Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning

“Iced” by Karen Marie Moning

This is a hard review for me to write. I absolutely love Karen Marie Moning’s (KMM) Fever series. As a fan of Fever, I waited anxiously for Iced to be released on October 30th. My birthday was just a few days before, so what a birthday present for me.

Reading Format: Nook E-Book.

Is Iced PG-13?

Oh no. Not at all. In fact I am very impressed with how KMM handled the subject matter of Dani and sex and managing to keep it adult at the same time. No, Dani doesn’t have sex in the book. She does touch upon the feelings that all teenagers begin to feel challenged with though at around that age. Dani isn’t a child and she isn’t an adult. She’s obviously not ready to become an adult and that is good and KMM wrote all of this was a skill that left me in awe. Great job!

Ok, beyond the touchiness of Dani’s age, KMM did not disappoint in the ways that she wrote this and keeping the Fever world an adult one!

Things that I loved:

I loved being back in the Fever world. I loved seeing Barrons name brought up and Mac’s too. Getting to know Dani better was great as was getting to see much more of Ryodan. The interaction between Ryodan and Dani was hilarious most of the time and sometimes you were cheering one or the other on, “Ha! Take that!”

Christian, oh poor Christian. It’s so sad to see that the problem’s Christian was left to suffer (so far). If he’s lost to the Unseelie he’s becoming, well… I think he’s going to be an interesting Unseelie Prince.

Dancer. Toward the end of Mac’s story we start hearing a bit about someone that Dani has befriended named Dancer. We get to meet Dancer in Iced and see a bit of what he’s like. So far I like Dancer quite a bit. I think he’s old enough to help Dani but young enough yet to make mistakes of the young. He accepts her for who she is though, quirks and all. He seems to be nothing more than a super-smart human, but I’m not entirely convinced yet that there isn’t something more to Dancer… something more… Supernatural? We’ll see later on, I’m sure.

We get a few chapters that are from Christian’s PoV. We get a few from Kat (at the abbey trying to take care of all the girls as their leader). I liked seeing more from Kat in that way. Deeper insight into her character… which leads me to one of my few complaints.

(Please remember this is just my personal experience.)

Dislike #1

Character switches– We’ve had five books before in the series that stayed 100% in the PoV of one character (Mac) with exception of the one time that Mac really couldn’t tell her story. During the one occasion that we needed someone’s PoV, besides Mac, we were clearly clued in that the PoV changed to Dani’s.

In Iced this was not so true. Since we had five previous books that stayed with one character’s PoV, I was not expecting character hopping. Now, it’s not that bad. Most of the book is from Dani’s PoV. KMM did hop a few times to Christian’s head and Kat’s head. This wouldn’t have been so bad but there was no real clear cue to the reader, “Oh! We’re switching characters!” I don’t enjoy reading paragraphs or even a couple of pages thinking I’m reading one character’s PoV only to slow down, become suspicious and then stop… Wait… who is this? Read a little bit more to confirm. OH! That makes more sense, we’ve switched to so-and-so character. Go back, reread what I already did so I can read it from the correct PoV. Ugh.

Dislike #2

This. Is. Annoying.

I know KMM pulled off this way of expressing voice a few times in the first five Fever books, but it was overdone horribly in Iced. After about the 5th time of reading broken up sentences, every time I came upon one of these it would jolt me and throw me from the Fever world. Yesterday (or the day before) I noticed author Maggie Stiefvater use this in a status post on Facebook. I shuddered. I had a physical reaction to it!

Maybe. I’m. Too. Old! I don’t know. The frequency of this though was too much for me. Maybe had it been only Dani, it wouldn’t have been as bad. Even adult characters were talking this way though. Ryodan! Noooo, please not Ryodan! Hangs head sadly. Yes, even Ryodan fell to such broken speech.

Dislike #3

Dani Speech

Dani’s speech is written so that she seems young and unaware of some common sayings. For example, she doesn’t understand the expression of “Glass houses”. I can accept that.

What I couldn’t accept was how Dani chastised Ryodan for using big words. Yet, throughout the book (even just pages after she chastises Ryo) Dani herself is narrating with words that even I had to look up in a dictionary. That made Dani feel much older than she was, at times (and not in that child having grown up too fast way). It just didn’t seem right to me and jarred me once again from the Fever world. It felt “out of character”.

Dislike #4

The “cliffhanger” ending– I try hard to not ruin anyone’s experience with spoilers, so this last complaint may seem cryptic. The ending has a big cliffhanger feel to it. I’ve even seen other reviewers who were excited about the ending. Eh. I think any real fan of the Fever series isn’t going to find the end to be much of a cliffhanger at all. While this moment has been building and building and building in Dani’s mind and emotions, we the fans know the basic fact of the outcome. We don’t know the details yet, which I can’t wait to read!!! Most of us though know things that Dani does not.

For those of you who have read the end and feel you don’t know, think about it for a few minutes. Recall the situation as it was presented to us previously. The ones involved and personalities. You know too now, don’t you? 🙂

This situation may not resolve with the next book. There are many ways that KMM could stop Dani from resolving this conflict.. I’m can’t wait to see what she’ll do to Dani in the next book!

OverallIced was awesome! The plot was just as gripping as was the first five books. The “bad guys” great! It really doesn’t have slow down points. The story grabs you and straps you in for a fast, fun ride!!

Over all four stars!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fae, Demons and Apocalypse! What a Birthday!

Karen Marie Moning

“Iced” by Karen Marie Moning, due out October 30th, 2012

For a couple of weeks, on Facebook, I’d randomly notice posts from author Karen Marie Moning. She was/is posting bits of her Fever series in honor of the newest book to be released in four more days. Iced! I am among many of her fans that are dying to get our hands on Iced.

Reading all these bits from the books got me in the Fever! I just had to reread the series. I devoured about a book a day making almost a week of Fever fun. Now if only somehow Iced would magically appear early in my hands! My birthday was two days ago. Wouldn’t that be one heck of a birthday present? (Look below for an awesome looking book trailer of Iced.)

Click Here for Karen Marie Moning’s site

If you haven’t joined the Fever yet, here is a synopsis of the first book of the series, Darkfever:

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman.

Or so she thinks… until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae… Continue reading

Catching Up and Book Reviews (Ally Condie, Rachel Caine, Jeaniene Frost)

This has not been a good summer so far for my family. There has been a lot of hardships. So far, while it feels like there’s some kind of cosmic prankster focused on us, we are surviving and eventually every thing will pass by and we’ll be good for a while again.

So, I’m taking an opportunity to catch up.

Writing Prompts- I am still hoping to find someone that would like to buddy up with me on posting writing prompts. Until some of the home issues calm down I am not going to be able to post writing prompts promptly. *winks*

My writing- Is on hold as well.

Reading hasn’t been an easily achieved thing either. My read list is pathetic! Only seven books so far this year. Here is some short reviews of three of the books I’ve read recently.

Short Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Crossed by Ally Condie (YA)

From Goodreads.com

Crossed by Ally Condie

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky–taken by the Society to his sure death–only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of a rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices every thing to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed Matched. I also enjoyed Crossed. The first book was written from Cassia’s point of view. In this new book it flips back and forth between Cassia and Ky. At first I wasn’t sure what I felt about this. I have a hard time switching from something I’m used to. My experience previously was that the story was being told solely from Cassia’s point of view, so finding this had changed with book #2 was difficult for me to accept.

I did get into the story though and quickly found myself getting lost in Ky’s story as well as Cassia’s.

Since book one, I haven’t been a fan of the “love triangle” surrounding Xander, Cassia and Ky. Seeing things from Cassia’s point of view though, thinking about her life, the mind set she would be in, I can understand how this triangle came about. This book does not leave many opportunities for Xander to “fight” for his side of the triangle, but he does get a couple. I feel it is obvious that in the end Cassia will be with Ky, but maybe the author will surprise me with book three.

The world building in this second novel was brilliant. I enjoyed reading about Cassia’s world, both the one she was familiar and comfortable with and the tragic world outside her comfort zone that is going to teach Cassia how to fight for what she wants. This easily had to be my favorite thing about Crossed.

I look forward to the last book of the trilogy.

Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

From goodreads.com

Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she’s trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she’s resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life…

Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he’s stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she’s racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast…

My Thoughts:

Ill Wind is the first novel of a series of novels by author Rachel Caine. It is not a new series and there are quite a few books available to read. I enjoyed this first story due to the world building. I enjoyed the author’s vision of people gifted with the ability to control the elements.

Rachel is being chased by someone who obviously wants her dead. She doesn’t know who this person(s) is but she has a few guesses including the organization that she “works” for. The story starts off leaving the reader feeling as lost and clueless as Rachel is. I’m impatient. I know. This is why I give a story like this a chance. The author didn’t disappoint me. I was clued in to Rachel’s plight at a pace that kept me reading without stress.

What I didn’t like about the book was I felt some of the story was a little too obvious. I had it figured out quickly who exactly it was trying to kill Rachel. A particular character is busy helping Rachel throughout the story and I had him pegged from the start also.

Other than that, I did enjoy the story and I think I will check out book two soon.

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

From goodreads.com

She’s a mortal with dark powers…

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

My Thoughts:

Omg, omg, omg! I have been waiting on tiptoes for Once Burned to be released and it’s finally here. I am a fan of Jeaniene Frost’s “Night Huntress” series (beginning with Half Way to the Grave). When Jeaniene’s Vlad character appeared in the Night Huntress series I instantly fell in love with the character and wanted to see more of him. Jeaniene gave us that with this book!

*sighs* My biggest complaint? It didn’t last long enough. I devoured this book in a single day. I am a bit of a late comer to the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genre. Often, when I find a new author/book in this genre, he/she/it has been around for awhile and I have a few books to sink my teeth into. Where is the rest of the “Night Prince” series?! Shouldn’t I have a bunch of books waiting for me to devour?
Ok, I’ll have to be patient just like everyone else and wait for Jeaniene Frost to publish more of this series.
I think it’s obvious. I loved this book. It was fun!

 

Day 7: YA Read List and Stephen King

Since my daughter discovered the Twilight series and started finally getting into reading I’ve been sharing young adult novels with her. I love connecting with her in this way. I took a lot of work on my end to find something to drag her away from Twilight but I did it. Now we enjoy quite a bit of reading together.

My summer reading list:

  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Crossed by Ally Condie
  • Fever by Lauren DeStefano
  • Destined by Aprilynne Pike
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Woowhoo, Maggie Stiefvater released her animated trailer for her newest novel! I’m so geeked.

I am a fan of Maggie Stiefvater. My daughter and I share her books. The Raven Boys is Maggie’s newest book being released in Sept. 2012. She’s holding a contest right now to win an ARC, so I’m posting her video trailer for her novel. I adore her writing so much though I’d like to leave a little bit more than just the trailer here. So scroll below the trailer to read more.

From Barnes and Noble:

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.