Iced by Karen Marie Moning
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.
My rating: 3-4 of 5 stars
Took me all of ten minutes to get used to Dani as MC. She’s definitely no Mac whose own story starts with the girl all cute and funny and bumbling about; Dani is the opposite in knowing her place in things. The girl sees things a certain way and because of this sometimes fails to see other possibilities. But add that odd aspect of her that stuck more than once: some sort of innocence that drew others to her. I mean After The Wall Crashed and even before that she’d seen things and done things… yet through all that there’s some thing more to her… something that’s pulls others to her. I liked this and disliked this because each time she spoke, her age showed. 14?! And it got ergh... weird (?) how she'd see, all Mega and superhero head strong; and have that opposed to how others saw her. And it’s not even that she’s unaware, but more like she’s not concerned.
Except it’s also on account of the girl’s lack of concern over what others have think of her and what should be done, that’s she says some of the most hilarious things. She’s a funny kid… except she’s a girl surrounded by are not so funny others. I sort of even liked that opposition, too~ her all good (but bad ass at the same time), then the rest of them not good at all. Because the fact is they each know what they each are and didn’t bother with pretense. It’s the last that allowed for some refreshingly upfront moments.
All that said, I liked this but didn't love it. First, I doubt there’s any book out there that could beat the feelings that Books four and five in Fever brought out in me. Second, I was hoping for some old people to pop back in *Barrons* Now, the question is does Ryodan match up?
“I can’t decide if what he just let me see was real – or another of his games. They don’t call him master of manipulation for nothing. Barron breaks heads. Ryodan turns them inside out. Barrons fucks you up. Ryodan makes you fuck yourself up. He pushes buttons and rearranges things according to his own private, coolly sociopathic plan.”
Reading that, one would think Ryodan is indeed all that (and wish it true, too) except really there’s too little to support it. I mean Ryodan’s scary and mysterious, and a lot like with Mac with Barrons, Dani (and thus we) knew next to nothing about the guy, in fact, it’s that not-knowing pushed me on, but the guy doesn’t have that much face time proving what a big bad baddy he could be. Mostly he showed what a douche he was. There were other areas all ready covered. Take the whole Vlane-Mac-Barrons thing that felt redone but upped with Christian-Dani-Rodyan, and you’d almost feel disappointed at having to go over the same material again, and I almost did… except it’s all simply exceptionally done. Old hat love triangle with same characters different name, is truth… but gosh darn it: I was entertained!
And have I mentioned the funny? This got hilarious at points!
“You could ask me to teach you.”
“Huh?” This night is getting weird in a hurry. “Teach me like you’re teaching a class or something? What are you going to call it: ‘You To Can Be a Sociopath 101?”
“It would be more like a graduate – level class.”
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