Normally, I take a day or two to actually let a book soak in before I write about or review it. ICED by Karen Marie Moning blows all my fecking "normals" out of the water! I can't wait to rant and rave about this book. Now, I am going to do my best to make this spoiler free, but I want to apologize in advance if I get a little out of control. I don't think I do, it is mostly my own thoughts here, but I am just so fecking excited!
First, the language is rubbing off on me. I am getting strange looks for letting "feck" fly all the time. People have no fecking idea what I am talking about when I say that. It's CRAZY!
I need to talk about the characters. Dani "Mega" O'Malley was not one of my favorite characters when I was reading the the first 5 Fever series books. I think that she just came across overly-hyper and immature. In ICED we get to know her a lot better, and even though she seems to have the energy level that reminds me of a child, you still learn enough about her to see that she really is more mature than that. There are still times when she let's her adolescent age show. You know, that age where you think you are invincible, and none of that bad stuff will ever happen to you. I think Dani has a bit more of that because she does have super powers that make her a little more immune to the dangers, but it is still a very adolescent trait.
Yes, Dancer has brains. Yes, Dancer is smart, and yes, according to Dani, he is good looking. Unfortunately I just don't think he is "mega" enough for our Mega. Don't get me wrong, I like smart people. Plus, he managed to survive this long, so he definitely has skills. He is very good to Dani and you can tell he has some feelings there. I just don't want those feelings to be love feelings. Friendship, mutual respect, sure, but romance, please no.
I do not know what to think of Christian. I'm torn between being kind of weirded out to feeling so bad for him. I want him to be the good guy he is trying to be. I don't want to see him lose himself to being an Unseelie prince. His Highland character is just so great. I would hate for him to lose any of it.
Before I mention my love, I have to say I think one of the great characters in this book is Lor. He cracked me up. I want to see him find a blonde that stands up to him and grabs him by the heart! Mmmm, whatever the feck those hotties are, (was there ever a name for them??) they make some nice ones.
Now Ryodan, my.. ooops, I mean Dani's Ryodan. I know, I know, everyone was speculating on what kind of a reaction there might be if there were love scenes with Dani because of her age. Let me tell you, not through this whole book did I get that whole "oogie" feeling in any of the scenes with just Ryodan and Dani. My biggest complaint? What the feck is he doing with Jo?! Is he purposely trying to sabotage anything that could happen with Dani? Of course, it didn't totally ruin things between Mac and Barrons when Mac knew he was boinking Fiona (was that her name? I can't be sure) Needless to say, I do not like Jo. I am insanely jealous of Jo, FOR Dani. Dani should be, so I'm going to be for her until it occurs to her that she is. (That is what I'm telling myself!)
Before I move on to the story itself, I have to mention Kat. She is really having a tough time of it and I'm glad that she has her Sean. I see problems coming, though, and because of their history, I'm hoping they work it out. I'm guessing we'll see more of that in the next couple of books.
Ok, now that I've talked about the characters, I should probably get to the big baddie. I know, I have been very long-winded so I will make this part short. I think the villian (you know, the MAIN villian, not including all those Unseelie) is pretty complex and it takes the gang a good long while to figure out just what it wants and how they are going to defeat it. I found myself puzzling about it a lot. In the end, I don't think I would have been much help because it was NOTHING like I thought. The secondary villian (still not talking about the basic Unseelie here) is totally fascinating. I am pretty sure we are going to see more of it in another of the books. I hope the next one! The imagery in my head on that one is really creepy. It is fecking awesome!
I have decided that this book has definitely earned itself a 5 out of 5. I really need to get myself some nice rating system icons. I want to be like Dani and just crash every few days or so. I would accomplish so much more. Off topic there. Yes, 5 out of 5 for our Dani. As usual, KMM leaves us with a bit of a cliffhanger and lead in to the next book that I am already dying to get my hands on. Definitely on my pre-order list.
Let me know what you thought in the comments! I've been reading a lot of great reviews on this book and would love to talk Fever with you!