Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Frozen: Heart of Dread by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Frozen : Heart of Dread

Written by: Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Sequence in Series: Book 1
Page Count: 352 pages
Publication Date: October 2, 2014
Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Science Fiction | Dystopian

From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.(less)

Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)My Review
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz

Frozen is based in an incredibly dark dystopian world. The descriptions of this world makes it just come alive in the storyline.

Action intense, with lots of highly unorthodox plot twists and turns, the characters face zombies, pirates, military forces, betrayal and dangers from deep below the dark ocean waters.

That being said, the story fell flat for me. I could enjoy the idea of the story but didn't feel any character connections and felt some of the plot directions, well they just seems way out there. I did however totally love the world that was created and the entire premises behind this world.

Frozen is a story of magic, monsters and mayhem and is sure to delight many dystopian fans.

I received this ARC copy of Frozen from Hachette Children's Books - Orchard Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 2, 2014.

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