Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz & Micheal Johnston

Title: Frozen (Heart of Dread #1)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz & Micheal Johnston
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile 
Publication: September 17, 2013

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.

This is the point where I kick myself for judging books by their covers...again. When I was scrolling though NetGalley I spotted Frozen and was immediately intrigued by the cover. I knew I was going to have to request it. What I didn't realize was that Frozen was downloadable to everyone. So I downloaded it. This is one of those books that I want to say I loved but I can't. It was meh. The idea was interesting but that is all this book had to it. 

Frozen took me a week to read. I want to say that I was busy (which I was) but when I had time to sit down to read I could only get through a couple of pages. It didn't grab a hold of my attention, which wasn't a surprise because I wasn't a fan of Melissa's Blue Bloods series either. 

I found the plot of Frozen was scattered and didn't stay in one place long. The characters were a bit flat and hard to relate to, and everything bad that could happen, happened! I would groan each time something came up because I knew it was going to have a negative outcome. When the ending came it was quick, and hard to follow. The overall ending though? I predicted it. Frozen didn't surprise me. The world frozen in ice did, but the story kept me hanging. 

But I am going to read the next book in the series because I want to know what will happen. Sigh... 


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