New Release Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Iced by Karen Marie Moning
Book #6 in the Fever series
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2012

Synopsis from Goodreads: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning comes the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy, set in the world of her blockbuster Fever series.

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.

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.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:
MacKayla Lane Books
1. Darkfever
2. Bloodfever
3. Faefever
4. Dreamfever
5. Shadowfever
*Fever Moon: The Fear Dorcha (graphic novel)

Dani O’Malley Books
6. Iced
7. Burned (Expected Publication: 2013)
8. Flayed (Expected Publication: 2014)

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Comments 2

  • I have this on hold from the library because I had a bad feeling about it, and didn’t want to spend the money. Everything you said in your review is what I was afraid of– 14 years old is young– if she had been 17 or so a lot more could have been done that would have been okay, but man, 14 is 14, no matter what her life has been like. So, is Mac’s series over for good now? I felt like there should be more, you know?
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    • Hi Brenda! Dani’s series will be three books long, but once that is finished, Mac and Barrons are supposed to be getting two more books. The first one probably won’t be out until 2015 though.