Christal’s Review – 3 Skulls – C+
Dani as a character never bothered me in the Fever series, I actually liked her pretty well, so I was excited to see what this new book would bring to the Fever world. I have to say I was disappointed. The story to me wasn’t up to the level of Shadowfever. It was more along the lines of Darkfever, which I didn’t love. The beginning plot really dragged for me and the investigation aspect felt like a waste of time. A lot of the “revelations” felt like no duh moments.
The lack of Mac and Barrons in the story bothered me because it felt really artificial. The “icing” was affecting not only Chester’s and Ryodan, but all of Dublin. How could Mac not have been involved in the rescue of the city that she just literally saved? And how could Barrons not be an integral part of Ryodan’s investigation? They are supposed to be as thick as thieves… The end made me mad too. Yes KMM, that was a cliffhanger. How could you say it wasn’t?
I liked Dani as the narrator, but I felt that she was written a little inconsistently throughout the book. At times we were supposed to buy her as old for her years because she had to take care of herself for so long, but then at others she was foolish and headstrong just like any other 14-year-old. She is still a child; this book firmly cemented that for me. Regina said it best, “It is clear how immature she is. Dani refers to herself in the third person ‘as the mega.’ She is unable to see others’ needs in front of her own. She is unable to understand or see consequences. She prefers to approach things as a child does — snooping around and keeping secrets, rather than being upfront. She is uncomfortable at any sexual reference. She has no interest in having a boyfriend at all. She has naive ideas about what giving away her virginity will be like. And she sees herself as a superhero. These are not the thoughts and actions of a mature teenager or a mature young adult. These are the thoughts and actions of a child.” Well said Regina, well said!
Oh, and where did Dani’s inner sociopath come from? That was just thrown out there with no mention until she needed to solve the problem and then it wasn’t brought up again.
Ryodan and Christian made me feel icky. Christian has developed insta-love upon seeing Dani and plans to wait for her so that he can marry her one day. It’s creepy. His descent into Unseelie princedom was a really interesting part of the story, but it was ruined by his thoughts of Dani. Ryodan was an odd duck in this book too. Why does he really need a 14-year-old on his payroll anyways? And if he didn’t like Mac because she was unpredictable, how can he even contemplate working with Dani? Not to mention that he is creepy with her too, but then on top of that, he has no problem beating the crap out of her at times. Both guys are just icky, icky, icky. Dancer is the only one I really liked and even he makes me suspect that he isn’t entirely up front with Dani about everything.
The thing with the sidhe-seers, and Kat especially, felt misplaced… like it didn’t tie into Dani’s story at all.
Overall, I really liked about the last 100 pages of this novel, but I didn’t get what I was expecting. I wanted a fast-paced story with lots of butt-kicking, development of Dani’s character, a mentor relationship with Ryodan, and maybe some age appropriate romantic dealings with Dancer. What I got was great action at the end, pretty much nothing new with Dani, a weird and inappropriate relationship with a Barrons-wannabe, and a gross and icky possible love square. I hope the next book can redeem Dani’s story because she deserves so much better.
Dani O’Malley Books
7. Burned (Expected Publication: 2013)
8. Flayed (Expected Publication: 2014)
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