I didn't read the books before this one. I was looking for a new series to read. The reviews just raved about how wonderful it was so I thought I would give it a chance. I got through the first few chapters of the character saying "Dude" every 30 words just trying to figure out what the book was about. Believe me trying to find the plot between and the "Dudes" and swearing (that was completely unnecessary) was not easy!When I finally figured out the plot it was liked listening to a nightmare. The characters are tortured, caged and starved and it never seems to end. So I let the book play for a while and when I came back to it I realized I hadn't missed much, just more "dudes" and "F" bombs. I got this book based on the reviews. So I wanted to let other listeners know that if they haven't listened to the whole series, they may be disappointed in this book. I listened to the whole book just hoping I was wrong but the end was just as disappointing as the beginning. I have never written a review before, but felt compelled to let others know that this book is probably for fans of the previous series written by the author.
I am listening to the highlander series with hopes for a better listening experience.
The narration was fine.
Dani is a woot...
Worked well with each outher..
Yeas the church ..where Dani almost dies..she is so upset by the loss of the child. No matter how muuch of a superhero u are you still have compassion.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the first book in the Dani O’Malley series which takes place after the last book in Moning’s Fever series. The second book in this trilogy, Burned, is scheduled for a Jan 2014 release. The third and final book, Flayed, is scheduled to release in 2015. I think that you could read this book without reading the original Fever series; there is a ton of recapping. Still if you really want to know what is going on here, you probably want to read the Fever books first.
I listened to this on audiobook and I wouldn’t recommend it. The audiobook had two different narrators, one who does the female voices and one who does the male voices. As a result the female voices are very high in sound and the male voices are very low. When you turn up the sound to hear the very low and deep male voice, the female voice comes across as shrill. It made the book hard to listen to. I was either straining to try and hear the male voices or wincing at the shrill female voices.
Dani O’Malley was a side character in the Fever series and this is the start of her story. Dani is a superhero of sorts, she is super fast and super tough and she has one of the only weapons that can actually kill Fey. When Ryoden’s club gets frozen solid (patrons and all) he forces Dani into a contract. He wants Dani to work with him to solve this mystery before more people and Fey are killed. Now Dani is facing off with something that might be more dangerous and evil than anything she’s ever faced before.
The book is told from many POVs, not just Dani’s. This didn’t add a lot to the story but just drew it out and fractured it.
Dani is incredibly obnoxious. She basically bitches and complains throughout the whole book. She yells at people and is mean to them, then is indignant when they won’t help her out. If you cut out all of Dani’s complaining the book would be a third shorter. Dani is also supposed to be a superhero of sorts, but she spends the vast amount of time either passed out or being rescued by the harem of men that lusts after her. I am not even going to go into how weird it is that she has all these older men lusting after her when she is only fourteen.
So, yeah, in a nutshell I thought Dani was an incredibly immature and obnoxious character and really didn’t enjoy her. I suppose that gives her a lot of room to grow in future books, but I am not sure I want to read more about Dani.
Next let’s talk about the men. You have Ryoden who is super sexy and super dangerous and has trapped Dani into working for him. He is creepy but strangely seems to care about Dani in a very uh...sexual way. Then you have Christian who is slowly turning into a Fey Prince, he is incredibly unstable, sex crazy, and has decided that him and Dani will be getting married. Seriously we hear about how hard Christian is a lot throughout the book, and it is just yucky.
The last man in Dani’s life is Dancer, and he is the only one who deserves his own paragraph. Dancer has been Dani’s friend for a long time, they kind of look out for each other with no strings attached. He is actually Dani’s age, but as the story goes on you realize he must have some pretty deep and dark secrets of his own. He was my absolute favorite character in this book; he is smart, supportive, and stands up to anyone (human or Other) who tries to harm Dani in anyway. I liked him. In a world of crazy he was something interesting and intriguing.
The world is completely insane. Basically this is after the war was lost and the Fey invaded Dublin (Earth?). Apparently realities can shift at will and you never know what will be around the corner. There is a lot of talk about people waking up in different realities and about horrible creepy crawlies...but honestly we don’t see much of that in the story. Most of the story is spent with Dani complaining and trying to manage her harem of testosterone driven men.
By the end of this book I just wanted it to be over. I loved the idea of this world, but the characters were obnoxious and overdone. Dani gets so distracted from the story by these crazy older man that want her, then there was the strange addition of the Crimson Hag. The Crimson Hag was kind of a cool enemy but her addition to the story seemed so last minute and contrived that I just kind of rolled my eyes at this part. Ugh, the whole thing was a bit of a mess.
Overall definitely not my favorite urban fantasy book. There is just too much in here that bugged me. I love the world and some of the characters are intriguing. But Dani is an absolute flop as a character for me, she is annoying and obnoxious and not someone I ever want to read about again. Even though the book features a fourteen year old girl it is definitely an adult read. Having all these older guys jonesing after Dani was super creepy too, I just didn’t enjoy reading about it. The story took too many detours from the actual main plot and all of the POVs throughout just served to draw things out. I will not be reading more books in this series and don’t recommend this new addition to the Fever series. Stick with other urban fantasy reads like Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series, Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series, or Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series.
Like others have mentioned, I wasn't enthused about a story that revolves around a young girl. And yes, there are some uncomfortable moments where grown men (Christian and Riordan) are sexually excited in her presence. There are also a couple uncomfortable moments with Riordan's abusive/controlling treatment of Dani. Despite these moments, I found the story to be very entertaining - and Moning is very talented in her treatment of these situations. Throughout the story, there was great character development, especially for Riordan, Lore and Dancer. I definitely want to learn more about Dancer. Dani is exactly as you remember her, though you learn much more about her past. There is a complete story that is nicely wrapped up at the end, although there is a minor cliff-hanger relating to her relationship with Mack, who has only a very minor presence in this book.
Sewing is Fun
I have never read anything like it.
You do not know what is going to happen next.
The Irish accent.
I truly enjoyed the funny smart aleck remarks.
I am looking forward to the next book.
I just began reading this series about a month ago, and decided that I had to listen to this book because I needed to be able to tear through it. First I'd like to say that the voice talents for this novel were great. Second, the story itself is awesome. If you've read the other novels and understand that the heroine is 14 you may get a little nervous about it being a little racy, but trust me, its done tastefully. Can't wait for the next installment and this was well worth my book credit!
YES! I read the book as soon as it was released, then purchased the audio book. The audio book is amazing. The narrators really breathe life into the characters and the emotions run true in every chapter. Fantastic performance!
******Spoilers******* When Danny gets hypothermia in the church. I love how helpless the "alpha" males become and have to rely on a human to save her.
They give an amazing performance. I think I would buy any book they read together. I love Natalie Ross's voice for Danny. And Phil Gigante's voice for Tor gave me chills! I love the chapter of Christian's inner dialogue- I had to listen twice- it was THAT good!
I am very much looking forward to Burned- I really hope both narrators continue in the next book *hint hint audible*
Everything. Did not get it from the beginning and I tried starting over 3 times but it was just not attention getting
Have no idea
I Loved, loved , loved, this book. Of course, I loved her fever series, so it was so fun to read this book from her POV instead of Mac's. I can't wait until the next one comes out. !
Yes, I will listen again. I love this story, my review is on amazon already for the book. I just wanted to say that Phil Gigante is amazing. He adds something to the story that I didn't get by just reading it. Adding Natalie Ross made the story even more outstanding. Gre
The fever series is forever ingrained in my soul. I will read every book in this series over and over again. It's a plus that my favorite author and narrator are collaborating again.
Ryo, Dani, hell everyone. I don't have a fav because I love every character that this series has introduced thus far.
Yes, if it was possible I definitely would have. I ended up listening when possible and reading the rest.