ICED (BOOK 1 OF THE DANI O’MALLEY TRILOGY)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Format: EBook, Print
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Recommended Reading: AGE 18+
Explicit language, Sexual Situations etc.
Contains No spoilers[divider top=”0″]
OVERALL THOUGHTS: I was so excited when this book came out because it the spin-off to the The Fever Series, but the focus is now on Dani O’Malley, the fourteen-year-old human who has super sonic speed that was introduced to us in The Fever Series. She was an ally to MacKayla Lane, but had a devastating secret that was revealed as the cliffhanger to book #5, Shadowfever. If you have not read The Fever Series, then a) you won’t understand this book or this review and b) why the heck have you NOT read The Fever Series?
SYNOPSIS: 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
THE LOWDOWN: I’m not going to lie to my loyal GG readers…it was hard to give this book 4 stars. I had so much anticipation for it and the concept of the story doesn’t disappoint, but it is the voice that the author uses for Dani O’Malley that makes the book, well, annoying. Every other word out of Dani’s mouth is “dude”. I am sorry, but I cannot picture a fourteen year old, red-headed Irish girl with a thick Irish accent ALWAYS saying, “dude”. Can you? And if you know of one, can you please video record her and put her on YouTube for my viewing pleasure? To make a fourteen-year-old girl who thinks she is a superhero, the main character of such a highly anticipated book was risky and I am not sure it was a good move. The author has so many loyal readers from The Fever Series willing to believe that we all are going to fall in love with Dani O’Malley (because that is what the author told us), but in all honestly, I wanted to tell her to “shut the feck up”. Yes, I purposely didn’t spell the “f” word correctly because that is Dani O’Malley’s other favorite word – “feck”. I am not a fan of authors trying to type out their characters accent. Just tell me they are Irish and spell the word correctly please, for feck sake! (Hee Hee).
Another dislike is the underlying sexual tension that three (not just one, but three) grown men have for Dani – did I mention that she is only fourteen? Why yes I did, four times already and counting. Because the cliffhanger in Shadowfever was so epic and relevant, the author had to pick up right where The Fever Series ended. I believe that if she made Dani at least eighteen in The Fever Series, I wouldn’t have been so creeped out by these men all wanting to have sex with her. And I like the three men a lot. Their characters are very well written and their storylines leave you wanting to know more about them. You have Ryodan, one of Jericho Barrons’ men, whom you have a love/hate relationship with; Christian, the cute Highlander who is struggling with his demons of turning into an Unseelie Prince and Dancer, Dani’s best friend who is eighteen years old. All three protect and fight for Dani…and all three want to have sex with her. I would like to read about them having sex with her…when she is maybe EIGHTEEN!!! Fortunately, there were no sex scenes in this book involving Dani O’Malley.
One more gripe and I am done – the author uses lyrics from songs as her chapter titles. I believe her tactic with this was to give a small reflection of what the chapter maybe about. Here is what I think of that – please stop that and don’t do it again. Thank you!
Overall, I still think you should read the book if you are a fan of The Fever Series. The author does not disappoint with writing an entertaining story and in her signature trademark move, she leaves another major cliffhanger at the end of this book. Another well-played move by Ms. Moning because now I have to read the next book.
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Happy Reading Dudes!