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Iced: A Dani O'Malley Novel (Fever Series) by Karen Marie Moning

Iced: A Dani O'Malley Novel (Fever Series) by Karen Marie Moning

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning picks up where Shadowfever leaves off with Iced, the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy set in the world of the 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.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning picks up where Shadowfever leaves off with Iced, the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy set in the world of the 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.

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ritastradling reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This book is great. There is an ick factor, definitely. But if you can put that ick aside, the book is fantastic fun.
capnrandm reviewed this
Rated 5/5
"If you're trying to force the story to be a straight up romance, it's going to be weird for you." - Karen Marie Moning

I'd like that quote on a card that I can hand out to readers whenever Fever or Dani comes up.

Man, Moning does it right. After being on the edge of my seat, checking Amazon on a weekly basis, sniffing around for ARCs, I wolfed ICED down in one sitting. And now I'm back to ants in my pants, anxious for book two, haunting the Internet for snippets... I'm dying over here!

ICED does go a little over the top laying out Dani's romantic possibilities. I wouldn't have expected anyone to give Ryorden a run for his money, but Christian and Dancer both have potential. Moning has really gone all out to build up the chemistry while simultaneously put on the breaks. Ryorden has a girlfriend. Christian sometimes kills people during sex. And Dancer is not a borderline psychotic alpha male, he's just a genius teen who loves Dani. Everyone has their drawbacks...

I'm going to have to set aside some time to go back and read my favorite Mac and Barrons moments (from his death to their hook up, it slays me every time). I was a little worried about the whole WeCare subplot in ICED, and Mac's mom really creeped me out... can't wait for the next book!

2/17 - ICED totally holds up to the reread, I love Dancer and Christian and Ryorden fighting over Dani's hypothermic body. The scene where Dani's vibrating and offers to let Lor touch her shoulder is priceless, too.
mlleehreen reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Tl;dr summary: disappointing and gross. Now, on to the bulletpoints!

1. This is PNR, not UF.

Yes, the Fever books got pretty hot and heavy by the end, but in the Fever books Mac started with a single mission (find her sister's killer) that carried through the entire series. Barrons started with a single mission (obtain the Sinsar Dubh) that carried through the entire series. These missions, the worldbuilding, drove much of the books.

ICED is more a monster-of-the-week type book. People are dying in Dublin in a mysterious way. Our protagonists must identify and destroy the big bad before the book is over. More "epic" stuff happens in ICED than happened in the first two or three Fever books combined, but Mac and Barrons' quests felt so much more epic. Why? Because the plot of ICED is just a thin excuse for relationship drama.

2. Dani is charming. I loved her.

I didn't expect to, but she was great. She's an unrepentant rascal, cheery and hard-bitten, tough and wide-eyed. I loved her POV.

3. Ryoden is awful.

He is the anti-Barrons. Let's examine some differences, shall we?

Barrons waits for Mac to come to him. She's desperate and he takes advantage, but she's free to leave anytime. Ryoden makes demands of Dani that she wants to refuse but cannot, because Ryoden cages, tortures, and threatens her (and NO, none of those words are exaggerations - the first example occurs very early on in the book, when Ryoden keeps Dani manacled in a dungeon for several days without food or water). She is not free to walk away.

This is particularly bad because, as we also learn early on, Dani has a profound fear of cages and restraint. Ryoden knows this and does it anyhow.

Barrons shows his increasing admiration for Mac by making her stronger, fiercer, and more independent. By the end of DARKFEVER, Barrons has given Mac the Spear of Light - an immensely powerful weapon. Ryoden shows his interest in Dani by trying to take things away from her, trying to make her feel helpless and powerless. Prime example? When Dani loses her sword, Ryoden refuses to help her retrieve it. In fact, he makes a hands-off deal with the thief and tells Dani he'd just as soon she never gets it back.

The way Barrons treated other women never made me want to vomit. Not a huge accomplishment, I know. No gold stars for "well, I didn't want to vomit". But I thought he was upfront and fair with Fio. Ryoden, on the other hand, is vile to the women he has sex with - sleeping with his employees, discarding them like - KMM's words here! - "used condoms". The worst part, maybe the grossest thing in a book full of gross stuff, was when Ryoden starts sleeping with Dani's friend Jo. Why? To separate Dani from a friend? To hurt Dani and make her feel betrayed? Because it's the closest he can get to having sex with 14-year-old Dani?This whole scenario just made me want to shut the book and say, "Enough of you people."

4. Forget the slow build

To my mind, the thing that made Mac and Barrons' romance so epic is how long it took to develop. For the first few books, I was actively rooting for Mac and Barrons NOT to get together. It wasn't until late in the Fever series that we started getting major revelations, like the fact that Barrons can't die. These revelations cement the intimacy Mac and Barrons have developed and, because the trust between them is so hard-won, every one felt like a victory.

There's one thing that hasn't changed: I was definitely rooting for Dani and Ryoden NOT to get together in ICED. In fact, I was rooting for them NEVER to get together and for Dani to pick a different guy because, as I mentioned in #3, Ryoden is awful.

And I might have faith. I'll read the next book just because KMM has proved she can accomplish some amazing reversals. But there's no slow build here. From the beginning, Ryodan has decided that Dani is his girl. He'll wait until she's older to have sex with her, but in the meanwhile he plans to groom her into his ideal woman by subjecting her to a constant barrage of abuse and degradation.

We get some major revelations in ICED - many of them familiar from SHADOWFEVER - but there's no victory this time, no sense of a milestone having been reached. For example: Dani sees Ryoden die. At this stage, there's no trust or affection between them. When Ryodan comes back, he makes it clear that only Dani can know about his resurrection - if any other woman finds out, she'll be killed. So this huge, wonderful plot point of SHADOWFEVER is slapped down in ICED much, much too early and becomes just another example of how gross and creepy Ryodan is.

5. Dani is 14.

For some reason, I didn't expect this to bother me. Maybe because I assumed the Dani books would give us another slow build, plenty of time for relationships to grow and evolve naturally, in the least-creepy way possible.

Boy was I wrong.

Here are some gross, inappropriate things that happen in ICED: Ryoden gets in Dani's bed, Dani ends up in Christian's bed, Dani strips at various points for both men, both of whom are attracted by her body, Christian uses his new death-by-sex aura on Dani, Ryoden is so overwhelmed by attraction to Dani that he has to go have sex with another woman immediately.

It's gross.

6. So why 3 stars?

Because there are new books ahead, and KMM has surprised me before. There's still some possibility that all the gross stuff in ICED is meant to be gross. If it turns out we were supposed to be revolted and offended, if we're supposed to hate Ryodan and he's going to evolve away from the person he is now, I could get back on board.

3 stars is my way of saying: I loved the Fever series enough that I still have hope.
thehistorychic reviewed this
Read for Review (Brilliance Audio)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00

Audio Rating: 5.00 (This is a series that HIGHLY recommend on Audio)

Overall: I gave the Book a 5 but there were elements that were hard to accept and things that made me want to scream. KMM though did another excellent job of keeping glued to the book and making me start the countdown to the next one!
soireb reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Okay, so far I'm rooting for Dancer. He won me over; then again, I do love the underdog ~.^

Review to come...
readsalot81 reviewed this
I KNOW I'm going to get a lot of flack for this, but I just couldn't finish it. Dani O'Malley's "voice" just grated on me too much for me to stick with it. Not even the overall plot arc could make me stay with the book.

And I liked the previous Fever series just fine. But perhaps that's it. I wasn't over the moon about the world or the characters. I thought it was an interesting world with competently shaped characters. I have zero opinions about Ryodan.. he wasn't written to be anything like Barrons (except for the immortal part).. which is perfectly fair.. but nothing stands out about him either. I stopped counting how many "fecks" and "bahs" there were. If anyone has an e-reader that could do that and let me know, that'd be awesome.
stefferoo reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I had serious doubts when I first heard about the author's plans for this novel. As urban fantasy series go, I thought the first five Fever books were okay and liked them well enough to want to keep reading if KMM decided to write any more books based on the characters and setting in this world.What jarred me was when I found out that this sixth book, while continuing the Fever story, was going to star Dani O'Malley as the main protagonist and narrator in kind of her own spin-off. My first thought was, just why the hell would you take the most juvenile, idiotic and annoying character in the Fever series and give her her own novel? Several novels, actually, as it appears Dani will actually be getting her own trilogy.As it turned out, her narrative wasn't as I thought...once you get used to her childish belligerence, naivete, her mangling of the English language and the overuse of the word "feck", that is. I even started to like it after a while. Dani is fourteen years old, and I can certainly believe it. Even though I'm sure she would irritate the hell out of me as a real person, as a character I enjoyed reading about her, and KMM gave her a unique voice which I could immediately tell apart from Kat and Christian (the other two POVs we get in this novel).The main issue I have, however, is I'm not sure what direction the author wants to go with Dani's series. At first glance, you'd probably think, oh, 14-year-old female protagonist, urban fantasy genre, post-apocalyptic setting, this must be a YA book!Um, but it's not. Way not. Like the rest of the Fever series, Iced is meant for adults. And here's where I'm a bit confused as to why she chose a child to be her protagonist for this trilogy.I also wouldn't categorize this as "paranormal romance" in a million years, at least without feeling twenty different kinds of dirty and wrong. If this does turn out to be a PR, of the three men in Dani's life, only the idea of one of them ending up with her is tolerable to me and doesn't trigger a gag reflex. The other two, a creepy stalker-ish 20-something-year-old "death by sex" Unseelie prince and an overbearing, controlling immortal older man (subjective age probably 30s or so) just give me all kinds of creepy pedo-vibes. Do they seriously have to give her candy, too? Ick.Any way you look at it, this book is published in modern western times for a modern western audience and in modern western society, 14 years old is still a child. While there is nothing too explicit in this novel, reading about Dani constantly getting stripped to her underwear around these guys and them all getting hard-ons and possessive instincts while looking at or thinking about one day having sex with her and taking her virginity gives me all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. The iffy vibes practically rolled off the page and into my face, and it's hard to shake.It makes me wonder if KMM will jump a few years ahead in the next book. It'll probably be the wise thing to do if she wants to continue in this vein. If nothing else, it certainly provides a talking point, because aside from a unique main character and her having a different voice, nothing else in this novel really stood out for me. The story was okay, I liked it but it was a bit predictable. Everyone spends the whole book trying to figure out the mystery of why certain places in Dublin are being iced, but not even halfway through I already guessed the reason. The one mystery I can't solve? Why Ryodan, who has experienced so much after living thousands of years, can do everything better than Dani, has all kinds of resources at his fingertips, would need to enlist the help of a 14-year-old girl to handle his problems.
lcop_1 reviewed this
I was really intrigued by Ryo in the Fever books, so I was hoping we would get tons of him in this book and oh yeah baby, lotso Ryo.For the Christian fans he is in there too, (although he was not in my top 5) I like the way he is evolving in this book.I am going to be careful so as not to give out spoilers. I have waited so long for this book and started reading at 9:15 last night and just finished at 2:00 am. My brain hurts, but there was no way I could put it down. Had to finish and know EVERYTHING, at least everything we get in this book.Lor is in this book more, and we see more of the 7. Not in a lot of detail, just more.Dani is such a great paradox, what a fantastic character. On the one hand she is a genius, on the other hand she is a hormonal teenager, and the obvious stuff she doesn't see about relationships just makes me want to shake my head.I was a little nervous about Ryodan, just b/c after Barrons (who I am pretty sure my heart still beats for) it is hard to have another Alpha character and not repeat the previous. KMM did not, Ryo is so his own guy. I will say after all Barrons judge me on my actions, you have to switch gears as Ryo is all about the head trip. In some ways he was a harder anti hero to get behind, b/c some of the things he does are just...you are going to have to read it.I will re-read tomorrow, right now my head is full of Ice, Chesters, Ryo & Dani.For the Mac fans - there are glimpses of her and Barrons - but that is it, Glimpses - this is Dani's book, and while I would have loved for it to be more Mac & Barrons, I guess the point was it is about Dani.For those who like to skip ahead to the end of the book, do yourself a favor and don't. I am normally one of those people and I did not because as usual KMM left us with a bit of a quandary and I am sure when we get our next book, it will not turn out any way near the way we think it might unless we are really good guessers. If you have not read the Fever books, I would start with those, because you end up knowing too much of the outcome if you start with this one.If you have been waiting and been worried about being disapointed, don't, there were some excellent lines in this book. A couple that just made your tummy clench if you know what I mean, when the guys go all possessive growly - yummm. Total keeper, worth the wait. Thanks Ms. Moning!
srfeike reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I was not sure how much I was going to like this book with it being narrated by Dani. I was not terribly fond of her in the Fever series – I did not hate her, I just did not love her. I was impressed, however, with how Moning wrote her character into this story. She is kind of a loner with only one other person who she trusts completely in (Now that Mac is out of the picture, anyway). Though Dani is only 14 in this book, her age is just a number. I do not believe she has ever been a kid, though she is a bit naive when it comes to Ryodan and Christian. She is a go-getter and takes the world by the balls. There is not much she is afraid of, and even when she does cross paths with fear she faces it head on. I love that we got to get to know Christian better in this book. I look forward to see where Moning takes his character. I also love that we got Ryodan. He was kind of an enigmatic character in the first five books of Fever, and even though we got a lot of him in Iced, he is even more mysterious now. There are things in the book I have to question (Joe's role, for example), which I have no doubt Moning will provide a suitably entertaining story for later in the series. I was so excited to find out there will be two more Dani books and then two more Fever books after that!
hoosgracie reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This was a tough book. I enjoyed Moning's fever series immensely. I even liked Dani as a secondary character. But, as the main narrator in this first person story, I couldn't stand her. I found her to be a pretentious teen. The plot was good - trying to figure out what is icing different parts of Dublin - but this didn't work for me. I miss Mac and Barrons. The audio narration was quite good .

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