Book Review: Iced

14-year-old Dani from the Fever series is super-speeding through Dublin, living large and generally trying to be a superhero. But she isn’t the fastest or strongest thing on the streets, and one of those faster/stronger things — Ryodin — forces her to work for him.

Something is icing people and fae alike. Who? Why? And can they stop it?

I lo-o-oved the Fever series. This sequel was good, but I guess I’m just not as into Dani as I was into Mack. It’s not that Dani isn’t a well-drawn 3D character. She definitely is. It’s more that she was so well done that she was an entirely believable and obnoxious 14-year-old.

When I heard there was going to be a sequel starring Dani, I thought (hoped) that it would take place a few years later, after Dani grew up. I was surprised to read about her as a 14-year-old in an entirely adult book. This is NOT YA, or even close. It’s full of sex, violence, language, and adult concepts. In some ways, Dani is forced to grow up too soon. In some ways, she’s an obnoxious teenager.

To go a step further, it was difficult as a reader to try to bridge the mental and psychological gap between a sexually-charged adult novel and a 14-year-old heroine.

Dani really does need a keeper. She’s too dangerous to be let loose and too immature to understand consequences. She’s learning, but for now, I think I just found her a difficult character to fully embrace.

Like I said, I liked it, but I didn’t love it. If you liked the Fever series, I recommend this.

Rating: 3/5

Title: Iced
Author: Karen Marie Moning
ISBN: 0385344406
Published October 30, 2012

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