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 few 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.
Audiobook Published October 29th 2012 by Brilliance Audio
Four and a half stars: Ryodan has stolen my heart!
Dublin is a living nightmare since the walls between Fairy and the human world fell. Citizens are struggling to survive against the Fae, and now things are about to get a whole lot worse. Something is icing the town, freezing people instantly. Ryodan captures Dani O'Malley and insists she help him get to the bottom of the problem. With Dani, nothing is ever easy and she and Ryodan constantly butt heads. Can Dani and Ryodan save Dublin from the Ice?
What I Liked:
- Oh how I have missed The Fever World! I was apprehensive to dive back into this world, knowing that I wouldn't be seeing things through Mac's eyes. Dani was never my favorite character in The Fever Series. I found her to be a bit obnoxious. That being said, it did take me a bit of time to adjust to the change in narration and to get over not having the sexy Barrons in the picture. Once I settled in with Dani, I had a tremendous ride. This book is just as good as the others. I loved it!
- Let's talk about Dani.... she is a fiery and impetuous fourteen year old. It takes a bit of time for her to grow on you, but once she does, I found I really enjoyed her character. She is a teenager so she is stubborn, obnoxious, rash, determined, and she fails to realize her own mortality. Yet, she is softhearted, kind and caring and she wants to do her best to help Dublin recover. I really got her once I learned more about her back story. I have to say, Ms. Moning does a tremendous job in capturing a teenager's voice. I think we forget as we get older just how impulsive we were as teenagers. If you were not a fan of Dani in the Fever Books, give her a chance, I think you will grow to love her.
- Ryodan....I didn't think that anyone could take Barron's place in my heart, but I think Ryodan has. Yes, I met him briefly in the earlier books, but this time he is front and center. He is strong, hard headed and sexy, and he also has a big heart under his tough exterior. I absolutely adored him. He is not perfect, but he is sexy and he makes me laugh. There is something about a strong, confident man that gets me every time. I loved the constant head butting between he and Dani, it was hilarious! I really enjoyed Lor as well. He has some memorable lines, especially at the end that made me laugh!
- The romance: I read many reviews on this before reading it, and a lot of reviewers were complaining about the supposed love triangle between Dani, Ryodan and Christian. In the beginning, it feels like the two males are in a big competition for Dani. It was a who has the biggest manly parts contest, and it was a bit creepy. As the book goes on, it became apparent to me that Ryodan is not interested in Dani in a romantic way, I kind of thought that he was more of a fatherly figure toward her. Christian, well he remains a conundrum since he isn't exactly himself. He is changing into the fourth Unseelie Prince, and he doesn't seem to have his full wits about him. I just don't think he is truly interested in Dani, either. A romance never really develops, which is good because Dani is fourteen and she is not mature enough to enter into a romantic relationship. When she is ready, I think that her heart will go to Dancer. The unassuming, extremely intelligent human boy who she befriended after the walls fell. Dani and Dancer are great friends and they get each other. Dancer appears to have feelings for Dani, but she doesn't realize it, nor does she know that she is developing feelings for him. So bottom line, if you are reading this looking for another fiery hot romance like with Barrons and Mac, you will be disappointed. There is no romance, yet, but there is plenty of groundwork being laid for the foundation for what I hope will be another terrific romance!
- The plot: there is plenty going on this one. Once again, Ms. Moning does a an amazing job of creating a complex and entertaining story line with many story threads that all weave together to form an exciting tale. If you have yet to experience Ms. Moning's work, do yourself a favor and get started on The Fever Series. It is one of my all time favorites! This book has it all: mystery, danger, action, adventure, deadly fae, and some comedic scenes to lighten the mood. For instance, I loved during the final scene when they have laid a trap for the HorFrost King and while they wait they fight over Dani's ipod music selection. Listening to Lor bitch and complain just made me giggle.
- I had the pleasure of listening to this on audiobook, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the two narrators. Natalie Ross narrates all the female voices. She does a phenomenal job with all the accents and she brings Dani to life. Phil Gigante is the male narrator, and he is awesome. I feel in love with his voice. He captures Ryodan's no nonsense, tough as nails demeanor perfectly. He also does great with Christian's Scottish accent, and I loved his depiction of Dancer and Lor as well. I like when there are two narrators because I usually am not satisfied when one narrator attempts to do a voice in the opposite sex, it just doesn't work as well. This audio wouldn't have been half as good without the dual narration. I would highly recommend checking this out on audio.
And The Not So Much:
- The main reason this didn't earn five stars was because it has a bitch of a cliffhanger at the end. I was left in agony after the final scene. Not to mention there are plenty of unanswered questions. I can live with lingering questions, but that cliffhanger was like a punch in the gut. I am actually glad I waited awhile to get this read since the next book doesn't release until Winter 2014. Gnashing teeth! It wasn't as bad as the cliffhanger between Dreamfever and Shadowfever.
- There story shifts between Dani and Kat's points of view, and I was honestly not interested in Kat's storyline. It just didn't fit well into the main storyline following the Frost King. Furthermore, Kat's storyline pretty much goes nowhere.
- I was confused and sad over what was going on with Christian. I won't go into a lot of detail, but basically Christian is transforming into an Unseelie. I loved Christian in the Fever books and I was so hoping that things would work out for him, but right now I just don't know what to think!
- At the end of Shadowfever, Mac learns about something terrible that Dani did and she threatens her. I was expecting the entire book for Mac to make an appearance, and it is alluded to many times, but I was disappointed when it finally happens because I didn't get my answers. I was also sad that Barrons only had a small part as well.
Iced was a wickedly good book. I loved my time back in the Fever World, and I am thrilled that Ms. Moning managed to bring me a new swoon worthy male lead. This book has plenty to keep you turning the pages late at night. Just be patient and don't stress over the weird romantic overtures toward Dani, I am sure it will all become clear. Beware of the nasty cliffhanger, but don't let that deter you. This was a phenomenal addition to the Fever Series, and I cannot wait for the next book!
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“It's why I laugh so much. If my face is going to stick, I'm going to like looking at it.”
“Lies are horny little buggers, they breed like rabbits and bound around just as insanely and then you have to try to keep track of them.”
“I contemplate the notion that maybe regrets are a process of accumulation of time, as unavoidable as a closet full of clothes and more bags of them in the attic. Is accumulated baggage what makes people get old? If so, they need to clean out their fecking attics, send the stuff to consignment shops and remember how to walk around naked like kids, little bellies sticking out, always ready for a good laugh.”
“Churches crack me up. They're like money, a conspiracy of faith. Like everyone agreed to believe that not only is there a God, but he comes down and checks on folks, so long as they hang in certain places, put up alters, burn lots of candles and incense, and perform sit-stand-kneel and other wacky rituals that'd make a coven of witches not look OCD.”
“I figure if there is a God, he or she isn’t paying attention to what we build or if we follow some elaborate rules, but copping a ride on our shoulders, watching what we do every day. Seeing if we took this great big adventure called life and did anything interesting with it.”
“It's a sponge and I'm a sponge and for a second there all our sponge parts are one and I don't just have square pants, everything about me is squarish because I'm part of a wall.”