Iced by Karen Marie Moning #Review #OldieButGoodie

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A while back, I had a conversation with Anna @ Herding Cats Burning Soup blog.  It started out with a discussion about how many of our older reads were getting hazy in our minds and that we didn’t even have notes or reviews on them to help jog the memory.  From that was born the idea of doing an occasional (and by that I mean quarterly at most) re-read to catch up with some of those oldies, but goodies.  So watch for the occasional Oldies review at our respective blogs and feel free to join in.

Iced by Karen Marie Moning #Review #OldieButGoodieIced by Karen Marie Moning

Series: #6 Fever
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Dell on February 25, 2014
Pages: 512
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Okay, thought I had read and reviewed this one a while back, but…apparently not.  Vaguely remember the story, but no notes to jog me so ‘we’ll just start this baby over’, I thought.  I wanted to continue with the series so deciding on a re-read seemed like a must if I wanted to enjoy the newer books in the series.  And it wasn’t long before I realized that re-reading was a great idea since, yeah, I didn’t remember much and it showed.

So much went down in Shadowfever that led into this one.  It’s an exciting series and a harsh, but fantastic world that the author has created with her fae- Seelie and Unseelie along with the others.  I was glad to get back into it while at the same time I was a wee bit nervous having a fourteen year old girl as the heroine of an adult series of books.  Which is, actually, sort of the story, right?  Dani was an amazing secondary character for much of the series, her secrets come out, and now she is getting her own story.

The book opens with Dani doing a rash thing that lands her on the radar of the enigmatic, powerful, and brutal Ryodan who is a successful operator of a club and other business in post- wall falling era Dublin.  Ryodan already wants Dani to do a job for him, but now as a result of her own impulsiveness, she can’t say no.

The job ends up being the investigation of an odd phenomenon that is killing fae and human alike.  Frozen, instantaneously.  They must figure out who or what is doing it.  As it strikes again and again.

At the same time, Dani keeps busy fearing and antagonizing Ryodan, protecting the humans, avoiding Mac and Barrons, meeting up with her friend, Dancer, getting her sword stolen, and being rescued by poor Christian MacKeltar who is turning into a dark Unseelie Prince as a result of Mac’s misguided attempt to save his life.

And speaking of Unseelie Princes, Cruces spends his imprisonment tormenting the Sidhe Seers at the abbey.  Hoping to trick them into freeing him.

Alright, so this one was different if for no other reason than Dani, the heroine, is a true fourteen year old in many ways while in others, she is older than many of the adults around her.  Her very fourteen-ness is what keeps this from becoming something creepy.  The reader senses the interest of the three men in Dani’s life, but they don’t act on it and Dani herself only has brief moments of confusion over their actions.

But it is her young, impulsive nature that is the catalyst for things in the story.  It’s hard to watch her screw up and the repercussions affect others and not just herself.  But she learns from her mistakes even if she turns around and makes entire new ones.  But to be fair to her, her mistakes are no more naive than most of the humans she encounters.

It was interesting the way Dani has no idea who and what Ryodan is though the reader does after having read the reveals in the earlier book about Barrons.  So the reader, watches her engage him and the others and watches the way he is around Dani and it’s probably the most interesting part of the book.

And that leads to her interactions with the others.  Dancer is an interesting character.  He is human, but brilliant.  He has secrets and I can’t wait to see more of him.  Christian MacKeltar’s fate was breaking my heart.  He is slowly turning into a monster and he sees Dani as his light.  She is too young and not mature enough to really be that for him.  This brave, honorable guy who hates what he is becoming really deserves a miracle.  Dani’s thing with the seer group is amusing.  She likes them and they are the closest thing she has to family, but she sees them as sheep.

There is a lot of potential in Dani as she figures things out and starts to come of age.  I did get impatient with some of her antics, but also look forward to seeing her grow up and come into her own as an adult.

The intro to the two powerful Unseelie who are ravaging the city.  And then the visit to the Unseelie King’s white castle reminded me of just how creative and impressive the author’s world building is for this series.  I can’t wait for more to come.

The story felt like it was setting up a whole new story to me even as I recognized the characters and plots as ongoing.  It was exciting, but yet the tension and suspense isn’t cranked as high as the last few books.  There was some meandering though that didn’t last long.  It’s rebuilding along a new path now it seems.  That last set of final scenes were the most riveting for sure.

It was different only catching glimpses of Mac and Barrons, but it was also refreshing to see the spotlight turned to other players for a time.  I do wonder what will happen when Mac and Barrons are back front and center and hope these others continue to get significant page time.

So, this was surprisingly better than I expected and I enjoyed where it went with Dani and the others.  I can’t wait to pick up the next book.  I heartily recommend the series to Urban Fantasy lovers who enjoy when the fae get to come out and play in an apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic style setting.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I’ve done a few reviews based on books that were re-reads. I think it is a great idea. Just because a book isn’t a new release, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t read it. I review a ton of older books. I also get many comments on them from people that readers weren’t familiar with the book/series/author. Plus, those of us who maybe have read it, get to relive those books through the eyes of others.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yes, exactly, Melanie! I plan to eventually get to some much older books from my younger days and introduce them to a new generation who might not know of them. But this one pushed that aside since I wanted to continue the series, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember the details. 🙂
      Oh, and I do enjoy the reviews that take me back to much earlier reads and enjoy them over again through someone else’s eyes.

  • Great review and it looks like a good series. I also re-read books sometimes, it makes the next book in a series better when everything is fresh in your memory.

    • That was exactly my purpose for this one, Lavender. I couldn’t remember the events and details of the book and got the next one so I had to refresh my memory.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Yay! I’m behind on these but can see this one sitting on my shelf across from the bed right now. lol I’ve got my post going up later tonight (it so didn’t go as well as yours, alas!)

    • Ouch! I’ve been waiting for that to happen- one I loved a long time ago and it lost its magic now.

      Haha! Yep, it was staring at the set on the shelf that made me realize that I wanted to get it caught up before I go waaay behind. Then I realized I couldn’t remember this one clearly so should start back with this one.

  • Nah, not for me

    • Are you sure? Haha! I mean I sense some wavering in that statement. Buahaha!

      You make me smile so much, Blodeudd. 🙂

  • Oh my, I went against the grain and loved this too! I wish she didn’t bring “Jade” into the story and just let Dani grow up naturally. She should’ve come up with something to ease the age issue or whatever it is the other fans were angry about. I haven’t read the third Dani book, a lot of people were unhappy about it.

    • Ha, yes, I think we really did join the minority if you liked it, too. Sight unseen, I might have felt the same way, but once I read it, I was fine with what the author did. I’ll have to see how I feel about the age thing in the next one. I’ve got two more to catch up. I don’t think I’ll change my mind about liking Dani as one of the protagonists. I actually like her better than Mac. 😉

  • I think Iced is the only book in that series that i did review. I really enjoyed the series, but didn’t feel like reviewing them at the time. Also one of the few series I re-read, i remember buying the e-book box set so I wouldn’t have to damage my paperback copies when i re-read them, I think that was a few years ago now. It’s a great series, but I never read beyond Iced as I heard things about the next books and just not sure if I will enjoy the direction things take.
    I was a bit wary about having Dani as mc for this one, but ended up enjoying her point of view. It’s very different than mac, but I enjoyed her voice. It does feel like it will take a different turn from here on indeed. Just not sure if I will continue as I enjoyed the first 5 books so much and not sure if the rest will live up to that. Great review!

    • Haha, the opposite of me, then. I read them all up to this point and it was the only one I didn’t write up.

      Yes, Dani was a gamble for me, too. I ended up enjoying her more than I thought.

      I can understand why you would rather stop while you still enjoy the series. Tell you what! I’ll be the guinea pig and read Burned and Feverborn and post up the reviews and maybe that will help you see what they’re about without having to read them. 🙂

      • I read the fever series when i didn’t review every book i read and never got around to reviewing them, every time I tried I didn’t seem able to find words. Luckily I never have that problem now anymore, but I still haven’t reviewed this series.

        And I agree I also liked Dani more than I thought I would. I think the author really took a gamble with her as main character in this book, but I think it paid off.

        I would appreciate that! I am curious to hear what you’ll thin of Burned and Feverborn. I’ve seen a few reviews for Burned, but not many yet for Feverborn or at least not by bloggers I know. It would be helpful to hear what you think of them so I can get an idea of the books without having to read them.

        • Happy to do it. It will be nice to know that I’ll be helping a book pal out with my review. 🙂

  • I have so much love for the first 5 books of this series. I gave Iced 4 stars the first time I read it but on a re-read, it didn’t work for me at all 🙁 I am really glad that you did enjoy it. I am really torn about reading the newer books in the series. I might just keep reading the 5 that I know I love! Great review!

    Carole @ Carole’s Random Life

    • You’re in good company, Carole. I’ve seen lots of people love the early books and this one was the one that was the is the gamble. I do plan to go forward even though I know that there will be some troubling stuff based on what others say. I told Lola that I’d screen the newer ones for her so you can check out the Burned and Feverborn reviews, too. 😉

  • Glad you have liked this series and this one. I read the first five books, and I hate to say this but never could enjoy them. Her highlander series I liked way more. I am debating whether or not to continue. Maybe when I get in the mood for it down the road.

    • I still need to read the Highlander series. I suspect I’ll love them. Yeah, wait until you’re in the mood for this one. It will still be there, right? 🙂

  • I have been meaning to read this series for FOREVER and here you are rereading them. Thanks for reminding me!

    • No sweat. This is one I just happen to be on top of, but there are plenty that I am still sandbagging on, too, Kimberly. 🙂

  • I’ve wanted to try this series for a while. I’ll have to see if my library has the books. Great review!

    • They are a bit of something different for sure. I loved it, but I know the heroine of the first five can drive a lot of people nuts. 🙂 Hope it’s there at the library, Lekeisha!

  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh wow this has been on my wish list since it came out, too little time too many books. I’ve read all the Fever series and I’m getting this right now from the Library. thanks for putting it in front of my face Sophia Rose

    • Oh, I know the feeling, Debbie. I have a wish list a mile long of books that I know are good and I just need the time. 🙂 Hope your library has a copy of the series.

  • This is one of those books that I have seen a lot of, and seen many bloggers and readers enjoy, but it just doesn’t call to me! I want to read more Urban Fantasy and I want to try some of this particular author’s books. Maybe in the future!

    Great review, Sophia. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yep, no biggie, Alyssa. This series will be there waiting when the mood takes you. 🙂