This is the first Dani O’Malley book, but it seems like a continuation of the Fever series by Moning. That said, you can still enjoy this book without having read the Fever books, but I suggest you do. It makes things so much less complicated.This is definitely NOT a young adult book, even though the main character is a teen aged girl.
Dani is a mouthy, 14 year old girl living in Dublin. Since the walls came down between the human world and that of the Fae, the streets of Dublin are littered with Fae and violence. Dani has super fast reflexes which help her defend herself against the Unseelie and other Fae (and humans) who are out to destroy her. When a Dublin nightclub gets covered in a deep freeze of ice and frost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her skills to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks. It’s up to Dani to save what’s left of her city before it’s too late.
Despite Dani’s young age, she is quite mature. She has had to be. Growing up in a world where there is death around every corner will do that to a person. And yet she maintains her teenage enthusiasm and point of view throughout the story. There are times when Dani freaks out like a normal teen, especially when she’s angry or stressed. She has men waiting for her to get older and falling for her wit, beauty and courage. You can see what kind of a woman she will become when she ‘grows up’ and I am looking forward to the next installment.
Karen Marie Moning’s second novel in her Fever series, Bloodfever, was filled with intense roller-coaster action. Mac is still trying to get her revenge on her sister’s murderer, as well as trying to save the human world from being encompassed by the Fae world-no easy task. This has come at no small price for Mac. She has had to give up the girl she once was, and embrace the ruthless creature that has been lying dormant inside her, not to mention having to stay in a foreign country that is far from her remaining family.
I really liked this book. Mac finally stopped being the pretty-in-pink shallow girl and grew up a bit. In fact I am really excited to see how Moning continues to develop Mac’s character. There was also a lot more action in the book to keep you completely engaged in the story. Every time you thought the story was going to quiet down, Moning reeled you back in with a new twist to the plot. We are also starting to learn more about faeries as well as all of the major players involved in the hunt for the infamous book. Creating a complicated web that Mac is going to have to navigate through. All and all, a fun read that has me excited to start book three.