ICED (Dani O’Malley #1) by Karen Marie Moning
495 pages, hardcover
Available now (October 2012)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Review copy purchased
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.
LOVE! I blew through this book like the crazy, windy storms that have plagued South Carolina this week (nothing like the wild weather other parts of the country have gotten but we’re kind of wimpy here when it comes to weather). Buts, as much as I enjoyed/adored/inhaled this story, I have some qualms about it so I’m going to revert to my positives and wishes.
Positive: This world that Karen Marie Moning created is creepy and terrible and I’d be dead in a hot minute. So, of course, I want to read about it. The Walls have come down between worlds, destroying the semi-harmony between races. Only the strong are thriving while everyone else is merely trying to survive — and not doing so well with that. Dublin is an icebox, freezing cold where nothing grows and most people are in hiding, starving and scared.
Positive: Ryodan. Ooh, what a fabulously delicious character he is, though he can be quite an ass and a douchebag at times. Still, I want to get to know him better! Plus, immortal. Definitely comes in handy when dealing with all kinds of big bad who want to kill or eat you. He’s a seriously BAMF. He runs his club with an iron hand, he doesn’t take shit from anyone, he’s stockpiled weapons and is ready for just about anything this brave new world can throw at him. Don’t mess with this immortal or you’ll seriously regret it.
Wish: That Dani was older. She’s 14. FOURteen. That’s middle grade or barely high school (if the girl had ever gone to school, that is). That’s a baby, even in this world (especially since this world has only existed for a little while). And there are grown men lusting after her, planning their futures with her…once she comes “of age”. *shudder* I’m not the biggest fan of this aspect, even if it’s the “look but don’t touch” kind and done by immortals/Fae/whatever who have their own form of morals and don’t see time the way humans do. Still, she’d be much better off sticking with Dancer, who clearly adores her.
Wish: That Dani weren’t quite so annoying at times. Okay, yes. She’s 14. A kid. But, dude, why the feck does she have to use dude and feck so many times? She’s like a hyperactive little puppy, piddling those words all over the place while trying to pretend like she’s an adult. I have high hopes she’ll mature a bit, think about her actions before leaping in and “saving” the day. It didn’t happen in this story but I know Moning will come through in the future. She is, after all, only 14 and teens can be quite immature, egotistical and annoying all at the same time. It’s a talent.
Overall: Completely action packed, with a fabulous setting, awesome characters (Oh, Dancer! Oh, Lor! Moar!) and a couple of BAMFs to round it all out, this new series is definitely on my watch list. It just needs a couple of tweaks to make it stellar.
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