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November 7, 2012

Chat Review: ICED by Karen Marie Moning

Series: The Dani O'Malley Trilogy 1/Fever Series 6
Format: Digital
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Release Date: October 30, 2012
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The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced
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A Dollop of Dani
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The Talk Supe ICED Chat Review

So many things happened in book 1 of Dani "Mega" O'Malley's book we decided to switch it up, break down the highlights and chat about it.

Papa Roach

Cimmaron: I want one of Papa Roaches roaches to get me. Hello! It sucks the fat right out of you. It's like instant lipo. I want one. Stat!

Braine: Yes when I read that part I was thinking "Someone needs to come up with this shit in real life and sell it to the masses! I don't care if they look like roaches or burrow deeper into my body. I will plant a couple of those bugs in my body and give them free rein on my adipose tissue deposits!"

Cimmaron: Now that I think about it, I want to save a few in a jar like Mac did with the Unseelie pieces. That way I can still eat what ever the hell I want and then let one get under my skin to suck the fat out. Want a 4x4 animal style from In-N-Out? No problem! You can have two if you want and not feel guilty about putting on the weight. Just let one of those Unseelie roaches under your skin and vacuum the fat away!

Braine: Great idea! LOL... I think we'll be seeing this soon in KMM's store maybe as candy or something. Papa Roach reminded me a lot of Little Nicky when Adam Sandler dissolved into a hoard of spiders.


Hoar Frost King/Gh'luk-ra d'J'hai

Braine: I had some serious lady boner for KMM about this ICED business, she didn't just blame this phenomenon to the fae or some magic mumbo jumbo. Like she backed the shit up! Some of the things Dancer was saying were hardcore physics and I was wondering if KMM buried her nose in some Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein or something. Or maybe she had a viewing marathon of The Universe with a bowl of popcorn for research. I was impressed!

Cimmaron: I thought that the Hoar Frost King was a really great “villain”. I’m not a physicist so KMM could have been spouting false scientific terms and I would have bought it because it just sounded so legit. I’m sure KMM wouldn’t give us crap so I am guessing she did her research and back it up. Throughout the whole book I was right there with Dani trying to figure out what the hell was happening to all these people/fae. I loved how HFK not only posed a threat to humans but the fae themselves.


The Ryodan Nod

Cimmaron: I want to get a Nod!

Braine: I love you Barrons but seriously, Ryodan is giving you a run for your money. I think we can all agree that we all covet that Nod.

Cimmaron: Seriously, I'm about to make an appointment with my stylist and get some highlights put in my hair and then buy some body glitter to slather on my boobs. I want the Nod and experience what goes on at Level 4!

Braine: Yeah get bent over in a table with his hand gripping your hair and the other your hip just pumping away...


Cruce

Braine: I'm sorry but I'm still hung up on V'Lane/Cruce. You know I got the hots for that Unseelie Prince! I was a little envious of Kat & Margery, I want him to stalk my dreams too! Can someone free him?! Maybe that will lure Mac & Barrons to come out of BB&B.

Cimmaron: Holy Hell Kat and Margery were lucky to have him stalking their dreams. I too was hoping that Cruce would come out and play in this book. I guess we'll just have to see what happens as the series progresses. But yes, having Cruce freed would definitely bring Mac and Barrons out.

Braine: At one point I thought he was behind the ICE. When Kat saw one of the bars on his cage was gone I was waiting for someone or something to break him out. Is KMM still doing the Free Cruce campaign? We need to vote on that.

Cimmaron: I have a feeling that Cruce won’t be held in that block of ice for long. I know we’ll definitely be seeing him out on the streets again. It’s only a matter of time before he escapes or someone frees him.

Braine: I will plan a party when this happens! Cruce! TAKE ME!


Mac and Barrons

Cimmaron: YES! We need to see more of them. I know they both should have a role on everything that's going one. I just don't believe that Barrons would let the Fae keep running the city.

Braine: I was hoping that JZB & Mac will at least get a chapter, just an update on how they are. I mean Kat & Cruce got several, why not Mac & Barrons?!

Cimmaron: I was hoping that Ryodon and Barrons would at least be working on the ICED mystery. It's hard for me to believe that Barrons and Mac are just living domestic bliss right now. Like what are those two doing at night? Are they scouring the streets and killing fae or does Barrons keep Mac locked up in his basement apartment and sex her up 24/7. If that's the case, Ms. Moning I think you need to be giving us a glimpse of THAT.

Braine: Well I assume they were both tracking Dani when they ran into her in the alley with the Crimson Hag on their tail. Too bad that scene got cut abruptly and in a bloody way. And what's up with those ZEW's (Zombie Eating Wraiths) on the rooftop of BB&B? Another mystery yet to be solved.

Cimmaron: YES! I was wondering the same thing. Why were they there? Is this a new level of protection Barrons has come up with. I’m curious! This is why we need a Mac & Barrons POV.

Braine: Those two need to stop boinking and start talking to US, the readers or both. I wouldn't mind another whirl with Barrons under the sheets.

Cimmaron: I don’t want to cause Mac any more pain but could she be Pri-ya again?


Christian the Unseelie Prince 

Cimmaron: He's transitioning but do you think he'll be able to keep a part of his humanity? I'm hoping that he'll be able to keep a part of it with him. I don't want him to fall totally into the dark side.

Braine: His POV made me really sad especially on the part where he's trying to understand how that human died while having sex with him. He has a lot of strong emotions running through him and coupled with his physical changes, the Dude is really lost. I was hoping that one of his Uncles would be there to help him out or keep him grounded.

Cimmaron: I'm surprised that he's totally alone. And I'm with you, I thought his Uncles would be doing something to help him out. I mean they know all sorts of Druid spells. Help the kid out! I really hated reading the parts where he talked about having sex with all those women and killing them. He was such a sweet kid in the Fever books and I hate seeing him like this.

Braine: Yeah he's really losing it! His mannerisms and speech is starting to resemble V'Lane's. He's trying but the change is more forceful than his will. My heart broke a little bit towards the end when shit hit the fan outside the abbey. 

Going back to Christian's change, I feel like it might be too late to reverse the damage done to him but maybe Cruce can. Maybe he'll help free the guy since he's the Sinsar Dubh now so maybe there's a spell there than can change him back.


Ryodan

Cimmaron: We knew Ryodan was Barrons second hand man but he’s definitely his own person. He’s similar to Barrons in a lot of ways but totally different in others. Definitely an Alpha male that will probably make it in the ranks on a few Top Alpha males.

I really liked the following quotes that compared Barrons and Ryodan:
“Jericho Barrons is an animal. Pure lawless beast. Not so Ryodan. Dude’s a machine.”






“Barrons breaks heads. Ryodan turns them inside out. Barrons f*cks you up. Ryodan makes you f*ck yourself up. He pushes buttons and rearranges things according to his own private, coolly sociopathic plan.”
Braine: Barrons is like the cocktails and dinner kind of guy. Ryodan on the other hand is the after-party.

Cimmaron: LOL! Totally agree. Love that analogy.


Dani, Dani, Dani

Cimmaron: Honestly, after Shadowfever I wasn't Dani's biggest fan. I was unsure if I would like her or if she would annoy me. She seems a little more mature. She's had to grow up a lot. Parts of me wants her to be just totally kickass and experience things (sexual things with Christian OR Ryodan) but then I still want her to be a teenager.

Braine: I liked her because of her distinct voice and supernova personality but like you, I wanted to commit bloody murder on her after Shadowfever! So I was so ready to hate her in ICED but it's so hard to stay angry at the kid. First of all, her comebacks are biting, that kid has a sharp tongue and an even sharper wit. She never misses a beat even when Ryodan is trying his best to intimidate the life out of her.

Cimmaron: She's definitely got a mouth and she's the only one to go toe-to-toe with Ryodan. I definitely see a lot of Mac in her, especially when she is constantly berating Ryodan with questions. Her courage is so admirable. One of Mac's favorite songs, 'Tubthumping' could totally be her theme song too. Dani keeps getting knocked down but she gets up again and fights for humanity. I think that's what I love most about her. She's definitely got the heart of a fighter and as annoying as she gets, at the end of the day she just wants to be that superhero that saves the world from evil.

Who knew she had such great vocabulary? I was surprised by some of the words coming out of her mouth. She's a wonder kid!

Braine: She's always been smart. In the Fever books I had a feeling that she'll be "greater" than Mac because of her brains and her super abilities. So when Dani was put in Mac's "kill list" my heart dropped because part of me thinks that Dani might win that fight.

Cimmaron: I agree. If it came down to a fight I think Dani would smoke Mac. It’s something that I never want to see happen. 


The Trifecta (Dani, Christian & Ryodan)

Cimmaron: OMG it's totally creepy that I want Dani to be intimate with Ryodan and Christian. They are both giving her that "look" that says they are so ready to pounce her. KMM is totally mind fucking me because I want Dani to be with one of them.

Braine: I know I should be bothered with the fact that Dani is only 14 but, Dude! You can cut through the sexual tension especially between Ryodan & Dani! KMM is setting the stage for future sexin' between Dani and one or both of these Dudes.

Cimmaron: It's blatantly obvious Ryodan's attracted to her but he KNOWS she's still a kid. What is up with that?!

Braine: I bet Ryodan was wishing he met Dani before the terms "sexual predator" and "child molester" was coined. Like met her not later than the 19th century. And Dani is responding too but since she's still young, her hormonal surge is still confusing her. You know I was half expecting that Dani will come out of Faery grown up when she took that little trip with Christian. (You'll read this on the last quarter of the book so you can comment after)

Cimmaron: I knew Christian had a bigger part in this series but OMFG...WOW. I never imagined he would be "coupled" with Dani. Didn't see that one coming. When I finished Shadowfever that equation never entered my mind. Now that it has. WOW.

Braine: How cute was Christian when he thought: Worth. Waiting. For. I swear my heart leapt off my chest when I read that.

Cimmaron: When Christian said he would cut the moon out for her I nearly died. How could he be so poetic and be practically evil Unseelie? Oh, and can we talk about him getting all jealous when Ryodan was standing naked next to Dani's almost dead body and he compared dicks? I loved it!

Braine: I was laughing so hard when I read that part, I even did a double take just to make sure I read it right the first time. I was so amused and worried though that some people might find that offensive as Dani is just 14.

Cimmaron: Well Ryodan had to get naked to help save her, so folks shouldn’t be too mad. I was actually happy to find out that Ryodan like to go commando just like Barrons. I’m pretty sure there is nothing in this world that would be able to hold the beast under his trousers.

Braine: I had a feeling you'd be saying that. :P

Cimmaron: Do you feel like the thoughts Ryodan and Christian have towards Dani are a little skeevy? Obviously, there a HUGE age difference between Ryodan and Dani but Christian is also 8 years older. It was a little slimy to read about the thoughts Christian had about claiming her. Although he’s not that much older, DUDE! She’s 14.

Braine: Definitely! I think the more conservative readers will point this things out too. But then again, I think Christian can't help himself for being crass. He's losing his compass and his human rationale as he slowly turns into a full Unseelie and a Prince at that.

Cimmaron: There were time where I found Christian’s thought about Dani pushing it to being too creepy. But I am loving seeing Christian going through his transition. He’ll definitely become more and more interesting.

I feel weird asking this because Dani is only 14 but if you have to pick a “team” would you be Team Ryodan or Team Christian?

Braine: Feck it! RYODAN! I don't care if Christian has erotic powers but Ryodan has SKILL! You can't beat skill! Although I think Dani's crushing on Dancer a little bit. I think she relates to him better given their age are closer and Dancer sort of gets her better. He doesn't try to seduce or intimidate Dani. So even if Dani sees him as a brother, I think Dancer will probably move in to love interest territory in the coming books.

Cimmaron: I am totally Team Ryodan. Maybe it’s because he’s Barrons friend but there is just something about Ryodan that is just so cool and sexy. He definitely has skill and I feel like he’s slowly seducing Dani but very subtly. It’s like he’s sending us subliminal messages but I am hearing them loud and clear. Ryodan takes the cake in Dani’s love square but I would love to see Dancer develop into a more strong competitor for Ryodan.



The KMM Blueprint
Cimmaron: Is it just me or did Ryodan & Dani remind you of Mac & Barrons? I got the feeling like Ryodan and Dani were almost mirroring Barrons and Mac, especially when Ryodan had Dani chained up.

Braine: Yeah, not just the Dani-Ryodan mix but Dani's love life in general, very reminiscent of Mac's. I was seeing some parallelism especially with the love-hate with Ryodan and Christian turning Unseelie and all. It's like Barrons & V'Lane. I think this is The KMM Blueprint and I'm glad she stuck with it. This is one of those key things that anchors the new trilogy to the original ones so in a way it's a good transition strategy. We still get a bit of the old mixed in with the new. Makes us hate Dani a little bit. 

Cimmaron: You’re right. Dani’s love life is very reminiscent with Mac. Feral beast and Unseelie Prince fighting over her. Do you think Dancer could be something/someone else? Like how dreamy-eyes guy ended up being the Sinsar Duhb.

Braine: I think Dancer will be like dreamy-eyes-guy or Christian when he was still normal. Dani is comfortable with him and he gets her, treats her like his equal. Dani will find that appealing.

Cimmaron: I’m totally getting a mystery vibe from Dancer and I have a feeling that he’ll have a bigger role in Dani’s life. He’s too smart to be just a human. HAHA. And I’m also totally loving the sexy geek thing he’s go going on.
Ryodan and Jo? Didn't see that pairing either. You think anything will come of this relationship? It's like he's just passing time with Jo until Dani is a full blown woman and then he'll be all about her.

Braine: It's like Barrons and Fiona! KMM laid out the blueprint and changed the names but basically it's the same chemical compound.

Cimmaron: I thought the same thing! It’s Mac, Barron and Fiona all over again. Jo is a ho for Ryodan right now and as far as I see it Ryodan will never see her as special. Not like how he sees Dani.

Braine: The question is, when things fall through between Ryodan & Jo, will Jo go and try to feck Dani over?

Cimmaron: At this point I really don’t care what happens with Jo. She just need to keep her glittery boobs away from Ryodan.


ICED vs. Fever

Cimmaron: How does ICED compare to the Fever series books?

Braine: I love how the Fever world remained intact, Dublin might have been destroyed and has a dystopian feel to it -- Dublin AWC: After the Wall Crashed -- but fans are going to love that KMM didn't alter the gist of it. ICED is as "chaste" as Fever, there's a lot of TALK and not a lot of doing. But I love the "foreplay" between Dani and Ryodan, I bet she's going to build it up to near bursting and then she'll pop that bubble in an epic way like Pri-ya Mac & Barrons playing doctor.

Cimmaron: Although the Fever series sets up ICED, I felt like ICED was its own entity. A lot of the same players are there but things are a lot different now since the walls fell. KMM did a really great job of not only continuing the Fever story but also expanding it. It’s easy to compare things to Fever but she makes the new protagonists stand out from its predecessors.
ICED is definitely NOT a YA book. What did you think about the sexual tension in the book?

Braine: I think people's comments will revolve around the age difference but KMM made it disturbingly easy to forget that Dani is just 14. All the characters get the tension on varying levels but it's up to Dani now. Obviously she's responding but she can't put a finger on her reactions yet, just blames it on her hormones.

Cimmaron: Dani’s age was definitely the main factor why I was so nervous about this book.

Braine: At first I thought that ICED would be years after Shadowfever and Dani will be in her early 20's. Wasn't that what KMM said in her FB Page before?

Cimmaron: That’s what I thought too. I could have sworn KMM had stated when she first announced this book that ICED would take place 4-5 years after Shadowfever. That’s why I was a little confused when we finally read that Dani would still be in her teens. I just hope we see Dani grow into an adult and the story just doesn’t fast forward just so we can get an adult Dani in order for her to get some sexy times with either Ryodan, Christian or Dancer. I thought it was pretty controversial that KMM had Mac’s rape and I hope she doesn’t do that far with Dani.

Overall, what did you think of ICED?

Braine: One word? MAGNIFICENT

Cimmaron: ICED is definite one of my Top 5 reads of 2012. As always, KMM rocked my world. She just sucks you into this crazy and hectic Fever world and makes it so hard to want to leave. As hardcore Mac & Barrons fans I’m sure we were all hesitant about this new heroine but KMM really shows her brilliance by getting us totally consumed by the story and enthralled with this new kick-ass heroine. Staunch fans of the Fever series will not be disappointed with this one.


Looking for ICED Quotes? You can find our favorites here

10 comments:

  1. Super fun review format; I loved the back-and-forth! I need to write my review of Iced but it's so hard. KMM's awesomeness is always hard to put into words but you two did a darned good job of it. :)

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    1. I agree. It's so hard to articulate just how awesome KMM's books are. That's why I had suggested a chat format because I just knew there was no way I would be able to write a decent review.

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  2. Loved your chat on Iced. I'm still reading it but just had to see what you two thought!

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  3. LOL I love this post! I just finished ICED today and loved it. Totally agree with everything you guys said. Definitely Team Ryodan! =)

    ntzee @ MaybeThisBook

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  4. OMG... PAPA ROACH? Really? That was so gross xD LOL I definitely agree though, if those suckers (no pun intended) existed I'd so be first in line for a nice case of them.. you know, keep them like you said in a jar just in case ;)

    I loved this chat interview as well :D You girls are definitely fun ^_^ And thanks for the breakdown and not including spoilers, I still gotta read this book and I'm definitely looking forward to it even more now ^_^

    Neyra-

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  5. Hi All! I hope you get to read this, it's so worth the penny and you'll be holding back in reading it too fast. ICED is one of those books you don't want to end.

    Thanks for dropping by!

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  6. OMG!! This post is hilarious! Love it! I just finished Iced last night and devoured it in one sitting. It was sooo good. :)

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  7. "Barrons is like the cocktails and dinner kind of guy. Ryodan on the other hand is the after-party." -LOVE IT!

    The sexual tension between D & R is a little icky, but I think R realizes that D needs time to grow up. I think he's just using Jo to try and get a rise out of D and to see what feelings D is developing for him. I also think the slow seduction is a way for him to imprint on her, so when she is ready, she will only think of him.

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  8. haha I was thinking the same thing with the Papa Roach thing too. I have been working my ass off trying to lose weight and to think something like this could just take it all away, no work necessary.

    Oh the nod. I am totally willing to slather my boobies with glitter to get that. I love Barrons but you are right Ryodan is giving him a run for his money.

    I loved how you guys did this. I might have to try it this way with Amber R.

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  9. This shit made me laugh so hard: I don’t want to cause Mac any more pain but could she be Pri-ya again?

    Such a great review, you guys! I agree with everything you said...and it was fecking magnificent! I can't wait for Burned.

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