where she completed a BA in Society & Law, with minors in Philosophy, Creative Writing and Theatre, while working full time as a bartender and computer consultant. She intended to go to law school but after an internship with a firm of Criminal Attorneys, decided against it. For the next decade, she worked in insurance, where she wrote intercompany arbitrations and directed commercial litigation. At the age of thirty, she decided it was time to get serious and do what she’d always wanted to do: write fiction novels.

Beyond the Highland Mist was published in 1999 and nominated for two RITA awards. She then published six more novels in her award-winning HIGHLANDER series, and received the RITA Award in 2001 for The Highlander’s Touch.

In 2004, she began writing the #1 New York Times bestselling FEVER series. The books have been optioned twice for potential franchise development by Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Studios, but the rights are currently held by Moning who has expressed a desire to one day see it as a television series. Her novels have been published in over thirty countries. She divides her time between Ohio and Florida and is working on two future projects for Random House Publishing.    

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