Okay here goes.. (It would take me ages to write the many things I felt, so I've pretty much just copied and pasted my review from Goodreads because it says it all)
It's very very very long and spoilery and super opinionated and there's a lot of swearing (sorry) and ranting (sorry) going on
, so be prepared
I hope I don't offend anyone because I've had a few people get pissed off at my reviews
HUGE SPOILERS - AVOID IF NOT READ
A somewhat ranty and spoiler filled review
I don't know how I feel about Iced, I had so many mixed feelings about it — there were parts I loved and parts I absolutely loathed. I enjoyed Dani's perspective. What I didn't enjoy was the love interests (bar Dancer) - I was less than impressed with the pedo vibe. I knew before starting the book that they would be some lines crossed but I didn't expect to be so disgusted by it all. What can I say? A 14 year old heroine and two adult love interests just don't do it for me.
Anyway, I thought the plot was pretty unimaginative but it was executed well..It wasn't as enegaging as Mac's book because there was very little mystery..it was just like an inestigation of the week type books..but I'm glad the ending didn't have a major cliffhanger..the cliffhanger it had with Mac is one I'm excited for but one I can wait for.
I wasn't fond of Dani in the earlier Fever books — she was annoying and immature. She was still somewhat annoying and immature but once I got used to her voice I found her rather charming and immensely likeable. I thought I'd hate reading about a 14 year old teenager but except for the creepy love interests (more on that later) it actually made for interesting reading. In an age of either Mary Sue or alpha bitch heroines, her confidence, arrogance, humour, bluntness, ignorance, perseverance, vulnerability and 14 year old wisdom was refreshing to read about. Even though this wasn't a YA book, I couldn't help comparing 14yr old Dani to the 16/17 yr olds in YA today and let me tell you, Dani made them seem even worse than the shitty little heroines they are. Once I got used to her, Dani was simply awesome.
I loved Dani's humour — honestly, the stuff she came out with in front of Ryodan and his boys was hilarious. Even though most of the jokes were inappropriate, I couldn't help finding it funny how clueless she was of all the innuendos that were being thrown around.
As great as Dani was, I really don't get why Christian and Ryodan are so obsessed with her. I know they want her because unlike other women she's super strong so they'll be able to 1. Fuck her hard without holding back 2. Fuck her hard without killing her 3. Fuck her hard without hurting her accidently but she's still only 14, can't they wait until she's at the very least 18?! Why are they all over her now when she's still a child?! They both seem genuinely fascinated by her..it boggles the mind. Sure, she has a good personality but so do loads of adult women, I just can't get my head around them being so taken with her.
I loved him. He was intelligent, brave, loyal and just brilliant. It was great how he made Christian and Ryodan seem like right dumb fucks. I loved how unperturbed he was of them both. He didn't have nowhere near their strength, speed and experience yet he managed to show them up and he came out looking like the better man. Christian and Ryodan seriously paled in comparison to him.
Dancer's relationship with Dani was perfect - I'm dying for him and Dani to realise they love each other… I want them to have lots of sex. I'm hoping he doesn't die and I also hope that Dani doesn't suddenly think of him in a platonic way. I'm also eager to find out what sort of deep, dark secrets that he has.
One word should do it: Ugh.
Actually one word's not enough… I feel like ranting about Christian - the psychotic highlander/Unseelie prince/pedo in the making. His obsession with Dani was sick and no, I don't care that he was changing into a wanking Unseelie prince and couldn't control his urges. None of it changed the fact that Christian, an adult, was randy for 14yr old Dani. Was I meant to be impressed that he admitted he fancied her? I was nowhere near impressed by it..just because he's 'hawt' doesn't make it sexy that he was stalking her, undressing her, rubbing up against her and unleashing his rapey powers on her. Imagine for a second, if you will, that Christian was ugly, with disgusting teeth, bad breath, fat as fuck and also hairy as fuck… seriously please just take a minute to imagine that..now do you still think ugly Christian's pedo behaviour is sexy? No it's fucking not, it's sick. Just because he's good looking doesn't excuse the sick thoughts in his fucked up head.
I mentally threw up a little when he was 1. Talking about one day taking Dani's virginity 2. Perving on her in her underwear 3. Undressing her and feeding her his blood 4. Talking about her 'woman-child' curves..Ugh. Christian she's not a fucking women, she's a child — just because she's been through a lot doesn't magically make her a woman!
I didn't like Christian's POV at all — he was either obsessing about a child, being emo about turning Unseelie, bitching about Ryodan or moaning about all the different women he's hurt and killed because he fucked them too hard. Was I meant to think he was tortured or something? Was I meant to swoon over how much of a manslut he was? Was I meant to fangirl over him killing and hurting the girls he fucked? Oh, be still my heart..what a sexy whiny murdering pedo you are Christian!
What the fuckitty fuck?! Ryodan was just as obsessed with Dani as Christian was. I admit I found him entertaining at times but his philosophical lectures about life and shit were boring and the way he was around Dani pissed me off. He blackmailed her, beat her up, manipulated her, battered her face and broke her bones all because she wasn't a good little submissive dog. I'm sorry, there is nothing badass and sexy about a grown man intimidating and bullying a 14 year old girl. If I saw a hot older guy on the street pushing around a 14 year old girl and rubbing up against her and making lewd remarks - Would I be turned on by him? Would I think 'oh what a strong and sexy man - look at him manhandling that 14 year old little girl'? NO I FUCKING WOULDN'T - I would think he was weak and a disgusting pervert picking on a vulnerable young girl like that..I would call the bastard police on him and swear at him whilst watching him get arrested.
Ryodan beating up Dani was NOT sexy — it didn't make him look like an alpha or a badass, it made him look like an insane child beater. For those of you who don't know — men who beat up children aren't sexy or swoon worthy.
I was disgusted by Ryodan's level four sex dungeon, he literally must have fucked millions of women. He would NOT make a good boyfriend for virginal Dani who probably hasn't even kissed anyone before. A Dani/Ryoden pairing would take the manslut/virgin trope to a whole other level of WTFery.
Even though I found her parts boring, I still thought she was a likeable character. It was sad that she wasn't very good at leading the Sidhe Seers, I hate how none of the females apart from Dani were strong and capable.
I felt sorry for her having to resist Cruce's mind rape but I was happy that she managed to by the end. It was really sad when Kat found out that her fiancee, Sean, chose to stay and work at Ryo's sex club instead of be with her — what a dickhead!! Kat was fighting for her relationship with Sean and doing her best to keep Cruce from turning her into a sex slave but Sean, after staying a couple of weeks in Chester's, couldn't resist temptation..ugh. Sean knew Kat all his life, disowned his family for her and loved her yet he didn't even have the decency to take the time to tell her she's dumped because he likes working at Chester's too much because he gets to fuck all the patrons. The bastard. Kat deserves a happy ending, I want her to get her dream of a family and a quite life and move on from that wanker Sean. I wouldn't mind seeing Kat getting with Kasteo - they make sense since Kasteo supposedly doesn't talk and Kat didn't talk when she was a child and also her empathy powers wouldn't work with him so she'd get some peace. I doubt it'll happen — no one ever ends up with who I want them to be with.
Wow, I lost all my respect for Jo in this one. I can't believe how she fell for Ryodan and forgot about Dani. I hated that Dani agreed to be more or less owned by Ryodan so that Jo would be protected and then Jo betrayed her by happily fucking him. What a bitch! Where was her loyalty and love for Dani? She sure forgot about her as soon as she was fucking Ryodan.
It was sad the part when Dani thought Jo was worrying about her when in actual fact Jo didn't give a shit, all she cared about was that Dani didn't obey Ryodan..ugh.
I was disgusted that Jo lost all her self respect and started changing her appearance and attitude for Ryodan - she no longer cared about her sidhe seer sisters, nope, she was 100% loyal to Ryo and his club. I loathed how she started acting like a desperate loser by putting on make up and changing her hair just to keep Ryodan happy..by all means Jo can put an effort in to her appearance but to do it for the guy who's banging her instead for herself was just fucked up.
I hope Jo gets her heart broken, she deserves it.
Surprisingly enough, Lor was pretty awesome, after Dancer he was the most decent male character. He treated Mac like shit but I think he has a soft spot for Dani - he was good to her and seemed to have her back.
However, I don't like that it's been heavily implied that he is/was a rapist - I'm crossing my fingers that it's not actually true and that IDK they're all just teasing him about being a rapist..as you do.
-I don't like that Kat and Dani go on and on about sex being something special yet for all the male characters sex is just something they do with anyone because they're horny. Even Jo was having sex with Ryodan because she fell for him. So why is it that all the female characters can only have sex if they're more or less in love or if they've been raped yet for the male characters it's just because they enjoy sex? How is that fair? How is that not a double standard? How is that not a hypocritical message?!
-It was clear that Ryo wants Dani for a long term relationship at some point in the near future and that was why he bulldozed his way into her life so he can groom her and cock block any competition.. so that she only has sex with him and remains his sex buddy forever. Some might find that romantic but I don't, she deserves to be free to do what she wants without Ryodan breathing down her neck, stalking her and threatening to kill off any competition. It's hardly sweet or romantic that whilst Dani remains virginal he's fucking loads of other women, one of them being Dani's close friend who he's now dating properly… How's that romantic in any way?! Him having a full on relationship with Jo whilst also having the intention of keeping Dani 'pure' so that's she's ready for him when she's legal..ugh!! Why is it okay for him to have sex but not okay for Dani to hang out with other guys or wear other guys clothes?! What a dick — he genuinely is grooming Dani! He reminds me of one those rich pervy old bastards that bid on virgin girls that have been forced into the sex slavery trade..only he's not paying for Dani, he's shackling her to him and watching her every move so she remains unsullied for his old dirty dick..ugh.
-I have a strong feeling that Dani and Ryo will end up together. If it does happen then I hope it happens when Dani's well in her 20's and she's had a vast amount of sexual experience..that way at least they'll be equals. It's unrealistic for Dani to not only lose her virginity to old manslut Ryo but also for them to live HEA when she's not experienced any other lover. I don't see why Dani has to remain virginal for him until she's of age whilst he's fucking thousands of women. How is that fair? Hopefully I'm completely wrong about Ryo/Dani but I have a feeling I'm not.
-I'm wondering if Barrons ever visited level four whilst he and Mac were in that will they won't they stage.
-I noticed that Ryodan came across as more of a leader than Barrons did in his books. It seemed like Lor, Fade and co were more respectful, deferential and loyal to Ryodan than Barrons. I'm thinking Ryodan's the true leader and he just lets Barrons think he is because he can't be bothered going to war with him. Also his club rules Dublin, Barrons' bookshop is nothing in comparison to that..I mean who the hell even buys books from there now that world's fucked up? I hope there's more light shed on Barrons and Ryodan's relationship and their relationship with their men because I don't believe that Barrons is the leader anymore.
-In the earlier books it was mentioned that Kasteo hadn't talked for 1000yrs yet in this one Ryo mentions that Kasteo told him about seeing a young Dani with the sword..so did Kasteo write a message down or use sign language?? Does he talk or doesn't he? If he doesn't then I honestly don't see the point in him not talking when he communicates everything anyway.
-Dani's use of the words dude and feck got tiresome.
-There were a couple of times the words 'brightest star' was used to describe the love of the Unseelie King's life and it got me thinking that in Mac's books, Barrons referred to his wife as his brightest star..so it seems like Barrons' wife was the love of his life/true love and Mac's just his new love… so yea that's disappointing.
-Why the fuck did Dani sound like an American, actually why did everyone sound like an American? Just because the words feck, bloody and lass were thrown in, didn't make the dialogue seem Scottish or Irish. There were so many American expressions and words used.
-Candy, people in the UK say chocolate or sweets.
-High tops — never heard anyone say that, everyone calls them trainers.
-Jell-o, we say jelly.
-Pop tarts, I don't even know what the fuck pop tarts are? Some kind of chocolate toast or something?!
-Baseball bat — we don't even play baseball, a cricket bat would have been better.
-Ass, that's an obvious one — should be arse.
-Flashlights, nope, should be torch/torches.
-We don't say stores we say shops or supermarkets.
-The UK have petrol stations not gas stations.
-Why would Dani say to Ryodan he can teach her ‘You Too Can Be a Sociopath 101’? We don't have classes that we call 101 or 102 or whatever the hell it is..so why would Dani say it?? I've never once heard anybody in England or Ireland use the whole 101 thing when they're joking about someone needing to learn something.
Despite the pedo vibe, I was still mostly entertained. The characters were a mixed bag - Ryodan was interesting most of the time but I was seriously put off by his blatant sexual grooming of Dani, Christian was just as bad, his thoughts about Dani made me sick. I'm crossing all my fingers that Dani doesn't start to fall for either of those violent, controlling, perverted, STD ridden dickheads. Dancer and Dani were cool. Even though there was a lot of fucked up shit going on, I'm still excited for the next book because I'm looking forward to a Mac/Dani showdown.
So yea, I'm really excited to know what everyone else thinks.