Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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. (From Goodreads)
THE FAERYS VIEW
Frozen: Heart of Dread by Melissa De La Cruz is a mixture of futuristic dystopian, fantasy and romance. I really liked it. It was entertaining enough to keep me turning pages and that’s all I ask for in a good book.
Set in New Vegas, an icy frost covered wasteland where resources are scarce, life is hard and everything is … you guessed it, FROZEN! Not only is the land frozen but the world is polluted and almost all once living things are now dead. There are two types of humans, those with grey eyes and brown hair and those with colored eyes. Those with colored eyes are to be feared. Why you ask? Because they are descended from the magical Sylph and have magical powers like telepathy. Those with colored eyes are sought by the government for confinement which leads to the main character, Natasha Kestal or Nat. Nat is living in fear of discovery but she lives right out in the open in New Vegas as a blackjack dealer. She has disguised herself to look normal until she can find the right moment to leave New Vegas and escape to ‘The Blue’, a legendary place where the sky is blue and the sun still shines warm. This is where Ryan Wesson comes in, he is a runner and runners take people where they need to go as long as they can pay the price. What comes next is a journey full of peril, adventure and romance!
I really liked the characters that Ms. De La Cruz and her husband created, Nat is full of life, despite all that she’s endured. She’s witty and snarky and doesn’t take any guff, I respect that! She’s someone that is both likeable and badass! Wes is a charmer, he’s cocky yet honorable and not without his own sad story. I think this is part of what draws them together and makes them such a believable couple. Their chemistry is palpable yet not instantaneous … I like it!
The story is told in Nat and Wes’s alternating point of views, as a rule, I generally don’t like this but in Frozen, it works. It actually helped me get to know Wes on a different level and in a weird way, Nat, too. So, in this case I have no complaints. The plot is fast moving and descriptive, adventurous and fun. It left me wanting more of the series and that’s a great thing. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.
I would definitely recommend Frozen: Heart of Dread to friends!
This title was given to be in exchange for an honest review.
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