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Best Books of the Year So Far
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“Moning returns to the heady world of her Fever series, and the results are addictive and consistently surprising. . . . The best elements of Moning’s sensual, shadowy epic are still here, from the sensual and enigmatic Fae to the super-alpha heroes and the breathless pace of their escalating conflicts. At its heart is a heroine whose development is likely to become the stuff of legends as this unforgettable, haunting series continues to evolve.”—RT Book Reviews “This is one of my favorite 2012 reads . . . It’s engaging, hilarious, amazing and Dani is going to be one heck of a woman.”—USA Today
“A gripping story that combines excellent storytelling with believable characters that are rendered both superhuman and superbly human, with emotional fragility and psychological vulnerability in an unstable world fraught with danger . . . Fast-paced, with nonstop action set in a fascinating urban fantasy world of Dublin under siege, this is a smart, bold and textured success.”─Kirkus Reviews
“Moning is a master storyteller. I don’t know how she does it, but she begs me to get on my knees and pay worship to the woman who has brought me the best, most labyrinthine stories and characters I’ve ever had the privilege to get to know. She weaves brilliantly, unapologetically, and without exception, and she has threaded the needle into me and I’ve been pulled, over and over, into her tapestry, and I don’t think I’m ever getting out. Iced is no exception.”—The Bawdy Book Blog (five-starred review)
“Moning has taken a beloved series and made it better. . . . [She] has a way of bringing the reader into the story with her imaginative writing style and characters that are colorful and entertaining. . . . Please give Iced a try, you will become a Dani fan just like I did.”—Night Owl Romance (top pick)
“An exciting opening of a new Fever saga . . . Readers will enjoy that the prime Fever cast plays major roles and the introduction of two new unique dangerous Fae who widen the mythos.”—Genre Go Round Reviews
“[Moning] has always managed to give me everything I want in a book. . . . Iced will not disappoint.”—Open Book Society
“We get edge of your seat action and danger. We get the promise of so much more to come. All in all, this is an excellent start to Dani’s trilogy.”—Scandalicious Book Reviews
“Of course, I ended up loving this book. Just like I love everything [Moning] writes.”—Fiction Vixen
About the Author
Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fever series, featuring MacKayla Lane, and the award-winning Highlander series. She has a bachelor’s degree in society and law from Purdue University.
Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the sizzling Urban Fantasy FEVER Novels set in Dublin, featuring MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons, and the paranormal romance HIGHLANDER Series, with fifteen books in print in thirty-six countries.
She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award, and multiple RITA nominee. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Society & Law.
You can learn more about her and her work at www.karenmoning.com or www.facebook.com/KarenMarieMoningfan
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Let me start by saying that I adored the first five books. I have read them over and over and waited anxiously for the release of this installment. I almost took a day off work just to devote to my impending worship of this novel. I, like many others, was initially wary of KMM's plans to make her lead character the 14 year old Dani, who I felt to be mostly a nuisance character in the series. But I trusted KMM, especially when she assured us in her blogs and facebook page, over and over, that we would come to love Dani. That we would forget all about Mac and Barrons. And that the material was in no way YA.
Umm...not so much.
The book isn't terrible, it's just not a consistent continuation of the gripping story like the first five books that originally won my heart. In truth, in my second read, I've upped my rating from the 2 stars I was tempted to give it initially.
Here's what I liked:
Dancer. Finally learned more about who he is and I like him as a character. Christian. Dramatic turn to his character, I am curious to see where KMM takes him from here. Lor. I think he's hilarious in a dry, scenestealing kind of way. Hoar Frost King and Crimson Hag. Creative, terrifying. Doubt we've seen the last of either of them. Ryodan. Can't tell if he's a good guy, a complete ass, or sometimes both. I like the fact that I'm still not sure.
Here's what I kinda still don't care about, even after two reads:
Dani. Yeah, that's bad when you aren't invested in the main character after two reads of the book. Kat and Sean. Who were they again?
Here's what I REALLY didn't like:
Dani is 14. I don't want to read about a 14 year old. 2 Grown men sexually attracted to a 14 year old. Eew.Read more ›
Well. I was, like many other people, a huge fan of the Fever series and both excited and apprehensive about the release of Iced. Excited because, more Fever! And apprehensive because a) Dani was kind of an annoying narrator whenever she seized the reins in Fever, and b) since she's fourteen, any romantic under-, over-, or just general tones come off as icky.
It was simultaneously better and worse than I thought it would be. Yes, there were times when Dani was an annoying idiot. She thinks she's very smart, and she is, but she's still fourteen, which makes her sort of automatically an idiot. It could, therefore, be argued that her obnoxiousness added realism to the story, but I'm not sure the realism was worth having to deal with all the crap, not to mention the number of times she uses the word "dude". Luckily, Dani is also funny and learning about her is interesting because she doesn't share well. Her intelligence also comes through more in this book, and the contrast between regular Dani and science Dani is really quite fascinating.
Let's take a look at the plot. Iced takes place pretty much right after the end of Shadowfever, so if you haven't read that, don't read the rest of this review.
Okay. I'm going to assume all the infidels are gone now and keep talking. The Unseelie King is off somewhere with the concubine/Aoibheal, Cruce/the Sinsar Dubh is frozen in a block of ice under the abbey, and Faery has merged with our world, resulting in lots of deaths and Interdimensional Fairy Potholes. Most of the action takes place in Dublin, centered at Chester's, Ryodan's weird club/fae hunting grounds. There's conflict between Dani and Ryodan as he tries to mold her into his future...what would you call it? A mate? See, kind of icky.Read more ›
Moning continues to write books set in the world of Darkfever with a Dublin completely overrun by Fae that I. Can't. Stop. Reading.
Darn her. I have all kind of issues with this book, most of them one other reviewers had, and I really, really thought hard about only giving it 4 stars, but in the end, I couldn't get over the fact that even in the saggy parts where Dani's 14 year old voice got my nerves and I was icked out by the attraction between her and Ryodan, the book still had me utterly engrossed.
Dani is doing her Mega Superhero thing watching over what humans she can in Dublin, hiding from Mac, hanging with her brainy friend Dancer, and killing all the fae she can with her sword.
But Ryodan, the owner of Chester's night club, has taken in an interest in her. He forces her into his "employ" and sets her on the path of solving the mysterious "iced" places in Dublin. Meanwhile, our old, Druid friend Christian is almost all the way through his transformation into an Unseelie Prince, and he's also got designs on Dani.
While Dani-Ryodan reminded me an awful lot of Mac-Barrons (subsitute Dani's inexperience/youngness for Mac's innocence) and Christian was a mite bit creepier than in prior books, Dani is her own person in this book with a distinctive voice and constant desire to be moving forward and getting things done that is quite believable. I love how Moning makes Ryodan and his buddies make comments that Dani doesn't get but that us readers definitely pick up as sexual innuendo.Read more ›
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