Series: Fever #6
Genres: Action, Adventure, Paranormal
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 thoughts in free-flow; unstructured and messy:
This may contain light spoilers, though none of the story is given away.
Alright, so I just finished Iced and I don’t really know what my first impression is. This story received pretty mixed reviews, and generally unimpressive reviews from friends and bloggers, so I can say that it was better than I expected. I was really nervous to read this book, hesitant to read Dani’s POV because she seemed pretty young and immature in Shadowfever. At the beginning of Iced she is very annoying – there’s no other way to describe her. She’s a very chatty character, and she narrates the majority of the book. She irked me in the beginning, but at about 1/3 of the book, I started to like her, because I thought she was very smart and extremely brave. I began to understand why KMM chose to write her that young, because she had a lot of life experiences that made her old in life, but she still had this fervor and optimism, a joy and pure happiness that she really shouldn’t have. Also, compared to everyone else around her she was illuminating. In a world where everything was frozen, iced, and cold, Dani was bright. She was fire. She had really poignant moments, but a lot of light ones too. She made me laugh quite a lot. She also made me think. The way she viewed the world was very honest and pure, and as a character I can honestly say that I might love her a little bit.
Although, eventually I did soften up to Dani, what I liked most about this book were the surrounding characters. I didn’t think the main story was that interesting. It had the major villain, whom everyone was trying to catch and that was interesting enough, but the secondary characters really had my attention. I absolutely loved getting into Christian’s head. I loved seeing his transformation from human to Unseelie, and I loved seeing him turn dark while trying to maintain some of his humanity. There were some moments when he scared me. I also enjoyed Kat’s POV. She was so vulnerable and so kind. I always like reading about empaths – I love empaths in movies, so that was fun. My absolute favorite character was Dancer (he was mentioned a few times by Dani in Shadowfever). He didn’t get his own POV, but I looked forward to any scene he was in. Plus, I also thought he was perfect for Dani, and age appropriate.
I read some minor spoilers before reading this book (because I waited so long to read this, it was impossible to avoid spoilers) and I know that a lot of readers thought the relationship between Dani and Christian, and Dani and Ryodan is completely inappropriate – on their end – because she’s so young, and the way they spoke and acted around her was a bit creepy. I’ll have to say that I don’t completely disagree with those claims. I didn’t think that Ryodan’s interactions with her were too pervy, because I think he said a lot of things to get a rise out of her, but I did think Christians thoughts got weirder as the book went on, and I cringed a few times. I chose to blame that on the fact that he was turning into an Unseelie King, and it made his actions easier to handle. He’s an animal and he survives on his baser instincts.
There was one scene in the book that was pretty unforgivable to me. It involved Ryodan and Dani (it didn’t have anything to do with sex, so don’t avoid the book because of it), but I think that he went too far, and broke a hard rule for me. I don’t know if KMM can redeem him in Burned. The scene was hard to get through, but I think that was the scene that made me love Dani.
All in all, the story was better than I expected. It didn’t have any Mac and Barrons, so I couldn’t love it – I just don’t think you can have a Fever book without them. Iced did have a killer ending, so I’m very excited to read Burned. I would recommend it for those who are hesitant to read it. I listened to the audiobook and it took a while for me to get used to the female narrator’s voice. I thought her accent was sounded a little off and fake (I’m not from Ireland, so what do I know?. I loved listening to the male narrator though. I thought the voices he used for the guys was perfect. I’d recommend the audiobook, because it made the overall story more enjoyable for me. Iced took me a while to read, not because it was bad, but it took some time because it wasn’t great. So, eh… Mac and Barrons forever!