The Fever series is back with Iced, a Dani O’Malley novel. After the Wall fell, Dublin is in ruins. And if that is not enough, someone is “icing” the city and killing a lot of beings, human and Fae. A self-proclaimed superhero with an actual super-speed superpower, Dani, is hired to help figure out who is doing it and how to stop him. And as if Dani has not got enough going on, an Unseelie prince is stalking her, Ryodan is watching her every move and Mac is out there plotting revenge.
The only reason I picked up Iced is to “suffer through it”, so I can finally get on reading Mac’s story, because, honestly, who cares about Dani? It turned out that a 14-year-old superhero’s mind is actually a very entertaining and interesting place, full of witty remarks, existential crises and surprisingly quotable thoughts.
For example, who does not like a pun:
Dude, the bush is ready. Why are you still beating around it?
Or an inspirational talk that gets you to move you butt and do something:
Life’s a choice: you can live in black and white, or you can live in color. I’ll take every shade of the rainbow and the gazillion in between.
What-iffing is for grownups. They what-if themselves right into doing nothing, and die without ever living.
Or a girl that loves books:
Holy borrowing bibliophile, let’s book!
Or some seriously wise advice:
In my experience, anybody besides your mom that feeds you is going to want something in exchange for it.
Or a reason not to procrastinate:
You still end up exactly where you didn’t want to be, doing exactly what you didn’t want to do, with the only difference being that you lost all that time in between, during which you could have been doing something fun. Even worse, you probably stayed in a stressed-out, crappy mood the whole time you were avoiding it. If you know something is inevitable, do it and get it over with. Move on. Life is short.
Or a definition of love:
The active caring and concern for the health and well-being of another person’s body and heart. Active. Not passive.
Or a very relevant observation:
If she is bright as a butterfly and sexual as a lioness in mating season, she will be cherished.
Dani is an astonishingly interesting, amusing, thought-provoking character whose voice is written beautifully, in my opinion. She is a kid that had to grow up fast, so she is street-smart, intelligent and wise beyond her years, and childish and naive all at the same time. Reading her point of view is very refreshing – she is a teen that is all businesslike, direct and demanding, and it may be funny at times, yet this is exactly how people her age behave – larger than life. She is also very observant.
Her passion for life pushes her limbs further than they were meant to go.
I cannot stress enough how enjoyable being in her head is. And how captivating the situations she gets herself into are. She says herself, that she has
the luck of a broken mirror nailed beneath an upside-down horseshoe with a ladder nearby that a black cat just walked under.
I think Karen Marie Moning did a wonderful job distinguishing between points of view. There was never any doubt about whose point of view you are reading, because they are all genuinely discernible. Dani, Christian, Kat sound completely different from each other, which is the point a lot of authors cannot qualitatively accomplish introducing different points of view.
Plot-wise the story is very compelling. Other than the obvious “Who’s the bad guy icing Dubling”, there are also “What does Ryodan actually want with Dani?”, “Is Christian going to turn full-on evil?”; “Is Mac actually after Dani for killing her sister?”; “Why is everyone so enthralled with the girl?” etc.
All in all, something I was going to “suffer through” turned out to be very “fecking” awesome, and I cannot wait to read Burned (Mac and Barrons are finally back! Yay!).