Review: Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

22922172First Released: January 1st 2013

Recent Release Date: October 2nd 2014

Publisher: Orchard Books

Genre: YA Dystopia/ Fantasy

Format: Digital ARC

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

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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 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. This is a remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

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Well, I really want to kick myself for not jumping straight on this book when I first got it. I wanted to read it, but was hesitant and thought that it would be just okay. I don’t really like the cover, but the synopsis made me want to see what it held, as far as dystopia goes. Never judge a book by it’s cover, is what I have always been told. Sometimes you just have to go with it, and usually there’s almost always a surprise. 

Welcome to New Vegas, the frozen Sin City. Where everyone still goes to get their gamble on and party until they drop. With all of the rumors that are circulating about sorcery and things unknown, this does nothing to put a damper on the casino floors, as they are filled to capacity each day. Natasha is a young blackjack dealer with secrets and a past that she is trying desperately to forget. She has heard of a place that the sun still shines upon, and is determined to get there. All she needs is a little help. Enter Wes and crew, ex-military men who love danger and are up for the task of being Nat’s way out. 

As much as I appreciate Nat’s character, Wes entering the picture made me keep reading. He’s the ultimate hot, arrogant, rough guy that makes the perfect hero. I couldn’t get enough of him and his cockiness! The chemistry between these two was palpable, almost jumping from the pages. With Nat’s secret coming to light, there’s danger at every turn. I really thought that things would end another way for certain scenes. Sometimes it dragged a bit, and that was annoying. I like to get to the gist of things, especially after getting so enraptured in the story. Don’t tease the readers authors!! But, all in all, this is a great read and I cannot wait to read book two next month when it’s released. Definitely recommend to dystopia and fantasy lovers.


4 thoughts on “Review: Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

  1. Yay! I’m so happy to find someone else who liked this book! I got an ARC of it when it first came out(last year) and while I thought it definitely had some problems when it came to world/story development I really really loved it! Also, I agree Wes…swoon. =)


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