Monday, February 18, 2013

Iced (Dani O'Malley, #1) by Karen Marie Moning

  • Title: Iced: A Dani O'Malley Novel (Fever Series)
  • Classification: Adult Fiction  
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Format: Hardcover; 512 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (October 30, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0385344406
  • ISBN-13: 978-038534440

Imagine the world in utter chaos. A third of the world's population wiped out overnight with millions more dying every day. There is no money. There is no government. Phones, televisions, computers and Internet access are all things of the past. For many years, there was a wall between our world and that of the Fae with only limited access between the two. That wall is gone and the year has just been officially declared 1 AWC--After the Wall Crash. Humans, however, are not the only ones suffering. The Fae have no king, no queen, or anyone else in charge. The Seelie Princes are battling amongst themselves to determine who will reign supreme. 

The city of Dublin is once again under attack by an unknown assailant. People are literally being iced to death. The attacks are quick, lethal, and seemingly unrelated. Royden, Barron's go to guy, is taking it personally as one of his clubs was hit by the violence. He's keeping track of the who and when of each attack hoping he'll find a link or a clue as to who or what could be flash freezing people. He's forcing Dani to help him and Dani is not happy. She knows what it's like to be caged, and she's not having it but he's found the one thing that could potentially leash her. This is Dani's story...

I'm Dani Mega O'Malley.
I'm fourteen.(...)
I've got no complaints about being a sidhe-seer. I got the best gifts of all. None of the other sidhe-seers know how to deal with me. I'm superfast, superstrong, have superhearing, supersmell, and wicked sharp eyesight. I don't know if I taste better or not. Since I can't taste with anyone else's tongue, I guess I'll never know.(...)
I've got the coolest gig in the world.
I'm a superhero.(...)
I want to go out in a blaze of glory while I'm young. I don't want to break piece by piece, lose my mind and die wrinkly and old. Given the current state of our world, I'm not sure any of us have to worry about that anymore.

If you love the Fever world, then you'll probably enjoy this book. Just a few weeks after Shadowfever left off, we get a better look at the world and see how the Fae have invaded it. What's been happening has not been limited to Ireland or the surrounding countries. The whole world has been invaded and affected. 

Iced is another story which takes place in Dublin with the same characters that those who have read the Fever series have come to know and love. The rift that was created when Mac discovered that Dani had been the one to kill her sister per Rowena's orders is still going strong. Rowena's death has certainly stirred things up for the  sidhe-seers. With their leader gone and her betrayal known they fear that Cruce (aka V'lane) will somehow still manage to cause trouble or worse, escape his icy prison. 

Shortly after the books begins Dani and Roydan come to a face to face confrontation. Roydan has plans for Dani and wants to use her to help him solve a rash of murders of a supernatural kind. While Dani agrees to help, minus the "job applicaton" he wants her to sign, she can't help but lose her temper one day within his club, Roydan's designated Fae safe zone, killing a few Fae. If anyone other than Dani had done this they'd be dead. Now a so called "job application" isn't what Roydan is seeking...
     "I'm not interested in ink anymore. You're going to sign my contact in blood."
      "Thought you said it was an application," I say pissily. 
      "It is, Dani. To a very exclusive club. What's Mine."

While this is pretty classic Fever fair, there is one element to the book that, well, kind of made me  uncomfortable. Both Roydan and Christian appear to have the 'hots' for Dani. Um, hello, Dani is 14 years old. That is one year younger than my own daughter. Eew! I didn't like it when a good friend of mine in high school was dating a guy in his thirties, and I don't like it now even if it's in a book. I highly suggest Ms. Moning up Dani's age in a very quick manner either by making the next book be years from now or by sending her through a Seelie portal where she comes out older than she went in. Two older men lusting after Dani just isn't right. I find that creepier than any human eating Fae creature. I did, however, like how the only one Dani had eyes for was Dancer. 

Speaking of Dancer, I would love to know more about him. He's smart and apparently skipped grades because of his brilliance while being only a few years older than Dani. Hints keep being dropped that he may not be a normal human, but I can't for the life of me figure out what he could be if he's not. Could he be of druid ancestry or something similar? Only time will tell. 

One of the things I really liked was Ms. Moning's use of song titles and lyrics at the beginning of each chapter. At first I couldn't figure out why the author would do this, but by the end you'll understand. Basically it's a playlist of someone's favorite songs. I really liked how Ms. Moning incorporated this into the story. So make note of the chapters headings as you read through the story.

Overall, this one earned a 4 out of 5 roses. I enjoyed once again being immersed in the Fever world. I liked how we get a closer look at Roydan and what is going on with Christian. I enjoyed the mystery of what was icing people to death. I was totally wrong in my theory about it. Additionally, the ending had a nice cliffhanger that left you wondering what would happen next, but not leaving you wanting to throw the book. Rumor had it this would be a young adult book, but it's just a young protagonist living in a very war torn adult Fever world.     

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