Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning (Dani O’Malley #1)

December 10, 2012 Review 2 ★★★★★

Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning (Dani O’Malley #1)Release Date: October 30, 2012
Title: Iced
Series: Dani O'Malley #1
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Pages: 495
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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.
5 Stars

Oh how I’ve missed this world.

I did not miss hearing Dani talk – and a whole book of her narrating was quite grating on my nerves. But the book as a whole? Oh my.

Ryodan. He is no Jericho Barrons, but he still makes me swoon.

Christian. The man/fae hybrid he is becoming intrigues me. And he makes me swoon.

Dancer. There is something about him. He has secrets. He is no mere human – and I can’t wait to find out who he really is!

It was the men who made this book – not Dani. Dani needs to hurry and grow the hell up. How she has these three men fawning over her when she’s only 14 is beyond me.

But reading about the men in this world is more than enough to keep me coming back until she’s older.  KMM is amazing.

Just one nitpick: Karen? Please please label your chapters and sections with who the narrator is. Switching back and forth the way you do with no warning is confusing and often takes several sentences to figure out who is speaking. It’s easy to tell instantly that it isn’t Dani – but it takes a few moments to determine if it’s Kat or Christian until there is some sort of identifying marker. Frustrating – and often requires rereading a section with the understanding of who is actually speaking.

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2 Responses to “Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning (Dani O’Malley #1)”

  1. Kristin Clifton

    I’ve heard that Dani is annoying and that everyone is just so happy to have Ms. Moning’s writing back that they’ll put up with Dani. I’m going to hang my head in shame here b/c I couldn’t get past the first book in the Fever series. BUT I own them all and everyone says to just give it a chance. Barrons is worth it.

    Great quick review!!!

    • Mandi Kaye

      It took me awhile to get into the series. I actually put the first back down for a few months before I picked it up again. But when I did finally get into it – I couldn’t stop! And now, I love it to pieces. Enough that I’m willing to endure teenage Dani until she grows up.

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