I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I guess I feel the same sort of conflicted that I did with the Dark Fever series, but in a different way. I liked Dani more than I liked Mac. I always found Mac a bit fluffy and useless. Mac was more lucky than anything else and Barrons was the more interesting character. Now we have resourceful, strong and super fast Dani who is used to looking out for herself, but then, she also can't seem to keep herself out of trouble.
I wish Moning had made her a bit older. 14 is a bit young for a heroine in a non-YA novel surrounded by a bunch of immortals, particularly when half of the men in the book are pining after her like a bunch of horn dogs. We have Ryodan who is basically waiting for her to hit 18 before he jumps her bones while meanwhile, he's hooking up with anything else that moves. We've got Unseelie Prince in training, Christian, who makes no bones about how he feels about her, but who is also trying to control his urges for her until she's older. And then the more age appropriate and human Dancer who barely gets any time with her at all.
Throughout the book, I alternately loved and hated Dani. She was so (as she would say) fecking annoying and dense at times. But other times, she was sufficiently bad ass. I thought that the storyline with the Hoarfrost King was a bit weak and the book was too long, but overall, it was entertaining. And I'll admit - I will read the next one. I really want to see where Moning is going with Dani's storyline. I want to know why Ryodan is so obsessed with her. What happens to/with Christian. And I want to know more about Dancer, the fearless human among all of these scary immortals. There is clearly more to him than meets the eye. And I want to know which one she will ultimately end up with. It's weird - I like them all for entirely different reasons, and as of right now, I have absolutely no preference amongst them. I'm curious to see how they develop over the course of the next 2 planned books
Fantasy & Sci-Fi lover who mostly refuses to read books without their audiobook counterparts. How else can a girl get any housework done?
Definitely! Both Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante were amazing, as always! Driving my car and doing housework have never been so fun! I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I think I loved this better than all five books of the Fever series...and that's saying A LOT, b/c I would rate the Fever series an 11 out of 10! I honestly wasn't expecting that, so needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised! When I finished Iced, I was left wanting so much more, but in a good way! Since we have to wait a while for the next book, I immediately listened to the whole Fever series again.
So many! Dani and Christian's visit to the white mansion and subsequent releasing of the Crimson and her "encounter" with Ryodan and Barrons. lol. I'm loving Dani's reluctant partnership with Ryodan and can't wait to see where it's headed. They make such an awesome team! Also can't wait to learn more about "The 9." I also enjoyed Dani's friendship with Dancer. I'm sure there will eventually be a love square between Dani and Ryodan, Dancer and Christian when she grows up a bit. I'm not usually a fan of love triangles, love squares, love trapezoids...you get the picture. With this book though, I'm all for it! For those who have read/listened to the Fever series and loved it, this audiobook is an absolute must! For those who haven't read/listened to the Fever series yet, I suggest you stop what you're doing immediately and get started on those books/audiobooks ASAP! Once you've finished them, I won't even have to tell you to listen/read Iced....you will obviously want to do that on your own. :-)
They bring a whole arsenal of awesomeness to the table! Natalie does Dani absolute justice, just like she did with Mac. I did notice she changed Dani's voice/accent a bit since the Fever series, which distracted me just a little. I, like the rest of the human race, am a creature of habit and so change doesn't always come easy at times. At first, I couldn't put my finger on what was different, but then I realized she had just made Dani sound more...Irish. That's obviously a good thing though and it makes sense that she would do that. For those of you who notice it as well, just go with it. You will get used to that little change very quickly. Natalie is amazing at what she does! She goes beyond just reading a book out loud; she actually performs as if she was an actress in a film. I fervently hope she sticks with this series until the very end!
Phil Gigante's performance was outstanding, as always! That man's voice is sex on a stick! He could read the phone book and it would sound sexy. I especially love his Scottish accent for Christian McKelter. Like Natalie, he takes his narrations to the next level and truly acts and does it so well. I think he and Natalie Ross make an awesome team!
Elated joy throughout the book, because I was enjoying it the whole time. There were also "laugh out loud" moments throughout the book. The only time I felt like crying was when I finished it, b/c I realized the next book wouldn't be out until sometime next year. lol
If you couldn't tell already, I LOVED this book! Now excuse me, I must go and listen to it again. :-)
I was not a fan of Dani in the Fever books. This series makes you understand and like her.
The story is interesting. Great mystery and danger. However, she's 14 and she's being lusted after by some MUCH older men. Its not as icky as it might sound because nothing happens and Dani is not just oblivious, but kinda grossed out by the idea. Its a little heavy-handed at times with emphasizing she's a kid.
I love the heros - all of them. And I'm curious how the story is going to turn out.
The performance was very well done, however the story was... Who is this written for? The main character is a 14 yr old girl, surrounded by "death by sex fae" How is this appropriate? I didn't realize the main character was 14 when I purchased it, but kept listening thinking my daughter might like it, I will not give it to her. If you want to write Fairy Porn, write Fairy Porn, I have no bones with Meredith Gentry, but 14? Are you kidding me?
The narrators are terrific!
Dancer saving Dani
If you like author KMM, you will enjoy this one.
Totally enjoyed the Dani O'Malley character. She is young, innocent, and totally a hero of the people. Lately all the books in the “Paranormal Fantasy” genre are falling closer and closer to the “Romance” genre. This book is very entertaining without all the romantic dialogue.
If this book is any indication, K Moning is delivering a spin-off series that is captivating, entertaining, and “Fecking unbelievable” in the words of Dani O'Malley.
If you are into a book just for the steamy romantic ride, then this book might not be for you. However if you are into a book for the author ability to deliver a well-developed, extremely entertaining story, then you might enjoy the story of Dani O’Malley.
I have listened to this book twice and can't wait for the next Dani O'Malley book.
Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross, what can I said, congratulation to a job well done!!!!
hilarious, entertaining, enjoyable
Well that would be hard to say because Dani "Maga" is just unforgetable.
when Dani almost died
The Reading Audiologist
I've listenced to Phil Gigante on other books and his voice is always easy to understand and well modulated so that I'm not constantly turning the volume up and down. Natalie's voice was very difficult and even with using what I know about speech intelligibility and important frequencies for speech I was still nearly blasting my hearing out to understand her. Her Irish accent left much to be desired for me. I returned the audiobook and will stick with my kindle version for now.
I just love this book. I can't wait for the next one to come out. I love Dani in the first series and I love her in this one. The narrators for this series are fabulous also.
The snarky remarks. Sometimes the characters down right made me laugh out loud.
Their voices and interpretations of the each characters personalities. I LOVED the narrators, they did an awesome job!
At first, you'll want to give up on this story. You'll question the author writing about a 14 yr old, hold on and keep listening. It makes sense and you'll not regret it!