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Iced (Dani O’Malley #1) by Karen Marie Moning – Review+Giveaway!


This controversial spin-off of the Fever series switches from the point of view of MacKayla Lane’s to her former sidekick, Dani “Mega” O’Malley.  After a tragic revelation, Dani goes from friend to foe.  On the run from Mac, Dani does what she does best–survive.  Of course her super powers make her a target for bigger and badder supernaturals, namely Ryodan, the immortal nightclub owner, and Christian, an Unseelie prince in the making after a shocking turn of events from the original novels.  Her abilities are particularly useful after certain parts of the already ravaged city turn up frozen, killing innocent people for no apparent rhyme or reason. To save her city, she begrudgingly joins forces with these guys, though her mere compliance may not be all they have in mind.

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure if I’d like this book.  Dani was fine for me as a supporting character, but I wasn’t quite sure if she could be main character material.  After actually reading it I’m still not quite sure, but the final product turned out better than I thought.  Moning adopts a completely different voice for Dani and she is every bit the obnoxious teen that we’ve come to love or loath. I try to cut her some slack; she facing the most awkward time of her life with little to no support system, and she still wants to do good things and protect people.

Moning can do the love triangle thing pretty well. Normally I don’t like them, but the Barrons/V’Lane thing was an exception.  In this instance, it’s got an extra little statutory dimension that’s bound to ruffle a few feathers.  The book walks a fine line for me, but I can see how it could cross it for other readers.  I just keep in mind that these guys are immortal and they are enamored with the woman Dani will be, not the girl she is now. But again, it’s a fine line. Her human buddy, Dancer, is also another good prospect (and probably the healthiest), but 3 potential love interests obviously makes things a bit crowded.  Someone’s gotta go.

The mystery wasn’t that great to me. It was interesting the first couple of times, but it felt a little repetitive after a while as they stumbled upon scene upon scene.  However, a new recurring villain is introduced, and boy is she freaky! I loved reading those scenes and I felt genuinely scared!

I wish there was more Mac and Barrons presence, but I wasn’t expecting that so it wasn’t too disappointing.  Cruce is also back, tormenting the Sidhe Seers in their dreams.  I don’t know about anybody else, but I hope there is a more permanent solution to get rid of him for good.  Not a big fan of rapists and I don’t care to read about them on an on-going basis if it doesn’t include their deserved castration…A little much? Sorry…

All in all, there were flashes of brilliance that reminded me why I love the original Fever novels (they’re my #2 or #3 fave), but it wasn’t quite as addictive for me.  I read all 5 Fever novels in 6 days.  This one took me a few days, but I will definitely continue reading.  This world is just too good to resist.

*Review copy provided by the publisher.


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More Moning on the Way! We’ve got a cover for Iced from Fever World!

Iced, Karen Marie Monin, Fever World

Fellow Fever Fanatics, there’s more to this world yet! If you didn’t know, the series got an extension for 5 more books. 3 are going to be spin-offs, and then the subsequent two take us back to Mac and Barrons.  The cover is beautiful! I’m assuming the lovely lady in the middle is Dani all grown up! The compete title is “Iced: A Dani O’Malley Novel (Fever World #1)”

Synopsis: I’m currently working on a trilogy that features Dani, Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan, and the mysterious ‘Dancer,’ set primarily in Fever-Dublin. Each installment in the trilogy is a stand-alone mystery, however there are larger plot arcs unfolding in the background…

..For those of you who have been worrying—the trilogy is not YA. If I had to categorize it, I would say it straddles the line between YA and adult uneasily. …Many of the questions I left unanswered in the FEVER series are addressed in this new series.

Exciting news: I’ve agreed to write two more books after that. Once the new trilogy is complete, I’m returning to the core story begun in the FEVER series, and will resume writing about Mac, Barrons, V’lane, Cruce, the Unseelie king, the concubine, the Song of Making.

So is anyone else really looking forward to it? It will be nice to read about Dani and all, but in my mind I’m counting down to more Mac and Barrons, :P.

Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts #4) – This series has some life to it yet!

The saga continues.  Though the third book felt like it could have been a fitting end to the series, Stacia Kane got an extension and rolled with it. Chess and Terrible are back and things aren’t as happily ever after as one would hope. I mean, really, how much of that can you really expect in this series?

Chess is ordered to help out Bump, her dealer and drug lord extraordinaire, to solve a set of murders caused by dark magic. Being a witch, this is her specialty and only she can get to the bottom of it. She’s also got a day job as a ghost hunter for her Church where she must figure out what’s behind a haunting on the other side of town, the rival side.  The dead are being summoned and that’s always a problem in the Downside world.  They are super lethal and one must be super prepared to effectively take them on. So she has to put herself at risk once again to help everyone, including the one most important to her.

Overall, I really kind of struggle with this series. I’m not a Chess fan, and it’s honestly not because she’s a drug user. I just don’t find her particularly interesting most of the time, but she is a very layered and flawed character, the product of too many tragedies suffered early on in life.  I think in this novel we see the most introspection when it comes to Chess, and I actually laughed a couple of times. I’m honestly not  a huge fan of Terrible either, and yet for some reason I like reading about their relationship.  It’s super raw and out of the ordinary, which makes it the most intriguing part of these novels.  Though in this book there were a few instances where their situation became pretty off-putting for me by how destructive it was.  It makes me hope that their personal drama won’t be present in future books. I feel like once they’ve gotten past these issues we shouldn’t go there again.  So I’m wondering whether or not we’ll see that pattern later on.

Kane is a very talented writer, if not a bit prolific at times. I’ve read a couple of her blog posts and I really respect her attitude toward the craft.  She’s created a distinct world, described very vividly; I get a great sense of the place. I just personally don’t like to be in it for very long. I like my worlds to have some color to it. This feels way too drab, and it’s not really because of the dystopian/post-apocolyptic style.  I just can’t put my finger on it.   I would probably enjoy this series more if she shaved off 100 pages of non-Chess/Terrible content.  This is probably why I enjoyed her short story, Home, a bit more than the books. It was short enough to keep me engaged, but it was still well done and included a satisfying dose of Chess and Terrible.

That said, the last 15% of this book is excellent and it had my complete attention.  That’s a stark contrast to a book I read before this one where the last 10% really dragged, so I give my kudos there.

The 5th book is due out very soon.  It’s a good series. I’m sure fans are glad the books have got an extension but I’m still not in love with it. I just can’t seem to overcome my lack of love for darker urban fantasies. Different strokes, but it does keep me interested in what happens next for Chess and Terrible. I may give book 5 a read. If only my favorite series could release its next full novel only 3 months later. Downside fans are lucky!

*ARC Provided by NetGalley

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