Sunday, April 13, 2014

ICED by Karen Marie Moning

Iced (Dani O'Malley, #1; Fever, #6)

Official description:
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 desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

First off, I have to admit that Karen Marie Moning (KMM) is one of my favorite authors.  ICED  is the 6th book in her FEVER series. This is a story about Dublin after the wall went down from Dani's perspective. Dani is a 14 year old sihe-seer who can move so fast she calls it freeze-framing. Dani is still on the cusp of childhood/adulthood. She understands what sex is, but it still grosses her out. She has Christian, a druid-turned-Unseelie Prince and Ryoden, a supernatural being who nobody knows who he is, fighting over her. But Dani is oblivious to the fact that that they find her attractive, that she calls to them on a base-level. But all Dani really cares about is killing Fae, keeping her city safe, and staying free.

KMM lived up to my expectation! I was tickled to be able to go back to the FEVER world. I did miss Kayla and Barrons, but I understand that this was about Dani and she needed to keep it about Dani. She brought the FEVER world back just the way it was in the previous 5 books. Only in this one she progressed it a little bit more. She left it opened for more about Dani and with the ability to combine Dani's world with Kayla's world.
Dani's character is so well developed that you can't help but love her, get frustrated with her, and understand why she is the way she is (after her past is explained). Her youth is never in question-and while some other reviewers complain that having 2 grown men after a 14 year old is sick-nothing inappropriate ever happens between Dani and the men interested in her.
I loved this book as much as the last 5 and will continue to read this series. If you decide to read this book (which I highly recommend), be aware that reading the previous 5 are pretty much a necessity to understanding what is going on in Dani's story.
If paranormal romance/apocalyptic world intrigue you, you really need to read this series! Happy Reading!