Review: Iced

Iced by Karen Marie Moning
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I am so disappointed in KMM… I was really enjoying this series and then this book happened. At first I hated it because Dani is such an egotistical brat and I couldn’t believe I had to deal with another irritating main character… even though Mac’s character arc eventually endeared her to me…

But then the paedophilia vibes started and I just felt so uncomfortable the whole time while reading this book. I think the plot would have been so much better if they could just have left out the pervy old dudes that lust after a 14 year old girl and treats her like property.

That’s when I actually found myself liking Dani more, because she’s the only fucking voice of reason here! She was maybe not sufficiently freaked out by Christian or Ryodan, but at least she didn’t encourage their attention even though it looks like she might have a bit of a crush on Ryodan… which I guess is normal for teenage hormones? I can’t really remember now and honestly I think I’m grasping at straws here looking for redeeming qualities in this book…

I know in my last review I said I wanted more of Christian, but this is definitely not what I meant, and I’m so sad that KMM so completely fucked up this character. I guess it happens though, and not everyone can have a happily ever after… but wow, this was just a horrible character arc. (view spoiler)

Ryodan is completely hateful and I just couldn’t find any redeeming qualities in him. I’m not sure how I feel about his relationship with Jo, because like Dani I think that’s just going to end in heartache, and most definitely not for him, but I find the romantic in myself hoping that Jo can bring out his gentler side… unlikely though, so I guess that’s another character that’s not getting a happily ever after…

Dancer is the bright star here and the only reason I gave the book 2 stars. I hope to God KMM comes to her senses and if Dani has to choose a romantic partner (which I don’t see why that has to be an issue), please let it be Dancer! He’s smart and doesn’t cower in front of Ryodan and Christian, and he also doesn’t treat woman like they’re property and only there for men’s amusement, so he get’s 10 stars all the way!

Even though too much of this book was dedicated to some really screwed up relationships, the plot was pretty decent and once I managed to look past the uncomfortableness I felt I was able to enjoy the rest of the story. I actually look forward to getting back to the series and seeing what comes next. I just hope that we can stick to Mac and Barrons now… please!

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