I was lucky enough to read this one early. Monroe and Nate have amazing chemistry and tons of layers to their characters. Super emotional, sexy, heart...moreI was lucky enough to read this one early. Monroe and Nate have amazing chemistry and tons of layers to their characters. Super emotional, sexy, heartwrenching... I LOVED IT.(less)
Gotta say, I was a little unsure about this one. I count KMM's original 5-book FEVER series as my favorite series of all time. When I learned the auth...moreGotta say, I was a little unsure about this one. I count KMM's original 5-book FEVER series as my favorite series of all time. When I learned the author was continuing the series after SHADOWFEVER, I was elated! But, BUT, it wouldn't be focused on Mac and Barrons (at least, not for a while), it would be focused on...Dani. Um. I usually skimmed her parts so I could get back to the Mac and Barrons parts. So I was slightly disappointed that I'd have to read three (!!) Dani books (she's feckin fourteen!!) before we get back to the good stuff.
I now admit I was wrong! Dani is a fantastic character and I absolutely ADORE her. And this book is most definitely NOT a young adult novel, even though it has a younger heroine. Nothing wrong with YAs, but the Fever books are adult books with adult themes and anything less would feel like cheating. This is definitely a Fever book, but very well handled by the author. Dani won me over in the first chapter and held my interest through the entire book. I love her.
ICED is told from three points of view -- 90% from Dani's, which is so much fun, but also full of emotion and layers. I'll follow this kid anywhere! It's also told in a few places from Christian's POV (a Highlander turning Unseelie Prince) and the new head of the abbey, Kat. Christian is also a very interesting POV that I enjoyed reading. Kat, however. Hmm. I found her parts to really drag down the pacing of the story since most of her scenes are just her standing there thinking about what's going on. I'm just not invested in her character right now, despite her interesting and important situation when it comes to that little "problem" that is currently being held in the basement of the abbey. Luckily, there isn't too much of Kat.
What keeps ICED from being QUITE as awesome as the original Fever series is the lack of a real romantic subplot. Mac and Barrons -- well, you really can't get better than that for sexual tension, in my humble opinion. I do see things being set up for future books -- and yeah, since Dani's only 14 it would have been pretty icky to go there, even though it's definitely hinted at. There are three dudes who seem to be vying for Dani's affections. For a while, it felt ALMOST a bit Mary-Sue, but this eased off about halfway through the book. I do have a theory about Ryoden and Dani's relationship, but I'm probably wrong. Right now, if I had to pick, I"m Team Dancer, but there just isn't enough on the page for me to make a decision.
I think about things like this, okay??
Bottom line: Not quite as good as Mac and Barrons, but pretty damn close. I remain a FEVER fangirl. Can't wait for book two.(less)
Awesome book... really warmed up more to Sydney in this one..she's a great, layered character that I've c...moreWhat can I say other than -- OMG! <3 <3
Awesome book... really warmed up more to Sydney in this one..she's a great, layered character that I've come to care about despite (or because of?) her Alchemist quirks. Romantic tension is off the charts with Adrian + Sydney, and every scene with my favorite, messed up Moroi was absolutely wonderful (especially the last one). And that's what I call a cliffhanger that'll have me counting down the days till February! :)
My subconscious studies me from the corner, tapping her foot angrily.
I bite my lip. "I know! I didn't want to like this series. But I do. It's got iss...moreMy subconscious studies me from the corner, tapping her foot angrily.
I bite my lip. "I know! I didn't want to like this series. But I do. It's got issues, to say the least, when it comes to the editing, but...I don't know. I think it's Christian. He's just so interesting and damaged and it -- it's not just smutty smut. IT'S A LOVE STORY! A WONDERFUL LOVE STORY!" I finish in shouty caps.
At the mention of Christian, my inner goddess does the moonwalk, then gets a makeover and a bikini wax.
I smirk at her. "You seriously need to settle down. I mean, it wasn't ALL good. The repetition for one thing. Too much of that! Plus some of the subplots were far too easily handled, the characters other than Ana and Christian are cardboard cutouts and one note villains. But, but..."
My subconscious raises a bemused eyebrow.
"I liked it," I murmur, looking up demurely through my thick lashes. "I really liked it. But now I'm afraid that book three is going to suck, due to that silly epilogue. But I'm still going to read it. First, however, I need some time off and I'm going to read something else to cleanse my palate."
My inner goddess looks deeply alarmed. She sits down on the couch and rocks herself gently as she begins to go into Christian Grey withdrawal.(less)
The writing was questionable and needed a strict red pen applied to it (if she mentioned her inner goddess one more time I was going to spank her myse...moreThe writing was questionable and needed a strict red pen applied to it (if she mentioned her inner goddess one more time I was going to spank her myself, and not in a good way), but the characters were fascinating, especially Christian. I actually didn't want to like it, but it turned out to be completely different than I expected (I expected a version of Eyes Wide Shut or *shudder* The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty). In reality, it's a really sweet, if messed up romance between a creature of darkness and a creature of light (and I love that!). Have purchased sequel. Am trying to resist starting it.(less)
When I first heard about this book's concept -- a dystopian world where love has been deemed a disease -- I have to admit, I rolled my eyes. It sounde...moreWhen I first heard about this book's concept -- a dystopian world where love has been deemed a disease -- I have to admit, I rolled my eyes. It sounded kind of hard to believe. The book sat on my TBR shelf for some time before I randomly picked it up the other day and started reading. And reading. And reading.
I think in the hands of a different author, the idea might not have worked. I have a hard time believing the worlds set up in dystopians, and I figured this would never get by my suspension-of-disbelief radar.
Luckily, for me and for other readers, Lauren Oliver is a truly gifted writer and she made me believe it -- on ever single page. I am now a fan and intend on buying her other YA and her middle grade the next time I'm at the bookstore. A HIGHLY recommended romantic YA novel that's not just an escapist romantic story, but also sends a message about the power of love and inner strength. I am counting the days until Pandemonium is released!!(less)
Finished this after spending two weeks or so reading it on and off. KMM has a way with words and can write a mighty fine hero as well as some smokin'...moreFinished this after spending two weeks or so reading it on and off. KMM has a way with words and can write a mighty fine hero as well as some smokin' scenes. I love the idea of time travel romance with modern heroines and historical hotties. I had some issues with the heroine's bipolar attitude, which I found challenging as a reader when it came to my empathy for her struggles, but in the end I felt it was a worthy read and I'm going to continue on with the Highlander series. I already have the second book waiting on my Kindle. I didn't enjoy BtHM nearly as much as the Fever books, but I hear the series get more solid as it progresses.(less)
Read in less than two days when I have a long list of other things I SHOULD be doing. I was addicted, couldn't stop reading, late LATE into the night....moreRead in less than two days when I have a long list of other things I SHOULD be doing. I was addicted, couldn't stop reading, late LATE into the night.
Loved, loved, loved it x 1000.
Will be one of the very few series that I will read again. I can't gush enough about this series -- I think it just might be my favorite I've ever read. There were tough times for this reader (end of book three was rough and got an emotional reaction from me: anger and betrayal), but now it all makes sense. It's not five books, it is one big-ass book in five parts. It's perfection and I'm so glad I got to read the series all at once. I don't know how the fans survived the long waits between releases!(less)
Okay, KMM has redeemed herself in my eyes (mostly) from the (hateful) cliffhanger in Faefever. I get now why that was important in the grand scheme of...moreOkay, KMM has redeemed herself in my eyes (mostly) from the (hateful) cliffhanger in Faefever. I get now why that was important in the grand scheme of things and for Mac's growth. And the ramifications were dealt with well in this book and definitely not just brushed under the carpet. I guess I just love Mac so much I want something good to happen to her for once. And, as a romantic at heart, I would like her to get an HEA. With you-know-who. But, really, I'm not sure if that's even possible.
Dreamfever was a wild ride, just like the other books in the series -- with an awesome cliffhanger this time. I hear conflicting reports about Shadowfever. Some are thrilled with it, some are disappointed. I'm not sure why -- I'm happily spoiler free and intend to stay that way until I read events on the page (THIS WEEKEND YES). I do know what I want to happen, but as I've learned through reading the previous four books, that doesn't mean it's going to happen. Is there fan fic somewhere for this series so I can get my cozy happy scenes of love and devotion between Mac and Barrons?? Sigh.(less)
I was in love with this book right until the last chapter -- which I didn't care for at all. In fact, it made me angry and upset (emotional reaction i...moreI was in love with this book right until the last chapter -- which I didn't care for at all. In fact, it made me angry and upset (emotional reaction in a reader is a good thing, I guess). I'm giving the book four stars. Five stars for being almost totally awesome, and minus one star for having a cliffhanger that made me mad enough to spit. I might have more perspective once I read the next two books and look back at the whole series and I'll come back and revise this then. Maybe. Growl. I'm just glad i didn't read this right when it came out, because then I would have had to wait a year to find out what happens next (I'm spoiler-free and trying to stay that way). Do I really want to know?(less)