Iced – A Dani O’Malley Novel by Karen Marie Moning

Posted 7 November, 2012 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review, Featured / 26 Comments

Iced – A Dani O’Malley Novel

Series: Fever #6
Genre: Adult Paranormal
Publication:October 30th 2012 by Delacorte Press
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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.

 Alright, some of you might or might not know that I am a huge, crazy super fangirl of Karen Marie Moning! She’s a genius – truly a genius and I read her Fever series more time that I have ever reread any series before! Even more than I read Twilight…. I was devastated when I finished Shadowfever nearly 2 years ago – the last book in the Fever series. But then my bookish light brightened when she announced more books! More Epic Awesome!

She announced 3 books told from Dani’s POV (an important character in the Fever Series) and … after this, 2 more book from Mac’s POV (epic, kick ass main character of the Fever series).

And last week it was finally time! Release of the first Dani O’Malley Novel! Woot!!!!

 

I admit it – I was scared!

Yep, I was scared picking up this book. Dani was a character, that although pretty unique, went on my nerves on more than one occasions  in the Fever series. In addition, she was only 14 when the last Fever book Shadowfever ended and… really? Reading a story from Karen Marie Moning – the Queen of creating the most sexy man alive (Barrons), who’s books are always full of sexual innuendo and where the word fuck is just like any other word? Could she really pull of writing about a 14 year old girl and make me feel all the things I usually feel when reading her book?

I should have trusted Karen Marie Moning more! She’s a genius!

Because, she managed all this! She created an epic tale of awesome and went a fine line with her 14-year-old protagonist!

Dani – Mega –  O’Malley – 14 years but so much older…

Dani is one of the shee-seers Mac got to know in the Fever series. Even more, Mac and Dani became very close, like sister. Then at the end of Shadowfever something happens that pushed them apart! And even though Dani is 14 – she’s far from being a normal 14-year-old girl! She has one of the most unusual and powerful abilities ever seen among the shee-seers – she’s incredible powerful! Abused by her mother, stuck between loving and hating her mother – Dani was left alone when she was only 8, then used for killing! Yes, Dani was abused by nearly every grown-up in her life. It made her grow up much faster, made her see the world from totally different eyes. And it was incredible looking in her head!

Dani is one of the strongest, stubborn person I have ever encountered. Other’s would crumble from the burden, the loneliness and the lack of love, but Dani takes life wholeheartedly, fully trying to live the richest life she can make herself and, she smiles still doing it!

Ryodan – Christian McKelltar and Dancer… Hot, Sexy, Dangerous, Smart

Apart from writing epic tales, KMM always managed to create characters that are beyond anything you normally encounter. They are flawed, brutal, full on alpha male and … they are jerks and can be total asshats! But, and there’s the genius again, she manages to make you care for them, root for them and connect to them! Who cares for perfection if you have flawed, deep layered characters full of secrets it’s on us to discover???

Ryodan is man like Barrons and just as compelling! He captured me just like I was captured by thie beast that was Barrons! Hot, Sexy, totally Alpha – Male who just takes what he wants! He has an interest in Dani and forces her to work for him!!

Christian McKeltar – sexy, but oh so angry! Something happened at the end of Shadowfever and Christian is now trying to deal with it! It was disturbing and freighting! He is obsessed with Dani and just waits for her to grow up, tries to be her protector…

Dancer – well, he’s an interesting character!! 18 year old super smart and Dani’s best friend. Right now, there is no romantic development between them for which I’m grateful! But he also has secrets and I am so excited to find out what!

Action, Mystery and three POV

As expected, ICED is full of mysteries to uncover and full of action! Told mainly from Dani’s POV but we also get Kat’s POV, who is the leader of the Shee-Seer and we also get Christian’s POV, which is utterly disturbing and tragic! The plot was amazing and in ICED we find ourselves in a world where half the population died and people have to fight for their lives. It’s an utterly, dark dystopian setting and Dani tries her best to make the world a better place. She’s never loosing her hope and smile!

Bewitched Rating

Bottom Line

ICED was phenomenal and fecking fantastic! It was sexy, dangerous and Karen Marie Moning managed to create a 14-year-old voice that is unlike anything I have ever read. It’s definitely not a young adult novel, even though Dani is so young. It’s every bit of hot, sexy, dark and dangerous as her previous novels and I am excited to be back in this world!!!

 

      

Additional Information

ICED is considered Book 6 in the Fever series and is set right after Shadowfever (Book 5) ends. It is strongly recommended you first read Books 1- 5 which are told from Mac’s POV before you get started with ICED. As I am a truly big and crazy fangirl, please read my Series Review and my open letter to Karen Marie Moning – which I crowned the smartes and crulest author ever!!

Iced: A Dani O’ Malley Novel, Book 1

UNABRIDGED |by Karen Marie Moning | Narrated by Phil GiganteNatalie Ross | LENGTH 14 hrs and 51 mins
If you are an audiobook fan, then you must listen to this audiobook! Natalie Ross and her husband Phil Gigante narrate this book just as they narrated Dreamfever and Shadowfever with all their epic and amazing voice ranges! Phil has the most sexy voice ever and narrates all male voices, which gives this book the utter perfection of dual narration and both manage to bring those characters to live like a single narrated never would manage!
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26 Responses to “Iced – A Dani O’Malley Novel by Karen Marie Moning”

  1. I love Karen Marie Monig and I loved this book too! However, the fact that Dani is so young bothered me every time that Christian got a hard on because of her XD LOL! I fetl like reading about a pedo LOL!! I dont mind reading about pedofilia, but this book didnt give me the butterflies because of that XD For me, it felt more twisted than romantic. In this one, Im all team Ryodan! I cant wait until Dani grows up and have all that sexual connection with the guys =9 yum! Dancer was awesome too and I wish Dani will ended up with him if not with Ryodan kyaa and poor Christian sniff =( anywways! Wonderful review my dear =9 I agree that Dani is like no other 14 years old I have come across too! She is really unique =9 Love the voice and also the differnet pov ^_^ totally amazing!!

    kyaaaaaaaaaaa Daniiiiiiiiii! Now we have to wait so long for the sequel *sigh* TOrture! torture!

    • I totally get what you mean Natalia! It was a really fine line she had to walk with Christian’s obsession with Dani, but I think she did a great job. At least it didn’t bother me so much. She always told him, hey! I’m 14 and when he was sane he also realized her true age.

      And yeah Christian.. ;( He’s really going downhill the poor guy!

      And I agree there was not much romance in this book, but I didn’t expect it to be here and now but, I totally expect this to come!!! WOOT cannot wait!
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  2. I’ve heard interesting things about 14-year-old Dani and the men around her. I’m sure it will make me squirm a little, but I still look forward to giving this a shot! I recently just started the Fever series and loved the first book. 🙂

    Awesome review, Danny!

    • I’m sure it will. I heard that some people had some problems – but, even though I was scared I was surprised. Dani is 14, but she does not always feels that way. She’s super smart and wise for her age. But still, she’s a Teenager and reminds the people around her once in a while, which only adds to her maturity in my opinion!

      If you loved the first Fever book already you will LOVE LOVE love the next books!
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  3. AHHHHHHHH DANNY!!! I just got this book this week and can’t wait to start it! I was a little concerned about Dani being 14 as well, I was kind of hoping KMM might jump in time and make her 17, that way any romantic developments might not be as creepy. That being said though, I think your absolutely right when you say Dani is way older than 14 – you don’t go through what she’s gone through and not grow up quickly. I’m really curious to see where things are going to go, I’m kind of rooting for her to be with Ryodan, but obviously down the line when she’s older. I wonder if there will be a time jump at all in the trilogy? We’ll have to have a Gchat when I’m done with it this weekend!

    • YES for the gChat!!! Ping me AS SOON AS you read it!! We must talk!!
      Oh and yes, she totally will end up with Ryodan, I bet everything on him!

      So yes, I was like you and hoped like crazy that we would get a time jump and she’s 17 not 14. I was so disappointed about this. I know for a fact that she said Dani will have sex in the 3 books and as she’s not willing to have it right now, I am sure we will get a time jump.

      Right now, both Ryodan and Christian acknowledge that she’s 14 and don’t see her that way, They are waiting for her to grow up and be a woman and I think that is also what KMM will show us!
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  4. I cannot wait to dive into this, I loved the Fever series. I am glad to hear that Dani is more mature, I agree she was a bit annoying in the Fever series. I really loved Christain and want things to turn out well for him! I am just thrilled to hear that this was a good read!
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  5. I have this and had every intention of just reading it but I think I’d better re-read the first five Fever books first. You know, to “refresh” my memory of Barrons and remind myself about Dani. 😀

    I don’t think her age is going to squick me out too much. In Nalini Singh’s Kiss of Snow, her heroine was 18/19 and the hero was in his mid-30s. It’s not exactly the same, but there was a semi-controversy about that one too because he’d known her since she was much younger.

    Great review!!
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  6. I am SO FREAKING EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK! I have been overwhelmed with series releases this fall and squeezing them in between my review books is a serious challenge! And I know this one will take awhile to read. So my goal is to read 3 more books from series that I need to catch up on and then I can buy this one. But the wait, oh the wait is agony!
    I’m SO happy to hear it wasn’t at all disappointing!
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  7. I never started the Fever series. I read all the other Highlander books, but once the Fever series started I just couldn’t get into that first book. It started so slow. But you sing it’s praises so much and I’d really love to read this one. I was worried when it said Hot and Sexy and it said 14 yr old girl. Glad to know the sexy is waiting for her.
    God do you know how much money you cost me??????? Great Review!

    Heather
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  8. Kristin

    Boo! I was excited about this book, despite the young age of the protagonist, until I read it’d be a good idea to read the other five books, effectively removing it from my “add to TBR” list. Well, the cover of the first book in the series had me removing it too, it looks less like a paranormal book and more like a how can I get into your pants by page 45 book. Not that I mind characters getting into each other’s pants, but when that’s the main goal, eh, don’t care for it.

    Wait a second, fuck isn’t like every other word?! It sure is the way I use it!

  9. I’m on the “last” book of the Fever series. Last book for Mac until the new ones come out. I’ve been listening to the audio and loving it. I wish KMM would’ve jumped ahead like 3 years and at least made Dani 17. It’s hard to be rooting for any romance when she’s only 14, and the romantic development is what I really loved about the Fever series. I’m glad to see you loved this in spit of the age issue. I may wait on picking this up though. Wonderful review. 🙂
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  10. OMG DANNY!! I’m so excited to have read this! FRig I was scared too. Sometimes authors go too far and they just wont leave well enough alone and I wasn’t sure how I would like Dani but wow she sounds like she hit it off! I just got this book this week and I plan to read it next week because I refuse to wait any longer >.<

  11. I waited patiently for the follow-up to “Shadowfever”, but I now think, it’s not coming, as KMM promised. I read all of the books in the Fever Fae series, and was left hanging with the end of SF. The graphic novella, “Fever Moon”, was not what I was anticipating. I am not a fan of graphic novels/comic books, and did not need anybody to portray Mac & Barrons for me. I liked my own ideas of them, personally.

    At any rate, at this point I have not been able to determine if there is a follow-up to the Mac storyline, or if there is one forthcoming. Does anybody have any information on this?

    I think I already know who the beast is,…but I want the story to continue from there! Ty.

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