Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Iced
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #6
Publication: 30th 2012 by Delacorte Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 495 pages
Cover Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
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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.


(Be careful of some spoilers ^^)

My god... where do I start, where do I start! Fucking amazing book, making me crazy!
The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning is my favorite series ever so I was thrilled to finally have Iced in my hands. 
At first I was skeptical about it because I was disappointed the next 3 books won't be in Mac's POV. I also was never a fan of Dani. I kind of thought she was annoying so I wasn't looking forward to reading in her POV. Also, I didn't see how with her being 14 years old would work in this series. KMM said it wouldn't be a YA book so I was wondering about that. But on the other hand I was really excited to read more about Ryodan, Christian and to finally get to know Dancer. Now after reading Iced, I take everything back that I ever said about Dani. She is fecking awesome! At first I had to get used to her, but it took only a few pages to see that Dani is one amazing character.
“Holy borrowing bibliophile, let's book!”
Dani O'Malley is one kick-ass girl! She can stand her own always, all the time, between all these arrogant men. Gotta love that about her.
I was really glad when we found out more about her, her past, so we can understand why she is the way she is. It made me like her more. I would never expected to love reading about her as much as I did. 

Christian also had some chapters in his POV. I love love love loved that! Yeah, sure, he was kind of creepy and disturbing but I love him. Christian slowly changed into a full Unseelie prince, which was very freaky to watch. I really felt for the guy. I'm just glad he still has a part highlander in him, even if it just was a little bit.
Christian is amazing. The way he sacrificed himself for her... Awww!
I love how he's attracted to Dani and oh please let them end up together somehow... They would be amazing.

“She's too young. Too innocent.
Too human. For what I'm becoming.”

Ryodan, oh my... He sure was something. I couldn't help but compare him to Barrons. Let me tell ya; they are definitely not the same. Ryodan feels more like a true psychopath to me. But I can't help but also love him. He has his good moments and he is oh so hot!
He seems to be interested in Dani. Not in the yucky way because she's only 14 but there's something there.

“Dani, Dani, Dani."
I flinch. I've never heard anyone say my name so gently. It creeps me all kinds of out.
He's towering over me, arms crossed over his chest, scarred forearms dark against the rolled-up sleeves of a crisp white shirt.
Heavy silver cuffs glint at both wrists. The light is smack behind his head, as usual.
"You didn't really think I'd let you get away with it," Ryodan says.”

We finally met the mysterious Dancer! I love that boy. He's cute, really smart and he actually gets Dani. But I do have a feeling he has his dark secrets also. I can't wait to find out more about him.

We also got a POV from Kat. I got to admit those where my least favorite but they were interesting nontheless. I'll try not to spoil too much but Cruce came a lot into them too. ;)
Speaking of the Sidhe-Seers... Jo was a lot in Iced too. And I'm pretty sure I hate her. I can't help myself! She's so... ugh, thinking she actually has a real relationship with Ryodan. However, I can't seem to figure out if deep deep deep deeeeeeeeep down maybe Ryodan doesn't care for her too. Anyhow, I can't stand her. Why does Ryodan have to 'boink' her. *shakes head*

Lor, one of Ryodan's men, was so fun to read about! The dude's hilarious. I definitely want more of him in the upcoming books. 
“Stop. Vibrating." Ryodan plucks a paper out of the air and slaps it back down on his desk.
I wonder if he cleans it. How many tushes have been on that thing? I'm never touching it again. "Can't help it," I say around a mouthful of candy bar. I know what I look like: a smudge of black leather and hair. "It happens when I get really excited. The more excited I get, the more I vibrate."
"Now there's a thought," Lor says.
"If you mean what I think you mean, you want to shut the fuck up ad never think it again," Ryodan says.
"Just saying, boss," Lor says. "You can't tell me you didn't think it, too.”

The plot overall is awesome. It all knd of revolves around this big bad that's icing places, people and fae all over. Ryodan makes Dani work for him, to help find out what this thing is, what it wants and how to stop it. I never would've seen coming what it actually wanted, even when it's actually so obvious. Amazingly done by Ms. Moning! 
I tried to read this book as slowly as I could because, honestly, I didn't want it to end. It was that amazing. Eventually I read it for about a week. I couldn't draw it out any longer. 
Another awesome thing was the chapter titles. It were all sentences from songs. Now it makes sense why they were. Also nicely done by the author.

Now, you're all probably wondering if Mac and Barrons are in Iced. Well, they are! But only for a few moments. A little sad, but that's okay for me because the end is the bomb!
Of course there was a cliffhanger. I was expecting it all throughout the book. And this one, was one to die for. Like, how can it end like this! It physically hurt me to read it. No kidding!
But I'm oh so glad to have read this amazing book. Best book from 2012 without a doubt. 

The emotional feels of this were unbelievable. One moment I was feeling one thing and then the next it was the other.
“All the sudden Ryodan’s standing one inch away from me, hand under my chin, holding my face up to his. “You’ll never be just anything. A tsunami can never be ‘just’ a wave.”
“Get off my chin.”
“I like that about you. Waves are banal. Tsunamis reshape the Earth. Under the right circumstances, even entire civilizations.”
I blink.
“You’re going to be one hell of a woman one day, Dani.”

Iced by Karen Marie Moning was a non-stop, exhilarating, emotional rollercoaster that I never wanted to get off from. The humor, the action, the characters, the plot; I couldn't put the book down. You think you've seen it all after Shadowfever? Iced will rock your world with all the twists and turns and capture your attention without stop!

“He looks at me, looks at my head, and his lips twitch like he's trying not to bust out laughing. "You don't need that... whatever the fuck it is."
"Ain't dying by Shade. It's a MacHalo.”
“I like sex for breakfast, kid. I eat early and often.”
“What does somebody like you want? More power? More toys? More sex?"
"All of the above. All the time."
"Greedy bugger."
"Kid, let me tell you something. Most people spend their short time in this world less than half alive. They wander through their days in a haze of responsibility and resentment. Something happens to them not long after they're born. They get conflicted about what they want and start worshipping the wrong gods. Should. Mercy. Equality. Altruism. There's nothing you should do. Do what you want. Mercy isn't Nature's way. She's an equal opportunity killer. We aren't born the same. Some are stronger, smarter, faster. Never apologize for it. Altruism is an impossible concept. There's no action you can make that doesn't spring from how you want to feel about yourself. Not greedy, Dani. Alive. And happy about it every single fucking day.”

Karen Marie MoningKaren Marie Moning (rhymes with 'awning') is the # 1 New York Times 
bestselling author of 12 novels, including the Rita-award winning Highlander novels and the internationally bestselling urban fantasy Fever series. Her books have been published in 21 languages, and her events draw fans from all over the world.
She divides her time between the mountains of Georgia and the beaches of Florida.
Visit the official author's website.

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~Iced Trailer!


  1. Bravo! Love your review and can't wait to read more about Dani, Christian and Ryodan. :)

  2. I keep hearing about the Fever series and after this review it is going to the top of my "must read" list. The quotes are great too. Hilarious. Thanks for sharing.

    Peace & Love
    Crystal @ YA Society

  3. "Indescribable emotion" - THAT IS THE PERFECT DESCRIPTION!!! It was definitely an emotional rollercoaster ride that I tried to drag out as long as possible, but I only made it about 2.5 days :) I can't wait to read it all over again and I really want to try out the audio version.

    AMAZING review!


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