Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.Iced (Fever, #6) by Karen Marie Moning
Published by Delacorte Press on October 30, 2012
Genres: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: eBook (558 pages)
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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.
Proceed With Caution:
This book contains violence, gore, death, and grown men lusting after a fourteen-year-old.
Iced is the sixth book of the Fever series, but the first book in a new trilogy starring Dani Mega O’Malley. She’s a deadly fourteen-year-old with superhuman abilities and she’s been recruited to help Ryodan figure out what’s freezing his club patrons.
The first thing I noticed about Iced is that we’ve got a severely toned down version of Dani, which is a good thing. If you compare her chapters from the previous Fever books to this one, there’s a stark difference, i.e. this one is easier to read. Dani is still her hyperactive, hormone raging self, but her language has been cleaned up making for a smoother reading experience.
I am still disturbed by Ryodan and Christian lusting after Dani. Ryodan is who-the-heck-knows years old, has lived countless centuries and millennia and has no business having dirty thoughts about a teenage girl. Sure, he’s not a human man and has different morals and whatnot, but still. No. As for Christian, at least he knows his lust is wrong. He’s a hot twenty-something dude who’s turning into a death-by-sex Fae, and Dani is female, of course something is going to be stirring there. I still don’t have to like it.
Iced is my last reread, and I also remembered nothing from it, so it’s kind of like reading it for the first time again. It does pick up immediately after the big ending of Shadowfever, but like I said in that review, there’s still work to be done. Dublin, and the rest of the world, is in ruins. Fae are still running amok, but now there’s a new threat. Something is encasing everything in ice. Who is it? Why are they doing? Can it be stopped? Why is Ryodan so concerned about it (a point that bothered me to no end)?
Iced is a fun read, but it felt more like a standalone spin-off rather than a continuation or even the start of a new series. The plot is resolved and there no larger picture story going on unless you count Dani’s preoccupation with avoiding Mac because she’s afraid she’ll kill her. Which unfortunately makes no sense and is just annoying because if you read Shadowfever (you better have!), we already know that Mac doesn’t blame Dani. This better get resolved quickly, because it makes no sense and is forced for the sake of drama.
Quotes from Iced:
“I’m stronger than you, faster than you, and lack the human emotion that drives you. That makes me your worst nightmare.” (page 37)
There are only two things to worry about in life: either you’re free or you’re not. If you’re free, there’s nothing to worry about. If you’re not, you kick the shit out of everything around you until you are. (page 77)
“I don’t fetch for humans!” But I’d cut the fucking moon out of the sky for her. (page 197)
This is exactly why I hate lies. The second you tell one, you know something everybody else doesn’t know and you have to constantly keep reminding yourself to behave like you don’t know it, so they don’t decide you’re acting weird and figure out you know something they don’t. (page 430)