Posts tagged ‘Iced’

March 12, 2013

Musing on Iced and writing

The idea for today’s post had been to write about the publishing industry: what’s going, what books are coming out, or just anything I found interesting. Well funny thing happened on the way to the keyboard – Iced. I mentioned Iced in some previous posts, so I won’t repeat. I’m hooked and not in the good way. I’m hooked in the, I have things to do but can’t put this book down kind of way. It’s the five minutes more which turns into 15 minutes more, which then ends up actually being 30 minutes at which point you throw in the towel and aim for an hour. I wake up early when I’m really pumped about a book and I can’t sleep at night I’m so energized to get back in the thick of things. That is when a 500 page book sounds like a great idea and only when.  It’s the best feeling in the world words, rhythms, imagery, and plot collide and explode into to beauty, horror, suspense, or real life. If you’ve never had the feeling, you’re reading the wrong books.  I just started the second part of the book and I already want to read the next book, but I know I have to wait.

 

The story got me thinking Dani does a lot of things you don’t expect her to or not the things you want her to. I understand that for an Author this creates excitement and red-herrings for the readers, but what if a character did exactly what the story led them to do? What if it felt more like real life, no miraculous intervention at the last moment? I can see ways for that to make for interesting reading too. Because then the surprise would be in the follow through. Isn’t that the most shocking part of life the what happens after the normal or expected?

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March 4, 2013

Musing on Iced

Last month I told you about Iced, it was a gift I received for Christmas and a book on my bookshelf to be reviewed.

Iced is the sixth book in the series created by Karen Marie Moning. Books one to five follow the adventures of MacKayla Lane a reluctant sidhe-seer with the ability to sense and hunt the Dark Book of Magic. The stories take place in Fever World, an urban fantasy Dublin where Fae and humans exist. The wall between their world has fallen and now humans are dying and chaos reigns. With each book, Mackayla delves deeper into the world of the Fae and the mystery of who killed her sister, Alina. Mac’s best friend is Danielle Mega O’Malley, Dani, until that is Dani tries to kill her in Shadowfever.

I’ve only made it about 50 pages into the book and I’m hooked. I found the Unseelie Princes to be pretty cool. I liked how Karen has taken that idea and changed it just enough to make it her own but still keep the concept of the four Horseman as terrifying creatures. In the beginning of the story we learn that Dani believes that she has killed an Unseelie Prince, or at least she’s pretty sure he’s dead.

I like Dani. She’s 14 and full of spunk and guts. Oh yeah and she’s got super powers. Dani is part Fae and part human, she’s really fast and has super senses. The fact that she is a killer does and doesn’t bother me. I don’t like heroines that are squeamish over what has to be done; Dani is not that type of character. She’s not afraid to survive or ashamed of her desire. It was a bit disturbing when she decided to start killing people in Chester’s but that’s her. Dani has protection and leadership skills that will keep her alive and get her into trouble, but that’s also a part of her charm.

A guide to help us get caught up on the Fever World series: here